Why Does Dallas have some of the best Gentlemen’s Clubs in the Nation? D.S.
So recently, when having dinner before a bachelor party, I was part of a conversation with a few guys, some from out of town, and some from Dallas but who have since moved away. There was a discussion about how nice Dallas’s gentlemen’s clubs are compared to other cities. A fact confirmed by conversations some of the guys had has with dancers in Vegas, and by other men who can speak with a vast wealth of knowledge on the subject. Hell even the term Gentlemen’s Club was Invented in Dallas.
If this is news to you, don’t feel bad, this is one of those bits of information that is usually acknowledged, but not often talked about. Most hotel managers, event planners, convention bookers, valets, and bell hops all know. Though the question that was brought up to me was why? Why in the world does Dallas have all these nice palaces built for the worshipping of women. There are three reasons why, the first two are pretty straight forward, but the last one, the most interesting one is that we have some of the nicest palaces builts for worshipping God. That’s right our churches.
The first reason is simple; money. Just as the money allowed Dallas to have high fashion like Niemen’s, the money allows Dallas to have nice gentlemen’s clubs like the old Busty Bee’s, or present day Lodge.
Plenty of this
The second simple reason is how Dallas got that money. People say Dallas is an oil money town, that’s only partly right. Dallas doesn’t have any actual oil here. And though we have a number of people who made their millions by striking it rich, the majority of the “oil money” and the majority of those moneyed people got their money from financing the oil digs, insuring the oil derricks, and selling the oil futures. Those types of industries usually employ white collar professional men and are very relationship based. Meaning there’s a lot of entertaining clients and colleagues.
Guys like these
But the last reason for high quality of our strip clubs is actually our churches. You may be saying, wait really, our churches. Well first I have to point out that just like our strip clubs, Dallas as some of the nicest churches and largest congregations in the nations(see here, or here or here), though they’re not terribly fervent(more on that later). But yes, our churches help us to have the best places in the US. And here’s how.
First, they act to temper our clubs. Without the church presence, Dallas would look more like Vegas, Reno or perhaps some cowboy version of New Orleans. Dallas would be fun, but also dirty, seedy, unsafe. The churches give Dallas a certain amount of respectability. When paired with our strip clubs, the churches are the ying to the gentlemen’s club yang. Which is of course why Dallas needs to keep the strip clubs, because without them then we’d fall into some sort of Tulsa or Wichita category. The strip clubs give us the edge that we need to stay a vibrant entertaining city. While our churches pull us back from the brink of being a den of sin. Or as one dancer from Florida, who had recently moved to Dallas for work told award winning humorists Joe Bob Briggs, “…the guys here talk more and grope less. They’re basically looking for a party, not a sexual encounter.”
Joe once said, “I AM a male chauvinist. Who’s been saying otherwise? So he obviously knows more about gentlemen’s clubs then you do. Also he was in a Scorses film
But our churches don’t pull to far, completely removing the all the Bacchian delights. Our churches may be big, and beautiful, but they’re not fervent. The best story to understand why they don’t pull back too far comes from the story of the one of the first congregations in Dallas. It was led by a reverend name Davenport who came to Dallas in the 1850’s. At the time, Dallas was a growing frontier town full of gambling houses, saloon, dance halls, and brothels. Davenport, an Episcopalian, came to Dallas to preach about the evils those saloons, brothels, and dance halls. A young man, full of bravado, he burst into the largest saloon in Dallas and began preaching. He was promptly shot at…twice.
What was that you said about us being evil?
He wasn’t wounded, other than his pride, and he returned to his room at the St. Gregory hotel to pack up intending on leaving the following morning. But something funny happened over night. Those cowboys at the saloon that had shot at him got to feeling guilty about it because after all, they didn’t want to hurt anyone, they were only trying to have some fun, (much like the men the stripper from Florida talked about). So the cowboys passed a hat around to take up a collection for the good Reverend and the next morning right as Davenport was preparing to leave, the cowboys showed up with the collection for the sacred Episcopalian. They insisted that he stay and continue his mission to do good and save their souls.
Davenport stayed and the cowboys were the first members of his congregation. He would do a lot of good work in the City and continued to preach about the evils of the saloon’s, brothels, and dance halls. Though he did so with less fervor, because after all his congregation were responsible for much to the drinking, gambling and womanizing. He understood that those who sin on Friday and Saturday nights, often show up on Sunday morning feeling guilty and ready to give. Just like those cowboys.
Saturday Night Sunday Morning
So in the end, Dallas has the money to have nice gentlemen’s clubs and the clientele for the clubs. But Dallas also has the churches that temper us just enough to bring us back to a moral middle ground. Or put it this way, the popular phrase in Vegas is “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Because you can do a huge amount of very depraved things in a night out in Vegas and the next morning the local TV channels in your hotel room are advertising more and more depraved things to do. In Dallas you can go out for a wild night on the town after consulting the hotel guidebook under the “adult section.” But when you wake up in the hotel room the next morning and turn on the TV, all the local channels have local church broadcasts.