If you’re a sucker for pole tricks and tattoos then Cheetahs is your mecca, and well worth the pilgrimage from anywhere in the city. Sporting one skinny stage, a well-stocked bar and plenty of seating, this bikini bar has become a neighborhood favorite. You’re just as likely to be sitting next to a middle-aged, aspiring writer talking about how meth really helped him get over his writer’s block as you are a young hipster couple drenched in irony. The music is a great mix and always fun—hip hop and classic rock come up often, with the occasional dubstep beat or even an indie rock jam by the Strokes. Ultimately, the real stars of Cheetahs are dancers like Breezy and Malice, who completely own the stage with their powerful presence (a foot-high mohawk doesn’t hurt) and skillful performances. Watching Malice on the pole is its own form of visual poetry. Sexy, sexy poetry.
The best strip clubs in L.A. take may forms, from tried and true joints in the Valley to Hollywood mainstays made famous by the likes of Mötley Crue. The city is a land of plenty when it comes to scantily clad ladies—but how to find the best ones? Heading to a strip club may seem straightforward, but there’s a lot going on under the surface and more than a few factors to consider when determining the best L.A. has to offer.
Most strip clubs are open nightly until the wee hours of the morning, so don't think of them just for Saturday night bachelor parties – they can also serve as Tuesday night entertainment for one. The talent ranges in age, size, ethnicity, attractiveness and friendliness, but as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Chances are good your experience will at least be good people watching, even if you don't get googly-eyed. Be sure to bring plenty of singles (cash, that is) to avoid visiting their ATM serving up $20 bills. Since some clubs enforce a dress code, be sure to plan accordingly.
We take our jobs very seriously, so we made sure to visit as many strip joints as possible—from full nude spots to topless and bikini clubs—to definitively decide on the cream of the crop. It wasn’t always easy, it wasn’t always fun (though mostly it was), and occasionally we had some awkward explaining to do, but we did it. We did it for you. You’re welcome.