The world of Las Vegas strip clubs is full of colorful terminology. Here’s some of our favorite strip club slang.
Air Dance. An “air dance” is used to describe a lap dance without contact. It’s not a compliment to the dancer.
Rock. A “rock” is an unflattering description of a customer who nurses his drinks, doesn’t tip dancers onstage and doesn’t get lap dances. Rocks are also referred to as “gawkers.”
Extras. “Extras” describes acts related to prostitution in a strip club. By the way, prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas. Which is why it never happens here. Ever.
Raincoater. A “raincoater” is stripper slang for a customer that’s not particularly discerning about a dancer’s looks. He’s more into lots of physical contact.
George. A generous tipper.
Off-Stage Fee. The “off-stage fee” is the fee a dancer pays the strip club to skip dancing onstage (lap dances and VIP rooms are more profitable).
McDance. A perfunctory dance done with an extreme lack of enthusiasm or imagination.
Whale. The term “whale” in a strip club has the same meaning it does in a casino. It’s slang for a customer who spends big and takes advantage of a club’s VIP room, often for long periods of time.
ATF. “ATF” stands for “all-time favorite,” meaning a customer’s preferred dancer.
Game Boy. What strippers sometimes call a customer’s manhood.
Vulture. A stripper who hovers near the door of a strip club waiting to pounce on new arrivals.
Tip Rail. The “tip rail,” also known as “pervert row” or “sniffer’s row,” is the row of seats around a strip club’s stage. If you sit in those seats, you’re expected to tip frequently.
Bird Dog. A “bird dog” is strip club slang for the bouncer who monitors the private dance room, often called the Champagne Room.
Zoned. This term describes the trance-like state some dancers go into when they’re working. It typically results from drugs or boredom.
Peeler. “Peeler” is another term for stripper.
7-Up Factory. A “7-Up Factory” is a strip club where all the dancers are particularly attractive, in other words, they rank seven or better on a 1-10 scale.
Beater. A “beater” is a dancer who, while onstage, can’t keep to the beat of the music.
Bolt-Ons. Breast implants.
Snaking. “Snaking” is the practice of watching a lap dance someone else is getting. Not popular with dancers, as you can imagine.
House Fee. A “house fee” is the fee dancers have to pay to work in a strip club on a given night.
Chum the Waters. The strategy of tipping generously onto a stage to receive more attention from dancers for the rest of the evening.
Juice Bar. “Juice bars” are strip clubs that serve no alcohol, just soft drinks.
White Knight. This is a pejorative slang term used by dancers when a customer thinks they can “save” the dancer from their life as a stripper.
Civilian. A “civilian” is a woman at a strip club who doesn’t work there.
Hurl Story. An obviously manufactured sob story told by a stripper to elicit a more generous tip, sometimes called a “mercy tip.”
Spiff. A “spiff” is the fee a cabbie gets for delivering a customer to a strip club. (This is why cab or limo driver recommendations are always suspect.)
Blind Lap. Getting a lap dance before seeing the dancer give someone else a lap dance.
Mileage. In strip clubs, “mileage” refers to how much bang you get for your buck. If you get a great lap dance for $20, and another guy gets a terrible lap dance for his $20, you got more “mileage.”
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