Going to a strip club is a complete sensory overload: between the flashing lights, the blaring music, and the thick scent of perfume -- plus, you know, the naked ladies -- it can be hard to get your bearings, let alone figure out how you should behave.
Strip club rules, unlike most dancers, tend to be a little fuzzy.That’s why we consulted Portland-based author, dancer, and general badass Elle Stanger answer a moron’s questions on basic strip club etiquette. First step: change your sweatpants.
What’s the standard tipping protocol?
Actually, some things vary widely, like tipping and touching. Check for posted rules of conduct, or ask the staff. Fun fact: in New Jersey, you are forbidden from tipping money while the strippers are on the stage. Instead, you hand cash tips to them after, when they walk around, typically stuffing the money in their top or undies. In most Portland clubs, touching is a no-no, but stage tipping is mandatory, or encouraged. Confused yet? That’s why you should ask.