Scores Comes To Sin City
by Chris Meyer
Anyone who saw The Lion King is
familiar with the cycle of life: as one
being is born, another must move on. That was the case with
the longtime Vegas strip club that recently shut down - and was
as Scores Las Vegas. Yes, that's Scores, as in the New York
Side club - which has since expanded to Florida and Chicago, as
a second Manhattan location - made famous by Howard Stern.
Hanover has worked his magic again, this time in the desert, and
now has a great, classy club filled with beautiful women wearing
nothing - and willing to get up close and personal with you for
exchange for just a few crisp pictures of Andrew Jackson.
Weekends bring in as many as 1500 customers, quite a few of them
female, as well as approximately 300 dancers. Not surprisingly -
at least for
anyone who has visited another Scores - the girls are knockouts,
they come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. "I would say we have
beautiful dancers in Las Vegas," says Shai Cohen, the club's
of Sales & Marketing, surveying the club and its girls from a
point above the stage. Scores flew in dancers from New York,
Florida for the opening festivities, and some still return on
weekends to gyrate and grind here.
More dancers are always welcome, and Cohen doesn't believe in
job tryouts to any particular day or hour. "We audition all the
he explains. "You can walk in any time we're open," he says,
you're good, you can start right away."
Typical of the beauties on stage is Vanessa, a gorgeous
Canadian brunette with almond-shaped eyes. Petite - "I'm 5'2" on
day," she says with a sweet laugh - she hails from Montreal and
perfect smile to go along with her flawless body. She's spent
dancing at this club, having previously danced at all the other
clubs in town. "This is the best, both here in the U.S. and in
she declares. "We make the greatest money, and it's non-stop,
night." A painter, writer, actress, singer and model by day, she
most nights in the club. "I love what I do here, and I love Las
The two-story club, which was extensively renovated after Scores
over, aims for elegance and grandeur, with mountains of marble
dramatic sweeping staircase ascending to the upper level. But
topless beauties, many of them writhing atop customers in chairs
main floor, it could be a club or restaurant in any of the
Most of the action takes place up front on the ground floor,
main stage, but there's another space on this level, the Piano
with a grand piano topped by a small circular stage, used for
parties, large groups and really busy nights.
While Jaguar's had several poles, you'll find none on the main
Scores. Leggy beauties dance and strut - and always two at a
time - but
the acrobatics are reserved for the Cirque-like aerial shows
that go on
at regular intervals throughout the evening when ropes and silks
the performers drop from the ceiling. High-tech lights
dancers, and the stage itself has white lights built in, while
behind the stage sparkles with its own lighting effects. Music
from hard rock to hip-hop, and most girls select their own
soundtrack, which blasts over an above average sound system.
Upstairs offers several options for guest. The Grand Havana
for the famously illegal stogies, requires the purchase of any
bottle from the bar for admission. It has a very laid back,
feel. There's also the Sky Bar, with flat panel monitors hanging
overhead. (Visit on a Monday night during the season and you'll
Night Football here and on the club's big screen.) And for
a quickie on the main floor, guests can retreat with the dancer
their choice to the VIP Room, where three songs will set you
Benjamin, a half hour goes for $300 and the full hour for an
More than a few people here clearly can afford the tariff.
partly because the club works with the high end casinos to bring
While most of the men here have come to see the dancers, it's
necessary to spend your whole time in front of the stage, or in
one of the
semi-private rooms. Set back a bit back from the action is
Steakhouse, which offers gourmet dining, fine wines - and, of
view of the dancers. The chef was brought in from New York, and
specialties include crab cakes, Caesar salad and fine pieces of
will find bottles of Dom, Cristal and Krug, as well as superb
including Quintessa, Rubicon, Silver Oak, even a 1996 PÚtrus for
deep-pocketed. "We take pride in our wine," says Cohen. There's
sommelier in the club, and the club holds weekly wine tastings
staff. But it's not all highbrow, as drink specials are offered
by strolling waitresses carrying trays of shots in test tubes.
With the beautiful topless girls, the booze and the pulsing
Scores ultimately feels less like a club and more an outrageous
your best friend's mansion. A party, of course, where you need a
well-stuffed wallet to attend.
Scores is located at 3555 S. Procyon. The club is open daily
p.m. to 8 a.m. There's a free buffet from 5 to 8 p.m., and a
for locals (who never pay a cover charge) daily from 5 to 6 p.m.
cover charge is $20 before 8 p.m., and $30 afterwards. Dances
start at $20.
Call the club or Barton Swingle, Director of Transportation, to
for a ride from your hotel.
Call (702) 367-4000 or visit