America's Sexiest Gentlemen's Clubs
It’s not what you think: Forget the time you found yourself in a club past midnight, with a foldout metal chair for seating and a stage with just a pole, bottle of Windex and a dancer who’d seen better days. It’s a new day, and that means one thing: Strip clubs are out, gentlemen’s clubs in.
Think 5-star dining, plush leather seats, clubs in great parts of town … oh, and dazzling entertainers, with equally dazzling entertainment options. Imagine slipping into a hot-tub with a hot new friend. Enjoying an intimate dance in a tent straight out of Arabian nights. Or watching a Cirque du Soleil-caliber performance … minus, you know, the clothes.
Whether you’re looking for a great spot for a bachelor party, high school reunion with the guys, high-powered business meeting or a special night on the town with your significant other, you’ve got options. Get ready to live out the fantasy at America’s sexiest gentlemen’s clubs.
New York City
People come here for the meat -- nice and juicy, mixed with an unexpected tanginess. Yep, you guessed it, we’re talking about the steaks here. The New York Times proclaimed Robert’s Steakhouse, tucked inside Penthouse Executive Club, has “some of the very best steaks in New York City.” Can't beat that!
The club may share its name with the raunchy mag, but upscale rules at this 10,000-square-foot den of pleasure in Midtown Manhattan. A T-shirt and ripped jeans won’t get you past the door here, unless perhaps you’re a B-list celebrity. Entrees can shoot upwards of $100, accompanied by a super-expensive wine list.
Enjoy a succulent meal -- either carpaccio or cooked to specification -- in a darkly lit, red-and-purple-hued area overlooking the main stage below: Dancers, from “Swedish” blondes to “Brazilian” beauties, offer a classy visual feast (no poles here!) sure to compete with the Kobe beef on your plate.
Penthouse isn’t just about eye candy, though; it’s about making a “connection,” says Penthouse’s rep Kelly Skillen. Enjoy that connection in a Harem Room (kept a little chilly for better, um, “aesthetics”) or in a private Penthouse suite that can accommodate group parties of up to 40, with cozy couches and imported silks -- perfect for either bachelor or bachelorette parties. Or might we suggest the cocktail-lap dance combo, topped with Reddi-wip squirted in your mouth?
Best part: Credit card charges are listed as “Robert’s Steakhouse.” Because you did come here for the meat, right?
Hallandale Beach, Florida
Add a South Beach vibe with a pinch of adult entertainment, and you get Scarlett's Cabaret in Hallandale Beach, FL, located off 1-95 South, between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Inside the 27,000 square-foot space, prepare for an endless parade of fantasy and fun all night long. In Scarlett’s lingo, we’re talking Uptime.
Every hour, on the hour, between 60 to 150 girls parade across Scarlett’s 6 stages, dressed (and undressed) to kill: in sheer gowns, boy shorts, lingerie, bunny outfits, latex-glow-in-the dark outfits and super-high clear-plastic heels, all accentuated by pulsating red and blue strobe lights.
A new sound-and-light system delivers the high-energy house music as the bevy of women disperses into the crowd to share the love. One of them catch your eye? Wave her down, get out your bills, and she’ll give you a dance to remember. Unlike neighboring Miami (where city laws say entertainers can "only" go topless where alcohol is served), you get the, um, full show here, in a semi-private room if you prefer. That, and a full liquor bar are all yours, as well as free lunch items -- gyro salads, turkey burgers, chicken wings and more, free between noon and 6 p.m.
Once the sun comes up, Scarlett’s has you covered with a complimentary pair of shades: Slip ’em on, and head to nearby Hollywood Beach after a night of partying well done.
Comfort is the name of the game at The Cheetah in Atlanta. Settle into plush leather banquettes, then fully enjoy the show.
Entertainers sashay onto the club’s 3 large stages decked out in a full spectrum of fantasy: French maid outfits, lingerie, camouflage bikini tops (with sexy combat boots), Betty Boop sailor outfits and more. It all comes off -- and we mean all – in table dances. But the girls don’t ask for dances or drinks around here. So you won’t be inexplicably staring up at a 300-pound bouncer at night’s end.
Premium drinks -- imported beers, top-shelf wines and liquors, along with cigars -- add to the evening’s entertainment. So does the man-sized menu, courtesy of executive chef Bill Toro. The Southern cuisine of Cheetah's Alluvia Restaurant includes prime steak, crab cakes and chicken breasts (in case something like that’s on your mind), with a touch of Cajun spice.
Monday through Thursday tends toward a 40-plus crowd, Friday through Saturday toward a younger set who hit up Cheetah as part of the Atlanta nightclub circuit -- 50% of these club-goers are female.
So bring the wife or girlfriend. And stop by The Cheetah’s boutique shop, Sugar Britches, on the way out: You might just find a sweet little number to spice things up on the homefront.
Walk up the stone steps of The Lodge, and you’ll soon feel like you’ve landed in a national park out West, with an adult spin.
Stuffed animals line timber walls, huge boulders form a cave that leads to the main stage. Keep looking: A cunning, curvy feline just might emerge from her lair, and slink toward a bowl of milk on stage. The women here have also been known to do leg-splits while suspended from red-flowing ropes, coil snakes around their bare chest and juggle fire. Pixies, geishas, Wonder Woman (sans top) and women in sexy soccer-referee outfits ensure this 25,000-square-foot space caters to all tastes.
The Lodge may be located off a busy highway near the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, but a billboard won’t lead you here. Since the club opened in 1996, owner Dawn Rizos has opted for word of mouth instead. A few years back, The Lodge even snagged the industry’s top honor: named best “overall gentlemen’s club” by ED Publications (that stands for “Exotic Dancer,” in case you were wondering).
A big part of The Lodge’s success: Landing a gig here really is a big deal. Entertainers, all over 21 (versus the legal standard of 18, for a more sophisticated feel) enjoy an in-house beauty salon, boutique, exercise machines and can even vie for an annual college scholarship -- which means beauty and brains really do mix on The Lodge's 6 stages and in conversation.
Also big here: the food. Chef Jose Luis Nieto prepares hearty appetizers and gourmet dinners for budget-friendly prices. Got a special someone? Ask The Lodge about its Saturday date-night menu.
Where can an average guy go up to a really hot girl, and be given the time of day? That’s right, Spearmint Rhino, located just one block from the Las Vegas Strip.
Approachable, friendly and at least an 8 out of 10 -- “or they can’t work here,” as club manager Mark Alums puts it -- the girls of Spearmint Rhino have both the looks and conversational skills going for them. Plus, these sexy entertainers really listen -- and they care. (Well, OK, one out of 2 ain’t bad.)
Want to talk sports? Your job? Maybe more? Order up a drink from one of Spearmint’s fully stocked bars: Choose from among select wines, beers and shot specials, served in real glasses. (No plastic here, not in the bar, anyway.) A cocktail waitress is always close by to take your order. And the night’s still young: Spearmint’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In town for a bachelor party? Show up with the guys in a complimentary limo, and kick back in any number of plush, lap-dance-friendly chairs and couches, enveloped by cozy, red-hushed lighting and elegant cherry-wood paneling. Within Spearmint’s 25,000 square feet space, see Spearmint’s talent in (nearly) all their glory on the main stage, a go-go stage or a sit-down tipping area.
Want something more personal? A lap dance, VIP dance or VIP champagne dance are all yours. Think 1 bottle of champagne, some strawberries … and one very caring dancer.
As the world’s largest gentlemen’s club, Sapphire had to make this list. True, if a girl catches your eye here, you may spend the rest of the night trying to find her. This adult playground is huge -- 71,000 square feet -- but where there’s one, there’s many: On any given night, anywhere between 300 and 400 entertainers are in the house -- lingerie- and bikini-clad bodies everywhere from the tables to the VIP booths, on the 2 main stages (where the top comes off), as well as a glass stage, elevated a dazzling 20 feet in the air … with little left to the imagination.
In town for a bachelor or reunion party? Sapphire’s VIP booths can easily accommodate groups of 20 or more at a time -- a definite plus compared with other Vegas clubs. Want more privacy? Head to one of Sapphire’s 10 skyboxes, overlooking the main floor, complete with cool leather couches and artwork that includes tributes to Champagne Perrier-Jouët. For a VIP area dance, start gathering the money, guys: This dance will cost you nearly $500, courtesy of entertainers who run the gamut from busty blondes to light- and dark-skinned brunettes, redheads and girls with Asian, Russian and Latin accents.
Men don’t have all the fun here. While you’re off partying, your lady may be living it up with fellas like Rico, 3-time Playgirl centerfold and Mr. Universe. Yes, every Friday and Saturday night, the ladies welcome the Men of Sapphire -- ready to get to work in Marine, firemen, cowboy and construction crew garb … then roll straight into nonstop private lap dances afterward.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Golf paradise meets flesh paradise at The Dollhouse. Just 1,000 yards down the road from the Azalea Sands Golf Club, (one of nearly 120 golf courses in Myrtle), Thee Dollhouse soothes tired muscles in no time: Slip into a hot tub, complete with champagne and some … topless company. No, you won’t be living out an Ashton Kutcher moment, not entirely, anyway -- everything is monitored here -- but if you’re married, you may just walk away with the “best marital aid,” as one of the club's managing partners David Boehm puts it.
Thee Dollhouse spans 2 levels: In addition to 2 Jacuzzis, the club includes 15 VIP rooms (both upstairs and downstairs), 20 “friction” couches (we’ll leave that one to your imagination), 2 bars, and 4 stages, complete with 5 girls at any given time. In true Southern style, entertainers make their grand entrance down a spiral staircase, but not before a once-over from house mom Laurie.
And don't expect to see any girls cracking gum or doing any butt shakes on stage. "I think that is so cheesy," says the club's guy Boehm, a 30-year industry veteran who's written the book, literally, on gentlemen's clubs hospitality.
In the summer, expect 100 girls a night. Some wow with their pole work, others with their eyes and the motto: Less really is more. Got a small group? Book a “champagne tent,” complete with black leather sofas, mirrored walls and a table with a big bottle of champagne.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
We gotta start with the desserts: rich, gold-covered truffles and creamy cakes -- scattered among flowers and lettuce leaves that have been strategically placed on a real, live beautiful blonde with flowing locks of hair … and one really big smile.
Located just 4 blocks from Fort Lauderdale Beach, Solid Gold gives new meaning to the term “decadent dessert.” And so much more. Enjoy a 5-star dining experience: flambé and Caesar salad, polished off with a bananas foster or cherries jubilee, all done tableside. Ahead, on the club’s main stage, acrobatic performers sway from vaulted ceilings upside down, legs split, with flowing sheer robes and chains as their pole of choice. It’s like Cirque du Soleil, only without a top on.
No Daisy Dukes or short skirts here. Hostesses appear in long, flowing gowns. But fret not: They’ll treat you to a 3-song set on stage -- the first with the gown on; the second, topless; and the third … you figure it out. For a closer connection, enjoy a “full” lap-dance in your very own private chair. Or head to one of the club’s champagne tents for a more Scheherazade feel: champagne bottles, a dancer and you.