Strip Club Paradise vs Tourist Trap
Vegas offers the best strip club deals in the world for people who know what they’re doing. But for the average tourist who grabs a cab to whatever strip club the cabby recommends, Vegas strip clubs can be the worst ripoff in the world.
The typical Vegas cabby takes you to a club that charges $45 to $55 just to walk through the door, and that’s after you’ve paid the cabby $20 for the ride. The typical club will also have a two-drink minimum that will cost $12 to $20 per drink – now you’re in $90+ dollars and you haven’t even had a lap dance yet.
To make it even worse, some of the most desperate strip clubs in Vegas tend to gouge the most, while offering a poor selection of dancers both in quality and quantity.
This is the kind of Vegas strip club that gets tourists screaming on Yelp about ripoffs.
And even the best Vegas strip clubs can feel like a ripoff if you don’t know how to work the angles.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you read this post, you can spend a lot less money for a lot more fun in some of the best gentlemen’s clubs in the world.
2017 Cover Charge Update
*Cover prices below are based on arriving by cab. If you’ve been to the clubs before you’ll note that most covers have recently gone up, but they can be avoided if you follow the tips below the chart.
|Deja Vu Showgirls||35||Older topless club, reasonable drink prices, not the best dancer selection|
|Little Darlings||35||Nude club, no alcohol, age 18+, has been known to raise its cover to $45 during peak times|
|Cheetahs||40||Older topless club, reasonable drink prices, average dancer selection|
|Crazy Horse III||44||Large glitzy topless club, above-average dancer selection, late-night sushi|
|Treasures||44||Large fancy topless club, gourmet steakhouse, average dancer selection|
|Centerfolds||45||Classy topless club with only average dancer selection, overpriced drinks|
|Sophia’s||45||Classy topless club with only average dancer selection|
|Hustler Club||50||Large glitzy topless club, above-average dancer selection, if you take a cab you’re required to buy two $20 drinks in addition to the $50 cover|
|Spearmint Rhino||52||Older classy topless club, was once a premier club but is now second tier|
Pro Tips for Getting the Most for Your Vegas Strip Club Dollar
1. Do not take a cab to a Vegas strip club. The major clubs all offer free limo service to the club. Not only do you save on cab fare, but if you take the club limo, you usually get free admission. You may be able to drink for the night on your savings.
2. Check out package deals. Sapphire (club review / club website) is a first-class club, known for its elegance, comfort, beautiful women, and high standards of service. It’s a club where it would be easy to blow a thousand bucks but it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Sapphire, for example, has a $15 reservations fee for their limo (call 702-869-0003 to reserve), but waives the fee if you purchase a two-drinks-for-$18 voucher, and they throw in free admission. That means, if you take the club limo, you get a ride to the club, two drinks, and admission for only $18 – a steal for a club of this caliber.
And if you plan to have more than two drinks, you can get an even better deal with one of the club packages. The solo package for $65, for example, includes $50 in drink vouchers plus a free shot, as well as free limo service, free admission, free line pass, free VIP table, and free host service at the most elegant strip club in town. There are also excellent package deals for groups and couples.
The cover charge for Palomino Club (club review / club website) has remained at only $30 for out-of-staters who arrive by cab (or Uber), but you can save that money for a lap dance if you simply call Palomino for their free round-trip limo service (reserve at 702-327-7258). Note that Palomino’s free limo service is for parties of two or more. If you’re alone, check out their package deals online that include drinks or a bottle, round-trip transportation, cover and a reserved table and you’ll often find you can save money.
The Vegas Strip Club Taxi Wars
It may help you to negotiate the Vegas strip club minefield if you understand that the reason for the high cover charges for out-of-state visitors is the “spiff” (bribe) the clubs must pay to cabbies who drop off customers. This spiff right now is $100 per head. That means if you and two buddies arrive at a club via cab, the club will have to shell out $300 to the cabby for bringing you. In order to survive, the club must do what it can to get this money back from you.
The free limos and package deals at the Vegas strip clubs are not gimmicks. The clubs would prefer that your money go to your enjoyment, rather than to enriching cab drivers.