General Colton’s Army of Drinkers

You’ve heard the name, you’ve seen the billboards for his parties such as Most Beautiful People and the DJ Awards, you’ve read his picks in Vegas Seven’s Nightlife Issue (Dec. 22, 2010) and you’ve probably visited (admit it, you’ve creeped on) his Las Vegas nightlife how-to website and forum,

Last year, Colton threw the first official meet-up for forum members, dubbing them, about 350 strong, the Army of Drinkers (AOD). Following the success of that inaugural celebration, the AOD invades again and will be taking over Rumor Hotel, May 19-23.

Six years ago, on-again Las Vegas native Jack Colton cashed in on the booming club scene and its large draw of tourists and non-industry locals that had not a clue about how to get in the club and on with the party. He first launched his free online guides, which give the skinny on all things nightlife on the Strip: tips on dress, gratuities and—most importantly—direct cell phone access to a large number of Vegas nightclub VIP hosts.

Since 2007 the site has integrated a forum that now serves more than 6,000 members. Members hail from all over world, but they all have two things in common: They love to party and they love Las Vegas.

This time around, each party soldier has to purchase an official AOD wristband, granting them no cover or wait into a number of venues. The bands sold out within six hours, prompting Colton to release another 50.

Though the ranks have grown, many forum members have remained good friends since last year’s debauches. A number of long-distance relationships have even bloomed, and it has become custom for one city’s AOD unit to “invade” another city! The Army of Drinkers will be pounding shots, snapping blackmail photos and Tweeting the days and nights away this year at Tao Beach, Tao, XS, Liquid, The Bank, Bare, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, Wet Republic and LAX. So beware the AOD this weekend, or be a real trooper and join the war on sobriety.

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