Party Earth Review Hollywood Boulevard isn’t short on spots where folks can clown around, but stalwart burlesque joint Jumbo’s Clown Room has the market cornered on serious playtime hi-jinks. Open every day to satiate sinful urges whenever... ... read full review
5153 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Red Line: Hollywood / Western
Hollywood, Los Angeles –
Hollywood Boulevard isn’t short on spots where folks can clown around, but stalwart burlesque joint Jumbo’s Clown Room has the market cornered on serious playtime hi-jinks.
Open every day to satiate sinful urges whenever they may arise, the venue skirts the boundaries of being an actual strip club by employing lots of anatomically ample entertainers who don’t (quite) showcase any actual nudity.
While midweek sees an influx of average Joes who ask for dancers by name and order their usual bottle of Coors Light, Friday and Saturday nights are the hottest and usually involve a line out the door full of hipsters, bachelorette partiers, and couples looking to spice things up.
Members of the Hollywood A list – and B, C, and D lists – are often spotted lurking in the corners, perched around one of the high-top tables, or squeezed elbow-to-elbow in puny red chairs around the stage.
The bar takes up the majority of the opposing wall and is usually tended by a clever matriarch who looks like she’s been slinging swill there since the Nixon administration.
Classically trained dancers make their entrance in everything from leather to lace and capes, and perform inspired renditions of Broadway classics from Chicago or rock out to Black Sabbath.
Jumbo’s Clown Room maintains its iconic Hollywood status simply by doing what it does best: giving guests a little bit of red light district mixed with Ringling Brothers and spiked with 151, and leaving folks panting and begging for more.
Hollywood hipsters and business types, bachelorette parties, seasoned strip-clubbers, rockers, and Midwestern tourists who caught that one Anthony Bourdain episode, early 20s to mid-40s.
Eight to ten exotic dancers perform nightly to mostly classic rock & roll and 80s hits on the jukebox.
Snack machine stocked with prepackaged salts and sweets. Two-drink minimum. Happy Hour daily 4–7pm.
Snacks $1+. Beer $4–$5, wine $5, cocktails $7. Private dances $20. Valet $5.
Rocker casual: trucker hats, ripped jeans, leather jackets, black eyeliner, spiked heels, festive dresses, whatever was in the top drawer of the dresser that day.
Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowds dropping in from all over town for the most popular dancers, or earlier in the week to avoid the B&T.
Harvard & Stone (5221 Hollywood Boulevard) is an industrial-themed saloon with a much larger drinks list and its own group of burlesque dancers on the weekends.