6.8 Seamy side of Sin City
There are more than two dozen "Gentlemen's Clubs" for the men ...and some for the ladies. The Las Vegas Review Journal (local newspaper) in their annual "Best of Las Vegas" list picks Cheetah's, Sapphire and the Crazy Horse III as being the best adult entertainment clubs. We have never been to one, but we have asked a lot of questions. Here is what we found out.
Las Vegas Strip Clubs
Las Vegas dancers are independent contract workers. They pay a "stage fee" (daily rent of between $15 and $50 ...or a percentage of earnings, such as 10% to 15%) for the right to work at a club. There are also other expenses they have to pay such as $35 for a police work card, tips to the doorman and DJ, and a share of some services goes to the club. Some girls make $500 to $1,000 a day.
The main thing to remember is that the gals work for tips; if you don't want to tip, don't go. We have tried to include the cover charge, but it changes up and down ...especially during large conventions. The typical cover charge is $20.00 per person. Be aware that if a cab driver brings you to the strip club, he will probably (but not always) be paid a commission (around $10.) So, it probably is not a good idea to ask for a club recommendation from a cabbie. Drinks are not cheap at these clubs; usually around $7. You can find a listing and description of all Las Vegas Strip Clubs here.
Gentlemen's Strip Clubs
is located at 2112 Western Ave. (West of the North Strip.) Telephone: (702) 384-0074. No cover charge if you arrive via your own transportation, $20 if arriving by taxi since the driver gets a kickback. Free limo transportation is available. Happy Hour: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. - Lap Dances: $20.00 - Open 24 hours Thurs-Sun and 12 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Mon-Wed.
Sapphire iis located at 3025 S Sammy Davis Jr Dr.) Telephone: (702) 869-0003. Never closes. (Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.) Three lounges, bachelor-bachelorette parties, VIP Rooms. Billed as the world's largest topless cabaret (71,000 sq. ft.) - Cover charge: $20. (Free if arriving by your own transportation between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.) Like all strip clubs, the cover charge just gets you in the door ...expect to pay much more (for drinks and tips.) Also has the Playgirl Lounge for the ladies with stage performances at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $25.)
Crazy Horse III Strip Club (3525 W. Russell Road) - Tel. (702) 602-6760 - Open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. - Lap dances: $20 - Full food menu - There is no ownership or direct affiliation with the "Crazy Horse Too" which was closed. Upscale.
Treasures Gentlemen's Club & Steakhouse (2801 Westwood Drive) - Tel. (702) 257-3030 - Open: Daily from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. - $30 cover charge - Daily happy hour with $1 well drinks and beer from 4pm-6pm, and 2-for-1 specials from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Complimentary food buffet with lap dance. - Gourmet dining.
Spearmint Rhino - 3344 S Highland Dr., off Flamingo. Telephone: (702) 796-3600 – Open: 24 hours - Cover: $50 (plus tax) but is waived when the venue’s free limo service is used. - Happy Hour: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. $3 beer. - Complimentary Limo Service. - (One of a chain of strip clubs.) The club is topless only and bottle service is available.
Palomino (Nude) Club is located at 1848 Las Vegas Blvd S. (Across from Jerry's Nugget, past Main St.) Telephone: (702) 642-2984 - Open: 4 p.m.-5 a.m. daily. Cover: $30. – No cover charge if you are a local and drive yourself or if you book free transportation with Palomino. - Since it opened in 1969 before the "no nude and alcohol law" went into effect, Lap Dance: $20. - Palomino is the only nude club in Vegas that serves drinks. (Nude male dancers upstairs for the ladies.) Call the club for a free shuttle ride.
Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club is located at 6007 Dean Martin Dr. - Telephone: (702) 795-3131 – Open: 24 hours – Happy Hour: Daily from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Cover: $30 – The world-class strip club offers a VIP stage on the second floor with a see-through glass catwalk, as well as three Sky Boxes and 11 Honey Suites. Lap dances cost $20 to $30 or $250 for a half-hour. Bottle service and game viewing are also available.
Centerfolds is located at 4416 Paradise Rd. – Telephone: (702) 734-7990 – Open: Daily from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Cover: $45 – Centerfolds is a refined gentlemen’s cabaret with a full bar, topless dancers, and a wide selection of wine and cigars. The elegant strip club with its old-world charm offers multiple stages and new “blackout rooms.” Lap dances start around $20 and bottle service and private rooms are available.
Can-Can Room is located at 3155 S Sammy Davis Jr Dr. – Telephone: (702) 749-8484 – Open: Daily from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Cover: $30 – At the Can-Can Room you’ll find a wide range of adult services, including topless lap dances, nude lap dance, bed dances, VIP rooms, and more. The long-standing strip club also has themed rooms and hosts weekly events.
Diamond Cabaret is located at 3177 S Highland Dr. – Telephone: (702) 731-2365 – Open: Sat-Wed from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. and Thu-Fri from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Cover: $6 before 8 p.m. and all-day Sunday ($12 cover other times) – Home to hundreds of beautiful dancers and conveniently located off of the Las Vegas Strip. Open 365 days a year, offering 30-minute, 45 minutes, and 1-hour champagne rooms, as well as private VIP dances.
Little Darlings is located at 1514 Western Ave. – Telephone: (702) 366-1141 – Open: Mon-Sat from 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. and Sun from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. – Cover: $35 ($15 for locals or with a pass). – Mondays is Local Night: No Cover – Little Darlings is a world-famous strip club open to the 18+ crowd. The totally-nude club has hundreds of showgirls and offers nude VIP dances, porn star appearances, and weekly celebrity appearances. As the largest hookah lounge in Las Vegas, Little Darlings also offers more than 50 hookah flavors.
Talk of the Town is located at 1238 S Las Vegas Blvd. – Telephone: (702) 385-1800 – Open: Sun-Thurs from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Fri-Sat from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. – Cover: $15 – Lap dance: $20 per song – Talk of the Town offers entirely nude dancers, adult toys store, and a 60-channel private video arcade. The strip club offers great drinks, friendly service, and a relaxing atmosphere.
Déjà vu Showgirls is located at 3247 S Sammy Davis Jr Dr. – Telephone: (702) 308-4605 – Open: Daily from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Cover: $45 (Free cover with limo pickup) – Floor Dance: $20 – 3 Private Dances: $100 – Déjà vu Showgirls is open seven day a week with topless bed dances, champagne rooms, VIP bottle service, and VIP lounge. The venue also has hookah services and amateur dancer nights.
Club Platinum is located at 311 E Flamingo Rd. – Telephone: (702) 732-1111 – Open: Daily from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. – Cover: No cover – Club Platinum is one of the three original gentlemen’s clubs in Las Vegas. While small, the venue has been going strong for nearly 15 years. Drink specials are available on the weekends, as well as for bachelor, bachelorette, birthday, and divorce parties.
Minks is located at 5901 Emerald Ave. – Telephone: (702) 435-7545 – Open: Sun-Wed from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m., Thurs from 3 p.m. to 5 a.m., Fri from 3 p.m. to 4 a.m., and Sat from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Cover: Free admission for locals – The premier gentlemen’s club is conveniently located off of the 95 and offers truck-friendly parking. In addition to beautiful dancers, Minks has more than 30 unique flavors in their smoking lounge, as well as free VIP seating.
Sophia’s Gentlemen’s Club is located at 3500 W Naples Dr. – Telephone: (702) 982-6777 – Open: Daily from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Cover: $40 – You can find Sophia’s located directly off the Strip. Now under new management, the popular strip club features some of the hottest exotic dancers in the business, performing in a comfortable environment. Treat yourself to VIP treatment in a private room or with bottle service. Sophia’s has three full bars, two stages, and spans over two floors.
Strip Shows for the Ladies
Thunder from Down Under - Located in Merlin's Theater at the Excalibur Hotel/Casino - Shows: Nightly at 9pm and 11:00 (Thus, Fri & Sat.) - Tickets: $50.95 - (VIP seating: $60.95.) - Plus tax/fee -Telephone: (702) 597-7600 or (800) 933-1334 - For the ladies, but gentlemen welcome. Voted best male strip show. - Review here.
Chippendales - Appearing in the Chippendales Showroom at the Rio All-Suite Hotel/Casino (3700 West Flamingo Road) - Telephone: (702) 777-7776. - Showtimes: 8:30 p.m. nightly, 10:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (Dark Wednesdays) – Tickets starting at $39 plus tax/fee - Review here.
Kings of Hustler is located at 6007 Dean Martin Drive, #1 Entrance in Back – Telephone: (888) 592-3534 – Open: Thurs-Sun from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. – Cover: $45 which includes drink tickets – Located on the 3rd floor of the famous Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, the strip club offers a full bar, DJ, and MC that keeps the party going all night. Kings of Hustler has more than a dozen multi-ethnic entertainers, perfect for girl’s night out and bachelorette parties.
Hunk Mansion is located at 6007 Dean Martin Dr. – Telephone: (702) 932-8625 – Open: Thurs from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Fri-Sat from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sun from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. – Cover: $50 – Things work a little differently at Hunk Mansion. Reservations are a must, although same day reservations are possible. The male strip joint is the perfect place to go for some personalized attention.
Prostitution in Las Vegas
While it is pretty much common knowledge that prostitution is legal in Nevada, it is illegal in Las Vegas. This is because Nevada state law prohibits brothels in any county with a population greater than 400,000, a provision that applies only to Clark County where Las Vegas is located. The nearest licensed brothels are in Nye County (northwest of Las Vegas) about an hour's ride away. Street-solicitation is illegal everywhere in Nevada. Information on licensed establishments is here. Reno, Nevada's second largest city (200,000 population), has brothels located within minutes of the tourist hotel-casinos.
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