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.
What are your thoughts on going to deja vu, sapphire, and palomino by yourself? From experience, is it better than going with friends? Do the girls treat you differently when your alone vs with another buddy? Also, will the club limos still pick you up if your by yourself Thanks!
Winston, I go by myself roughly 90% of the time. The girls treat you great, the clubs treat you great, the club limos will still pick you up.
Of course, it’s great fun going with friends. And with friends, we’re more likely to have a bottle on the table and a bottle is always a magnet for top dancers.
I think you’ll have a great time either way.
Hey Arnold, got any advice for visiting during a weeknight? Say Wednesday and Thursday nights? Best spots, times, etc?
Jdog, it depends on what you’re looking for. Sapphire will have a good crowd and great dancers on a Wednesday or Thursday night and it’s got a terrific, high-mileage lap dance scene. That’s where I’d go if I wanted stacked dancers in my hands, face, and lap all night.
Palomino will have a good crowd and great dancers both nights as well. That’s where I’d go if I wanted to watch totally nude dancers put on a great stage show and then head off to a private VIP booth for a high-mileage nude private dance. Private-booth dances start at 3 songs for $100. On a Wednesday or Thursday night you can also usually get a nude private bedroom dance there for 15 minutes (on weekends the minimum time is usually 30 minutes). Those are awfully fun.
If you’re looking for a club on a Tuesday night, Deja Vu gets a great crowd and great dancers because of $2 Tuesdays. Every drink (domestics, wells and calls) are $2 all night long (wells and domestics are free until 10 pm). Plus admission is free if you arrive by the free club limo. This is another great club for high-mileage lap dances as well as private bedroom dances at roughly the same price most Vegas topless clubs charge for the group VIP.
On Wednesday & Thursday nights, Deja Vu is slower, but a great club if you want a more laid-back experience where you take some time to flirt with a dancer before you head off for a dance. You’d likely see 15 dancers in the club on a Wednesday or Thursday night.
If you don’t care about booze, Little Darlings will have a good crowd and excellent dancers mid week, and even $20 lap dances there are fully nude and take place in a private booth. But again, it’s a no-alcohol club while all the clubs above have a full bar.
Best time at any of these clubs on a weeknight will be from 10:30-11:00 pm on. Locals start to pour in after midnight.
Let me know if you have any questions. Weeknights are a nice time to go to any of these clubs because, while they’re busy, they’re not jam-packed. You won’t end up in some corner where you can’t see the stage, and the hustle factor tends to be low.
Thanks Arnold! One last question: if I’m riding solo on a Wednesday or Thursday, what’s the best way to get free limo service into the club? Specifically interested in Little Darlings and DejaVu
Jdog, just call either club and ask them to send their free limo. You can find their phone numbers on the club review page under Topless Clubs or Nude Clubs.
You can call at the last minute, but the best way is to reserve it a couple hours or even a day in advance to get the exact time you want. Otherwise, you may have to wait a bit if they have a lot of other pick-ups scheduled at the same time.
Believe me, they are happy to pick you up.
Anonymous: If perchance you’ll be here on a Monday night, then absolutely go to Sapphire’s MNF party that starts at 5:30 pm. See https://toplessvegasonline.com/the-best-lap-dance-in-vegas/
On other nights, there’s not that much difference between 5 pm and 7 pm, except for the drink prices. But you will find a dozen or so dancers there even early in the evening, with more arriving the later you stay. There are always top-of-the-line dancers there.
Thanks Arnold. I was thinking about doing the MNF event. My main focus is high mileage dances. Would you recommend doing mnf over a VIP package in the main room to (since I won’t really care about watching the game or being in the crowd)? Or can you move between the two? (Ex. Start at a VIP table in main room. Head over to show room around 7, then back to main room after halftime).
Anonymous, during the game and halftime, you can sit anywhere. You don’t need a reserved table then. You should come a little bit early to get a seat near the bar on the door side of the Showroom so that you’ll be in the thick of it during the halftime dollar dances.
You should get the VIP package if you’d like to stay more than an hour after the game ends, because you’ll really need the package to get a seat then.
If you don’t much care about the game or the dollar dances, the MNF party is still a good way to go to Sapphire if you want to go at earlier hours. You can still get the free limo. You get in for $20 and get the full buffet plus two drinks, and there will be a full complement of dancers (150+) on hand to take care of the football crowd. If you sit in the main room instead of the Showroom, you can get the full high-mileage lap dance scene early. In that case, I’d sit a little away from the buffet nearer the center of the main room where the dancers near the entries can see you.
If you don’t like crowds, I’d go another day, because the club gets packed for its MNF parties. You’ll still have a dozen dancers on hand near 5 pm with more arriving constantly.
Looking to hit up Sapphire in mid-September during weekdays and prefer earlier times. Ideally would like to take advantage of the 1/2 price drinks at Happy Hour before 6pm. What is a reasonable time to show up to get a good selection of dancers? Is 5pm too early? Is it better to wait until 7pm or so and just pay higher drink prices for a better selection?
What is the latest one could go to Sapphire or Spearmint Rhino and still expect a good selection of dancers still working on a Friday or Saturday night/morning? If the main party is 1-3 AM, would that mean by 5-6 AM?
Chris, the crowd and dancers start thinning out at about 3 am. I’ve never been at the club later than that but I’d guess 5ish am would be about right.
I will be in Las Vegas for just a few days and in order to maximize my time I thought of going to one of the 24 hour places, like Saphire, one afternoon. Then hitting Palomino later at night. Is it worth the experience to go during the day?
Depending on the day of the week and the actual time you go, you may or may not find dancers at some of the 24-hour topless clubs. I haven’t been in Sapphire much during daylight hours (except for their pool), but any time I have gone in there in the afternoon, there have been dancers present. On the plus side, you’ll find their day time drink prices reasonable. I think I paid $4 for a beer last time I was in there before 6 pm.
If you’re here on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday while the Sapphire pool is open, you’ll find many of Sapphire’s dancers at the pool in the afternoon. But the girl watching is terrific, and you can get private dances from many of the dancers there. They’ll escort you into the club’s VIP through a back door.
Sorry for the typos above, I hate it when I type on my phone 🙂 Go through the left side of this site and click on each thing, all have good info. If you’re just looking for a good stage show so you can sit at the rail and tip you’ll get some good advice. If you want lappers or want VIP, etc… it’s all there.
Thanks Jimmy. I will read all information available. Thanks for you responses.
My advise is to start by reading everything on this site. There are nude clubs (but they don’t serve booze with one exception). There are large mega clubs, smaller locals clubs, tourist traps (Glitter Gulch). It all depends on what you’re looking for. IMHO I like Little Darlings, Sapphire and Palomino
Got a short trip at the end of September arrange, and staying at the Aria Hotel. Looking for a strip club to hang out. I’m a little shy, and nervous, so don’t won’t to be taken for a ride.
Appreciate there are a lot of guys/ girls on here that this is all old hat to, so I’d be most great fun for recommendations.
I’ll be travelling alone, also.