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Beantown Bronco 01-26-2009 05:47 PM

Super Bowl = Strip Clubs
 
By Mitch Stacy
Associated Press Writer / January 26, 2009

There's Diamond Dolls and Bare Assets and the Wild Gentlemen's Club. In fact, there are, by one count, 43 strip clubs in the Tampa metropolitan area -- one for each Super Bowl. And the week of Super Bowl XLIII is to Tampa's naughty nightlife what Black Friday is to America's shopping malls.

All the exotic dancing joints have earned Tampa a bawdy reputation -- the lads' magazine Maxim even put it on its top 10 list of best U.S. party cities a couple years ago, based mostly on the two score and more night spots to see naked or nearly naked women.

Now, with at least one spot planning to have a tent in the parking lot to handle the overflow of free-spending tourists, locals expect to profit mightily through kickoff Sunday evening.

"Based on what we did last Super Bowl (in 2001), the numbers will quadruple during that weekend," says Nick Polefrone, general manager of 2001 Odyssey, a landmark club known for the spaceship-shaped VIP room rising from the top of the building.

Across the street is Mons Venus, a joint that is listed among the best strip clubs in the world by users of a Web site called The Ultimate Strip Club List. The two upscale clubs -- walking distance from Raymond James Stadium, where the Arizona Cardinals will play the Pittsburgh Steelers -- have been fixtures for decades. Polefrone figures Tampa's naughty national image grew out from there.

"Tampa has a reputation for having the most strip clubs and the most girls who are a lot of fun," says a 25-year-old exotic dancer named Claudia, who left her usual gig in Las Vegas to work the Super Bowl week here. (She asked that her last name not be used to save her family any embarrassment.)

Claudia says she's worked four previous Super Bowls and expects to make as much as $2,000 a day performing at 2001 Odyssey. Most clubs treat the dancers as independent contractors who pay a flat fee to the house and keep the rest.

"It's so crazy, everybody is in a such a party mood," she says. "It's a whole new level of everything."

The clubs have been busy auditioning more dancers and upgrading their interiors. Some will stay open 24 hours.

The Tampa Tribune helpfully added a feature to its Web site listing the 43 strip clubs and allowing Super Bowl visitors to search for such information as the cover charge and dress code.

Tired of Tampa's sleazy reputation, local lawmakers passed an anti-lap-dance ordinance before the last Super Bowl here in 2001, making it a misdemeanor offense for dancers to come within six feet of patrons. The measure got a lot of publicity, but police didn't arrest anybody during Super Bowl week.

Police spokeswoman Andrea Davis says officers won't be patrolling the clubs looking for dancers who get too close this time, but they'll be obliged to investigate if someone calls in a complaint.

"Our primary focus during the Super Bowl is going to be public safety," she says.

Bob Buckhorn, a former city councilman who pushed the six-foot ordinance, laments that the adult entertainment industry is "ingrained in the fabric of this community." The point of the law, he says, was to attack prostitution and prevent other crime by trying to keep guys away from those places. He wishes it was more aggressively enforced today.

"It's like cockroaches," Buckhorn says. "If you don't stay on top of it, it will infect and run you over. And that's exactly what's happened."

To the city's promoters, Tampa's image as the Lap Dance Capital of America is not exactly something to tout in the glossy brochures. Travis Claytor, spokesman for Tampa Bay & Co., the tourism bureau, would rather point out other attractions, such as:

-- Beaches. Some of the best white-sand beaches anywhere are a half-hour or so from downtown. Two of them -- Fort DeSoto Park and Caladesi Island -- have topped the list from Stephen P. Leatherman, a Florida International University professor dubbed "Dr. Beach" for his annual rankings of the nation's best coastlines.

-- Ybor City. The historic former Latin quarter east of downtown is a thriving entertainment district whose nightclubs will host some of the glitziest, celebrity-heavy Super Bowl parties. (There's a strip club there, too, of course.)

-- Cigars. In the early 20th century, more cigars were made in Tampa than anywhere in the world, by Cuban immigrants. The city retains a rich cigar heritage, and some shops are still rolling them right on the premises.

But in the end, a lot of visitors will still be packing the clubs at night.

"It's not necessarily a negative thing, it's just one aspect of this destination," the judicious Claytor says. "There is so much more to our area than that particular industry."

Dukes 01-26-2009 05:56 PM

:worthless Just stating the obvious ;D

Jason in LA 01-26-2009 06:00 PM

Strip clubs are awesome!!! ;D

But I wouldn't go to one in Tampa, not with that 6 foott law. That's wack. I went to one of those in DC, and it pretty much sucked ass.

bap454 01-26-2009 06:18 PM

Yes strip clubs are awsome! Except when you get your wallet stolen and the stripper that YOU KNOW stole your wallet, has to lend you money to get a cab back to your house. It actually happened. Thats the worst.

broncofan7 01-26-2009 06:29 PM

Strip clubs are for losers. Real men have game--Losers have empty wallets, broken hearts and calluses on their hands.

hades 01-26-2009 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by broncofan7 (Post 2267888)
Strip clubs are for losers. Real men have game--Losers have empty wallets, broken hearts and calluses on their hands.

You don't go to a strip club to find a date, you go for variety, boob slapping you upside the head, in your face variety! ;)

SureShot 01-26-2009 06:40 PM

God bless you strip clubs.

Drek 01-26-2009 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by hades (Post 2267893)
You don't go to a strip club to find a date, you go for variety, boob slapping you upside the head, in your face variety! ;)

Pretty much. The thought that titty bars are somehow going to result in you getting laid is where so many guys go wrong.

But Ron White said it best. Guys know, once you see one pair of titties, well, you want to see 'em all. So for a couple bucks you get to not only see 'em, but have your face smashed in the middle.

broncofan4life 01-26-2009 07:16 PM

I LOVE boobies strip clubs are awesome!!!

Sassy 01-26-2009 07:48 PM

Ask Eugene Robinson if it's ok to do strip clubs the night before a SB ;D

cutthemdown 01-26-2009 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Jason in LA (Post 2267864)
Strip clubs are awesome!!! ;D

But I wouldn't go to one in Tampa, not with that 6 foott law. That's wack. I went to one of those in DC, and it pretty much sucked ass.

I think we have those laws here in LA also Jason but thankfully it doesn't get enforced.

Spider 01-26-2009 08:42 PM

I went to a strip club once ........ a long time ago freaked out when they charged me 3.50 for a beer ..i got thrown out and decided if that was their attitude I wasnt going back ....... the place was caled the Hunt Club in Ft Collins Colorado

Miss I. 01-26-2009 08:45 PM

I too went to a strip club once in AZ, my friend John bought me a lap dance too. He looked really happy while this girl was doing her thing on my lap and stuff. All I could think was her skin is so soft, I wonder what lotion she uses.

cutthemdown 01-26-2009 08:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Miss Independent (Post 2268042)
I too went to a strip club once in AZ, my friend John bought me a lap dance too. He looked really happy while this girl was doing her thing on my lap and stuff. All I could think was her skin is so soft, I wonder what lotion she uses.

I know a lot of girls who have fun at strip clubs. The whole it's cool for girls to like girls revolution of the mid 90's IMO is the greatest thing to even happen.

I'm not talking about girls being full on lesbo, I want them to like men of course, but its fun when they like to play a bit.

A good dancer will always smell good and be soft, it's almost more important then big breasts and a good body.

cutthemdown 01-26-2009 08:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Spider (Post 2268034)
I went to a strip club once ........ a long time ago freaked out when they charged me 3.50 for a beer ..i got thrown out and decided if that was their attitude I wasnt going back ....... the place was caled the Hunt Club in Ft Collins Colorado

lol do you ever get along with anyone?

cutthemdown 01-26-2009 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Sassy (Post 2267974)
Ask Eugene Robinson if it's ok to do strip clubs the night before a SB ;D

strip clubs yes. propositioning a cop you think is a hooker probably not so much.

Miss I. 01-26-2009 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by cutthemdown (Post 2268055)
I know a lot of girls who have fun at strip clubs. The whole it's cool for girls to like girls revolution of the mid 90's IMO is the greatest thing to even happen.

I'm not talking about girls being full on lesbo, I want them to like men of course, but its fun when they like to play a bit.

A good dancer will always smell good and be soft, it's almost more important then big breasts and a good body.

It was interesting. I was expecting it to be completely skeesy, not that it was exactly like a place I would take my parents, but it wasn't bad. And most of the girls had nice bodies, but nothing super like freakish (a couple had clearly fake breasts, but mostly the girls were average size girls). and the girl giving me the lap dance was funny and nice. She's you know rubbing against me and when she's done she tells me, "The other girls would be jealous of your breasts" I told her no reason to be, I would rather have their abs. Big breasts are kind of overrated I think. Oh well it was an experience to have, might be more fun to be with a boyfriend though John said next time he would take me to the VIP room whatever that is.

Spider 01-26-2009 09:04 PM

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Originally Posted by cutthemdown (Post 2268056)
lol do you ever get along with anyone?

not when they charge me 3.50 for a bottle of coors beer

cutthemdown 01-26-2009 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Spider (Post 2268071)
not when they charge me 3.50 for a bottle of coors beer

you would hate the places I go lol. Sometimes it's like 6 bucks a beer. I have even seen 8 bucks a beer for imported.

Spider 01-26-2009 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by cutthemdown (Post 2268082)
you would hate the places I go lol. Sometimes it's like 6 bucks a beer. I have even seen 8 bucks a beer for imported.

LOL ...........the next day ..
Cutthemdown : spider dropped by i took him to a really nice club .....they charged him 6.00 for a beer , he now has to post 1,000 bail money , the Idiot ;D

hades 01-26-2009 09:28 PM

In honor of the SB this weekend, I guess I will go to a strip club in Dallas

bombay 01-26-2009 09:38 PM

The strip joint across the street from Raymond James Stadium - Mons Venus - is a very famous joint. Heard some crazy stories from guys who went there some years ago. Dunno if it's still sort of out of control like it once was.

Sassy 01-26-2009 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cutthemdown (Post 2268059)
strip clubs yes. propositioning a cop you think is a hooker probably not so much.

Ahh...well, it's been awhile. The details were a bit sketchy! LOL!

Sassy 01-26-2009 10:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cutthemdown (Post 2268082)
you would hate the places I go lol. Sometimes it's like 6 bucks a beer. I have even seen 8 bucks a beer for imported.

Crap...it's $8 a beer at Qualcomm!

Miss I. 01-26-2009 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Sassy (Post 2268174)
Crap...it's $8 a beer at Qualcomm!

yes it is ridiculous, I think when I went I paid $14 for a beer and 3 chicken strips (which tasted like cardboard).


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