Jason Lothner of Dirty Pretty
Jason Lothner talks with a slight Georgia accent and listens to Gas Light Anthem. He's a big fan of riding his bike downtown and grabbing a drink with his friends at The Lost Leaf or The Roosevelt.
He's a political science junkie, reads a book before his shift starts around 9 or 10 p.m. and usually denies he's the guy you saw last night working the door at Dirty Pretty.
Lothner's not exactly Scottsdale bouncer material -- though you may not be able to tell by his black v-neck and dark-wash jeans. He's our first look into the life of the guys (and girls) behind the ropes. In short, welcome to Bouncer Confidential.
Today, Lothner dishes on his workout routine, bouncer friends and experiences with Amar'e Stoudemire.
Valuable equipment: I really just carry a flashlight. We're not like the guys on Mill Avenue or or at bigger clubs in Scottsdale. Really, at Dirty Pretty, we don't run into that many problems -- aside from the occasional drunk girl on a golf cart or group of bros with jerseys and baseball caps -- a flashlight is just fine.
Celebrity you'd like to let in: Owen Wilson came when he was filming and was really cool. He didn't even get bottle service; He just sat at a table in the back with a few people and ordered a bucket of Coronas. I'd love to let him back in.
Work out: While I do work out, I actually try to avoid seeing other bouncers or club employees at the gym. Everyone sizes each other up -- it gets ridiculous. But really, I do a pretty simple weights/cardio routine.
Routine: A ton of people in the nightlife industry will sleep until noon or 1 pm after getting home at 3 am. I can't do that. I still wake up at 9 a.m., go to a coffee shop down the street from my house (usually Giant Coffee) and then I'll run errands or read. I just can't sleep through the day.
Fighting ability: I could fight if I had to, but I really do my best to not let it get to that point. I hope you'll see that (at Dirty Pretty) we're really friendly at the door. I don't like to cause problems or a bad experience for anyone -- I'd much rather just say hi and let you in.
This morning's breakfast: Cereal and maybe a couple of eggs.
Celebrity you'd like to kick out: polarizing! We get a lot of athletes and stars coming in here, but I'm not sure I'd really like to kick any of them out ... I mean, I remember Amare being a total dick when he was here.
Misconceptions: Working security isn't a fight a day. It's much lower key than people assume. I just try to make sure people have a good time and get home safe.
Get the Arts & Culture Newsletter
Find out about upcoming performances, exhibitions, openings and special events happening in the Phoenix art and theater scene.