Angel's, Long Beach
2310 W. Pacific Coast, Long Beach
Update June 24, 2000:
At one point, this club was not too bad but it has really gone down hill. The club itself was never much. It's large but very old and dirty looking. They used to have oil wrestling (like Tropicana), but not anymore. The format of the wrestling was exactly the same as Tropicana. Even some of the M.C. lines are the same. This is one of the few clubs in LA that's owned and operated by a woman (ex-dancer).
They have pool tables to the left of the room as you enter. The bar is pretty large and there is a DJ booth. The "stage" is square and is setup so they can wrestle there.
There were a few good looking girls there and they used to perform the same type of "round girl" type flirting as Tropicana for a buck. However, there is no table dancing or laps. The round girl activity consists of the dancer touching you and flirting with you but the customer cannot touch the girl.
Last time I was there, I bid on a girl and she was not happy with the bid and let me know it. The M.C. (who was a woman), came to me and apologized for her attitude but when the wrestler came back out, she was still in a bad mood.
But overall, if you want to hang out and drink with your buds, it's OK. But you can do the same thing elsewhere and see more pretty girls.
2688 South Street, Long Beach
Update December 2006:
There is a bouncer who checks your ID and checks for weapons. As you enter the club, there is a cashier cage to your left where you pay your $5 cover at night only. The DJ booth is near the entrance, the full bar is in the center of the room, the stage and dressing room are to the left, and the VIP dance areas are to the right. The bathrooms are on the other side of the bar and are large and clean. There are several aquariums in the club, including one near the bathroom which was a very classy touch added to this club.
The stage is a medium rectangular shape with a curtained entrance from the dressing room behind the stage. There are poles that go up really high in case some of the dancers want to venture up. There is also a shoe-like couch on the stage for dancers to play with. I saw one dancer basically do a demonstration of a full grind lap dance on it. I really like the setup of the dressing room, similar to the Wild Goose where the dancer can come directly from the dressing room right to the stage. I think it looks more professional than other clubs where dancers must travel long distances to the stage from the dressing room. There is a house mom who takes care of the dancers.
On the far side of the club are bench type seating for lap dances which are $10 per song (dancer keeps all). It is out in the open. If you want more privacy, you can go to the VIP room on the right side of the club, which is a separate room with more comfortable couches for $20 laps. Frankly, the nasty factor does not change all that much but you are paying for the privacy. There are also small private rooms inside of the VIP area for even more privacy. But don't come here for lap dances unless you like it mild. This is a place for drinks and stage tipping.
If you're here to drink, you might find that the drink prices are a little pricey but remember that you are in a strip club, and not just your local bar. All in all, a nice clean but friendly place to hang out and relax with your drink, while watching some great dancers.
One last note is if you were a regular at Angel's, you'll be very at home here because Doreen is the manager and there are other Angel workers here. You'll also see some Fritz people here too.
(Formerly Paris, Flamingo Theater)
The review below is from 2008 when the club was Paris.
Paris Showgirls is located in an industrial area in a stand alone setting with a multi-story parking structure behind the building. The entrance is located in the back of the building so you can walk directly from the parking area to the entrance. There is a turnstile at the entrance where they have a $5 cover charge after 6pm (free during the day).
As you enter, the bar, DJ booth and bathrooms are on the far side of the room. The stage is on the right and the lap dance area is near the front. There are tables and chairs in the middle area for customers.
The club offers a $2 Tuesday special for beer and a Sunday $3 Corona special.
As the waitress for their current special on the day that you visit the club.
There's a nice mix of dancers here for your viewing pleasure on stage and in the lap dance area. Single song bikini lap dances are $15 and $50 for 5 songs, which is a good deal if you already know you're going to get multiple songs with a particular dancer.
All in all, a great place to relax and get a drink while enjoying the dancers with your buds.
1811 W. Anaheim St., Long Beach
1600 W. 9th Street, Long Beach
The entrance to the club is on the left side of the building, almost to the rear. As you enter the bar and grill portion of the building, there are 2 pool tables and seating all around with a large bar in the center of the room. The bathrooms are right at the entrance to the right. You can tell that this place has been around for a while and it shows. The club portion is to the right (towards the street side of the building), and there is a $5 cover which is paid to a guy who checks IDs and give the money to the cashier. The cashier booth is connected to the DJ booth.
As you enter the club section, the small bar is to the left, and the small stage is against the wall on the left, with about 10 seats. There are about 7 or 8 seating booths and tables around this tiny club and the "private" dance area, which is basically a couch sized area, is towards the rear of this section.
The stage is too small to have a 6 foot area so the dancers wear pasties on stage. There is one pole and one ring for the dancers to play with. There was also a chair on stage which one of the dancers used to lean on so that she could do some interesting standing moves with her legs. For such a tiny club, the stage area is actually fairly nice with lighting and mirrors. This area looks much newer than the rest of the building and stands out. The ventilation is poor and some people might object to the lax rules. Frankly, I had a difficult time myself.
The lap dances are only $10 but the dancer can charge more if she wants to. Although the "private" area is separated from the rest of the club, there really is no privacy and anyone in the club can see what is going on. Amazingly, there is what appears to be a floater or perhaps a security guy standing at the lap area. There is at most enough space for 2 or 3 lappers in this area, but 1 fits more comfortably.
As far as I could tell, there were 2 waitresses which seemed like a lot for such a small place. Both waitresses seemed to be competent but not young lookers like at some nude clubs. The beers are $5 and soft drinks are $3.50.
All in all, it seemed like a regular hang-out type place for blue collar and biker types. The atmosphere was friendly and there was no pushing for dances or even drinks. People seemed to be just happy having a beer and watching the dancers on stage.