Deja Vu is a strip club in the truest sense of the phrase. It’s massive, full of ladies hustling for private dances, and open till 6am. A busy night (usually a Friday or Saturday after 1am) has the mesmerizing enchantment of a swiftly-moving assembly line. Dancers rotate between three stages and then head to the floor to wrangle a lap. At regular intervals, an announcement calls all dancers back to the stage for a $1 song special, then it’s back to the floor to collect those singles, which gives the gorgeous waitresses (dressed as sexy maids) a chance to clean the poles seductively—just in time for the next dancer to hit the main stage. Wash, rinse, repeat, and before you know it it’s closing time. One weird dance special of note: The $10 “balloon dance,” in which one of the waitresses (who are typically the most attractive workers at the club) places a balloon on your lap and bounces and grinds on top of it until it pops. It sounds fun, but as is so often the case in life—and strip clubs—reality never quite meets expectations. The reality of a balloon dance is that anyone, sexy maid or not, bouncing on your lap with all her weight not only doesn’t feel sexy, but also fills the air with latex odors and the awkward, intolerable squeak of a balloon rubbed raw. We recommend passing on the balloon dance and going for the higher mileage, more traditional $20 private dance.
Some purists staunchly insist that a place can’t be called a true strip club unless the girls tease down to the buff and bare all. Personally, we don’t have a horse in that race, but regardless, nude strip clubs in LA definitely have a different vibe than other local bars offering similar services. For one, California state law prohibits full nudity and the sale of alcohol at the same venue. So the girls—and their private dances—are the main focus for visitors (we don’t see many people paying a $20 cover just to drink Red Bull). Since they don’t serve alcohol, nude clubs can stay open later—most don’t close until 4 or 6 in the morning. They also don’t really start to pick up until around 2am, after the bars hit last call. Full nude clubs have a tendency to be a little bigger and offer a larger variety of dance options, ranging from $20 lap dances to private VIP rooms, bed dances and many more ways to blow through hundreds of dollars while spending time with a sexy lady or three.
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