On the Thursday night the three of us met a female friend of our host for dinner. After a few drinks, in a moment of reckless irresponsibility, we convinced her to come along to the club that the taxi driver had recommended. We ended up back at Wenceslas Square where we found the club that has the name of a James Bond villain. An enormous Nigerian guy was the cashier and he was bemused that a woman was coming in to the club. Once past him there was an airport-style security search which told me that the club was either well-run or that there was a rough clientèle. This security area was overseen by the biggest man I had ever seen: at least seven foot tall and bursting with muscles; nobody was going to mess with him.
As usual a stairwell lead to a downstairs area which was several times the size of any of the other clubs I had seen. There was a large bar area to the right that had a dozen tables and chairs and was well-lit with a few couples chatting and drinking. To the left was a cavernous expanse that was the stage occupying the centre of the floor surrounded by booths occupied by mostly men. There was a pole at the end of the stage, essentially in the middle of the room, that extended up to the heavens. It was three storeys high and there was a nearly naked woman performing near the top of it. Above us was another floor with more people sitting at tables. This place was of a scale unlike anything I had ever imagined possible. It was bigger than all the other clubs of the previous night put together. It was a cathedral of…what, I wasn’t quite sure yet.
The four of us found a table in a corner and took in our surroundings. The air was smoky and upbeat music accompanied the dancer on the pole. Small groups of men sat at the tables in the booths and would periodically be visited by women who were obviously part of the establishment, given their extravagant dress and confident demeanour. A short conversation would ensue, probably involving her offering some kind of service. At one of the tables a “table dance” was happening – an attractive young woman was writhing naked on a table in front of four guys. The woman on the pole had slid down and ended her routine to appreciative applause.
A waitress in jeans and t-shirt came up to us and politely asked what drinks we would like and courteously dealt with our coupons that we had received from the cashier as part of the entry fee. A troupe of six female dancers in flamenco costume took to the stage and delivered a slick, professional performance that didn’t involve getting their kit off. They were professional dancers plying their trade in less than salubrious surroundings.
It didn’t take me long to discern that this club was unlike any other we had visited. The atmosphere was more laid back, the focus was on fun, the girls weren’t coked-up whores, the waitresses were pleasant, heartfelt laughter was to be heard and people treated each other with respect. It was worlds apart from the last club of the previous night.
An attractive stripper took to the stage and wowed the audience with her performance. You could see that she had been professionally trained, given her poise and enjoyed what she was doing. Her smile was genuine because her eyes smiled too. Even our female friend was impressed by the spectacle. I was concerned that we were going to scar her for life by coaxing her in to such a place, but we all got lucky in that this club had a touch of class about it.
And so the evening went, a strip show followed by a dance act, one after the other, very little pause. Our female friend said that she had to go, her daughter’s babysitter was becoming expensive. We bade her farewell and her friend walked her to the door. Not long after his return did one of the club’s girls come up to our table.
“Good evening, gentlemen. How may I entertain you?” I was taken aback by her manners, it was a blast of fresh air compared to the previous night.
“What’s on offer?” one of my friends asked.
“There is a rate card on the table. Have a look and I’ll return later,” she said smilingly as she slid a plastic-coated menu across the table towards me before walking off. I was surprised at the low-pressure demeanour and appreciated it. I wondered if the girls were holding off from visiting our table because we had a woman present.
The rate card was in English, French, German and Spanish. It laid out the prices of drinks as well as the prices of the various “erotic menu” items. The price of a table dance could be shared between participants, but no touching was allowed. It was good value at a thousand Crowns (30 Pounds) when shared. A private lap dance was also a thousand Crowns and if you wanted to touch, it was one and half thousand Crowns (50 Pounds). A lap dance lasted 15 minutes, the card said. No other club provided this level of clear detail, which made life easier for everybody.
Four strippers took to the stage and each of us liked the look of a different one. After their act completed and the professional dancers were doing another of their costumed performances, two of the four strippers came over to our table. The one I liked wasn’t one of them, but the two present were quite attractive. One was a tall, slender blonde with small breasts and the other a pretty brunette with large breasts.
“Good evening, gentlemen. Did you enjoy our performance?” the blonde asked.
“Yes, very much.” my friends said in unison, their enthusiasm genuine and boyish. I kept quiet.
“Would you like a table dance or private lap dance?” asked the brunette stripper.
“Um, ah, err…” stammered my friends.
“I have an idea,” I said. “Is there any chance of a three-way lap dance with touch, three dancers, five minutes with each of us?” I thought there was no way that they would agree to this. What was I thinking? Where did that come from? My friends looked puzzled too.
The two strippers said something quickly to each other in Czech and it was when I saw my Czech-speaking friend smile did I know that the deal was on.
“Which other girl you want?” the blonde asked.
I described the one that I liked, a short blonde with large breasts, and the two of them immediately strode off without another word. My friends agreed that this was a good idea and offered value for money. The tightarses. I just wanted to feel three women for the price of one, in case the one I liked on stage didn’t live up to expectation.
Within a minute the three strippers we favoured had sped up to our table, smiling, having found my preferred stripper and said for us to follow them. As my friends and I sheepishly traipsed after the excited strippers, I was aware of heads and eyes around us turning and watching us, following us. How dare they be so hypocritical and judgemental! Or did they know something that we didn’t?
The strippers lead us to a curtained off section underneath the stairs and opposite the bar area. A man at a little table with a cash box took our money and the girls led us behind the heavy red curtain. There were three red cushioned benches in booths separated by small vertical dividers covered in the same material as the benches. My friends and I took a seat each, unable to see each other. After the previous night’s shenanigans, we were now somewhat familiar with proceedings and at ease.
Magically and mysteriously (sarcasm here) music started playing and I looked around to see if I could spot any cameras, but couldn’t. In front of me was my short blonde who, up close in better lighting, wasn’t as attractive as I thought. She had a stud through her top left lip. Why do people desecrate their bodies? She made little eye contact, never said a word and I just ran my hands over her body. She went about her routine with all the charm of a mechanical bull. I didn’t know which was more fake – her breasts or her enthusiasm. She was nice from far, but far from nice. I wasn’t enjoying myself.
The first song ended, the girls swapped booths and the tall, skinny blonde came my way, wearing just her knickers and a smile. The next song started, the blonde started dancing suggestively in front on me and within seconds was straddling me. Her little breasts were real, as was her enjoyment of what she was doing. There’s nothing like a happy stripper. Because of her more positive attitude, I enjoyed my minutes with her.
The second tune ended and the busty, pretty brunette came my way, wearing just a smile. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy my time with her, largely because she wasn’t blonde. But, she was very pretty with rosy round cheeks and a twinkle in her eye. The previous two girls both had thousand yard stares. She had a curvaceous but firm body, which I like and she kept strong eye contact, which made the experience feel more personal. However, her breasts were also fake. They felt like balloons filled with water and not pleasant to grasp, albeit somewhat strange. I had never felt fake boobs before until this night, but the novelty wore off very quickly.
All she said to me was, “My name is Daria. You are the guys who came in here with a woman?” Had she seen us enter? Were people talking about us for having done that? Had we broken some rule?
The final song ended and the ladies got off our laps. None of the stripper’s exertions led to my getting turned on. No hint of an erection at all. Sad but true. It was strange to be standing in the common passageway, watching strippers getting dressed, with my best friend standing beside me. If our parents could see us now.
The three of us went back to our table which was still unoccupied, which was surprising given how busy the place had become. The evening settled into a comfortable pattern of energetic strippers on-stage, followed by the slick dance troupe, occasional table dances nearby, interspersed with visits to our table by friendly strippers, whom we would deflect. One of the professional dancers was a stunning blonde whose poise and elegance reminded me of someone.
There I was, surrounded by all this debauchery and what was on my mind? Baltic Babe.