Ali Taylor Lange

Whether you are there for a bachelor party or just to let off some steam, a gentlemen’s club offers a perfect trifecta: alcohol, women in various state’s of undress, and a let-loose atmosphere. But all of that comes with a carefully prescribed—and enforced—set of rules. Cross the line, and at best you will be in for a scolding by the club’s manager. Push the boundaries, and you will end up escorted out the door. Unless you want your night out to go from awesome to embarrassing, avoid these 5 things that are guaranteed to get your butt thrown out of a strip club.

Touching the Women

Some clubs require the full hands-off approach, and for other clubs a casual hand resting on her hips or shoulders is fine. The club’s host will usually let you know the house rules as you enter, but the old rule of “look but don’t touch” remains fairly standard.

“The club’s main concern is the safety of our entertainers and our bartenders and waitresses,” says David Boehm, owner of Scores Gentlemen’s Club in South Carolina and the executive director of Club Consultant Pro 2.0. “If someone grabs an entertainer or tries to stick their fingers somewhere inappropriate they will be out the club that moment.” If you aren’t blatantly groping, you will usually get a warning from a staff member or the entertainer. But once that happens, know you are on the bouncer’s radar the rest of the night. Don’t expect to get a second chance.

Starting a Fight—with Anyone

Physical fights in any bar guarantee you will be thrown out. But simply arguing with staff at a gentlemen’s club could have the same effect. Find yourself in a dispute with an entertainer after knocking back a few drinks, and your night will end quickly, says Ryan Shewchuk, a Vegas Nightlife Insider at “They are always right, you are wrong,” he adds. And it doesn’t matter whether you are arguing about how many dances you’ve paid for, the DJ’s song selection, or the local sports team. Arguing with staff guarantees they toss you out since you’re a distraction to everybody else—thus hurting their business.

Asking for Her Number

We know you think that blonde dancer has been staring at you with laser beams all night. If this were anywhere else, it might be normal to ask her for her number or suggest you meet up for breakfast after her shift. Resist the urge, says Boehm. Asking her for her digits—even if you somehow have platonic intent—will put you on the watch list. Insisting on it, or soliciting her, could get you shown the door.

The reason this is such a hard-line? It’s against the law in some states. “It’s called assignation for prostitution,” says Boehm. Since she is being paid to get you primed, if she meets you elsewhere—even if you never make it past hello—you can both be charged. Keep it all at the club, and you will be just fine.

Getting Naked

Though you get to see theirs, they do not want to see yours—ever. Even in a VIP room. “I’ve walked by more private rooms than you’d imagine, and the guy’s got his junk in his hand,” says Boehm. “Once that happens your night is through.” For mainstream gentlemen’s clubs, there is no scenario where the entertainer turning around and encountering your equipment is a good surprise, so keep it in your pants and she will happily stay with you.

And, while we are on the subject of pants, there is a method to dressing for the club. “Guys going out to see beautiful women, should dress to impress,” says Boehm. “They took the time to look good for you, so return the favour.” This means no athletic shorts, sweat pants, or white pants. Clean slacks or nice jeans that won’t hurt her as she’s giving you a lap dance will let her know that you want to be at a strip club, not that you need to be there.

Just Watching

While this might not get you thrown out automatically, you can guarantee that the girls and hosts will notice if you just show up and don’t participate. “The number one thing men shouldn’t do is just go to strip clubs to watch,” says Shewchuk. “These girls are there to make money, not to work their asses off while you watch baseball.” So, get into it. (You are at a strip club after all!) “You have to pay for cocktails, entertainer’s time, and dances,” says Boehm. “You can even tell the host what kind of lady you prefer. The girls are there to meet you and make sure you have a good time.” Is it really so hard to oblige them?

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