Cheetahs Former Glory
Cheetahs is best known for being the strip club where the cult movie Showgirls was filmed, including the famous scene where Elizabeth Berkley licked the stripper pole. There’s a good reason the movie was filmed here. Showgirls was released in 1995 and the early 1990s were Cheetahs’ glory days, when it was mob-owned, full of beautiful topless dames, and the best strip club in Vegas.
Sadly, in recent years, the Las Vegas taxi wars (see our report) have taken a heavy toll on this club. With bigger, richer gentlemen’s clubs able to pay cabbies $75-$125 a head for customers, smaller and older Cheetahs simply can’t compete. That means Cheetahs has settled into being mainly a locals’ club.
Locals can’t spend like tourists on lap dances, so the best dancers in the club have moved elsewhere. That means Cheetahs has been slow on recent visits, with few customers and few dancers, even at peak hours. There were five dancers and about half a dozen customers in the club on a recent weekday afternoon and maybe a dozen on a recent Saturday night.
The club has a big main stage and two smaller stages. They’re all dimly lit, but you can sit on the rail and watch the dancers comfortably; the few flashing lights aren’t irritating. However, this is primarily a lap-dance club, not much of a club for watching dancers on stage.
Cheetahs Lap Dance Scene
Cheetahs did a remodel a few years back that, in my opinion, missed the boat. Cheetahs used to be the darkest topless club in town—they had darkness down to an art form. A single subdued violet tube light ran along the ceiling—the kind of thing you used to see with lava lamps in guys’ basement man caves. That was it.
The feeling of the place was something like a high-school make-out party. Though it was smaller and older than other clubs, that darkness made it lap-dance heaven.
It didn’t even matter that they no longer had the best-looking dancers in town. You couldn’t see the dancers anyway. You had to be careful, when you were looking for a seat, that you didn’t happen to sit in some guy’s lap. That could happen if he was some goth freak wearing black clothes. On the other hand, he might have slipped you a twenty before he realized you weren’t a girl.
Then Cheetahs did their remodel job to brighten the place up and try to make it look new. Now, instead of darkness and an interesting retro style, it just looks like a worse version of every other strip club in town.
On the plus side, Cheetahs still has a high-mileage lap dance scene.
Cheetahs’ Happy Hour
Half-price drinks are one thing, but half-price lap dances? Now that’s what I call a happy hour. Seven days a week until 7 pm, all lap dances on Cheetah’s main floor are two for the price of one. (Note: Not all dancers will accept this price).
Sadly, the old two for $9 beer special is gone. Domestic beers at this time are now $8.50.
Cheetahs’ website says they have a free lunch buffet from noon to 4 pm, Mon – Sat. What this means is that sometime between noon and 4 pm—usually around 1 or 2 pm—they come up with some free pizza and/or chicken wings. Not bad, but don’t think you can just go there at noon and get a free lunch. There’s not really a full buffet or menu.
If you’re looking for a better selection of dancers and/or more of a party scene, check out the clubs below.
Other Vegas Strip Clubs You Might Enjoy
Sapphire (club review / club website) offers busty, long-legged beauties by the hundreds (400+ during peak evening hours). This elegant club is a babe bacchanal, with the wildest lap dance scene in town.
Deja Vu Showgirls (club review/ club website) is offering the best private show deals right now among the high-mileage topless clubs. The elegant rooms are furnished with large sofas or beds where you can stretch out with the dancer of your choice, and start at 15 minutes for $150. That’s only $10 more than most clubs charge for 10 minutes in the group VIP.