8240 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
This previously topless club has been bought by the owners of the Gentlemen's Club (and others) and converted to nude. They had changed part of the sign to read "LIVE NUDE", but alas, there is still the same parking problem there. This entire West Hollywood area (across the street from Roxbury) has very little parking. Their small lot (valet) is behind the building.
Upon entering, there is a cashier to the right collecting a $10 cover. Non-alcohol drinks are $5 but since they just opened, they are not really pushing drinks very hard. They removed the old stage, took the ceiling off and built a tiny 2 runway stage with the DJ booth above it against the wall. It's not Bare quality but for strip clubs, it looks very nice and cozy. There are dance booths in the far side where the seating type booths used to be. There is an entirely separate room (very small) with booths (like Deja Vu - NH) but it was closed on opening night. They also have a tiny VIP room for parties.
Dance contest night is Monday and 1st prize is $600, 2nd is $250 and 3rd is $150. That should be enough money to attract a lot of contestants.
At 9:30, it was a little slow but picked up by 11pm. They started with about 8 dancers and some left and new ones came in. I saw about 8 dancers coming in to audition.
Table (booth) dances are $20, laps are $25. Table dances are about the same as Gentlemen's Club and the laps are mild grind, not full song grind. However, it's still very disorganized and pretty much anything goes until they figure out what is going on. But definitely no pre-bust Deja Vu or TL type activity. Same type of ladies choice, 60 second sample dances as GC.
Quality of dancers is about average. Only saw 2 dancers I liked. I'm not going to list names because I'm sure many are just temporary help. The booths are a little small but for those that like their dancers "trapped", it's perfect. The dancers don't like it but pervs will. The stage is also pretty small so don't expect to see any "real" dancing. Mostly just rolling and strolling.
This will definitely be direct competition for Star Strip, right down the street. I detect some serious lap competition. Star Strip has a private room with nasty laps also. Give it about 1-2 months and I predict all out nasty wars.
1433 N. La Brea, Hollywood
Same owner as 7th Veil, Star Strip and Star Strip Too. This club has improved tremendously since my last review. The club is fully topless so the stage has been expanded against the wall for the 6 feet law.
The much nicer DJ booth is now against the wall near the bathrooms. Now, there is only one pool table but the other one has been replaced by video games and more seating.
The full bar is to the right and there is a big screen TV next to the stage. The old kitchen has been gutted and is now the new dressing room. The "feature" dressing room is now the men's bathroom.
But the physical improvements to the club is not the new hot point of this club. The quality of the dancers have improved as well as the new more hip Hollywood crowd that has found this place to be the "in" place to meet and greet others. Even on a slow night, you can catch many trendy looking couples, female groups as well as well dressed guys trying to pickup female customers. It's almost like a regular club except there happens to be topless dancers on stage. I saw a few porno industry people as well as semi-celebrities.
The fake table dancing has now been replaced by Texas style, between the legs, whoops, mild touching, at your seat dances. As with all LA topless clubs, don't come here for nasty chair dances.
This is a great place to bring your girlfriend or just hangout with your buds and people watch. If you're into hip Hollywood crowds, this is the place to be.
Claim to fame: Featured on Hard Copy and used in Pulp Fiction club scene.
This club is at the east end of Hollywood in a questionable area. As far as Hollyweird goes, it's not the worse area but I did put my club on, turned my alarm on and was still concerned. I have gotten email regarding the fact that this area is considered to be hip by some magazines. All I know is, I've never seen anybody from that magazine in this club.
That being said, there is no cover at the club. The new owners have fixed up the club even more than before and the bathroom is much like the one in Star Strip Too. If I remember correctly, more stage lighting has been added as well as some lights and decorations on the walls. However, the general decor is about the same as before. As you enter, the bar is right in front of you, the stage and DJ booth are to the right.
The club is on the smaller side but nice and cozy. The stage is in the popular "T" shape with catwalk. Because of the 6 feet rule, the dancer must go topless near the wall and cannot come out to the catwalk area. This is the same at Mr. J's and Crazy Girls with the "T" shape stages. There is a pool table to the far right corner and a long couch at the opposite far end of the club.
Another interesting new item was a sign at the door that indicated that the owners were not going to comply with the no smoking law in California and is openly going to protest and allow their patrons to smoke in the club.
Their advertising claims to have an amateur dance contest on Tuesday nights with $500 in cash prizes. I don't really know if this is still going on. Better to call and confirm first.
The times that I was there, the club seemed a little slow. However, the few customers that were there seemed to tip very well. On weekends nights, it is much busier with a lot of biker types. Many regulars were tipping $5 or more. Dancers can do a mild lap dance on the couch for $20 (dancer keeps all). For a topless club, that's about as much as you'll get anywhere theses days. The club is kept dark enough that you can sit and chat with your favorite dancer and not see more than you want to.
Considering the location and how slow it was, I was very surprised at the quality of the dancers. I guess that's the beauty of being in Hollywood. Unlike many topless clubs like Fritz 2, most of the dancers here actually put on a really good show. Yes, they actually dance and do pole work.
(Formerly Hollywood Cabaret, Cave
(Formerly Cave Theater)
This used to be the old Cave Theater which has been sold and converted to a full blown strip club. I have been reluctant to review this club since it was so bad before that I assumed that it couldn't be worth checking out. The front has now been Hollywood-tized but there still is no parking to speak of. Once you manage to find parking, you enter an adult book store area where you pay $10 cover to enter the club with a 2 drink minimum.
The inside has been completely renovated since the "Cave" days. The stage with runway is to the left of the entrance, in the center with 2 poles and seats about 25. Since my last visit in 1996, the theater section is now smaller and in a tiny room to the right. There's no signs that indicate that it's even there.
On the right, there is now a new strangely shaped, second stage. This new stage on the right has about 4 micro stages connected like at Star Strip. This makes for very strange seating around the stage because of the weird shape. They still have about 3 peep show booths where you can put your money in to watch a dancer behind glass. Since the booths have no door, I don't understand why anybody would want to use them.
The bar is on the right far corner of the club area, the DJ booth is to the left of that and there are 6 booths on the left side of the room. The bathrooms, dressing rooms, office, smoking room and video games are all located behind the DJ booth and bar and accessed via a doorway between them. There are also vending machines and 2 payphones there.
Full grind laps are $20 (dancer keeps $13) or $30 and can also be done in a more private room on the left side where there are couches. You can get these private VIP dances at 2 for $40 but the songs are cut. After careful observation, the dancers that like dancing in this private area gives higher mileage but there are windows and cameras so nothing crazy goes on. However, many of the dancers do stand up (easier to do in the booths) which is not allowed in many clubs.
Because of the new labor code changes, you have to buy lap dance tickets from the DJ and give them to the dancer. The dances are way nastier during the day but quality goes down as expected. However, you might find a hot one here and there. It's so slow during the day, you can have a dancer dance for you on stage for $10 for 2 songs and get a great show. Also, during the day, nobody else is in the VIP room with you and the dancer can easily position herself to block the camera for better action.
There are 2 counter stages with poles near the lap booths similar to Bob's and Industrial but nobody seems to want to dance on them. The drinks are $5 and the selection is somewhat limited but the glasses are larger than usual. Again, because it's Hollywood, the waitress will ask for her money up front.
Since my last visit, it appears that the quality of the dancers have gone down. Many of the talent seems to have moved on to other clubs. Because this is in Hollywood, there are quite a few very young, FOB (fresh off the bus) dancers (read: tattoos and piercings) hoping to make it big somehow. If you are a long hair rocker, this is the place to find a dancer to support you.
Hollywood Cabaret - 1996
1250 N. Western Ave., Hollywood
Update July 2002:
It is rumored that this club is dry (no alcohol) because of ABC violations. I don't know what the reasons are but they have apparently lost their liquor license permanently.
In the 80s, this club used to have more good lookin' dancers than anywhere else in California. That was then. This is now. Not only are there a lot less dancers (5-10 instead of 20-30), there are very few good looking ones. I stopped going a while ago and my last visit confirmed my worse fears. The club is so slow now that they have put up curtains to split the club in half so that it does not appear so empty. Unfortunately, it still looks dead even on the weekends.
The club is 2 stories (dressing room and showers upstairs) and there is a huge lot behind the building for valet parking and even more parking at the gas station to the north of the building.
The main attraction is the oil and mud wrestling. The dancers first come out and do a "strip" with costumes. The customers "bid" for the wrestler and the winner of the bid gets to wrestle the girl or girls. You can touch the girls everywhere except where you really want to touch them. The club provides the shorts but don't get fooled into thinking that their bathroom is great. It's just enough to clean up and go home then take a real shower. That's the good news. Now get ready for the bad.
On a weekend night, the cover was $10 with a 2 soft drink minimum ($5 each). I was there from 10:30pm to 1am and there was only one wrestling match where the bidding went to $60. The "round girls" that used to walk around with their own "referee" is a thing of the past. Now you can just get a bikini lap dance on a couch. The mileage is no better than clubs offering alcohol even though this club is dry.
This club has seen better days. The M.C., (Dennis Morgan) has moved on to his own club called Fantasy Island. He has sucked out all the good looking girls.
My original review of Jumbo's generates more hate mail than anything else on this website.
This is one of those clubs that you either love or hate. Writers who write articles for magazines and newspapers seem to love this place and regularly place it on their top list of strip clubs in L.A.
There's no doubt that this strip club has a long history (since 1982 according to their website), especially with the Hollywood trendy crowd. The average I.Q. of the dancers here might be higher than any other club in L.A., but don't expect to see any Playboy material here. I think it's safe to say, it's more like "Clown Room" material. That doesn't mean all the dancers are ugly. They just don't look like traditional strippers with big boobs. Just take a look at the pictures on their website to get an idea of what I'm talking about.
The fact is, it's a tiny old neighborhood bar with bikini dancers on stage. There is a microscopically small parking lot outside, and on weekend nights, forget about parking anywhere close to the club. Basically, it's either dead, with 2 dancers, or packed with standing room only. Not my idea of fun.
The good news is, there's no cover charge. Just walk into this strange world of a mixture of Hollywood wannabies, drunks, frat boys, writers, and pervs. There is the smallest stage against the wall, and the bar is on the other side. Somewhere behind the bar is the bathroom if you dare to go there. The wall is filled with some clown art and what I assume are burlesque images.
If you're a dancer thinking about working here, the music is played on a juke box (all the way through) and what they call a dressing room, is about the size of a large refrigerator.
There are booths for lap dances but that's not the reason why you come
here. In fact, I'm not sure what the reason is. They used to have
live bands on stage playing while the dancers would "strip." I'm not
sure if they do this anymore but it definitely looked like something out
of a bad B-movie.
Claim to fame: Courtney Love used to dance here.
Jumbo's Clown Room - 2002
(Formerly Larry Flynt's Supper Cabaret, Beverly Club)
Originally, I had predicted no club could open in Beverly Hills. Then I had to take it back when this club opened. Then the city started to really mess with this club. First, it was, no more topless, and only bikini. Then, the dancers have to get an exotic dancer permit which cost $1000. Then get hit with an ABC violation with a liquor license suspension. Let's face it. If this club was owned by anybody else, they would have to close down. But Deja Vu is determined to fight this to the bitter end. Well, enough ranting.
This one and only Beverly Hills club is just one block from Rodeo Drive. You can park in the Beverly Hills parking structure, parking lot next to the club, valet, or on the street. Since this club opened in 1997, the look and feel has gone down a little. The carpet needs to be cleaned. The original intentions of an upscale super club apparently did not take off in LA. They never really recovered from the last liquor suspension.
You enter the club by going down one level by stairs. There is a reception counter but it's so slow, there is usually nobody there so you don't have to pay any cover. The DJ booth is at the entry way to the club. The DJ is able to see into the club and see who is entering the club at the same time.
To the right is what used to be the dining area, now just an area with some chairs. Everyone I talked to was very nice and with some great attitude considering how dead it was here. I was told that the cook is still working but he leaves early so if you want to eat, you'd better come early. Don't worry about charging the dinner to your credit card. Even AMEX is accepted, and the charge will appear as "Beverly Club" on your statement. Further past this area is the dressing room and men's bathroom.
To the left of the entry way is the main lounge area with a bar, 3 booths and 10 tables in this area. Further past the main lounge area used to be the lap area, which is now the main area with the only stage. The stage is movable and very small but has a pole which does not extend to the ceiling. Normal chair dances are $10. Frankly, it's so slow, I doubt they even keep track of the dances.
To the right of this area is the VIP room. The entire club is very dark, especially for Deja Vu standards but this room especially has some really dark corners in the booths. There are 7 booths, and 18 tables including micro tables around the stage area.
As for dancers, the good news is they are mostly all attractive. The bad news is, there aren't very many of them. In fact, on some slow nights, there are none. Maybe one at 11pm or so. Actually, I saw customers come, look around, realize nothing was going on, and leave. Some actually asked the bartender where they could go. The only dancer that I actually got to look at briefly was Skyler who looked pretty hot.
(Formerly Spice Lady)
Update October 2001:
Update June 2001:
Update February 2000:
This location used to be a supper club with live entertainment called Athenian Gardens. One of the owners of The Gentlemen's Club is the new owner of this strip club. As you can see from the picture, when they first opened, the name was not changed. However, a few weeks later, the name was changed to a spicier name, Spice Lady. That's the good news. The bad news was, a few days later, the neon light for the letter "Y" in Lady went out and the sign was left with "Spice Lad". The dancers didn't appreciate the new name, especially so close to West Hollywood and so it was fixed soon thereafter.
Although there is a little parking lot for employees, there is no self parking and valet parking and street parking are available. There is a mini-strip mall nearby but they don't like the club's customers parking there so avoid a tow and park elsewhere.
Once inside, the decor is upscale and Hollywood-like with a cigar lounge to the right and a large bar further into the club. The lighting at the bar reminds me of casino lighting in Vegas. There are restaurant style booth seating to the left and food is served from their kitchen. The food is restaurant quality since the club used to be a real restaurant.
On the left side of the club is a large stage with one pole. There are 2 separate dressing rooms next to the stage and one is used for contestants on dance contest nights. The hiring practice seems to be of Gentlemen's Club standards but there are not very many dancers there. Many of the dancers also work at Crazy Girls.
Make sure to checkout Sasha if she's still there. If not, find her at Crazy Girls.
7527 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
This is not a regular strip club. You can park in the lot to the right (as you face the club). You can enter the lot from the back alley if you don't want to be seen. You pay to go in a room with a girl (some allow pictures) and stripping goes on. Most girls allow you to get "comfortable" and everything is negotiable. Better to go to Venus Faire or Eros Station.
7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
This club now sometimes has male exotic dancers but no longer has female dancers. The review below is from 1996.
This club is only on Wed nights at the old Peanuts in West Hollywood and promoted by Kenny Coplan. It used to be English Acid (I think) on Wednesday nights but now, it's called the (Pink) Pussycat Club. Keep in mind that this is normally a dance club. It's $10 cover, and as I entered, there's a completely different feeling there from regular strip clubs.
It looks and feels like a regular dance club, except they have a tiny temporary/mobile stage that they plucked down for the dancers. The stage is surrounded by tables and chairs and many customers are standing or walking around the club.
I was very surprised at the quality of the dancers. Out of about 15, I only saw 2 or 3 I didn't like. Most are from Fantasy Island, some from Fritz, one from Star Strip. Chair dances are a whopping $20 per song. Most dancers do a very mild dance but I saw a few in the back area in the dark doing some heavy duty stuff. There is only one bouncer/security and he doesn't seem to care. Most dancers were left to their own and several customers were very grabby. Many of the dancers sat with their customers, some sat on their laps after their chair dances. Very friendly.
This place is topless but the stage is so small, there is no 6 foot line. They just put up some stuff they use at the banks to keep the people away but there is a large gap on the left side and while the dancer is topless, many customers walked right up to the stage and tipped the dancer. They were no more than 1 or 2 feet away. However, none of the dancers reacted in any way to the tipping. No dancer that I saw, ever came up the the tipper or let the tipper touch or vice versa. They just kept dancing like they weren't there.
The thing that made this club interesting to me was the customers. The crowd is very trendy looking and dressed hip. Saw one semi-celebrity (TV) there. There were many couples and female customers. Many of the female customers are very good looking and could easily be dancers if they wanted to be. Couples are dancing, making out, going to the bathroom together, etc., like at other nights when this joint is not a strip club. The atmosphere is very up and hip like at the regular dance club. Not down and quiet like some strip clubs.
7180 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
This club is owned by the same owner as Star Strip, and Star Strip Too (closed). It is in the heart of the bad area of Hollywood around the corner from it's sister club, Crazy Girls. The club has been completely renovated as of March 1998 and looks much better on the inside and out. Click on the picture of the front of the building to see what it used to look like. The small parking lot behind club is still there and street parking on Sunset is available but make sure to check the posted signs for the okay times.
The entrance is still in the same spot and as you enter, the bar is still to your right. That's about the only things that are the same. The cover is $10 with $5 drinks.
Since my last visit in 1998, they have returned the stage back to its original shape of 2 rectangular stages. There are no harsh lighting and just subdued lighting inside the stages. It's more than bright enough to see what you need to see. The small stages practically takes up the entire space of the club. On busy nights, 2 dancers do one set, then all 2 come off the stage and all new dancers come on. Unfortunately, now with the bigger stages, there is less close-up floor shows.
To the right side is a new VIP lap room with about 5 lap booths and 2 couch/bed booths. Medium grind Bikini laps dances are $30. There is a cash register at the entrance to the lap room (like Star Strip) and is manned on busy nights. You can see into the VIP room from where the entrance and bar is through a bubbling water filled divider that looks sort of cool.
The restrooms, the DJ booth, office and dressing rooms are on the left side of the club. There was an ATM machine behind the DJ booth but I did not see one on this trip. On the night I was there, the DJ was female and was one of the better looking gals there. There are bench seating all around the club with 2 high tables with stools. One table is next to the women's restroom and the other is near the front entrance. The table near the restroom is also near the back exit where the dancers go to smoke.
On a Friday night at 10pm, there were 5 dancers and 3 customers. Nobody was sitting on stage and nobody was dancing. Several customers came in, looked around and asked for their money back, and left.
If things are the same as before, nastier dances are available during the day but quality and quantity will be lower (like most clubs). This club used to be a magnet for new dancers fresh off the buss from Iowa, but from the looks of it, being closed for so long during the renovations did not help with their dancer selection at all.
Claim to fame: XXX stars Meigan Leigh, and Torrie Wells started here,
Motley Crue's song "Girls, Girls, Girls!" names this club (BFD!).
365 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
Bought by 7th Veil owner and remodeled (including Vegas carpeting). This club is in the heart of Beverly Hills' restaurant row near Melrose. No better location in LA exists. Small parking lot behind club. The bad news is the quality of dancers have gone way down since the good old days when Sam Kinneson used to hang there. The good news is they now have privates, shower and lap dances.
Lap dances are now full grind like at Sahara but costs $30 (dancer keeps $20) which is a little steep for what you get. Some of the dancers will do a full song grind. One feet has to be on the floor so no standing like at TJ's. The problem is, so few people are doing laps so it's very hard to pick the good ones. You will just have to talk to them and get hints. Get your laps in the VIP room near the back exit of the club. Go to the last booth on the left side so the attendant can't see you. Nude private booth dances ($20) can be pretty close up but very little or no touching. The shower booth ($30) is nice because you control where the water goes. But the water stream is not as pointed and strong as Gentlemen's Club.
But compared to before when it had "none of the above", it's good. 8 small stages create close up views for all. And you won't find any more floor work than here. Unlike before, dancers are allowed to talk to customers as long as they like! Club has undergone major inside and outside facelift.
In the last few weeks, lots of new dancers have been hired. Some good looking ones from out of town and some defectors from Valley Ball. The night shift starts at 6pm and most of the good looking dancers start on the late shift at 9pm.
If you go during the day shift, say "Yo" to the DJ, Mr. Snagapuzz. He's a cool dude and he's got his own radio show. If you like really tall blonds, try Tigra. I think my head is the same height as her top. Works for me. If you like accents, try Rebeca from Australia and Melani from Canada. Both are petite blonds.
(Formerly 777 Gentlemen's Club, Sunset Strip, Aladdin)
The club seems to have 9 lives because it's once again re-opened as 777. Although the basic layout of the club is still the same, the interior is completely different from all the previous clubs, all the way back to the Aladdin.
There is a large mall parking lot with free parking as before. Enter the club and pay your $10 cover (plus 2 drinks minimum at $5 each) at the booth on the left. As you enter, the super long bar is to your left. It's now new and made of light colored wood, matching the new wood flooring. You can tell that this was supposed to be a regular dance club because of this flooring. I think it's very cool looking. Almost like a hugh living room. The manager told me they might cover it with carpeting. I hope they keep it wood because "It's the wood that makes it good." You'd think all this wood flooring would be problems for the sound system but the entire ceiling is covered with some type of sound buffer covering and does a good job.
The stage is smaller now but is still against the right side wall. The stage is also made from light colored wood and matches the floor. The DJ booth and attached micro-dressing room is still against the far wall near the right side. The girls exit the dressing room and almost step right onto the stage. The manager told me that they are thinking of making the stage bigger. Unless they are going to have features, I don't think a larger stage is needed.
The room is filled with mirrored rectangular tall tables with black and chrome stools around them. The old lap room on the left side was the dining room while it was a dance club so it's filled with tables and chairs. It's the temporary lap room until they fill it with couches. They also tell me that they are going to put couches in the main room. That would make it a lot cozier. It looks a little antiseptic right now. But clean. Speaking of clean, the bathroom is also basically the same as before but newer and cleaner.
As for the girls, considering the club just re-opened recently, there were quite a few dancers and most looked decent. If this is an indication of the future, things are looking bright for this club. If they take away more dancers from other clubs, this club could become better than it was before, even without alcohol. The laps are $12 in the main room, $20 topless in lap room, and $40 nude in lap room. None of the girls were doing the $12 ones. The lap room is the way to go. Currently, the girls keep the entire lap money so they seem to be very happy working there. The house tipout is currently $50, but fair considering it's nude.
All in all, not a bad start to it's new life as 777. It seems the 3rd time might be the charm.
If you liked Rosa and Ann from Star Strip Too, they are working here now.