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What is the name of the "chain" that can be found near club's entry?

e.g. http://www.vegasvipservices.com/nightclubs/bank/club-the-bank-entrance.jpg

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Those are referred to as velvet ropes. Each pole is a type of stanchion:

Stanchions are used for many different purposes including crowd control & waiting lines. Many different places use stanchions including banks, restaurants, trade shows and many different other events.

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For some reason, I like your answer better than I like @Lucas’s question. :) I think it’s the stanchion that sold me. –  tchrist Jun 1 '12 at 0:12
    
According to this site that sells the stuff (at the bottom) they refer to the ropes as "stanchion rope" or "post rope" –  Jim Jun 1 '12 at 1:28
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