Prime Time in the Vegas Strip Clubs is Later than in Other Cities
Las Vegas strip clubs are on a late schedule compared to strip clubs in most other cities. Prime time in the Vegas clubs—by which I mean the hours when you’ll find the greatest number of lap dancers working the floor and generally the best performances on stage—is from 1:00 am to 3:00 am.
This isn’t because the dancers who show up early aren’t good performers. It’s just that a big crowd tends to bring out the best in any performer, and the crowds start getting serious around midnight in Vegas. The clubs get packed between 1:00 am and 3:00 am, and stay crowded even later than that. If you’re around at those hours, you’ll find that a significant number of dancers at the Vegas strip clubs start arriving at 2-2:30 a.m.
If you show up at pretty much any Vegas strip club at 10 to 11 pm, don’t be surprised if the audience doesn’t fill the club and you see a smaller number of dancers than the TVO club review told you to expect. That’s because half the club’s dancers are still in the dressing room chatting and putting their make-up on.
You might deem this club a waste of time and never return, when in fact the club is only starting to wake up. Come back in a couple of hours, and you’ll likely find the joint is jumping.
Las Vegas is a town that comes alive in the wee hours, more so than any other city in the country. There are a number of reasons for this. First and foremost, Nevada is the only state in the U.S. that allows the on-premises sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages 24/7/365. There’s no “last call for alcohol” in any bar or nightclub in Nevada unless an establishment elects to shut down its bar service voluntarily.
Nevada is also one of few jurisdictions anywhere in the world where public drunkenness is 100% legal and where state law prohibits local jurisdictions from making public inebriation a crime.
In most cities, the majority of the work force gets off between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm–rush hour–a time when the local bars see a slew of customers coming in to unwind with a drink or two (or 3 or 4). But in Vegas a huge chunk of the work force is employed on swing shift in casinos or hospitality-related businesses like 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 pm, 11 pm, or midnight, but you shouldn’t be surprised if the event doesn’t actually get going until closer to 1 am.
So, if you’re looking for the biggest crowds, best stage shows and greatest selection of top-end dancers in the Vegas strip clubs, the wee hours of the morning are your best bet.
But, late night isn’t always 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 10 or 11 pm–or even earlier–in my favorite Vegas strip clubs, large or small. Here’s why.
Showing up before the big crowds arrive puts you in an excellent position for getting the best selection of available lap dancers in the major Vegas strip clubs. 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 side of the packed club before she’s snapped up by someone else?
And dancers who come to work earlier at the clubs usually pay a lower stage fee to the club. That means they don’t have to sell so hard just to get in the black for the evening, and that tends to make the hustle factor a lot lower earlier in the evening.
Earlier in the evening, the dancers are relaxed. Their feet aren’t hurting yet from those awful shoes. They haven’t been turned down a dozen times for lap dances yet, or had rude customers insult their looks. They’re fresh and charming and natural.
They can take the time to have a drink with you and chitchat (always tip for their time regardless!), without feeling that they are wasting time they should be spending in the VIP with someone else.
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 than at peak hours when you arrive, you can be sure you will see a lot more dancers in the room and on stage before you leave.
Also, stage performances tend to get better if there are customers showing appreciation, whether the crowd is huge yet or not. To me a stage performance is as erotic as a lap dance, and so I’m prepared to pay as much for a stage performance as I would for a lap dance. So even though I often go to the Vegas strip clubs early, I tend to see great stage performances because I tip the stage dancers a lot.
In addition, you will often find exceptional drink and private dance deals in the afternoon and early evening, plus other amenities like free or discounted food (see the club reviews for details).
So there’s no reason not to come to a Vegas strip club early if that’s what you prefer. Just understand that the party will just be getting underway, and don’t read anything into it.