American Nightlife – Guide and Tips

Gambling:

In general, gambling is legal only in Las Vegas, NV, Reno, NV, and Atlantic City, NJ. However, several gambling locations also exist on American Indian reservations or waterways, as their property is not subject to federal law. E.g., parts of Oklahoma. Gambling in an uncertified location is illegal.
 
Most casinos are huge in size. Each casino has a different theme. Even if you have absolutely no interest in gambling, it is still worthwhile to visit the casinos. Many casinos are like grand palaces. 
 
There are many dance clubs in urban areas throughout the United States. Most dance clubs have darkened dance floors and loud music. Music played there may vary between hip hop, salsa, pop, or rock. Some dance clubs may have multiple floors and different types of music may be played in different areas.
 
Most dance clubs have a cover charge (or entrance fee). There may be a VIP entrance available in order to avoid the long lines. Some dance clubs may stamp your hand with invisible (visible with infrared light) ink for reentry. 

Dance Clubs:

There are many dance clubs in urban areas throughout the United States. Most dance clubs have darkened dance floors and loud music. Music played there may vary between hip hop, salsa, pop, or rock. Some dance clubs may have multiple floors and different types of music may be played in different areas.

Most dance clubs have a cover charge (or entrance fee). There may be a VIP entrance available in order to avoid the long lines. Some dance clubs may stamp your hand with invisible (visible with infrared light) ink for reentry. 

The atmosphere of some clubs may be more suitable for teenage and college crowds, while others may be more suitable for adults. Some clubs also offer dinner and some form of entertainment. 

Most dance clubs have a dress code, i.e., you must wear shoes, a shirt (no t-shirts), and pants (no jeans) to be allowed inside.

Exotic Clubs:

These are also known as gentleman’s clubs or strip clubs. The exact nature of activities performed there will vary based on the state law, local law, club law, and individual dancers’ preferences. No sexual acts are performed, however.

For example, Virginia has very few strip clubs. Washington, DC, has strip clubs that allow you to watch dancers strip on the stage with no touching allowed. On the other hand, Baltimore, MD, allows lap dances. The standard charge for a lap dance is $20. You are completely clothed while the dancer strips his or her clothes (the exact amount of stripping may vary upon the club) and dances around and in your lap. Limited touching in certain places is allowed. 

Strip clubs in places like Las Vegas are much bigger, much grander, much more crowded, and have a higher quality of dancers. 

Most of these clubs have cover charge (or entrance fee) and drink prices are high, as you are not just paying for drinks, but for watching the dancers dance. 

Dancers don’t get paid hourly wages or a salary. Some dancers may even have to pay the club owner to perform the services there. Therefore, it is very important to tip the dancers generously. If the dancer sits next to you, you are expected to pay for her drinks (which may be very high) and you are expected to pay her to keep talking to you. You should also tip generously after a private dance, especially if you had a good experience. However, some dancers provide lousy services. You don’t have to tip them. You should also tip the servers who bring you drinks. If you are sitting near the stage, you should tip each dancer who comes out. If you are sitting at a table away from the stage, you should get up occasionally and tip the dancers. At some places, dancers will approach everyone for tips after each song. 

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