Friday, July 16 / Saturday, July 17 / Sunday, July 18
Are the Vegas Strip Clubs Back to “Normal?”
Short answer: No.
Long answer: They’re trying but there’s a long way to go.
The two Vegas strip clubs that are closest to what they were before the shutdown are Palomino Club and Little Darlings. Both of these clubs feature fully nude dancers. Palomino has a full bar, so guests must be 21+. Little Darlings serves no alcohol, so guests must be 18+. But if what you come to Vegas for is the wild lap dance orgies, Palomino and Little D’s won’t do the trick for you.
Neither of these clubs ever had a wild lap dance scene in their main showroom like the big topless clubs. Both had exceptional stage shows and guests at these venues go there primarily to watch the shows. Those shows are back at both clubs and they’re as wild as they ever were. At Little Darlings, prepandemic, lap dances were always performed in private booths away from the main room. At Palomino, guests who wanted lap dances were led by the dancer to a smaller room adjacent to the main room.
The wild lap dance scene that Vegas strip clubs were famous for is not what it used to be. Dancers were out of work, with no unemployment or pay of any kind, so many left town. A number of other states with strip club scenes allowed their clubs to reopen months before Vegas, so a lot of our dancers went to where the work was. Some have returned. Some have not. Some have quit the biz simply due to the fear factor. Close intimate contact with strangers has lost a lot of its appeal as a moneymaking gig. Likewise, many customers have a more standoffish view of strip club entertainment. They’re just not into tossing another twenty-dollar bill at every babe who says, “Want some company?”
Unfortunately, the standard twenty-buck lap dance isn’t standard anymore. Sure, you can find $20 lap dances, but at the higher-end gentlemen’s clubs, many dancers are asking $30 and $40 for a lap dance. This doesn’t go over great with many customers. Some clubs no longer have $100 (three-song) VIP dances. Locals are sometimes now asked to pay an admission fee, or purchase a bottle package, at clubs where they used to just walk in for free. Because similar price hikes are occurring in the casinos with room rates, restaurants, shows, etc., Vegas visitors are more and more feeling like victims of price gouging. This is not a good image for this town that had been reputed for decades to be a vacation place with great deals.
Vegas will not be Vegas again until the conventions return. Even though much of Vegas has reopened, the conventions are not back and likely won’t be until well into next year. This town thrived on always having tens of thousands of businessmen with fat wallets who came here to have fun and blow off steam. We need those guys or this town is in trouble. Family tourists just don’t blow money like drunk businessmen out with their peeps.
I will continue to post any strip club news and coming events, but the pickins are pretty slim.
♦ Sapphire’s Topless Pool continues to follow its standard summer schedule, opening every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 pm with guest DJs every day. This weekend, on Friday, July 16, DJ Soxxi will be making the deck rock. On Saturday, July 17, Instagram babe Linny Mae will be the Summer Swim Host, while DJ Quira will be spinning the tunes. (Pic of Linny Mae (above) from her Instagram page.) On Sunday, July 18, DJ Flow will keep the beats beating. To reserve a lounge chair or other pool package for the VIP deck, daybeds or cabanas, click here, or call for the limo, more info or anything else at 702-869-0003. (Ask them what they can offer with shade!) Topless, full bar, 21+
♦ Little Darlings continues to feature “Theme Shows” on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 11 pm. Watch their cute young dancers (18+) strip out of skimpy costumes. Starting next month, Little D’s will be featuring porn stars on the weekends. See schedule here. Because there’s no alcohol served at Little D’s, you only have to be 18+ to enter. The club is open every day from 11 am till 6 am, except Sunday from 6 pm till 4 am. Call the club at 702-366-1141 for reservations, limo, or more info. Nude, no alcohol, 18+
♦ Palomino Club, still the only strip club in Vegas with both a full bar and totally nude dancers, is popular with both locals and tourists. Palomino’s dancers take it all off both on stage and in the VIPs. This club has the highest standards in Vegas when it comes to hiring dancers that are gorgeous, sexy and really good dancers. And they all get naked. They’ve also got some of the best drink prices for both locals and out-of-staters. Check out Palomino’s package deals here, or call the club at 702-642-2984 for reservations, complimentary limo service, or more info. Nude, full bar, 21+
♦ Hustler Club continues to feature Sexxy After Dark, Jennifer Romas’ high-energy burlesque show on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, starting on time at 9 pm. Great show! See my review here. Hustler is open from 7:30 pm till 2 am, except Thursday, Friday and Saturday open till 4 am. Call the club for reservations or free transport at (702) 795-3131. Topless, full bar, 21+
♦ Treasures is back and their kitchen is again open all night. With an attached steakhouse, Treasures has the best food of any Vegas strip club. The club opens at 8 pm every night, open till 5 am, except Friday and Saturday nights open till 8 am. Call: (702) 257-3030. Topless, full bar, 21+
♦ Spearmint Rhino is now open seven nights a week — Mon-Thur 9 pm to 5 am, Fri-Sun 9 pm to 8 am. Call 702-796-3600 for reservations, limo transport, etc. Topless, full bar, 21+
♦ On Sunday nights, Deja Vu Showgirls features “Sunday School at the Vu,” with select bottles priced at $99 and select dancers in schoolgirl outfits. Added bonus: If you come decked out as a schoolgirl yourself, you get free entry! Deja Vu is open from 6 pm till 4 am every night. Call (702) 894-4167 for the club’s free limo. Topless, full bar, 21+
♦ Centerfolds, right across the street from the new Virgin Hotel/Casino, features “Burlesque After Dark” every Wednesday through Sunday at 11 pm. Also, on both Sunday and Monday nights, Centerfolds also has select bottles for $100. Centerfolds is open from 7 pm till 6 am every night. Call (702) 767-8757 for free limo, reservations, etc. Topless, full bar, 21+
♦ Scores is open again. Current hours: 8 pm – 6 am, daily. Call: (702) 916-1499. Topless, full bar, 21+
♦ Minks is a friendly locals club way out on the east side. On Monday nights, Minks features 20-minute VIP room dances for $100 and that is the best dance deal in this town by far. The girls here are cute and friendly. Call (702) 435-7545 for more info. Free limo available if you purchase bottle service. Topless, full bar, 21+
♦ The Library (formerly Cheetah’s) is now open 7 days a week from “7 pm till close.” The Library does have a webite here. You can call the club at 1-702-384-0074. I don’t see anything on the club website regarding limo service. Topless, full bar, 21+
♦ Play It Again Sam, Chicas Bonitas and Club Platinum are all open again. Still waiting on any signs of life from Sophia’s, Honey’s (formerly Legends Room), and Girl Collection.