Nestled comfortably in one of Downtown L.A.’s yet-to-be-gentrified industrial neighborhoods, this well-known—oft loved, oft hated—topless bar aims to be your one-stop-shop for food, booze and booty shaking. Part restaurant (opt for the greasy, extra-cheesy pizza), part sports bar and all strip club, Sam’s attracts a diverse crowd and keeps them happy with a stacked lineup of dancers. On any given night, there are 25 to 60 dancers with upwards of 13 gracing the stage at a time. However, make no mistake: The ladies of Sam’s Hofbrau aren’t the most… athletic, when it comes to the pole. Usually a dancer will take the stage and just saunter about, with an occasional boob squeeze or ass jiggle. Sam’s dancers are known in the L.A. strip club scene as having some of the “fattest asses” in town, a sentiment some of the more petite dancers at other clubs will be quick to share with you. Table and chair dances ($20 and $10, respectively) are the real draw for customers, so dancers use the poles less for acrobatics and more as a stabilizer/resting post for prolonged twerking between private dances.
Topless strip clubs in LA are the almighty compromise between seeing naked women and getting your buzz on. Since California law prohibits the sale of alcohol and full nudity in the same establishment, topless clubs like Dames n’ Games and Sam’s Hofbrau give you a place to chug a beer while catching some boob action. As with all good things in life, however, that boob action doesn’t come for free. Most cover charges range from $5-$20 (though Candy Cat Too usually has free entry), and private dances start at $10-$20 for a single song. Don’t be surprised if you get asked to buy a dancer a drink either—and don’t be fooled into thinking that drink will get you a discount in the lap dance department. That being said, courting a dancer with drinks and tips, and probably more tips, could lead to a more, ahem, engaging experience.
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