The California Girls in Santa Ana is a full-nude strip club (the Anaheim location is topless), which means there is no alcohol served, only energy drinks, water and soda. There is a one-drink minimum and a $10 cover charge, but if you're going to California Girls, you pretty much know what you're getting into. The small stage is lit with red and blue LED lights flashing off the mirrored wall and brass pole. It's lined with a table and black-velvet seats for patrons preferring a front-row viewpoint. The VIP room houses a dozen red-velvet booths for private dances; the standard rate is $10 for alone time with one of the club's dancers, but specials are announced by the DJ randomly throughout the night.
Strip joints (or gentlemen’s clubs, for you euphemism-lovers) fall into two general categories. One is the ritzy emporium of fantasy in which 99 percent of the “exotic” dancers look like airbrushed, silicone- and collagen-enhanced Victoria’s Secret models; where the cover charge is steep, the drinks are overpriced and security guards stand poised to pounce should you touch the merchandise. The other is the down-market, funkier hotbox of writhing female flesh at which... More »