Wednesday, May 9, 2018

"Where Wall Street Bros Go For Wholesome Strippers"

From the New York Post, May 1:
Last Wednesday night, at a Midtown lounge, middle-aged Wall Street bankers in crisp blazers and more casually clad tech guys mingled with younger women in high heels. Both sexes eagerly eyed their prospects around a dimly lit, chandeliered bar as Drake’s “Nice for What” played in the background.

At first, the evening resembled a mixer connecting pretty 20-somethings with well-off men in their 30s, 40s and 50s, but, as the night wore on, things changed.
Some of the women led men to plush leather sofas lining the space and began dancing for them, seductively removing their tops and bras.

At new gentlemen’s club the Rosewood Theater, fresh-faced college coeds take off their clothes for wealthy men seeking a strip-club experience with a different, more hip feel than Scores or Sapphire.
It’s “Soho House meets the Box,” Rosewood founder Kalin Moon tells The Post, name-checking the trendy members’ club and the risque burlesque boite, both located downtown. “Strip clubs today … have no style and sophistication.”

Moon, a hospitality industry veteran, also operates WLVS, a private men’s-only club launched in 2014 that hosts private parties where its wealthy members can get lap dances or meet sugar babies. Rosewood, located at 552 W. 38th St., is his first venue open to the public.
The cost to enter is $40 for average Joes. (WLVS guys, who pay $100 or more per month to be a part of that society, can enter the club free of charge.) A sign in the lobby reads: “Drugs, soliciting, heavy touching, sex and bad vibes are strictly prohibited.”

Lap dances start for a “suggested gratuity” of $20 per song, and $125 buys access to semiprivate, curtained-off VIP rooms at the back of the club. There are no poles in the main space and, other than a weekly burlesque night, no public performances. A second-floor area — only accessible to WLVS members — features poles, along with a tapas kitchen that serves a burger with foie gras and edible gold for $100.

To further distinguish Rosewood from standard strip joints, Moon makes a point of hiring 20-something women who aren’t professional exotic dancers....MORE