You always remember your first time, they say. And it’s true for men that there are certain events that are almost a rite of passage. There’s your first fight, your first drink, your first car… and your first time getting a lap dance. However it’s extremely important that if you’re going to the strip club that you know what the rules are. As a business establishment a strip club can make up nearly any rules it wants within the law, and sometimes it can be as tricky as navigating a foreign country with deportation being the punishment for stepping over a line in the sand that you didn’t even know was there.
First of all, make sure that you’re bringing enough ID and enough cash to really make it a fun night. No one likes a cheap skate, and if you’re going to a strip club with barely enough cash to cover your entry fee and a few drinks then you’re going to be an unpopular customer. Almost everything in a strip club costs money, from the drinks to the lap dances to VIP room time… and as always, tipping your dancers. While you’re having a good night out, the dancers are working really hard to give you a fantasy, and they appreciate being shown how well they’re doing with money rather than judging the size of the bulge in your trousers.
Speaking of trousers, rule two is to make sure that you meet the dress code of the club you’re going to. Sure a small town club might let you in with a tee shirt and sneakers, but it never hurts to err on the side of caution. While a tie might not be necessary, don’t be afraid to put on a shirt with a collar and to tuck it into a pair of slacks. If you really want to look dapper, add a vest and a jacket for a three piece suit look. However, if you’re broke then you’re giving the impression that you’ve got money and that’s not fair. If you look like a big tipper, at least have some money to hand out for women paying you some mind.
The next sets of rules are up on the club boards, which you should read just to be sure. One of these rules you’ve been hearing since you were little; look with your eyes, not with your hands. Strippers are there to dance and be ogled, not to be groped. Sure sometimes it’s hard to control natural reactions, but this should be foremost in your mind and if you find your hands reaching out then slap your own knuckles and bring them back to your sides. And if you’re ever not sure about something, such as if touching might be allowed during some special segment, always ask. It is never better to hope for forgiveness when you could easily have asked for permission.
Also, and this is an important one, you’re in a strip club, not a brothel. While there are surely incidents involving dancers crossing the line and performing sexual favors for clients, that is not likely to happen. It is even less likely to happen if you ask the dancer. These women are professionals, and they are scantily clad and dancing for hordes of men on a nightly basis… you aren’t that much more special than any of the hundreds of other guys strippers see that your particular proposition is going to sound hot or romantic where all the others sounded insulting and illegal. Dancers are there to dance, and while the goal is to get you so aroused that you part with your hard earned cash, don’t let it drift into the country of maybe-she-likes-me. Strippers aren’t shy, and if one takes a liking to you, she’ll let you know.
“Advice From a Stripper: Strip Club Etiquette,” by Bubbles Burbujas at The Frisky
“Strip Club Etiquette,” by Anonymous at Vegas