Spearmint Rhino is Still One of the Plusher Clubs in Vegas
Spearmint Rhino is getting older but it’s still one of the plusher clubs in Vegas, having eschewed the typical high-tech look for something more opulent and flattering to skin tones. Think English country manor with lots of comfy seating, fake paintings (nudes, of course), muted lighting, and big ceramic vases in the passageways.
For many years, Rhino was the best gentlemen’s club in town, packed wall-to-wall with tens. It used to be that a dancer had to be thin and movie-star pretty with big breasts to work here. Now that’s no longer the case. Rhino has aged gracefully into a second-tier club, after Sapphire (review) and Palomino (review). The dancers at Rhino are mostly 7’s and 8’s, but Rhino is no longer getting enough dancers to stick to its former body-type standards.
On the plus side, as the number of dancers has declined the hustle factor has gotten lower. And mileage remains decent even out on the main floor, though I’ve been finding higher mileage at Sapphire, which has the wildest lap dance scene in Vegas.
Rhino has one main and two smaller stages, but this is primarily a lap-dance club–the dancers don’t do much on those stages. The VIP rooms are small spaces with multiple booths.
There are separate VIP rooms for the hour, half-hour, and three-song dances. The hour-long room is more elegant with comfier roomier couches, though it’s not any more private. If you want a real private space with a dancer, the only such booth in the club is often available, as you must pay a $375 bottle fee in addition to the $400 charge for the dancer’s time.
Happy Hour at Spearmint Rhino
Spearmint Rhino serves food 24 hours a day (except for Sunday, the cook’s day off). The selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items includes steak and eggs for $10; most sandwiches, salads, etc. are in the $6–$10 range. As of January 2015 there is a lunch special again from 11 am to 7 pm daily, with a burger or chicken club with fries and water, soda or any Bud product for $5 (switch a steak sandwich for the burger and the price is $7).
The lunch special draws a crowd, and that crowd draws dancers, and that means the Rhino happy hour scene is the best afternoon gentlemen’s club scene in Vegas right now (except for in the summer, when the Sapphire pool is open). I saw a few dozen guys and roughly 18 dancers the last time I went at 4 p.m., and the dancers could have worked at the club in the evening. There were lots of lap dances going on.
A domestic beer is $4.40 until 7 pm, then the evening price goes to $12 (unless they make you pay at the door for the two-drink minimum, in which case the drink vouchers cost $11 each).