There are two mentalities a guy can have when he goes out:
1. One-night stand. You put a condom in your pocket and go to the latest shit-hole to hit on drunk white girls. Things on your mind are cockblocker defense moves and club extraction logistics. Getting a phone number is akin to failure. Rude awakening occurs when you get a rash.
2. Incredible connection. You put on you best cologne and go to a classy place looking for a hot girl to bring home to mom. Things on your mind are interesting conversational topics and your bank statement. Getting a phone number from a girl you talked to for an hour or so is a huge success. Rude awakening occurs when you realize that all the girls you meet in clubs are as real as a George Bush town hall meeting.
After you pass these stages you enter a sort of purgatory where you go out, check out the scene, and realize you should be asking your 18 year-old sister to hook you up with her friends.