Vegas Consumer Electronics Show lights up strip clubs
USA Today By Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY - This week's International Consumer Electronics Show, the largest in the world, is reported to have attracted about 140,000 mostly male conventioneers to Las Vegas.ers from the Spearmint Rhino club in Vegas appear at a past Adult Entertainment Expo. It and the Consumer Electronic Show usually spark business at Vegas strip clubs.
A traditional extracurricular activity by swarms of techies: visits to Sin City's more than two dozen strip clubs. Clubs rely on CES to boost income, especially in these tough economic times, says Arnold Snyder, author of Topless Vegas (Huntington Press).
"The strip clubs are definitely hurting" due to less spending by tourists and an exodus of residents -- including construction workers and those who lost homes to foreclosure, Snyder told me via phone. "The dancers will tell you they're not making the money they used to." The question is whether CES attendees will help make up the deficit by spending heavily on $20 lap dances and VIP-room visits with bottle service that can rise into the thousands faster than you can say "G-string and 5-inch platform heels." And dancers' take might be less than same time last year, when the Adult Entertainment Expo (a giant gathering that attracts porn stars and their fans) ran concurrently with CES. This year, that trade show starts Jan. 18, which also could be a good week for strip clubs.
For those considering a Vegas strip-club outing, here are some tips from Snyder, who updates Topless Vegas frequently to keep up with the ever-changing club scene (the e-book is $6.95 at shoplva.com; $13.90 with updates).
If you're looking for the best dancing and stage show, head for Little Darlings, he suggests. Little Darlings is a nude club where no alcohol is served.
Want to watch nude dancers and drink? The Palomino Club is the only nude club allowed to serve alcohol, Snyder says. Those looking for a lap dance (typically $20) in a lively club with lots of dancers would do well to head for locals' favorites Cheetahs or Spearmint Rhino, he says. And if you want to save money, don't arrive by taxi or limo. Drivers typically get kickbacks from clubs, and you'll pay the full entrance fee, which can be $20 and up. Driving a rental car or your own vehicle may help you get in free, as locals usually do.
Readers, care to share your favorite Vegas "gentlemen's club"? (Women can watch male strippers upstairs at the OG club Wednesdays-Sundays).