VIP rooms in Las Vegas strip clubs are expensive. Some are worth every penny. Some are rip-offs. Some of the less expensive options are among the best rooms in town for privacy, comfort and dancer selection. And some of the most expensive are duds.
Few visitors to Vegas strip clubs, including those who visit regularly, realize how greatly the VIP room prices differ from one club to another. That’s because, while the price quote for the time in the room is generally in the same ballpark at every club, there are huge differences in the clubs’ VIP bar tab requirements.
In this survey, I’m going to cover all of the VIP options at the major Las Vegas strip clubs and even a few of the lesser known locals’ strip clubs. I’ll describe the rooms, the amount of comfort and privacy they offer, and give you charts of the full costs of the rooms to make it easy for you to comparison shop for the best experience and the best deal.
I’ll also tell you when and how you can negotiate for a better price.
The VIP Room Privacy Factor
Every Las Vegas strip club has one or more VIP rooms. VIP rooms come in two basic types. Briefly:
1. The Group VIP was once the most common type of Vegas strip club VIP room. This is essentially a big room where multiple dancers entertain multiple customers. The seating may be standard lap dance chairs, couches, or booths, but there’s no real privacy from other customers, dancers, bouncers or other club personnel. Everyone can see everyone else.
2. The Private 1-on-1 VIP Room is designed for a customer to be alone with a dancer. These are rooms with four walls and some kind of doorway. The doorway may be open or it may have a door you can close or a curtain you can draw across the opening.
These private 1-on-1 rooms may be grouped in a big room (most common) or lined up down private hallways (Little Darlings) that afford additional privacy. The rooms are generally furnished with a comfortable couch or bed and sometimes a small table and lamp, but not much else.
Some clubs offer private VIP rooms with special amenities. For example, Sapphire offers a private karaoke room. You may also find video monitors, individual lighting and sound controls, windows overlooking the club’s main stage, and other amenities. (See my review of Vegas’s most luxurious private VIP rooms.)
And a few Vegas strip clubs offer some larger private VIPs for small groups like bachelor parties.
The Price of Privacy
The trend in Vegas strip clubs over the past ten years has been away from the old group VIP rooms in favor of more private 1-on-1 cubicles or rooms. Most clubs now offer at least a few private options, usually for a higher price than their group VIP.
That’s because the clubs have realized that guys are willing to pay more for privacy.
Clubs that have both a group VIP and private VIP rooms charge a higher hourly fee and/or bar tab and/or time requirement in the private VIP. And drinks for the drink requirement in any of the VIP rooms are generally more expensive than drinks in the main club showroom.
With a few exceptions, most of the clubs in town will quote you a price for their group and private VIPs that sounds similar to the prices at other clubs. But the actual price varies widely between clubs because of the bar tab effect.
For example, both Babes and Crazy Horse III will quote you a price of $400 for an hour with a dancer in one of their curtained cubicle VIP rooms. Both clubs’ rooms are very private and comfortable and similar in size.
But Babes’ price includes two drinks, while Crazy Horse III requires a $475 bar tab in addition to the $400 charge for the room. So the actual price is $400 at Babes vs. $875 at Crazy Horse III.
The point is, if you just look at quoted VIP room prices, you may not be getting a fair comparison. The charts below show the full cost of each club’s VIP, with a breakdown of the room and liquor charges.
My Strategy for When to Pay for the VIP and When to Save My Money
My view is that there’s no reason to spring for the VIP unless you’re getting something for the extra cost. The benefit I expect when I pay for the VIP is privacy.
So I won’t pay for a group VIP even at clubs I like, because there’s no more privacy in a group VIP than on the main floor.
At a lot of Vegas strip clubs with group VIPs, the dancer will tell you that she can give you a much better dance in the VIP, or that club policy is that no touching is allowed outside the VIP.
But that’s no reason to spring for a group VIP, because there are plenty of strip clubs where you can get hot lap dances whether you pay for the VIP or not. See where to go for high mileage in Vegas.
At clubs with private 1-on-1 VIP rooms, I may pay for the VIP because I find the privacy enhances the experience for me.
Keeping all this in mind, here are the Vegas strip clubs’ current VIP options and prices in a series of simple comparison charts.
Vegas Strip Club VIP Room Cost Comparison Charts
The Cost of a 10- to 15-Minute VIP Room Dance
In most cases, the VIP rate is actually based on three songs, not 10 minutes. But I’ve stop-watched enough clubs to know that with the DJ jabbering between songs, three songs generally takes slightly more than 10 minutes to play out.
Private Rooms – 10 to 15 Minutes – Good to Excellent Privacy
|Babes||100||10 minutes, includes 2 drinks; curtained cubicles are in private hall|
|Crazy Horse III||100||10 minutes, open-doored rooms grouped in a larger room|
|Talk of the Town||100||10 minutes, curtained rooms|
|Little Darlings||125||15 minutes in open cubicle, difficult to find dancers who will actually accept the official price|
|Deja Vu Showgirls||150||15 minutes in cubicle with a door you can close|
Babes throws in two drinks for their 10-minute dance at no extra charge. Babes, Crazy Horse III and Deja Vu are topless while Palomino, Talk of the Town, and Little Darlings are nude.
For excellent privacy with the best selection of the most beautiful dancers, it’s definitely Palomino Club.
Group VIP Room – 10 to 15 Minutes
|Play I Again Sam||100||10 minutes, includes 2 drinks|
|Deja Vu Showgirls||125||10 minutes|
|Spearmint Rhino||140||10 minutes. Includes $40 alcohol|
|Centerfolds||140||10 minutes, includes $40 alcohol|
|Sapphire||140||10 minutes. Includes $40 alcohol|
|Treasures||140||10 minutes. Includes $40 alcohol|
Most clubs with the 3-dances-for-$100 option allow these dances only in group VIP rooms. And when a club tacks on a $40 booze charge, you won’t get as much alcohol for your money as you will out on the main floor.
At many of the clubs in this chart, the group VIPs are not only not private, they are also too brightly lit. For a club where the group VIP is pleasantly dark, choose Sapphire, Rhino, Treasures or Cheetahs, all high-mileage topless clubs. At Club Paradise the VIP is dark because it’s a railed-off, elevated open area at the side of the main showroom, which is dark. Club Paradise is a low-mileage club.
Best Value on the 10- to 15-Minute VIP Room Dances
I consider 10 to 15 minutes the ideal amount of time for a private show.
You can enjoy a slow private striptease and take your time exploring the dancer’s body close up, without getting to the point where you’ve got extra time that you have to fill up with small talk. And at the clubs in the top chart, you can have this intense private-room experience for roughly the same price as 10 minutes in the group VIP at most of the major Vegas strip clubs.
For the single best deal on a private room show, I like the 10-minute completely nude show at Palomino Club (club review / club website). The dancer selection is terrific, the dances are high contact, and the private shows take place in small curtained rooms within the VIP. The curtain is opaque and completely covers the opening to the room. There is no additional bar tab. That is a great deal for a nude private show at a club with dancers of this caliber.
Sapphire is a stand-out as a club that offers some privacy even for a $20 lap dance on the main floor. The club is simply so large that it’s easy for a dancer to take you to some hidden nook or cranny. You get a lot of lap dance on the main floor at Sapphire, and the selection is unsurpassed in Vegas.
The Cost of a 30-Minute VIP Room Dance
Let’s look at the 30-minute VIP dance costs in the private and group Vegas strip club VIP rooms. There are more clubs with private VIP room offerings in this category.
Private Rooms – 30 Minutes – Good to Excellent Privacy
|Babes||200||Curtained room is in private hall, includes 2 drinks|
|Talk of the Town||200||Curtained room is in main room, near entrance|
|Cheetahs||240||Open-doored room in larger room, includes $40 alcohol|
|Crazy Horse III||240||Open-doored room in larger room, includes $40 alcohol|
|Little Darlings||250||30 minutes in a private room, open doorway; difficult to find dancers who will actually work for the official price|
|Play It Again Sam||250||Open-doored room, includes 4 drinks|
|Deja Vu Showgirls||250||30 minutes in private room with door you can close, includes mini-champagne|
|Hustler Club||460||30 minutes in private room with door you can close, includes a bottle|
Palomino Club’s $350 for 30 minutes in a large private bedroom is a good deal, as it includes $100 in alcohol and is for a high-contact, fully-nude show, and the dancer selection is outstanding.
Or you could go for the $250 curtained room with no bar tab at Palomino and save $100. The room includes a small but comfy sofa. The curtain covering the doorway is opaque and provides complete coverage. The show is fully nude and high contact, and again, the dancer selection is outstanding.
Group VIP Room – 30 Minutes
|Spearmint Rhino||240||Includes $40 alcohol|
|Treasures||335||Includes $75 alcohol|
|Sapphire||375||Includes $75 alcohol|
|Sophia’s||400||Includes $120 alcohol|
|Centerfolds||550||Includes $250 alcohol (Note: We have reports that the price has gone up, must confirm.)|
I’m astonished at the prices Vegas clubs charge for a group VIP.
If privacy’s not an issue with you, Rhino’s the standout in this category for price. But you could get 12 lap dances at Sapphire on the main floor for that price. I’ll just point out that at Sapphire (club review / club website) you can get a lot of lap dance on the main floor for $20, and Sapphire is a large enough club to let you stretch out and give you more privacy with a dancer in some of its dark corners on the main floor than you’ll ever find in the Rhino VIP.
Best Value on the 30-Minute VIP Room Dances
The prices at Babes (topless) and Talk of the Town (nude) are great, and Deja Vu’s rooms with a door you can close are nice, but none of these clubs come close to matching the dancer selection of the major Vegas clubs.
At Palomino Club, you can save money by opting for the smaller curtained room, but if you’d be drinking $100 in alcohol anyway, a nude show in one of the private bedrooms lets you get exceptionally comfortable with a dancer. Again, the dancer selection at Palomino Club is outstanding,with 80+ dancers at peak hours, all of them first-rate.
The Cost of a 60-Minute VIP Room Dance
Finally, Sapphire (club review / club website) gets into the max privacy act. Sapphire has the most elegant 1-on-1 private rooms in town, as well as private rooms that are large enough to accommodate bachelor parties and other groups. (See the Sapphire web site for VIP group party deals.)
But in this report I’m focusing on 1-on-1 rooms. Let’s see how they stack up.
Private Rooms – 60 Minutes – Good to Excellent Privacy
|Little Darlings||400||Open-doored room; difficult to find dancers who will actually work for the official price|
|Babes||400||Curtained room, includes 2 drinks|
|Talk of the Town||400||Curtained room in main room near entrance|
|Play It Again Sam||450||Open-doored room, includes 4 drinks|
|Cheetahs||480||Open-doored room in VIP, includes $80 alcohol|
|Crazy Horse III||480||Open-doored room in VIP, includes $80 alcohol|
|Deja Vu Showgirls||500||Private room with door, includes bottle of champagne|
|Palomino Club||600||Curtained private couch room or bedroom, includes $150 alcohol, individual dancers may quote you a higher price, exceptionally comfortable|
|Sapphire||700||Open-doored rooms in VIP, includes $300 alcohol|
|Hustler||740||Private room with door you can close, includes bottle|
|Spearmint Rhino||775||Curtained room in VIP, includes $375 alcohol|
|Crazy Horse III||875||Curtained rooms in VIP, includes $475 alcohol|
Little Darlings, Talk of the Town and Palomino are nude clubs, with Palomino having by far the best dancer selection of the three; the other clubs in this chart are topless.
At Palomino Club, you can save money by opting for the smaller curtained room ($450, with no extra bar tab), which means you could spend two hours with beautiful naked dancers for roughly the same price as only one hour at Crazy Horse III. Now I know what I’m going to ask my wife to get me for Christmas.
If you’d be drinking $150 in alcohol anyway, a nude show in one of the private bedrooms at Palomino Club lets you get exceptionally comfortable with a dancer.
Group VIP Room – 60 Minutes
|Spearmint Rhino||480||Includes $80 alcohol|
|Treasures||650||Includes $150 alcohol|
|Sophia’s||700||Includes $200 alcohol|
|Centerfolds||750||Includes $250 alcohol|
Of the six clubs on this chart, four of them—Treasures, OG, Club Paradise and Glitter Gulch—are the only major strip clubs in Vegas that have no privacy options beyond their group VIP rooms. Glitter Gulch makes its money on the downtown tourists who think Vegas cabs are too expensive and don’t realize they can catch a free limo to a dozen better, less expensive clubs.
OG and Club Paradise also rely on the tourist trade from their prime locations. OG’s high prices have chased away most of its old local following. And for a lap dance aficionado, the VIP room at OG is way too well-lit.
Treasures and Club Paradise are at least dark as hell. Club Paradise in particular is an old-fashioned, elegant property.
Best Value on the 60-Minute VIP Room Dances
Nobody touches Palomino Club for their combination of price and dancer selection with max privacy in their comfortable private curtained rooms. $450 total for an hour? In Vegas? They have some of the hottest dancers in town and they’re completely nude.
Palomino Club also has a good rate for 60-minute nude private shows in the clubs’ private bedrooms, although you may have to negotiate to get that rate. Palomino’s official $600 rate includes $150 in booze. However, individual dancers have been known to quote higher prices for these bedroom shows. So, if you’re going to Palomino for a private bedroom dance, see How to Negotiate Prices in Vegas Strip Clubs.
If the highest-possible mileage is your priority, Sapphire would be my top pick. Sapphire is the swankest strip club in town, with the largest dancer selection.
Can You Negotiate a Better Price?
It used to be that clubs disallowed dancers from negotiating VIP room prices because this was one of the ways dancers had been stung by cops on phony prostitution charges.
Now you may be forced to negotiate at some clubs to avoid wildly overpaying. Dancers have now won a series of court cases regarding their rights as independent contractors, and in some clubs can basically set whatever price they want.
But in my experience, there are better and worse ways to negotiate. See my post How to Negotiate Prices in a Vegas Strip Club for the best way to start the conversation over private dance prices in order to get both a fair price and the dancer’s best performance.
Remember, regardless of what you pay the dancer, she still has to pay the house the same amount for the room “rental,” and she has to tip out the bouncer and host and cover the same house fee. If a dancer quotes the house rate, I wouldn’t try to talk her down. If she’s quoting her personal rate, I’m more apt to tell her I’ll pay the house rate up front, and tip her at the end based on the dance.
Negotiating with the House
|Pro Tip: Where you can negotiate is with the club manager on the bar tab requirement, especially for the higher-end bar tabs and especially if the club is not crowded and the rooms you are interested in are unoccupied. During off hours, you might get $100 or more taken off a high-end bar tab requirement. This is Vegas and you can often get what you ask for. But remember, the dancer can’t make this deal and the VIP room host may not be able to. Talk to a manager if the host can’t help you.|
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Sometimes you run into a dancer who quotes you a price different from the official club price for a lap dance or private show. To be prepared, see How to Negotiate Prices in Vegas Strip Clubs.