At Wet, Washington,
Naked Men Dancing in North America
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Suddenly the cold Montreal winter
outside the bar seemed very far away; as the lights
dimmed, leaving only soft red illumination. Then,
as the music came up, the pants came down, and a
dozen youths perched on stools throughout the
room, eight more on stage.
The room was full of men, young and old.
Underwear-clad waiters slipped through the crowd
carrying trays of beer. More clothing was removed,
revealing bare skin, supple backs, pert nipples,
tight stomachs, smooth round butts and long
slender legs. Then,
almost simultaneously, the boys bared their dicks,
thrusting them, many erect, towards a nearby face,
their own hands caressing perfectly naked bodies.
So many cocks, so suddenly; the undulating, ass-
cheek-spreading, athletic-slim young dancers held
the audience in thrall. Church should be like this, I
thought. The spectacle recalled something
profound and ancient about men, and what men do.
After the show, I asked my favorite for one
private dance, but stayed for three. The back room
was packed, with many of the maybe thirty boys
working that night, grinding away languorously,
between the knees of seated admirers. No slow
strip here, he
got directly to business. A guardian watching from
the door (to keep things from getting too much out
of hand) would occasionally say
"ne touchez pas, s'il vous plait."
I drank in the clean but musky smell of him,
felt his radiant heat, and savored the play of light
across his long, firm, muscles, as he bobbed, close
between my legs, with but a fraction of an inch of
separation. His body was like one great phallic
up and down, as if masturbating itself between my
hands which were open inside my thighs. His firm
soft skin occasionally brushed against me, and from
my slightly open mouth I caressed his body with my
Within certain limits it's his choice, and
whatever chemistry there is between you, that
determines how low and hard the boy's butt
descends to your lap; and how close his cock comes
to your face. On his next push into my lap, a little
smile crossed his lips.
That, along with the twinkle of humor in his eyes
and his playfulness, really turned me on. He was
rarely at a loss for moves, but I couldn't help
becoming aware of the smell and warmth, in the
small room, of the other boys, close by, doing the
same for others. Afterwards,
he kissed my cheek, as he took his money, and with
"merci" slipped away in pursuit of other
I am still fascinated by this ritual disrobing
of a handsome youth, dancing mirthfully naked for
an audience. Something strange happens, even if he
himself is otherwise ordinary, something that
sometimes transports me briefly to another place
and time. The
realm, perhaps, of the old gods-- those the Greeks
worshipped with their ideal of life and beauty.
They don't swim naked at the pool where I
went to school anymore, and for most of us it's
getting harder to see a naked man in the flesh. A
close-up of the body-beautiful of our fantasies is
even rarer, though we're teased by media images
and Abercrombie &
Fitch shopping bags. Fortunately, many gay clubs
have perked up a quiet night with regular stripper
nights, showing as much skin as local laws permit,
and some clubs have "hot male dancers" every
A small army of guys has emerged, ranging
in type from youthful first-timers to practiced
gym-buff pros. They jump up on the bar, stage or
pool table to make a few dollars, or a decent living,
from tips that are stuffed into g-strings or socks
(or other more
intimate places). They come in all sizes, races, and
orientations. Some might "fluff" to a
Playboy before they come on, but they still
like to flirt and say they prefer a male audience as
"more appreciative" (and better tippers). Most of the
guys perform within a day's drive
from home, and you really can still see regional
differences. The variations in physiques-- between
Vancouver and Atlanta, or from Quebec to Phoenix-
- make for interesting travels.
How much you see, and how close you get
depends on a tangle of laws and regulations across
the continent. Total nudity is still the exception, but
Canada is generally less prudish about showing all,
and in the USA there are a few jurisdictions that
permit total exposure.
A lot of the major Canadian cities have a
nude strip bar or two with male strippers. Many
guys start the trade at 18 or 19, when they arrive in
a big city. They find they can make decent money
and have a good time without the usual hassles of
a straight job--
and get lots of attention and other perks if they
want. Some have even told me of first time
stripping around camp fires in the far north for
hunting parties, or in huts over ice-fishing holes to
entertain all-male audiences far from civilization.
One told of first doing it as
a casual teen-age lark in his small home town at
the girl-strip club on "boys night." Imagine
that in America! Most will dance for just a
few months, and then move on, so there are always
Quebec's francophone culture is generally
less shy than that of English Canada. The dancers
are engaging, pleasant, and personable, as well as
sexy, uninhibited, and imaginative in their routines.
La Belle Province (of Quebec) is blessed
with the most relaxed
laws in North America that permit more contact
between dancers and patrons than elsewhere,
especially during private dances (at C$6-10 per
song) in secluded areas.
Montreal has the biggest scene
with five major bars featuring
danceurs nus, each with it's own ambiance
and catering to different customer preferences--
with dozens of guys at each bar during any given
Campus (1111 Ste.
Catherine est; campusmtl.com)
is the largest club, and they favor the big, buff,
Taboo (1950 de
Maisonneuve est) and Bar Adonis (1681 Ste.
Catherine est) tend to feature younger, more
slender dancers from 18 up. There is a more
diverse sampling of different dancers for many
at the other two bars: Le Stock (1278 St. Andre)
and the West Side Bar (1071 Beaver
Hall), with the latter featuring a greater racial
Up in the provincial capitol, in Quebec City,
there's Bar De La Couronne (310
de la Couronne). You can see dancers tantalize you
on the front stage and then go to the back room for
danses ï¿½ dix, ten dollar private dances.
Ontario has the most British feel on this side
of the Atlantic, but nowhere in London does it
swing like it does in Toronto. At Remingtons (379 Yonge),
up to 150 naked hunks a week do sixty shows
every day on two floors. Just across from Detroit, in
Windsor, there are nude shows at the Club Happy Tap (1056
Vancouver, British Columbia, with the
biggest nude beach in North America, also has a
gem of a nude strip bar with some very exotic guys,
The Dufferin (900
Seymour). The nearby Royal Hotel (1025
Granville) has an occasional special night, too.
Canada's capital, Ottawa, has Bottoms
Up (417 Bank, at Frank), showcasing male
(albeit not completely nude) bodies in motion.
In America the strippers can be enterprising
individuals, or members of groups who travel their
regions visiting different bars. Sometimes dancing
can be the first step on the road to a video porn
career. Sometimes the guys prefer not to be
all, ever, in hopes of doing fashion modeling, or for
reasons of job sensitivity (some are military men,
for instance). Others just do it briefly as a lark, or to
pay their way through school. Those who do porn
will often return to the circuit to perform again in
It may seem surprising that Washington,
DC, the political epicenter, has long been the nude
stripper capital of America, too. Four bars, all in the
shadow of the Capitol dome in the South East,
feature naked guys hailing from the farms of
Maryland's Eastern Shore, the small towns of West
Virginia, the streets of DC or Philly, and some
friendly Southern towns, too. They also have some
military types, and racial diversity, as well as guest
stars of video fame.
Wet (52 L Street, SE) is the
largest and most varied of the bunch, with non-
stop teams of guys who make the circuit atop the
long oval bar, and finish up getting doused in the
shower at bar's end.
Follies (24 O Street, SE) is a
cinema with an in-house local
regular team, as wells as visiting national stars who
perform on stage and come out into the audience
for your appreciation.
La Cage (18 O Street, SE), a
long-time favorite, is in the midst of renovations,
look for their re-opening soon.
Secrets (1245 Half Street, SE) likes 'em big
and muscled, all the better to contrast with the
pageant contestants in their sister club, Ziegfelds,
next door. In nearby Baltimore,
Atlantis (615 Fallsway) has
nude male dancers on their bar, too.
New York City's famous Gaiety Theatre (202 W.
46th) has classic male burlesque where up to twelve
dancers strut their stuff in daily shows.
Atlanta's Swinging Richards (1400
Northside Drive) has three stages going all night
with a non-stop show of dancers who strip all the
way, with a private VIP section in the back.
In the heart of the midwest, the region's
only totally nude male shows are seen just across
the Mississippi from St. Louis in Centerville, Illinois,
at Boxers 'n Briefs (55 Four
Corners Lane). The club is discreetly situated and
young spunky lads doing impressive gymnastics on
the stage poles, and in the new showers. Several
have gone on to be featured in photo spreads in
Playgirl. In Columbus, Ohio, the Full Monty (870 N. High)
has a group of young, local, mostly first-timers
who shuck all
on stage and in private dances.
In Detroit, Wet (6609 Michigan) is a
new "intimate erotic playground for men only" with
dancers in the raw, and visiting porn stars.
Out west, Phoenix, Arizona's only totally
nude male cabaret for men is at Hideout Cabaret (4030 E.
Elwood). In San Francisco there are two gay adult
cinemas with live nude stage performances:
Nob Hill Theatre (729
Bush), with 24 hour videos
and performances by their own "Love Muscle
Dancers" and top porn stars; and
New Meat Campus Theater
(220 Jones), with live shows daily.
P-10 (444 Hobron Lane,
Honolulu) has Hawaii's only totally nude male
Many of the bathhouses around the USA, as
private clubs, are not constrained by the
regulations that are imposed on bars. Not only are
there the usual bathhouse opportunities (and
sometimes nude swimming and sunbathing), but
many also have periodic
strippers and j/o shows. Check the web sites of
groups such as the
Club Bath chain (www.the-
clubs.com), the Flex
om), Steamworks (www.st
eamworksonline.com), and the
Midtowne Spas (www.midtowne.
com). You can consult our travel features, and
listings for over one hundred bathhouses around
Some of the clubs have regularly scheduled
performances. These include: Chicago's Man's Country (5017 N.
Clark), which features visiting porn stars and other
erotic performances by their in-house Chicago
Meatpackers, all nice and sweaty and up close; and
Miami's Club Body Center
(2991 Coral Way),
with Tuesday and Friday exotic nude
j/o specials and safe sex orgies and periodic "Mr.
Nude" contests for cash prizes.
Going (almost) all the way
The laws in some cities don't permit total
nudity, but the guys in the following clubs get as
bare as they may, and the tease in these
performances can sometimes be as good as the
strip. Since so many clubs have dancers, consider
this but a highlight of those
most dedicated to the scene. Consult our travel
feature for each city for more complete
In all the USA it'd be hard to beat the great
time you'll have in Oregon at the Silverado (1217 SW Stark,
Portland). The energy here is provided, in large
part, by the constant parade of hunks on stage here
and the audience's response to their performances,
six nights a week.
In Chicago, the Lucky Horseshoe (3169 N.
Madrigal's (5316 N. Clark)
have honed the art of male erotic dancing and
feature the hunkiest guys in this big, burly city.
Circuit (3641 N. Halsted)
features the hot men of "Chicago Beef," and Spin (N. Halsted at W.
Belmont) has some cute amateurs at their Friday
night shower contests.
In Cambridge (Boston area), Paradise (180
Massachusetts) has seven nights of some of New
England's hottest men (and visitors from
neighboring regions, too). In nearby Providence,
find gorgeous "All Male
Review" dancers on parade at Pulse (86 Crary).
In Philadelphia, "something for everyone" at
Woody's (202 S. 13th)
includes strip fans, too.
The Post (1705
Chancellor) with their "Bad Boys Club Dancers" on
Free Zone (610 E. Naples), and
Shampoo (417 N. 8th) are
other Philly venues
with barely-clad dancers some nights.
East St. Louis's dance bar Faces (4th Street) features
male video stars and down-home guys like the
Kentucky boys of "Southern Comfort" in semi-
nude, weekend performances.
Unicorn Club (122 W. 13th)
in Indianapolis, has dancers in
constant rotation, most nights.
The Brig (117 Broadway) is
Denver's best bar for bare boys, and in Los Angeles,
Micky's (8857 Santa
Monica) has go-go boys most nights.
Free Zone (610 E. Naples)
has male dancers in Las Vegas.
A whole heap of awfully nice southern lads
go just as far as they can (bless 'em) in North
at Chasers (3217 The Plaza,
Charlotte) and on weekends at
Club Odyssey (4019
Country Club, Winston-Salem). In Atlanta, Georgia,
Metro (1080 Peachtree) has
go-go dancers most nights. New Orleans' famous
dance and show club
Oz (800 Bourbon) has
In Florida, Metro (2929 Plum,
Jacksonville) has the "Men of Just Imagine" male
dancers on weekends. Strippers are also seen at
2606 Club (2606 N.
Armenia) and in Ft. Lauderdale at Johnny's (1116 W. Broward)
Lord's (4200 N. Federal
Highway). In Miami Beach, The Boardwalk (17008
Collins), has continuous rounds of strippers on
stage from 5pm to 5am, and the big dance clubs
Twist (1057 Washington)
and Score (727 Lincoln Road)
also have weekend strip shows.
In the "old days" lamented a dancer friend,
in a "more discreet scene," the tips were more like
$5, $10, or $20 rather than the $1 today. Other
guys tell of hassles like being stalked by obsessed
patrons, and one was grabbed by the balls so hard
he had to see
a doctor. Some people assume that all "dick
dancers" are hustling, and though some are, many
are not. The guys on stage work hard to entertain
you, so hey, be nice, be generous, have fun, and
enjoy the show-- and let
le spectacle (the show) go on!
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