|There are many questions in the world of strip clubs
but I seem to get the same ones a lot. I have collected questions
regarding strip clubs, clubbing, dancers, and even this website, and put
them into this FAQ page. There's no way that I can cover
everything here but it's a good way for you to get started in getting to
know more about this industry and subject matter.
Please check here and read carefully before you send me e-mail asking
about something already answered.
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How old do I have to be?
You have to be 18 to go to nude clubs and 21 to go to most topless
clubs. Legally, a topless club that serves alcohol could allow under 21
year olds to enter and keep track of who not to serve alcohol to but few
clubs (if any) want to take a chance with this and I do not know of any at
If you are a dancer or waitress and you are under 21, there maybe
topless (alcohol) clubs that allow you to work there but I am not aware of
any at this time. Again, legally, they are allowed to do so but they are
risking their liquor license if they are caught serving you.
What is the average cover charge?
The cover charge can vary from nothing (i.e. free) to $20 for special
events or more. Usually, bikini and topless clubs are either free or about
$5 to $10 (depending on the day and time of day). Nude clubs are usually
$5 to $20 (depending on the day and time of day), which may include the
cost of one or two drinks. Sometimes, clubs will raise their cover charge
for special events, like adult video features or VIP parties.
Are there drink minimums?
At nude clubs, there are usually drink minimums. Some require you to
purchase your 1 or 2 drink minimum up front at the door, while others
require you to buy at least one drink per hour. Generally speaking, the
"chain" clubs tend to be more aggressive with the waitresses pushing
drinks. One trick I've used in the past, was to give the cost of a drink
directly to the waitress as a tip (without ordering a drink), and told her
to just leave me alone.
If you are at a alcohol club, they cannot force you to buy an alcoholic
drink by law. However, they can force you to buy a non-alcoholic
drink. If you are the designated driver, they will usually give you
a soft drink for free.
Where should I sit?
If you are a newbie to strip clubs, I would suggest you sit right at
the rail on the stage and enjoy yourself. Tip generously and the dancers
will show you what you want to see.
If you've been there and done that, sit off stage and observe the
private dances and the dancers as they interact with their regular
customers. The way a dancer treats her regular customer is a good
indicator of what is potentially possible for you after you get to know
her a little bit. If you are interested in one particular dancer, sit on
her stage only when she is dancing, then sit off stage when she is done.
This shows her that you are only interested in her and you can also ask
her to come talk to you off stage right after her set as she's collecting
her tips from you.
If you are a real perv, you can sit near the dressing room and peek in
as they enter or exit and see if you can actually see some nekkid women!
How much money should I bring?
That depends on the type of club you are going to. If you are going to
a bikini or topless club where you probably won't be getting lap dances,
you will need no more than $50 unless you're buying drinks for everyone.
If you're going to a nude lap factory, you will probably need at least
$200 to be safe and there is no upper limit. Of course, you can always use
the club's ATM machine but they often charge extra for the use so it's
better to bring cash.
Some clubs do allow you to buy lap dances with your credit card by
purchasing funny money, or chips. But check to make sure they do not
expire and keep in mind that they cannot be used elsewhere for other
How long should I stay?
Again, this will depend on the club. If you are just relaxing with
friends at a topless club, you might stay for many hours and eat, watch TV
or play pool. I have stayed at topless or bikini clubs for 10 or more
hours with friends. If you are going to a nude lap factory and you already
have a specific dancer you are interested in, it may only take a few
minutes to find her, then get your lap dances from her. However, usually,
if you are new to the club, you will have to wait a rotation, or at least
an hour to see who is available for lap dances. So all in all, it may take
an hour or 2.
What club should I go to near LAX?
This depends on what you are looking for. If you want to go to a nice
looking nude club (no alcohol) with good lookers and a little contact, try
Bare Elegance. If you want
real close up nude views in your face and no contact, try
Century Lounge. If you
want heavy contact and nasty dances, go to
Jet Strip. If you want
to drink alcohol, there's only one place near LAX to go:
There's no shortage of strip clubs near LAX.
What good clubs are near John Wayne Airport?
Mermaids used to be the closest club but it is now closed.
Ecstasy is the next
What good clubs are near the Ontario
and Deja Vu,
Ontario are both good clubs to checkout. Read my reviews of both clubs
before going. It might be too nasty for some people.
What good clubs are near the Oxnard
Spearmint Rhino is
the only club worth talking about in that area. Read my review.
What good clubs are near the Santa
and Plan B are the
closest bikini club with alcohol to this airport and
4 Play are the closest
What good clubs are near the Burbank
There are no clubs in Burbank (and probably never will). However,
Players in Sun
Valley is only 3 freeway exits from the Burbank airport.
What good clubs are near Disneyland?
Sahara are nude clubs not
too far away and if you want alcohol,
Fritz, That's Too is a
nice club to checkout and is very close. You can tell your wife you need
to get your pants pressed while she and the kids ride the rides.
What clubs are near the downtown Los Angeles Convention Center and
There is only one topless club in downtown Los Angeles:
Sam's Hof Brau. It's
topless with alcohol and a nice hangout with some good lookers. If you
want to have a drink with your co-workers after a convention or Lakers
game, this might be what you're looking for. As with other topless clubs,
don't expect anything too nasty going on there. If you want nude, try
The Score or
Check my reviews before you go anywhere.
Are there any clubs in the San Bernardino
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Any good clubs worth seeing in Tijuana, Mexico?
If you are looking for high mileage, the answer is yes. There are many
clubs in Tijuana that start with high mileage to crazy mileage. Some of
them are just fronts for a brothel. Some dancers from San Diego go there
to make extra money. I've avoided going there so I can't give you any
first hand accounts but there are several other websites with that
information including The World Sex Guide,
De EL CHAMUCO and
Redsnake. Club Madona and Bolero in Tijuana have websites.
You may also want to read Bishop's take on
his trip down south with JW.
There is a nude club called Pope's. Call
(760)327-1902 for more info.
A topless club called Showgirls is in
Cathedral City near Palm Springs. Call (760)328-1434 for more info or
visit their website at desertshowgirls.com.
7th heaven Gentlemen's Club
46156 Dillon Rd.
Coachella CA 92236
Mon: Closed, Tue - Fri: 3pm - 2am, Sat - Sun: 6pm - 2am
Topless, full bar
What clubs are open late?
Many of the better nude clubs are open late (3:00am - 4:00am) on
weekend nights. However, some clubs close earlier than advertised if there
are no customers. Your best bet is to call before going down there.
Venus Faire is the
only semi-club that is open 24 hours on weekends.
Most clubs have more dancers working at night than during the day.
Moreover, generally speaking, the night dancers are better looking.
However, there are exceptions to every rule and since it is less crowded
during the day, you can get more attention from the dancer. Also, at most
clubs, the rules are more relaxed during the day and the mileage can be
much higher than at night. Every club have shift changes and during that
time, you can see both day and night dancers. However, at some clubs,
there are very few dancers when the day shift dancers are leaving and the
night shift dancers have not arrived yet. So keep these factors in mind
when considering the time to go to the club.
As far as the day, Friday and Saturday nights are usually busiest. This
means that there are more dancers, but once again, you will be competing
with more customers for their attention. Whereas, the slow nights (Sunday,
Monday, Tuesday), may offer you more attention from the dancers.
Basically, if you want to just "mingle" with the crowd, go on the busy
days or nights. If you want more special attention, you should try the
slower days or nights.
While we are on this topic of when to go clubbing, I'd like to remind
people that dancers often wait until the last minute to make money for
rent and other bills. Therefore, there are usually a lot of dancers
working near the end of the month or the beginning of the month.
What newspapers have coupons for strip clubs?
The LA Times no longer carry strip club advertising. You can still find
strip club ads and coupons in the New Times LA, The Daily News, and LA
Starz is the only club
left in Los Angeles that has both nude and topless dancers (with alcohol)
under one roof. Classic Lady of
Oz is a nude club that has a Sports Bar (with full bar) attached to
the nude club and visitors are allowed to go from one to the other without
paying cover again. Xposed
is nude and it's sister club
Wet Spot is bikini
with alcohol next door. There are several clubs with bars next door or
very close to them including
Paradise to name a
Do clubs have dress codes?
Lei gets picky if you have really short shorts. I've been told at Deja
Vu that I can't wear jeans with holes and another time that I can't wear
sweats but both times, I talked my way in anyway. I know that the
Beverly Club (Deja
Vu) in Beverly Hills has a dress code but I got in with new jeans.
also has a mild dress code as does many clubs in the West side.
Often dress codes are only enforced when the person at the door has
something up their butt wants to keep you out for some reason. If you want
to be on the safe side, call the club before going there.
What clubs have no cover for my female date?
Classic Lady of Oz
always allows ladies to enter free. There are a few other clubs that allow
a female date to enter free with a paid escort (e.g.
The Valley Ball) but it
seems to depend on the person at the door.
Which clubs are nice enough to take my wife or
This is a question I get frequently. If you are looking for a nice nude
club that won't scare your wife, try
4 Play or
Bare Elegance. If you are a
little more adventurous, try
Spearmint Rhino (Van
Nuys) or Body
Shop. But keep in mind that nude clubs offer lap dancing and that
might be a little too much for some wives.
If you are looking for a nice topless club (with alcohol) that's not crazy
and sleazy, try The Library,
Fritz, That's Too. If
you are a little more adventurous, try
or Spearmint Rhino
(Torrance). If you want even milder with just bikini dancers, try
Plan B, or
If you want to mingle with some trendy Hollyweird crowd, go to the
Pussycat Club or
Crazy Girls. These
club has the most number of females and couples in all the strip clubs in
LA. If you like trendy crowds, checkout the burlesque show at
Forty Deuce in
Hollywood. For even milder stuff, try fake stripping in the
Some rules of thumb tips are: nude clubs generally have younger dancers
but topless clubs have dancers who can and will chit chat more with you
and your date. So pick your club according to what you are looking for.
Unless you want to show her how packed it can get, you might avoid
Friday and Saturday nights. If she is uncomfortable sitting on the stage,
all these clubs have tables away from the stage to sit at.
Which strip clubs have good food?
If you are looking for a nude club with food, I would suggest
Bare Elegance, or
4 Play. For alcohol
clubs, try Plan B,
Fritz, That's Too. Plan
B's menu is comparable to a good regular restaurant including some great
desert. The filet mignon at Pleasures is excellent. Mr. J's is
the only club that offers a sushi bar. The other locations offer sports
club level food.
Where can I go to watch the Super Bowl?
It's better to go to a alcohol club because they are more like a sports
club. For the larger ones, try
Fritz, That's Too. You
might also try Hooters.
Call first to make sure your event will be shown at the location and if
there will be a special cover charge.
Which clubs are couple friendly?
The answer to your question is that there are no clubs specifically
friendly to couples. It depends on the dancers that happen to work there.
There are always bisexual dancers working at every club. You just have to
find the one that you both like. One difference is that at some nude
clubs, the pressure to get a lap dance is very high and there is little
talking. Topless clubs are more relaxed and you can talk more before
getting dances. However, you will not be getting any high mileage dances
at topless clubs. One trick you might try using is for the both of you to
sit at the stage and see how the dancer interacts with your wife or
girlfriend. If she seems to concentrate on your wife, she's either
bisexual or is smart enough to realize what you are looking for and giving
it to you. In either case, she will probably give a good dance.
Where can I get lap dances for my wife or
With very few exceptions, your wife or girlfriend can get laps at any
club that offers this service. However, if you want to watch, or you want
to be sitting next to her while she gets her laps, you will have to go to
a club that offers lap dancing out in the open. Read my reviews and if the
club offers lap dancing in "booths", they maybe too small for the 3 of you
to be in it at the same time. Personally, I find it more interesting to
watch the other customers watch the lapping out in the open.
Generally speaking, topless clubs have milder lap dancing than nude
clubs. If your female date wants to get nasty dances, you will have to go
to a nude club. If she just wants to dabble in some fun, a topless club
Are there any clubs that have no smoking?
In California, nude clubs that have more that 5 employees are supposed
to be no smoking. Furthermore, as of January 1, 1998, topless clubs also
fall under this new law. I've noticed that more nude clubs are now
complying to the law since January 1, 1998. And in Los Angeles, I believe
any enclosed establishment has to be smoking free. However, there are
clubs that openly do not comply with the law. In theory, you can complain
to L.A. City Fire Department smoking hotline at (888) 333-0730 regarding
smoking at a club and they can be fined.
Are there any clubs that still allow smoking?
The clubs that are complying with the no smoking law should allow you
to go outside and smoke and return without paying the cover again.
Obviously, topless and bikini clubs that don't have cover charges don't
have a problem with this.
Jet Strip and some
other nude clubs now have outside patio areas for smokers.
Cheetah's used to openly
protest the anti-smoking laws but no longer from my understanding.
Are there any clubs that allow cigar smoking?
With the new smoking ban in California, the clubs that are complying
with the new law will not allow cigar smoking. Even before the ban, there
were many clubs that did not allow cigar smoking inside. At least with the
new smoking ban, they should allow you to go outside to smoke your cigar
Are there any other Adult Entertainment in LA?
Other than strip clubs, there are massage parlors, hostess clubs, modeling studios, escort
services, swingers clubs, and S&M / B&D dungeons. The best modeling studio
is probably Eros Station
in North Hollywood. There are ads for these types of establishments in the
If you are looking for tourist type places to checkout, you will
probably want to check out the Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood. This is a store in
the "Boys Town" area which features S&M, B&D, leather, sex toys and other
adult fun stuff. The store is clean and safe. It's always a good laugh for
out of towners. If you want a private S&M or B&D experience at a discreet
The Chateau or
Lair De Sade.
You can also be in your own porno by going to a "studio" called
Penthouse Fantasy Production Inc. They provide the location
(including a fake strip club) to talent and even the camcorders and
If you are into watching females, you can checkout the
Pussycat Club on
Wednesday nights only. This is at a regular dance club and becomes a
couples type topless club for one night a week.
If you are a swinging couple, you might checkout the Four Palms private
club out towards Palm Springs. For more information on swinging couple
activities, checkout the
Play Couples website. There's also LA Couples which uses the tag line
Also, for other mild adult entertainment, you could get your hair cut
at Best Trim in Town where the hair "stylist"
are all sexy. They are located in West LA.
If you don't mind driving to Helendale, there is a museum there showing
the history of stripping. Exotic World Hall of Fame and Museum 29053 Wild
Road, Helendale (760) 243-5261.
For a list of other regular dance clubs and raves, check
OCTrippin. Take a
look at the pictures of Club Rubber. Also checkout
DMK World for info
on the latest hot dance clubs.
Many years ago, I would have recommended Club Fuck as a
interesting place to visit but it has become too commercialized and not
much fun anymore.
Is there a club where porno stars hangout?
Porno stars tend to "hangout" where porno stars feature. I've seen male
and female adult video stars visiting
Classic Lady of Oz and
when their fave was featuring.
Many clubs have one or two adult video stars who work as house dancers.
Crazy Girls sometimes
has adult video stars hanging out and tipping the dancers.
Are there any peep shows in LA?
The only one that's worth a check is
Venus Faire in North
Hollywood. Deja Vu
Hollywood Cabaret also has peep shows but that's not their primary
Are there clubs that have live sex shows?
No clubs open to the public has live sex shows (with penetration) since
it is illegal in LA (and the rest of the U.S.). If you get lucky, you
might see some mild to wild girl/girl action at some clubs or during a
Are there clubs that allow picture taking?
There are some modeling studios (e.g.
Paris House) that
allow Polaroid pictures to be taken and in one case, they allow you to
bring your own equipment and go at it.
There is a modeling studio in downtown LA that specializes in allowing
picture taking of their models. I have never been there but sometimes they
have features there as well. They are located at:
1760 N. Main Street, Downtown LA
This location may be closed down.
As for strip clubs, there are no strip clubs that I know of that allow
pictures to be taken without specific permission from the managers. The
reason for this is not just because of the dancers, but it is also because
most customers would not want their pictures to end up in a publication.
Many years ago, there was a club in Hollywood called the
Ivar Theater that
had picture day on Sundays. Alas, this seedy club is now a legit theater.
What are these 2 for 1 lap specials?
Basically it's a marketing ploy to get you to get a dance. In 99% of
the clubs, it's just 2 short songs that last no more than 1 song. Some
clubs will even do 6 for 1 where the songs are 30 seconds each.
Personally, I don't get dances during these promotions because everybody
is doing them and it's hard to get some privacy. It's better to do your
dances when nobody else is doing them.
Where should we go for a bachelor or
If you guys want to
drink and get a little rowdy, try
Fritz. The nasty factor is
low but you can drink and enjoy watching the topless dancers on stage.
If you guys need to see some pink action, I suggest
Deja Vu because they are
large and can easily accommodate a large group with no problems.
Some clubs will put the birthday boy on the stage for free or for a fee
and the dancers will dance for him. It can be fun if it's on a busy night.
Where can I see mud or oil wrestling?
In the past, you could have seen it at
Angel's and Tropicana are now closed and Captain Cream no longer has
As of May 2003, The Library
has wrestling on certain Saturday nights.
Yes, but since I don't know you, there is no way I'm going to tell you
about it. However, I can tell you how I found them. Most of the
time, I found them by talking to dancers who worked at them. In a few
instances, club workers told me about them and in one case, one of the
Z-Chatters told me about one.
Depends on the club. If it's a good club where you can make some
serious money, it's VERY hard to get a shift there, unless you know the
owner, manager or one of the DJ's very well. Assuming you already have
strip club DJing experience, you can get a DJ job at a less popular club
or on a slow shift and work up from there.
If you have no DJing experience, you will have to start at a really
slow club or know somebody there who will cut you a break. As an example,
the DJ at Olympic
Gardens has 80-150 dancers on a shift with each tipping at least $10.
All cash. You think he's gonna give that job up? Not in this lifetime.
You might also want to checkout a strip club DJ website called
As with most jobs, the best way to get one is to know somebody.
If you don't already have a friend that works at a strip club, you can
become a regular at a club and "hang out" with the managers or security.
If they like you, they will let you know when a position becomes
If you want to do it the hard way, you can call or visit the strip
clubs you'd like to work at and give them your resume. Some clubs
have inside security/bouncers while others hire from outside companies.
For the clubs that have outside companies, it does not help you to talk to
the club managers who do not do the hiring for the security company.
Other positions at strip clubs like manager, DJ and bartender are even
more hard to get. It would be easier to have a bouncer/security job
first so you can learn the business, then move up to being a manager.
What is legal at these clubs?
In LA County, almost nothing is legal. Having said that, there are
things that the club allows, things that the club ignores, and things that
some dancers do.
Under the law, ANY touching of customers by dancers is considered
illegal. Therefore, couch or chair dances where the dancer grinds on the
customer is illegal. However, most clubs ignore this law and allow the
dancers to do so. Under strict vice laws, dancers are not allowed to talk
to customers, ask for drinks or accept drinks from customers.
On stage, any simulation of sexual acts (e.g. air sex, licking of the
pole) and touching of the nipples or genital areas are illegal. Most clubs
allow simulations and some clubs even allow touching themselves. At one
point, one club used to allow the dancers to penetrate themselves on stage
but they've stopped that practice after their bust.
Topless clubs are governed by the ABC. Click here
to read the gory details of the actual ABC rules that apply to topless
At topless clubs, the dancer must be at least 6 feet away from the
customer when they are topless. Under the definition of the law, the
dancer is topless when ANY portion of the breast below the top of the
areola is showing. This means that the breast cannot hang out the bottom
of cut-off shirts or bras. Moreover, no pubic hair can be showing at ANY
time. This means that if the dancer is not well groomed and some hair
sticks out from above or the sides, this is technically illegal.
Now that you know almost all clubs break the rules, let the party
What are some do's and don'ts in the club?
Tip the waitress. She can be your best friend in the club.
It's okay to go to a dancer that is not sitting with a customer and ask
her for a lap dance. You don't have to wait for her to come to you. If the
dancer is sitting with a customer, tip the waitress and ask her to tell
the dancer that you'd like to get a lap dance from her.
Don't rush into a lap dance if you've never been to the club before. Watch
and observe for a while.
Don't sit at the stage unless you are going to tip.
Don't ask the dancer what illegal things you can do with her.
Unless she knows you, there's no way she's going to say anything that
could get her busted with the club or with vice.
When getting lap dances, don't start grabbing the dancer. Let her do the
work and she'll guide you and let you know what's okay.
Can I have sex in the Champagne room?
Any sex at any club is illegal. However, that does not mean that
some girls won't do it given the right incentives (read lots of money). If
your question is, do the clubs allow or permit this activity, there is no
club that officially "allows" it because they could get in trouble but
some will look the other way so they can make money off the girls. Some
clubs feel that what goes on in the VIP room is up to the dancers.
There are no consequences for the customer if the dancer violates the
house rules. They would perhaps stop the girl and your dance would end.
However, if an undercover cop happens to see this action, you could be
arrested. So be careful if you are out in the open.
As far as what the dancer can or can't do (or the customer), this will
depend on the club and the dancer. Some clubs are more liberal, and some
dancers are more liberal than others. You can use the website rating
system to guide you to see where you might want to go. A nasty factor of 0
or 1 would indicate that there is very little or no touching allowed at
the club. Of course, that doesn't mean that there isn't one or two dancers
that break the rules there. A rating of 4 would mean that there is a lot
of touching going on and with the right pick of a dancer, you will get
more than what you bargained for.
I have heard of busts at clubs. Should I be worried?
In a nude club, if you are doing a private dance, it is almost
impossible for an undercover cop to be able to see what you are doing.
Therefore, you cannot be cited for any offences. It's possible for a
customer to be cited if you conduct illegal acts in the open where an
undercover cop could see you in plain view. If you participate in
illegal activities, such as having breasts pressed onto your face on the
stage, you can be busted for lewd conduct. Unless you have a previous
warrant, you will be arrested, booked, given a ticket and released on
O.R. until your court appearance.
To date, I have never heard of an undercover cop posing as a dancer
and busting customers. However, starting in late 1997, vice cops have
busted customers for doing lap dances in Anaheim. This city is trying to
close down all strip clubs in the area. And in April 2000,
customers were busted at TL for
receiving nasty lap dances.
In a topless club, unless you are drunk and getting into fights, it's
almost impossible for the customer to be arrested. This is especially
because the dancers at topless clubs are very careful because of recent
The bottom line for customers is that it would be highly unlikely for
the customer to be part of a bust unless you participate in super nasty
dances out in the open. Of course, you can still be busted for
participating in other illegal activities such as drug dealing, selling
or buying illegal firearms or silencers or soliciting for prostitution
or murder for hire, or stealing money from dancers. Yup.
For Employees at Clubs:
If you are the bartender or waitress and you serve a customer who is
obviously already drunk, you can be cited (given a ticket). If you are a
manager or floater and an obvious illegal act is being performed on
stage and there is a bust, it's theoretically possible for you to be
arrested along with the dancers. I have heard of cases where this has
happened, but it's somewhat rare. Starting in late 1997, the city of
Anaheim has started busting managers along with the dancers for allowing
lap dances. Also, in rare cases, the manager can be busted if the club
does not have the proper permits. The bottom line: If you want to be a
politician, don't work in a strip club.
Should I be worried about being mugged at a strip
The odds of being mugged at a strip club are probably no higher than
other similar establishments in the same neighborhood (e.g. bars, dance
clubs, pool halls). That doesn't mean you should relax. In any large city,
you should always be on guard.
Never use the ATM at a strip club, and be very careful in the bathroom.
Don't flash your money, even to dancers who might be "in" on a mugging in
the parking lot. I've even heard of the bouncers/security being "in" on
the mugging in bathrooms to the extent that they make sure nobody else
goes in there while you are being mugged, then when you run out of the
bathroom, they will delay you so that the muggers can get away. I have
personally been harassed in the bathroom but was lucky enough to get away
when another patron came into the bathroom.
If something like this happens, insist on calling the police, no matter
what the club says to you. Most of the time, the management will want to
keep it quite because of the bad publicity, plus it's not a good idea for
cops to have to come there for any reason. If the club employees are in on
it, you want a report on record so that the cops will eventually see a
I've been in clubs when there were shootings outside, guns being
brandished inside, many fights, and have personally had my car stolen
while at a strip club. Just be aware of your surroundings and try not to
be alone in the bathroom if possible.
You can also see crime statistics at the LAPD website: lapdcrimemaps.org
How do I open my own club?
Surprisingly, I get this question alot. I'll be straight to the point.
Opening a strip club in Los Angeles is hard to do. This is because the
city basically does not like them and want to try to prevent anybody from
doing so. Some years ago, if you knew the right people, you could open a
club for very little money. These days, with the stiff competition from
big money clubs and chains, you need some heavy financial backing to be
- Get a good lawyer.
First, get the best lawyer you can afford. Your lawyer can advise you
regarding the zoning laws and permits you will require. John Weston in
Beverly Hills handles all the big shots. Obviously, his firm is the best
and it costs to have the best. For $30k or so, his firm will find a
location for you. Finding a location turns out to be very time consuming
in Los Angeles. Roger Diamond
in Santa Monica also represents First Amendment cases for many LA/OC
- Find a good location.
To look for a location, first, you must know what you want to open. If
you want to open anything other than a bikini club, you will have to
look for a property that is zoned correctly for
adult entertainment. This location must be 1000 feet from schools,
churches, residential housing, daycare centers, etc. This measurement is
made from your building to the edge of the other property. Therefore,
even if the building is on the far side of the property, you have to
measure from the edge of the property line. Be sure to check the city's
property layout because sometimes it's not obvious by visual inspection
where the property line actually starts in some cases.
After that, you have to lock the location via a lease or purchase,
then wait for your permits. This can take from 3 months to 2 years
depending on which city or county you have to fight and how good your
lawyer is. Some areas such as Pasadena, Glendale, and Santa Monica will
fight you to the death. If you have enough dough to go for a long battle
in the courts, you will probably eventually win. In the mean time, you
still have to pay your lease or mortgage, not to mention your attorney.
- Compute cost and "Show me the money!"
The actual cost to open a club can vary greatly from nothing to
millions. For example, in an unusual case, one owner bought an existing
restaurant/bar for no money down and monthly payments. He did so well,
he now owns the business and the property. This owner was offered $1.5M
in cash and turned it down.
You can compute what it will cost to open a club by finding a
location, finding out the least terms (or sale terms), computing and
adding the cost of renovations and add to that your initial operating
costs, advertising and overhead. Don't forget to add attorney fees to
The alternate way to get in is to buy an existing strip club. In Los
Angeles, the starting price for a nude club in big trouble can be as low
as $300k and the going range is about $600K - $2.5M. Of course, you have
to be in the know to be able to get a good bargain, let alone know that
a club is for sale. The going rate for an existing bikini club is around
$150-$350K. Remember that if a bikini club loses it's liquor license, it
is worthless. Mr. J's (topless) was for sale at $2M. A distressed Star
Strip 2 (nude) was for sale at $750K. As you can see, the price range is
great. In Las Vegas, there is an existing club for sale at $5M and
another that refused to sell at $7M.
- Obtain the permits.
If you want to open a topless club, this is the most difficult to open
because you will need not only the Cafe Entertainment and Shows Permit
(live entertainment) for adult use, but also the ABC liquor license. The
last 2 can be acquired faster if you buy an existing and operating
business with those licenses. Bars with live entertainment or dance
clubs with a bar are prospective locations for a topless club. Needless
to say, if the bar is doing good business, it will cost a lot of money
to convince them to sell.
To open a nude club, you only need the first 2 licenses. The adult
entertainment license must be approved by the police commissioner. This
is where a powerful attorney can speed up the process from 2 years+ to
30 days but it will cost appropriately.
- Read the fine print.
There are also regulation requirements regarding the construction of the
stage (e.g. ramp at 1 inch per 1 foot gradient, 18 inches off the floor)
and other similar matters that must be taken into consideration before
choosing the location and starting construction. Also, be ready to
grease a lot of hands, starting with the inspectors, fire marshals, cops
and city officials. The only ones that are very difficult to grease is
the ABC. There, unless you know somebody inside, you will have to comply
with the full law.
If you want to open a peep show type club and need information about
booth machines, try contacting Simplex Video in San Diego. Rick Hinckley,
the president, can be reached at (800) 767-5907 or
Also, Don Waitt publishes an industry magazine for club owners called
Exotic Dancer Magazine. They can be contacted at:
2431 Estancia Blvd., Bldg. "B"
Clearwater, FL 33761
If you thought it would be an easy way to make money or pickup dancers,
forget it. It's serious business, and it takes a lot of money and time.
There are a lot of other easier ways to make money or get laid.
What are the upsides and downsides to opening a
It's an all cash business. If you manage to open a money maker, you will
gross about $1M per year or more. If you open a nude club, there's very
little inventory and overhead for the amount of gross compared to regular
businesses grossing the same amount.
The business is still considered taboo and other businesses, home owners,
and the police departments will all harass you depending on location.
Picketers are possible, as well as regular busts. As with all retail
businesses, you will get your share of lawsuits from dancers, customers,
city, etc. Be ready to spend a lot of money on attorney fees.
Be ready to pay-off everybody and his brother, starting with the cops,
going all the way down to the guy that inspects the wiring in the
building. I'm not joking.
Dealing with dancers is not the same as ordinary employees in a
business. I can safely say that it is not like any other business. It's
similar to the porn business except with more headaches because you are
dealing with more people.
Where should I open a club?
I can tell you what areas are very difficult to open a club (if not
impossible): Glendale, Santa Monica and Burbank. As you may be aware from
reading my website, some areas are very strict in terms of the law. For
example, in Anaheim, nude dancers must be 6 feet away (except for clubs
that are grandfathered). Beverly Hills and Commerce requires the dancers
to obtain a permit to work. Westminster requires that customers do not tip
the dancer directly. Therefore, your choices narrow.
Depending on if you are looking to open a nude or topless w/ alcohol
club, your choices for spots may be limited unless you have the big bucks
(like Spearmint Rhino or Deja Vu) to build one from scratch. The new
Spearmint Rhino opening in downtown is costing them $1M since they have
built the place from the ground up.
There are 2 schools of thought. The Rhino school says, open a club near
other clubs because the customer base is already there. The other school
is, open a club as far away from other clubs as possible. If you have the
money to out-do the competition, the Rhino method will work. If not, use
Unlike 10 years ago when you could open a club anywhere and make money,
there are many clubs that are losing money and are for sale. Bob's Classy
Lady (sold), Star Gardens (sold), Imperial Theater (sold), Sunset Strip
(sold and closed), Star Strip 2 (sold) etc, are all for sale. 10 years
ago, no club was for sale because they were all making too much money.
Are there any publicly traded strip club stocks?
Rick's Cabaret in Texas trades under the ticker symbol "RICK" on
As of August 2002, the name "Scores" is available for usage. It's being
offered by a publicly traded company called
Company Inc, with the ticker symbol "SCOH".
Also, PT's Showclub
is also on the AMEX as VCG
Holding Corporation, with the ticker symbol "PTT".
I think I'm addicted to strip clubs. Should
I be worried?
First of all, let me say that I'm not a doctor or therapist.
Being addicted to visiting strip clubs, in itself, is probably nothing to
worry about. However, as with any addiction, it's hard to figure out
at what point a "hobby" has turned into an unhealthy addiction.
According to Sex Addicts
Anonymous?, when an addiction includes unwanted behavior (e.g.
dangerous or unhealthy acts, losing relationships, difficulties with work,
arrests, financial troubles, a loss of interest in things not sexual, low
self-esteem and despair), you might be in trouble. If you have to
ask this question, this may be an indication that you feel your addiction
has become a problem and you may want to see some help. Your first
step should be to admit that you have a problem and seek help before it