Gentlemen’s clubs are also known as lap-dancing bars, strip clubs or pole-dancing venues and there are a good number of these in Malta today. Historically, when the British forces were based here, Valletta’s Strait Street was a hive of activity for strip clubs and other adult activities – it was world-renowned back then. Today, the venue has changed and has been somewhat upgraded, and a number of adult clubs are found mainly in Paceville, but there are also some popular clubs further out in Bugibba and Sliema. These clubs generally are free to enter, serve drinks and have a strict age restriction – adults only.
These venues are popular with men – and their friends – who want to see semi or fully naked women dance for them privately or for groups of friends. Stag parties are well catered-for, and these bars attract a wide clientele; both Maltese and foreigners/holidaymakers alike. Doormen check credentials upon entry and no underage clients or troublemakers are allowed in.
The most popular gentlemen’s club is “Steam”. Based in St George’s Road, St. Julians, the club is really popular with a younger, affluent crowd and it’s not uncommon to see tables of young men buying champagne whilst watching the dancers. Another similar venue is AO-Platinum, in Elia Zammit Street, Paceville. Nearby, you can also find The VIP Gentleman’s Club in Ball Street, Paceville. Outside the St. Julians area, Bugibba has a few lap-dancing clubs including Rouge in Kavvetta Street, and Secrets in Pioneer Road. Sliema is home to The Blue Moon Club in Ghar Lembi Street.
Generally, you can get a basic lap-dance for €20. A topless dance is around €40 and a completely nude strip (no porn) is around €70. Many of the dancers are from Eastern Europe and are in their early 20’s, although there are some local women who get involved. These clubs are generally luxurious and not at all seedy, and they are advertised locally as well as in the major magazines and inflight publications. For more info, contact each club for opening times etc.