Will new Playboy Clubs thrive?

With the news that NBC has cancelled “The Playboy Club,” a new television show about the infamous club in Chicago in the early 1960s that helped Hugh Hefner grow his empire, we thought we’d take a look at the modern versions of the club and how the Playboy empire is doing today.

Above you can see a slideshow of beautiful Playboy Bunnies from The Playboy Club in Las Vegas. The photos are courtesy of Bullz-Eye.com from their coverage of the 2009 Playmate of the Year party hosted at the club at The Palms in Las Vegas. The club is spectacular and it’s located at the top of the new hotel tower at The Palms. All of the dealers are dressed as bunnies, and the atmosphere is very sexy and elegant.

Since opening the Las Vegas location, Playboy has opened clubs in London and Cancun in an attempt to leverage the brand. With that backdrop, the cancellation hurts Hefner’s company as the exposure would have helped fuel new clubs. Right now efforts to add a club in Chicago have stalled.

Even with this setback, the Playboy Club strategy seems to make sense, as it provides licensing revenue for the company. The clubs will always do very well with tourists and attract curious customers.

That said, the exclusive nature of the old clubs is not a part of this business. Also, in Las Vegas, we noticed that all the beautiful women were wearing bunny costumes, as the club wasn’t one of the hot spots that attracted the beautiful women of Vegas. They were at the hotter clubs.


In tough economy Las Vegas strip clubs offer discounts

Things are still tough in Las Vegas. Check out this article about the state of business at strip clubs.

Times are rough in Las Vegas, even for Sin City’s second-most lucrative vice.

With the recession still dragging down discretionary spending, just the opportunity to ogle — or fantasize about your chances with — dozens of beautiful naked women isn’t enough to pack in the tourists these days. So a number of Las Vegas strip clubs are offering discounts and freebies to seal the deal, particularly during off-peak hours.

Some, such as Cheetah’s, will give you two-for-one lap dances every afternoon.

Others, like the Can Can Room and Crazy Horse III, halve the price of a lap dance that usually costs $20 for three to 4½ minutes at an all-nude club or two minutes at a topless joint.

These clubs are a huge business in Vegas, and it’s a great barometer of the overall economy.

“For years, Las Vegas has pretended like the adult community doesn’t exist,” says Wayne Bridge, CEO of the Sin City Chamber of Commerce, an alliance of adult-oriented businesses. “It’s a huge part of the economy and it’s really helping to carry a lot of people.”

At last count, there are 32 active strip clubs and between 30,000 and 40,000 registered exotic dancers in the Las Vegas Valley. On weeknights, some 1,500 women bump and grind at clubs here; weekends, that number doubles or triples.

“It’s huge,” Bridge says.

How huge?

An estimated $8 billion per year, second only to gaming as a component of the Las Vegas economy.

The freebies are working, as business has picked up. You couldn’t get a deal anywhere in Las Vegas 4 years ago. Now, the hotels, clubs and other establishments are working hard for business. It might be a good time for a trip!


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