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by AnDroid
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Portland's First 18+ Male Strip Club

Written by AnDroid   
Thursday, 22 April 2010 16:20

UPDATE March 2013: A few months after this article was written, Carnaval converted back to a female strip club. Then in May of 2011 they once again reopened as a male strip club but just for females. In March of 2013 they reopened as an adult store named Flesh Exotic Wear with stripper shoes and dancewear.

I was taking pictures of businesses downtown one Friday night and I noticed a fairly large crowd of people on the 3rd Street block between Silverado and Cameron's Books. I wandered over and started taking pictures of Carnaval, which has long been an 18-and-over juice bar with female strippers, when a group of scantily-clad, effeminate young men walked out of the front door and lit up cigarettes.

I was a bit confused about why these guys (who appeared to be quite gay) had been hanging out in a female strip club, especially when the Silverado was right next door. I figured maybe they'd gone in for a laugh.

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“So, how is it in there?” I asked.

“Oh, it's great!” one of them replied, his bare chest peeking out of a half-zipped track jacket. “It's a male strip club now!”

They told me that the owner had bought the Golden Dragon Restaurant next door and had converted it into an 18+ juice bar with female strippers. Carnaval now featured only male strippers, making it the first 18-and-over juice bar in Oregon to do so.

After finishing their cigarettes, the boys went back inside, and soon the manager came out to talk to me. He introduced himself as Gary and took me inside to have a look around. Somehow I hadn't realized that the guys I'd been talking to were, in fact, strippers. One of them was dancing on the stage in his underwear, the lights reflecting off of his nubile body. Another stood waiting his turn and said to me, “So you decided to come in.”

With the standard dance music and filtered lights, the place had a regular strip club vibe, except, of course, for the lack of booze. It looked nicer and much less creepy than I'd previously imagined. Gary showed me the couch in the back where lap dances were performed, which is something that has always been missing from Silverado. Dances were $20 per song, or three for $40, which I thought was pretty reasonable.

In addition to lap dances, there were also private rooms available for more intimate performances. These cost $60 for 15 minutes or $100 for 30 minutes. The door would be closed during these performances, and the customers would be free to pleasure themselves, much like in a lingerie modeling joint. Gary informed me that the club had always had these rooms available, and the Golden Dragon had them, too, although the rates were different for the female dancers.

I asked Gary if the people at Silverado were pissed off that Carnaval had started a male strip club on the same block as the only other full-time male strip club in Portland. He said that he'd known the manager there for years and had even told him what they were going to do before they made the conversion. He said that the two clubs now had a sort of “symbiotic relationship,” as customers often went back and forth between the two. Even during my brief visit, I witnessed a little of this going on.

When I left Carnaval the scene outside had become even more chaotic. Male and female strippers were smoking together as gay men and drag queens milled about, checking out the younger guys. It was a little reminiscent of the old Vaseline Alley days, except now there was a mix of all genders and sexual orientations.

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Although Carnaval and Silverado are the only two full-time male strip clubs in Portland, there are a few other places that regularly offer male strippers on weekend nights. These performances are geared more towards straight women:

  • Darcelle XV has male strippers following their drag performances on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • The Viewpoint has male strippers upstairs on Fridays and Saturdays after 10pm.
  • The new Cabaret III now has male strippers in the back every Friday and Saturday after 9pm.
 

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# Sebastian of PDX 2010-10-14 05:00
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# Ultimate Males Show 2010-12-03 12:03
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# Alex or Rolex 2013-04-16 23:04
I just moved to the area and looking to join a strip club. I am 26 with looks to kill "male". Lets set up a meet time for interview. (206) 496-9479 Alex.
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# Kenzie 2011-07-27 01:27
I read what it said about it being a male and female strip club, but 18 year olds and up can enter the place, corret? and if I could get anymore information about this place would be great! Thanks!
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# AnDroid 2011-08-03 18:09
Correct: as a juice bar, anyone over 18 can enter this club. What kind of specific information are you looking for?
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# Efrain Lopez 2011-09-23 10:14
you can give me the adress please thanks
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# AnDroid 2011-09-23 10:49
330 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

For more info, visit the Carnaval page: virus.virus.erotisphere.com/Strip-Clubs/carnaval.html
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# kram 2011-12-19 04:07
Should be noted only women customers are alowed in the male dancer section here
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# AnDroid 2011-12-19 06:16
Oh wow, so it's for women only now? I can't imagine a woman setting foot in this place.
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# Braden carnaval 2012-02-18 18:50
This club now is still a male strip club however is for females only but wed night is couples night so a female can bring in her Male friend. The male Dancers are friendly and are super fun
open wed-sat
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# Josh C 2012-09-29 16:56
Im a straight 20 year old male model and ill be relocating to Portland pretty soon. Ive always wanted to strip but i live and hour from LA and didnt want to commute. Now that ill have the chance in Portland Im interested to find the best club to audition or apply at. I dont mind stripping around gay guys but id prefer a club with more women to be more in my comfort zone. Are these two clubs very gay dominant? Whats the best Ladies night kinda strip club up there?
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# AnDroid 2012-09-30 15:56
This is currently the only full-time male strip club for women in Portland. The Silverado is next door, so you could easily check both of them out in one trip and see what you would be most comfortable with. Let us know how it turns out!
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# Joseph Zadrozny 2012-11-29 13:33
Im interested in becomeing a male stipper. Im 21 years old. Im 5 foot 9. Im in preatty good shape. I was a wrestler and football player in school. Know I do mma part time and lift alote of weights. So Im in very good shape. Please give me a call at 360-573-4910. And ask for Joseph
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# AnDroid 2012-11-29 19:03
Auditions are held Thursdays at 10pm (amateur night).
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# Luke 2012-12-06 07:46
I was just wondering if there is any armature night or something like that. Me and and buddy were considering checking it out
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# AnDroid 2012-12-06 18:41
Auditions are held Thursdays at 10pm (amateur night). It's ladies only unless you're taking your clothes off. If you do it, let us know how it goes!
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# Slimbo 2013-02-09 21:48
Is it a totally nude audition.?
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# AnDroid 2013-02-10 09:52
That's the idea. It is a strip club.
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# AngelinaP 2013-02-06 13:17
Is this still a 18+ male strip club? I'm taking a group of girls up to Portland for a Bachelorette Party and one of the girls is only 19, so I don't want her to feel left out.
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# AnDroid 2013-02-06 18:30
Yes! You are the target audience. Let us know how it goes!
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# Slimbo 2013-02-12 05:49
So I'm heading up to audition on Thursday. . And was wondering a few things. Is it an open audition? And does amateur night get pretty busy.? Was thinking about my costume and what to wear. I've danced for a handful of private parties and want to take this show to the stage.
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# Joseph Brabo 2013-07-26 19:53
What is the contact information to set up an audition? What other male strip club locations are around the Portland area?
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# Doug 2014-01-12 23:20
Any male strip clubs for men with private lap dances?
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# AnDroid 2014-01-16 20:15
Not that I know of. I think this was the only place.
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# Beth 2014-02-08 22:29
Is this still a male strip club for girls? My friend told me he went there for the girl strippers 6 months ago and he said they still have this male strip club. I wanted to go but if it's not a strip club anymore I can't go
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# AnDroid 2014-02-09 00:52
Sorry but no. Your only resort may be Silverado, but that place is really for men.
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