The Low Down
Camelot Showbar was my first visit to a Washington, D.C. gentlemen’s club and, from what I’m used to from my visits to gentlemen’s clubs all across the country, this was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had at a gentlemen’s club. You see, Washington, D.C. has a “no-contact” law for gentlemen’s clubs, which means that, even though the dancers get fully nude, you can’t touch them… so no couch dances and no champagne courts! (Insert playing of the world’s saddest song on the world’s smallest violin here) Despite this, Camelot Showbar doesn’t disappoint with its beautiful interior, attractive dancers and delicious dining options. As with all of my gentlemen’s club reviews, I’ve rated this club on a scale of one to five, with five being the best possible score.
Location & Facilities – 4 Stars
I arrived at Camelot Showbar, a two-story, fully nude gentlemen’s club, at around 7:30pm on a Saturday evening. The club is located near Dupont Circle, the Dupont Circle Station of the Metro Line and is easily accessible by public transit, taxi and Uber. The club itself may be smaller than you’re used to finding in other major cities, but the darker interior and beautiful décor provided a very sexy and intimate atmosphere (plus the suit of armor and shield displayed on the 2nd floor is a noteworthy reference to the club’s name). Each floor has one pole for dancers, plenty of table and booth seating and the absence of couch dances or private rooms equates to a very non-pressure atmosphere, as the dancers are compensated by tips and aren’t hustling for dances (so be generous!). My only complaints about the club are the outdated restroom facilities and the Touch Tunes for music as opposed to your typical gentlemen’s club DJ. While customers choosing and paying for their own music might be a good revenue generator, it certainly will throw off a dancer’s groove if she’s forced to dance to a style of music that she doesn’t enjoy.
Staff – 5 Stars
Despite its small size, Camelot Showbar is high on customer service. Before entering the door bouncer checked my ID and radioed into to one of the floor managers that I was entering. Bing, the floor manager on duty that evening, showed me to my seat and send over the lovely waitress Audreyto take care of my food and drink needs. Audrey is truly one of the best waitresses that I’ve ever been served by at a gentlemen’s club, stopping over to my seat on numerous occasions to make sure I was having a good time and to see if I need any drink refills or food.
Food & Drink – 4.5 Stars
While I was slightly disappointed that Camelot Showbar doesn’t serve split bottles of sparkling wine (for those of us who don’t want to purchase a full bottle but like to partake of a glass or two of bubbly), I did enjoy my glass of Malibu and pineapple juice for $12.65. The club has a fully stocked bar and serves your standard selections of domestic and imported beers, but the club prides itself on offering a full menu of delicious dining options such as Soups & Salads, Sirloin Burgers, Entrees including Filet Mignon Medallions, New York Strip and Sirloin Steaks as well as Cheddar Bacon Melt, Turkey Reuben, Russian Roast Beef Melt and Ham & Swiss sandwiches, just to name a few. The club doesn’t shy away at offering an excellent variety of various high end champagne bottles including Moet & Chandon starting at $190.00 and going up to a Louis Roderer Cristal 2005 for $850.00.
Dancers – 5 Stars
The dancers at Camelot Showbar are an attractive mix of younger Caucasian dancers who are extremely friendly and outgoing; a necessity for earning tips in a gentlemen’s club environment that is prohibited from providing couch dances or champagne courts. The real treat of my evening was enjoying the company of Rose, an adorable Italian dancer who recently started at the club after relocating from California. Rose will be at Camelot Showbar for a limited time, so make sure to stop in and enjoy some great conversation with her while you have the chance!
Value – 5 Stars
While you might expect the gentlemen’s clubs in Washington, D.C., an area known for its influx of powerful politicians and lobbyists, to charge a premium for everything, I found that the prices were extremely reasonable. There was no cover (except that you’re required to purchase a drink), the food prices were what you’d expect from a non-club restaurant and, without the inclusion of couch dances or champagne courts, you won’t go blowing hundreds or thousands of dollars as you might be tempted to outside of the area.
Website & Social Media – 4 Stars
CamelotShowbar.com offers all of the necessary club info for you and your friends to have a great experience, including dancer, bartender and waitress schedules, directions, a gallery of some of the lovely ladies of Camelot Showbar as well as links to their Facebook and Twitter social media pages.
Although the gentlemen’s club scene in Washington, DC is sparse and the “no-touching” laws keep the club from having the excitement of most gentlemen’s clubs, Camelot Showbar is a great club for anyone who is looking to enjoy a delicious dinner with friends or business associates while enjoying the company of some very sexy young ladies!
1823 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am to 2:00am, Fri 11:30am to 3:00am, Sat 1:00pm to 3:00am, Sun 7:00pm to 2:00am
C.J. Asher is a sex and adult entertainment blogger who has interviewed celebrities such as Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, BurningAngel.com owner, director, writer and actress Joanna Angel as well as a sugar baby advisor, burlesque dancer, feminist and many others. His blog, CJAsher.com, also review gentlemen’s clubs nationwide and posts a weekly adult entertainment calendar highlighting adult film star appearances. Follow C.J. on Twitter @CJASHEROFFICIAL