Cheetahs Las Vegas – Where Elizabeth Berkley Licked the Stripper Pole

  • IN A NUTSHELL: Locals' club known for its relaxed atmosphere and wide variety of dancer types. The club has been slow on recent visits, with few customers and dancers even at peak hours.
  • GRADE OF DANCER: Mostly average, some fine
  • SPW: 60%
  • 2112 Western Ave, Las Vegas
  • PHONE: (702) 384-0074
  • HOURS: 24/7
  • MINIMUM AGE: 21
  • VALET PARKING: Yes; well-lit lot with doorman out front
  • COVER CHARGE: Free admission if you take free club limo; $40 if arriving by cab or other limo; locals free
  • FULL BAR:Yes
  • FOOD: Yes; free pizza and/or wings in the afternoon
  • LAP DANCES: Main room, $20; VIP room, 3 songs/$100; g-spot room, half-hour/$250, no bar tab required, full hour/$500, no bar tab required
  • http://www.cheetahslasvegas.com
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Cheetahs Former Glory

Elizabeth Berkley Licking the Stripper Pole at Cheetahs in Cult Movie Classic Showgirls

Elizabeth Berkley Licking the Stripper Pole at Cheetahs in Cult Movie Classic Showgirls

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.

Floyd Mayweather’s Girl Collection (club review/Facebook page) is Las Vegas’s first gentlemen’s ultra lounge.  Populated with curvy 9’s and 10’s hand-picked by the champ himself.

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.
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16 Responses to “Cheetahs Las Vegas – Where Elizabeth Berkley Licked the Stripper Pole”

  1. alex

    i was able to go to cheetahs while i was in vegas. the limo came pretty quickly and the driver and doorman both made me feel welcomed, i tipped them both and the driver said he.d give me ride back when i was ready, tipped him also on way back and a little more than 1st ride. i liked the setup of the club the lighting was unique, nice and dark just like your review says. the girls here starting hitting me right away, a wed. night starting around 10:30pm. i had one ‘vulture’ as u say that was something, even the girl selling shots asked if i would buy her one as she’s holding it ready to drink it.
    i drank a few beers and the girls were rotating thru. i did get a 3 for $100 dance with a attractive and sexy girl. i swear she had this ariana grande look to her i just had to go play with her for 3 songs. could have been the unique lighting but anyway she gave me a good high mileage dance. i had a good time with her. they wore pasties and then take em off when u buy a dance. i liked the club overall and i don’t get upset about the higher hustle rate its just part of the game but it was a good bit higher than the other club i visited. i also tipped driver doorman servers and the dancers, everyone needs to tip something.

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  2. Jake

    What’s cheetahs like late morning to early afternoon during the week m-f? Do they still offer high mileage dances during happy hour and based on the talent at that time of day, do I want one?

    I’ve also heard they put an end to half price dances at happy hour!?

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    • Arnold Snyder

      Jake, it’s not really half-price lap dances during the day. It’s two songs for $20 lap dances until 7 pm.

      I’ve only been there in the late afternoon, but they’ll have at least a few dancers there early. Crowds at this club have been down lately, and so has the number of dancers.

      Still, if you find a girl you like, the mileage is high.

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    • JJ

      Jake, we go between 2-6 midweek. There are some decent looking dancers looking to work with you. Just got back: July 2016

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    • Aly

      As a dancer, i know the rate of girls dancing has died down due to the club being predominantly full of locals that ONLY seek the cheap two for twenty dances..AND high mileage too?!
      Smarter girls realize there is better and bigger in vegas.

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  3. Jorge and Robynne Corona

    My wife and I were there Saturday night. We have not been there in a while , we appreciate the hospitality and the no hassle of girls trying to up charge on the dances. It was my birthday that day and I have to say thank you it was fun . We will be back very soon.

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  4. JM

    Thanks for the reply.

    Would you say Cheetah is one of the better places to go during the day if I’m there for client meetings that are mostly at night? I gather that some places have high variability between being good during day shift vs. night shift.

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    • Arnold Snyder

      JM: Cheetahs is one of the better daytime clubs. So is Spearmint Rhino. Both always have daytime dancers (not a lot, but always a few decent ones).

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  5. Captain Comic

    Trip Report

    Went on Tuesday August 15

    It’s been some years since I’ve been. Extensive remodel in the mean time. The main stage has been pulled back from the wall and floor lit. The 3/$100 room nearest the door has been opened into a floor lap dance area.

    Slow/early night so I was waved in sans entry.

    Jonnie Walker Black is $12, draught beer is $10.

    As I said, slow night so there was ample time for meeting/chatting with the dancers. There was a good bit of stage dancing, but also a fair bit of empty time as well.

    Didn’t hit the three/$100 room or the G-Spot (VIP area), but got a few floor dances that were varying in mileage.

    Not sure how much the party level kicks in later or on weekends, but for a mid-week relaxing time with topless gals, this was quite a nice evening.

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