Strip Club Tips

Don't be that guy. Here are a few insider tips to keep you from being an ass at the strip club.

DRESS CODES: Some of the more upscale joints require tucked-in shirts with collars. Others allow untucked collared shirts or T-shirts. Shorts are a big no everywhere. The general rule is "look presentable." If you can swing it, look good. You're going to be surrounded by beautiful women after all, so rep yourself well.

DOOR CHARGES: It's true. Most strip clubs increase their door charges during large conventions. Still, a certain large group of well-behaved and well-dressed men arriving together could conceivably approach the doorman and bargain their way past the cover fee, especially if they arrive early (7-8 p.m.) and order drinks immediately.

STOCK UP ON CASH: Money makes the world go round. This statement can't be any truer than it is at a strip club. You can get drinks with your debit or credit card, but you can forget about stage or lap dances. Dancers are cash only. Yes, there are ATMs at strip clubs, but many charge a 15 percent fee or more; if you withdraw $100, you're giving up nearly a lap dance-worth of fees. Stop by an ATM before you head to the strip club. Even if it's at a casino, the fee is likely less than what you'll pay at a strip club.

HANDS OFF: Maybe you've heard tales of wild and reckless abandon at Las Vegas strip clubs, or maybe you've seen that travesty of truth, "Showgirls." Either way, understand this: These women are, no matter how it may seem, working. Keep your hands to yourself and you'll avoid a kick in the groin or a bouncer's meaty shove. Leaving the grinding to the gals will get you a better lap dance anyway.

TIPPING: Hellooooo? You gotta tip. These gals work for tips and tips alone. That means this: (1) Don't go into a strip club with barely enough dough to cover a round of brew; (2) Don't look repeatedly at a dancer working her stuff without walking up and tipping her; and (3) Do not, under any circumstances, sit stage-side without a pocketful of dollars. How much will you need for a night? If you are an average drinker, figure at least $30 per hour for a drink or two and stage tipping; lap dances go for $20 each, so add that on if you think you'll find the woman of your dreams. (You will, so add it now.)

PROSTITUTION: It's 100 percent illegal in Clark County. Don't solicit, suggest dinner or ask for a date. These women are dancers, not hookers.