If you ask a strip club employee about female customers, at best you’ll get an eye roll. More likely you’ll get a torrent of horror stories.
Why is that still the case? Years ago, women were denied entry to most clubs, and in many cases were only allowed to enter while in the company of a male customer. That attitude is long gone in most places, and with the hottest clubs in the country shifting to the EDM dance club format (with the bonus that you don’t have to dance!) more women are partying at the strip club than ever before!
So how should you behave at the club?
You’re in luck. If you’re thinking about throwing some dollars, we have some tips to keep you from being dressing room gossip!
1. Bring money!
Male or female, expect to spend money at the club. Strip clubs are the epitome of tipping culture. If you want a great table, tip the floor host. Want your drinks quickly? Tip the bartender or waitress. If you want the dancers to come over or spend time at your table… I think you get the point! Dollar bills, y’all.
Treating the club as a normal bar where you can have other customers buy you drinks is rude. It’s the equivalent of walking into a professional massage parlor and offering people shoulder rubs for $10. You’re taking money away from the people that are there working, and, let’s face it – if the customers wanted to be at a regular bar, they would be!
2. Leave the attitude at the door.
The biggest stereotype about female customers is that they walk into the club with their nose in the air. Not a cute look, ladies.
Stripping is a job like any other. If you’re still thinking that it’s easy money, you’ve probably never had a man tell you that he thinks you’re the reincarnated version of his wife who passed away.
Getting on stage is one very small part of what the majority strippers do. In actuality, most are a combination of therapist, girlfriend, and kindergarten teacher (don’t lick that!). Many dancers are able to move seamlessly into careers as counselors or in sales after they retire because it’s the job that they were already doing.
Beyond that, the stage show, while entertaining, doesn’t contribute much income. Considering the lack of health care or workman’s comp, in most cases it’s better to play it safe instead of trying that new trick that could keep you from working for a week or two.
Don’t judge the girl on stage. Think you can do it better?
3. Come in for amateur night!
If you find yourself thinking, “I could do this!” a lot of clubs have amateur nights. Rules vary, but usually you can get up on stage for a cash prize. It’s a great way to test out your skills and see what it really takes to strip.
If you DO get on stage, remember that you’ve got about 3 minutes to show your stuff and most dancers work at least 4 hours, but sometimes from open to close! Dancing is a very physically strenuous job, and being “on” or social for that many hours is also taxing for many.
Giving a lap dance is basically giving someone therapy while some sort of a sadistic trainer forces you to do squats for 3 minute intervals with the only breaks being negotiating the next 3 minutes. However, when it comes to lap dances…
4. Don’t give a lap dance.
Not on your man. Not on another man. It looks tacky, and we’re also back to the massage parlor. There are professionals there doing their job and hoping to be paid for it.
As an alternative, get a couples dance (or a dance for yourself!) and then test your own skills out at home.
5. Don’t touch.
Many dancers have rules that are different for female customers, but making assumptions is rude. If you wouldn’t do it to a stranger anywhere else, don’t do it at the club.
A lot of women treat the club as a smorgasbord of implant samples, and, well, I won’t lie. It can be very handy for that. Dancers tend to be significantly more open and self confident than your average Jane, and if you ask politely there’s a good chance that you can give them a bit of a test drive.
At least you can always grab your OWN boobs, right?
No matter what, consent is key – however drunk you get. We want everyone to have a great time at the club, and we don’t want to have to kick anyone out. It really kills the vibe.
As silly as it might sound, seeing a bunch of women having a great time and spending money at the club means that EVERYONE is going to have a great time and spend money. Soon enough everyone will be asking how they can get all the girls at their table, too.