No, we don’t mean entertainment establishments on Las Vegas Boulevard South. We mean the other kind of “strip.” Yes, people come to town for the gambling and the wedding chapels, but the lure of Vegas doesn’t stop there. Though prostitution is not legal within the city, the sex industry is an active and obvious force in town. Every other cab carries a placard for a strip club, and a walk down the Strip at night will have dozens of men thrusting fliers at you for clubs, escort services, phone-sex lines, and more. And some of you are going to want to check it out.
And why not? An essential part of the Vegas allure is decadence, and naked flesh would certainly qualify, as does the thrill of trying something new and daring. Of course, by and large, the nicer bars aren’t particularly daring, and if you go to more than one in an evening, the thrill wears off, and the breasts don’t look quite so bare.
In the finest of Vegas traditions, the “something for everyone” mentality extends to strip clubs. Here is a guide to the most prominent and heavily advertised; there are plenty more, of increasing seediness, out there. You don’t have to look too hard. The most crowded and zoo-like times are after midnight, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Should you want a “meaningful” experience, you might wish to avoid the rush and choose an off-hour for a visit.
Question Your Cabbie -- If there’s a particular strip club you want to visit, don’t let your cabdriver talk you out of it. Clubs give cabdrivers kickbacks for delivering customers. So be leery of drivers who suggest one club over another. They may be making $20 for delivering you there. And don’t accept a higher cover charge than we’ve listed here; the clubs are trying to get you to cover the kickback they just gave the cabbie.
For Men Only? -- Many of the strip clubs will not allow women in unless they’re escorted by a man—presumably to protect ogling husbands from suspicious wives. If you’re looking for a ladies’ night out and want to check out the topless action, be sure and call ahead to find out what each individual club allows.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.