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Surprised there isn't more discussion of the 3 FLL strip clubs. Boardwalk, leBoy and Johnson's.

 

The guys aren't nude while they dance but all Florida bars have private booths for the "lapdances"...ie It's between you, the dancer and Ben Franklin.

 

Many porn stars slide through Broadwalk and the strippers are a combination of muscled South Americans and muscled East Europeans. It's large and usually packed as it has 75 cent drinks Tuesday night and all-you-can-drink for $25 Weds. The outdoor cafe out front has pretty good food. Inside it's pretty tacky and dirty except weirdly for the bathroom which is upscale and has a valet with colonges etc. Boardwalk gets extremely crowded on weekends and porn stars filter through. Private with Ryan Rose? done that.

 

leBoy is the old Johnny's in a new very nice location. Much smaller than Boardwalk. Ditto the penises. Still tends toward young-looking twinks but there are now a few decent guys. The oddest thing about leBoy is the prices are on the wall when you go into the curtained private area. How much for how long broken down into how much goes to the stripper and how much to the club and how much to tax. There is a guy standing outside the curtained area but he bothers no one. Last time I was there he was the nicest one there.

 

Johnson's just opened on Wilton Blvd. recently and is still trying to figure out what it is. The location is prime gayness. The interior done in a nice semi-industrial mode with curtained off privates. The guys vary from very nice to not-hot. The guys aren't giving up the $ they make at Boardwalk to work here.

 

I guess there should also be a thread on the Bourbon St. Pub in Key West. It's good and is built into the Orleans gay hotel where much porn is filmed in the pool.

 

Miami.......not so much. The joke is that Miami is where you stop for gas between Wilton Manors and Duval Street.

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Boardwalk does have many south americans and eastern europeans, but muscled is being generous. They also have been toying with the rates in the backroom, and not in a good way. As for being crowded, it all depends - you never know. I've been surprised where you have a small showing on a weekend night.

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No skinny American blond haired, blue eyed barely legal twink boys?

 

leBoy (ne Johnnys) has been trying to get away from that somewhat, but yup that's always been their thing ! Rail-thin feminine twinks. They do get occasional normal-looking guys who are younger muscle twinks.

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Ft Laud clubs are hit or miss, depending on your luck. If you go once or twice a year, it's enjoyable. But otherwise, you'll see a lot of the same guys. Boardwalk is for the beefy guy fans. LeBoy is for guys who like college age. Neither of the two are all that great anymore. Boardwalk always used to have one or two knockouts with a lot of C+'s. But the past year or two whenever I've gone, those A's are few and far between. And LeBoy shifted its business model by tripling its prices to copy all the clubs that went out of business. Gotta love that logic. I still have high hopes for Johnsons. I appreciate they try to have dancers that fits everyone's taste, but by doing so they tend to only have a handful of whatever your type is. And you can see by reading messages on this board how tolerant people are about the club that doesn't cater to them. Twink lovers hate Boardwalk. Muscle lovers hate LeBoy.

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I miss that Swinging Richards in Pompano closed. They did have a way of bringing in extremely prime meat on a regular basis. leBoy from time to time shows signs of attracting good-looking normal guys. No one knows what Johnson's is yet. They seem to want a mix of twinks and muscles but tend more toward the twinks so far. Not sure what their privates policy is yet while leBoy has the guys' rates on the wall.

 

Boardwalk can be feast or famine on any day but it's still my go-to in FLL. A homely feel of sleaze. It used to be packed on weekends with stars and I've met Ryan Rose and Josh Logan in the past few months cruising for dates there. I've also met an incredible blond Argentine and a fantastic Hungarian bodybuilder. But I've also been approached by dozens of sub-par guys. Out of a dozen guys working there on a night I am lucky to see one at least semi-hot one. But at least Boardwalk has a rapid turnover and constantly new guys coming through.

 

I'll be in FLL this week to see the blond Argentine and a friend from Prague so I'm sure I'll be in Boardwalk a couple weekdays at least.

 

I think these type clubs have been hurt mostly by most of the guys working online now instead. FLL is rare in having 3 of them.

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Yeah the internet is doing to clubs what Amazon is doing to retail. If you're a dancer, would you rather post an ad and pick the hours you want to work or sit night after night in a smoky bar you have to pay a house fee to dance in, trying to flirt with guys 3 times your age in hopes you can get a decent cut from all the money the clubs take IF you can get them to do a private dance? For us customers, clubs will always be better than going online, but for the guys working, seems the cream of the crop use technology, leaving the B-team forced to work the clubs.

 

I was a big Johnny's fan and LeBoy was great when they launched. But then Sean started copying the business model of all those clubs that went out of business by jacking up the rates for private dances. I used to spend so much money at Johnny's on alcohol (both for dancers and myself), cover charges, parking, a private dance or two each night... now I'll have a drink or two and tip the dancers a little. I think I've done 2 private dances since the rate structure changed a couple years ago. If I really like a guy there, I'll propose a meeting offsite. But I miss having fun at the club. I usually dropped about $100-200 a night. Now it's maybe $20-40. And I rarely leave glad I went. My trips there have been cut in half at least. I miss Johnny's. It was trashy, but fun. :)

 

It was interesting to me you think Johnsons leans toward twinks because to me it's the opposite. But that's probably because I'm into them and you're not. That's why it's gotta be tough for the guy running that club to try to please everyone. The handful of younger guys they do have have been in the scene for years and that's kind of a buzz kill when I see them. I always looked forward to seeing new guys after a few months away.

 

Sounds like the internet has been the cause of a downturn in all of the scenes... Fort Lauderdale, Montreal... even Prague which you mentioned. I LOVED Prague when I first went about 10 years ago, but I was hearing from people even then that Prague's best days had already passed. I still have loads of fun in Montreal, but that might be because it's a once a year thing. Florida is easier to travel to. I'm hoping to get back to Prague in the next year or so. Prague and Berlin guys are right up my alley!

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Prague and Berlin guys are right up my alley!

 

Me too but currently a lot of Prague guys don't work Prague ....only Zurich. And if you're lucky enough to catch one working in Prague they will want closer to Zurich prices ($250 vs $150). The standard rate in Prague is now 3000 CK, ($150), up from 2500 a year ago. I always go for two weeks in May but I'm thinking of splitting the trip with Zurich to catch all my guys. Up and Down (old Temple) is the only hustler bar there now. Very hit or miss, usually miss.

 

All of Germany is much cheaper. Hustlers (Bahnhofjunge) are part of German culture. 70E ($100) is base rate. Hustler bars are everywhere (they look down on the Bahnhof boys who have disappeared anyway). Unfortunately all the hustler bars in Berlin and Hamburg are now all rough Romanians. Last year I stopped there for a week and was pickpocketed inside Pinocicco. The little bar behind Pinocchio a block (forget name) is quiet and safe. Boytoy across the street is more safe and BlueBoy is safe. Internet is better.

 

I'll be in FLL tomorrow 2/6 and 2/7. My friend works there and Luke Volta will be in Miami. I'll hit Boardwalk and may hit Johnsons and leBoy. Last month I was there and Johnsons had a number of skinny fem twinks and a very few nice looking normal guys. FLL doesn't need 2 leBoys and I'm sure they will figure that out. I'll report although weekends are much better.

 

My friends who work at my guest house when visiting never set foot in a bar. I have to beg them to go with me for a couple hours to Secrets. One used to work at Boardwalk and hates that work....so much work for so much less $. He only does incalls and gets several a day. The best guys really get used to filling their evenings with incalls from like 5 to 10. Their internet ad is answered by an agent who sets their dates for them so they can keep working. It is 90% internet now everywhere.

 

Sorry if some of this is known already. Just trying to help visitors. The definitive thread is "Such cute boys in Prague" over at Boytoy, 1000 posts, dozens of reviews and photos.

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No apology necessary at all... great info! I used to do Europe every year, but have only done one visit in the past 5 or 6 years. My Berlin experience even then was simliar - the bars were sketchy af. I can handle myself, but definitely felt like I needed eyes in the back of my head!

 

Is Escape gone in Prague? I haven't really kept up on the scene there. Escape used to be top notch. And Pinocchio/Temple was always the backup. But last visit about 3 or 4 years ago, it flip flopped so doesn't surprise me if Escape went away.

 

I've never been to Switzerland. Might have to put that on the itinerary next visit.

 

Have fun in Fort Lauderdale! For me, even if the dancers and bar managers don't help me have fun, a good bartender or friend can pick up the slack!

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Escape was closed down by police for trafficing in young boys. I think the owner is facing a long prison. When you only hire emaciated little guys that look like they're 13, one of them is going to turn out to be 13. Probably more to it. Shame their prices were so sky-high there, I know the owner made a huge profit. And those poor little 80 pound guys are going to have to find jobs. Which will be hard since most were Ukranian.

 

Temple/Pinnochio is now called Up and Down bars. Since Escape closed they have a little more customers I hearMore and more of the best Prague guys don't work in Prague when hime. Several have moved to Zurich. Switzerland has the highest cost of living and per capita income in Europe and one of world's highest. Very expensive, especially hotels and escorts.

 

My semi-partner whatever works Ft. Lauderdale mostly but works here at my place half-time in warm weather. Will be first time I've seen him in a month so....Incredibly perfect young blond blue-eyed Argentine soccer player. Luke Volta's visiting Miami from Prague and we "may" get a 3 some. He's like top 10 in porn now so he's busy busy and expensive.

 

I'll end up at Boardwalk.

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Wednesday night and I just left Johnsons for a break. Went to Boardwalk first. Being 75 cent drink night I thought it would be packed. It was not. 20 customers and 10 dancers. 80% latino, big beefy guys mostly. Others eastern European, probably Romanian. Only one guy was private dance worthy and he was busy.

 

Wow has Johnsons changed in a few weeks. Maybe 50 customers and 20 dancers. The dancers run the field from latin to white southern. One consistent thing is they are all, on a scale of 10, 8s or 9s. Extremely hot. The privates booths have curtains you pull around you. A wristband to use that area is $10 for all night and the dancers are $20 per song. Very friendly employees (unlike most in Boardwalk). So far Ive had one great private for 5 songs with of all things a guy from Prague (where I go a lot). Right now Im outside on the patio recouping for at least one more private. I love this place. Just the right formula. I will update.

 

Update. Went back and had another private dance. This one only went 60 as I wasnt as turned on. Nice Italian guy.

 

A couple brief tips:

 

The parking is minimal. You can park across the street in a lot or on the metered street. The meters go until 3am. Only $1.50 per hour. If you want to contribute $25 to America's biggest gay city just leave your car 5 minutes over and Wilton Manors will accommodate quickly.

 

There are only two 1-person locked bathrooms at Johnsons. Go before you really really have to. Weird.

 

Otherwise Johnsons is pretty perfect.

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I think Boardwalk, and I know LeBoy have jacked prices up on privates. LeBoy is ridiculous. Johnsons is simple $20 per song and $10 for wristband to use the private area all night.

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Hilarious thing at leBoy is they have the rates on the wall inside the privates area. They itemize how much to the house to the guy, and to tax ! Maybe that pricelist is online? The basic pak though is about $70. Not including much time.

 

Boardwalk used to be more normal but lately the price to enter the privates area has been fluctuating, mostly upward to where Id count on $20.The more agressive guys working now will typically do the bare minimum and try to charge you more. Getting away with an honest 20 per song is very hard with those guys.

 

The Johnsons guys are very honest with the $20/song and the $10 wristband for all night is a terrific idea.

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Wow...songs should be ~4 minutes... I'll be down there at the beginning of April and it looks like I'll just go to enjoy the eye candy and then hire in for some fun

 

Every strip club I know manages to only find 2-minute songs. Maybe 3 if they're feeling generous.

 

$100 for a good long session behind the curtain with a guy is worth it.

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I can get a good long session in NYC for $60 so Florida is pricey...

 

I guess it's between you and the guy. If I really like one I can't take home I spend a long time with them. These are totally-private booths.

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