10 Favorite Strip Clubs in Metro Phoenix (NSFW)
Local strippers and the clubs that employ them have had to put up some major crap from government in past few months. In case you hadn't heard, a cadre of uptight right-wing officials and politicos (including a few members of Arizona Legislature) have been attempting to get nanny-state laws passed that would redefine nudity in strip joints and restrict how dancers get their grind on with patrons.
While legislation has stalled for the moment, it could eventually pass -- especially given the whacked nature of our nutty state government. In other words, better enjoy your constitutional right to see some skin or be on the receiving end of a lap-dance just in case it gets taken away from you. If you need assistance in picking out the perfect place, we've assembled a list of 10 of favorite strip clubs from the dozens upon dozens of flesh parlors that dot the Valley.
Have fun, but remember, no touching.
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Benjamin Leatherman Missy (left) and Kammie, dancers at Bandaids.
Short on space but long on character, this diminutive CenPho show club is a guilty pleasure sort of place that's been dishing out topless thrills since the late-1960s (when dancers were obligated by a since-repealed city code to wear adhesive strips as pasties, hence the inspiration behind the name). Divey enough to be charming without crossing over into skeevy territory (its staff keeps the place plenty clean, a must for any strip bar), Bandaids boasts two small stages, dancers who aren't silicone-enhanced Barbie dolls, and an unpretentious, lo-fi vibe. The floorspace and private booths fill up quickly on weekends, causing patrons to jockey for position and occasionally experience a close encounter with a passing stripped. But, hey, that's what they came for, right?
Benjamin Leatherman A dancer at Cheetahs
Topless teasings and pole-dancing artistry by Cheetahs' comely crew of femme fatales isn't the only eye-grabbing activity one can witness inside the topless joint. It's become infamous for the weekly stripper cage fights held every Tuesday night. Here's the setup: Boxing glove blows are exchanged between a pair of barely-dressed babes inside of makeshift octagon made from cyclone fencing while onlookers toss in dollars to egg-on the action. Like most caged combat these days, the competitors throw a few punches before the scene devolves into a wrestling match on the ground, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. In search of another sort of thrill altogether? Cheetahs also features poker on Mondays, and occasionally an amateur night where boob jobs are awarded to the winners.
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