It must be sweeps week for newspapers as the LVRJ puts out a story about how strip clubs are having fire sales for it's customers.
From the LVRJ: Times are rough in Las Vegas, even for Sin City's second-most lucrative vice.
With the recession still dragging down discretionary spending, just the opportunity to ogle -- or fantasize about your chances with -- dozens of beautiful naked women isn't enough to pack in the tourists these days. So a number of Las Vegas strip clubs are offering discounts and freebies to seal the deal, particularly during off-peak hours.
Some, such as Cheetah's, will give you two-for-one lap dances every afternoon.
Others, like the Can Can Room and Crazy Horse III, halve the price of a lap dance that usually costs $20 for three to 4½ minutes at an all-nude club or two minutes at a topless joint.
And if the prospect of a nude woman writhing a few millimeters from you isn't enough to get your business, how about a nice brisket?
Treasures lays out a free buffet, featuring brisket, pizza, bratwurst and Italian sausage to entice customers during the early evening hours, when business typically is slow.
"For people getting off work at that time, it's quite a draw," says Nicholas Foskaris, assistant general manager at Treasures. "The early hours are very tough in this business, and always have been. When I was young, that (free food) was what the hotels did to bring people in. So that's what we do.''
He says that business began to sink as the recession deepened at the end of 2008 and that 2009 was rough.
"But we started to pick up at the end of 2009 and it has been busy ever since," Foscaris notes.
The club also offers deep discounts on booze during slow times -- as low as $1 for drinks that normally might cost $10.
To be perfectly honest, the last time I have been in a strip club was when my best friend at the time was getting married and then he decided to throw up his guts on the stripper stage. And I ended up cleaning it up. This has to have been at least 15 years ago, so I have no idea what the strip clubs are like in Vegas, except they not bottomless, except for 1 or 2 strip clubs, or so I hear.
(on advertisements, I tell you, advertisements.)
Then I have heard commercials for buffets at the strip clubs- something I have never heard of, along with football Sundays.
And this surprised me as well: At last count, there are 32 active strip clubs and between 30,000 and 40,000 registered exotic dancers in the Las Vegas Valley. On weeknights, some 1,500 women bump and grind at clubs here; weekends, that number doubles or triples.
Well, I suppose you have to stand out in the crowd, so you do have to advertise specials. Only in Vegas.
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