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Strip clubs alive and well in Omaha

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011 15:03

After making phone calls to nearly every flesh farm in a 50-mile radius, I tried to persuade a buddy of mine, UNO sophomore Cory Kinman, to endure this night of hell with me. For some reason, it was not hard.

Itinerary in hand, we started at the Bottom's Up in Council Bluffs. Upon entering, huge mirrors and an elaborate lighting system catch the eye. Seconds later, the eye is torn away by young, college-aged dancers.

The quaint lounge offers plush and comfortable chairs spaced generously throughout the club. Closed circuit TVs above the bar make sure you don't miss any of the bikini-clad action when it's time for a refill.

After a few beers, we decided to visit the renowned Lipstix/Dipstix combo, another "bikini bar."

Lipstix/Dipstix is a huge complex owned by Randy Petry. After giving us a little tour of the place, Petry said that a true "bar" atmosphere is what separates his place from the rest.

Free pool on Sundays and dart machines are available for amusement. The establishment also offers finger foods for hunger pangs.

Sitting at a fully stocked bar, a young woman named Angel served us a beer, telling us about "boobie Band-Aids." A Council Bluffs city ordinance outlaws nipple visibility in bars, which is why dancers are forced to wear bikinis. To get around this law, some girls wear a small circular covering over their nipples to get away with going topless.

The dancers at Lipstix again resembled college-age kids, with the occasional 30-year-old-or-so stepping on stage for a veteran performance. The costumes were a bit more on the lavish side. My buddy especially got a kick out of a dancer with fairy wings.

Next door, Dipstix is open Saturday nights from 9 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Cover is a steep $10, but is partially offset by $3 "anythings" to drink. As my buddy stood staring at a ripped beefcake on stage, I decided to head back west, across the river.

The 20's is the next stop, located in midtown Omaha near UNO. The dancers at The 20's are truly a sight to behold. Looking up and drooling at women who look like they just stepped off a Playboy photo shoot made me forget about the $5 I just paid for a can of Miller Light.

The girls wore a mixture of bikinis and fantasy outfits as they danced to a solid mix of hard rock and techno. I couldn't resist high-fiving DJ Dan after his excellent choice of Marilyn Manson's "Cake and Sodomy."

Handing Cory the car keys, I hazily saw "American Dream Girls" written on the itinerary as our next stop. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a wave of thumping rap beats and a guy named Casey Rowe, who co-owned the place.

Sitting us down, he explained that classiness and hospitality are paramount. We turned our attention stageward to have a look.

The location of the bar parallels the girls' west Omaha look. A preppy-looking bunch of young women danced to rap and R&B in front of an even preppier-looking crowd.

Student IDs get you half-off a lap dance from 4 to 6 p.m. and no cover charge means you can mingle back and forth between the bikini bar and the regular bar next door.

Ladies' night (Wednesday) hosts "American Made Men" all night long for your beefcake-viewing pleasure. A real party vibe makes this the place to go when you just want to have a good time. The girls are pretty acrobatic, too.

Leaving Omaha, we set out for Fremont in search of The Lariat Club, our first real topless bar all night. After quite a boring drive, we arrived at The Lariat, plopping down in one of the many chairs surrounding the runway-style stage.

The atmosphere is very casual and homey, as were the dancers. Although a wee bit older, they make sure you have fun by inventing new and exciting ways you can give them a dollar. Pitchers are available for the thrifty customers who want to save a few bucks for the full-topless dancers.

We finally make the trek back home, with a pocket full of business cards and the scent of cheap perfume wafting from our clothes. Six strip clubs in four hours is a lot for anyone to handle, but that is the sacrifice I had to make. Sometimes you just have to grin and bear it, I guess.

Locations and Ratings:

Bottoms Up Lounge

2800 Twin City Drive, Council Bluffs

Grade: B-

Lipstix / Dipstix

North 16th and Avenue O, Council Bluffs

Grade: B+

The 20's Showgirl Nightclub

7301 Farnam St., Omaha

Grade: A

American Dream Girls

2607 S. 120th St., Omaha

Grade: A-

The Lariat Club

East Old Hwy 275, Fremont

Grade: B

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