A lot of people don’t really understand the difference between strip clubs and gentlemen’s clubs. The two definitely have a lot in common, but they do have some differences, which are often subtle, and others more obvious.
What’s the Difference Between a Strip Club and a Gentlemen’s Club?
Let’s dive into the main differences between a gentlemen’s club vs strip club. Every club is slightly different, so this is just a guide, but there tend to be some patterns you can follow. Gentlemen’s clubs are generally seen as slightly classier and possibly with slightly older patrons.
The decor obviously varies from one location to the next, but a strip club is likely to have some low lighting and perhaps more of a modern feel. Some gentlemen’s clubs even have a sort of “country club” feel to them in terms of the way they are decorated.
This can only really be used as a rough guide as there are both strip clubs and gentlemen’s clubs that don’t really stick to the conventions when it comes to the decor.
Most strip clubs don’t have any sort of dress code. Try not to go looking like you’re spending the day on the couch watching TV in those grubby old sweatpants, but you probably won’t get kicked out if you just wear comfortable jeans and a t-shirt.
In a gentlemen’s club, it is expected to make a bit more effort than that, and some may have a code that requires you to wear proper shoes, for instance.
A lot of people have an image of the gentlemen’s club as being more classy, and this is almost definitely due to the fact that the patrons tend to dress a lot more formally.
In the majority of situations, the patrons of a strip club are likely to be a little wilder. Of course, they always have to stick to the rules in all circumstances. While a gentlemen’s club might not have such a rowdy and wild feeling to it, a strip club is likely to have more groups and people with more of a party mindset.
Neither is necessarily the right thing, but they just tend to be a slightly different vibe. In gentlemen’s clubs, the expectation is that you stay much more calm and quiet throughout your visit. In strip clubs, they often don’t care as long as you are paying your money.
Food and Drinks
You can usually get food at either type of club, and you can definitely get drinks. However, it is possible that the food selection may follow suit and be a bit more classy and extensive at a gentlemen’s club, and a bit more like finger food or fast food at a Las Vegas strip club. Again, there are exceptions to this rule.
Membership & Cost
The majority of gentlemen’s clubs have a membership scheme and get to know their regular patrons. If you do want to go as a one-time thing, most will let you, but it may cost you a pretty penny. Strip clubs aren’t cheap either, though.
Overall, with food and drinks included, and paying tips to your performers, you’ll pay more in a gentlemen’s club vs strip club prices, depending on how wild your night is. Don’t expect either to be a cheap night out. Of course, if you want a private dance then these rates are set by the dancer and can vary depending on location.