Prime Time in the Vegas Strip Clubs is Later than in Other Cities
Las Vegas’ best strip clubs are on a late schedule compared to strip clubs in most other cities. Prime time in the Vegas clubs—when you’ll find the greatest number of lap dancers and generally the best stage shows—is from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am.
There are benefits to arriving earlier, including deals on drinks and dances and a more relaxed atmosphere. See below. But if you show up at pretty much any Vegas strip club before 9 pm, don’t be surprised if the audience doesn’t fill the club and you see a smaller number of dancers than we told you to expect. That’s because half the club’s dancers are still in the dressing room putting their make-up on.
Las Vegas comes alive in the wee hours, more so than any other city in the country. First, the town is always full of visitors on vacation who are in the mood to party. Second, Nevada is the only state in the U.S. that allows the on-premises sale and consumption of alcohol 24/7/365. There’s no “last call for alcohol” until the last customer leaves.
Nevada is also one of few jurisdictions in the world where public drunkenness is 100% legal.
In most cities, the bulk of the work force gets off between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, a time when the local bars see a slew of customers coming in to unwind with a drink or two. But in Vegas a huge chunk of the work force is employed on swing shift in casinos or restaurants.
The Vegas swing shift ends between midnight and 3:00 am. So, that’s when the night clubs and bars (including strip clubs) really come alive.
Vegas strip clubs that have special events like feature dancers often advertise these events as starting at 10-11 pm, but don’t be surprised if the event doesn’t actually get going until after midnight.
So, if you’re looking for the biggest crowds, best stage shows and greatest selection of top-end dancers in the Vegas strip clubs, come at 10-11 pm and stay late.
But, late night isn’t the best time strategy for everyone.
The Benefits of Coming Early to the Vegas Strip Clubs
I am usually one of the customers you will find at 9 pm—or even earlier—in my favorite Vegas strip clubs. Here’s why.
Less Competition for the Best Dancers
Showing up before the big crowds arrive puts you in an excellent position for getting the best available lap dancers in the club. What good is it to spot that dancer across the room who is exactly your type, if there’s virtually no chance she’ll make it to your table before she’s snapped up by someone else?
Relaxed Dancers who have Time to Flirt
And dancers who come to work earlier usually pay a lower stage fee to the club. That means they don’t have to sell so hard to get in the black for the evening—they can relax and flirt a while.
Earlier in the evening, the dancers are fresh and charming and natural. Their feet aren’t hurting yet from the shoes. They haven’t been turned down a dozen times for lap dances yet, or had rude customers insult their looks.
The lower-stage-fee enticement also tends to eliminate the first-string/second-string effect in Vegas. Dancers who start early tend to stay on into the peak hours, and dancers who start late tend to stay on until the early morning hours. Both sets of dancers are peak-hour worthy. They just have different starting-time and stage-fee preferences.
And even if you see fewer dancers in the room when you first arrive, you can be sure you will see a lot more dancers in the room and on stage before you leave.
Deals on Admission, Drinks and Private Shows
In addition, you will often find exceptional drink and private dance deals in the afternoon and early evening, plus other amenities like free admission and free or discounted food. For example, Deja Vu Showgirls (club review) offers an open bar (domestics and wells) from 6 pm to 9 pm seven nights a week (admission is $20 during the open bar period). What’s the catch? There isn’t one. They’re trying to get guys to come earlier to the club.
So there’s no reason not to come to a Vegas strip club early if that’s what you prefer. Understand that the party will just be getting underway, and don’t read anything into it.