How do you design a stripclub stage? Do you have satellite stages? In this article we'll discuss stage design tips so you can have a competitive stripclub.
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Traffic Flow: The Top Consideration FOR Effective STRIPCLUB Stage Design
Have you ever thought about the layout of your club’s stage(s)? Have you ever given any consideration to the way traffic flows through your club? Effective traffic flow is the common thread that defines success of nearly every nightclub and bar, no matter the type. The reason for this is that people have an affinity to see what’s going on within the club before selecting a place to situate themselves. Simply stated, people want to find the place ideal for them, whether this means they want to be constantly moving or to merely find the one seat they find most suitable. Some people want to be constantly piqued, while others are shy and reclusive. If your club’s layout doesn’t facilitate free movement within, chances are likely that you’ll suffer for it. For strip clubs, this means having free-standing stages. Runway stages were in vogue for a number of years, but that concept is no longer effective. Sure, features like runway stages, but how often does your club book features – once a month? Besides, features love any stage that makes them look good. During my numerous visits to gentlemens clubs, I continue to see many strip clubs today with this archaic peninsula-style stage, i.e., a stage that abuts a wall. Folks, if your goal is to succeed at a high level in the adult nightclub business, you need to take the bull by the horns and get rid of your runway stage and update.
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WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE STYLE OF STRIPCLUB STAGE DESIGN?
Just as the most effective bar is the island bar, the most effective stage design is the island stage. For those who are unaware, an island bar is one that is free-standing and multi-sided. Go into any locally-owned bar or restaurant that has an island bar and I’ll show you a bar that most likely is very successful. The island stage enables people the opportunity to easily move throughout the club and select their favorite seat, whether by the stage or not. In fact, having both an island bar and an island stage would be a double-win for a gentlemens club, but there’s only one way to do that: the wrap-around bar/stage. Commonly seen in the “bikini bars” in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (as shown in the photo at right), I think these are the epitome of stage design, because people can sit at the bar and never have their backs to the stage. The only obstacle to overcome is accommodating an area for the dancers to get tipped, but this can be achieved. The clubs especially suited for the wrap-around configuration would be those in states that have imposed the dreaded “Six-foot rule,” such as California and Ohio. Implementing this type of stage requires showrooms of substantial width, so you won't likely find any in Manhattan.
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Why StripClubs Need Satellite Stages
When combined with the island main stage, satellite stages provide many benefits. One of the most significant benefits of the satellite stage is its effectiveness of stimulating traffic flow in a gentlemens club. The satellite stage is significant for another very important reason: for moving your dancers through the crowd. When you own a strip club you’re in the entertainment business, friends! Get your customers excited about what you have, and there’s no better way than by putting your dancers on a rotation between several stages. How many satellite stages do you need? Depending on the size of your showroom, you should have at least two or three, and place them in such a way so your entertainers can be seen up close by nearly every patron. This means that during peak hours your entertainers will have three or four songs to strut their stuff before ultimately enabling them to spend time with patrons in private dances or in the champagne room. If you implement your satellite stage program effectively, you're revenue from private entertainment will increase!
Satellite stages can be designed in a variety of sizes and shapes. My favorite is the elliptical or oval satellite, as shown in the photo above, right. The minimum footprint for a satellite stage should be at least 4’ x 4’ (1.2m x 1.2m) and the height should range from 7” – 14” (178mm – 356mm). The shorter version will preclude the necessity of using stairs, which begin to consume too much floor space if the stage is any taller than 14”. Where should satellite stages be positioned? Here are a few ideas:
· Near corners of the main showroom, away from walls, to maximize traffic flow.
· As part of VIP seating arrangements.
· As part of private entertainment rooms.
Make sure your club has plenty of satellite stages so your dancers can interact with everyone in your club, and be sure to invest a few dollars in these stages so you can get everyone involved excited about your club!
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