Striptease clubs in Rio de Janeiro: this is where it gets complicated. Every larger establishment with naked garotas (girls) inside is called a terma. It theoretically means a spa, or a sauna, something along the lines of the European FKK. Some termas in Rio are exactly that. So you pay an entrance fee, change into a bathrobe, have a drink, pick a girl and take her to one of the rooms. The vast majority of termas are striptease club style brothels. Simple as that. The only spa facilities they have are showers in rooms where you “finalize your transaction” with the hooker. Tourists often receive subpar treatment, but that’s the case everywhere.
Whores are like pizza dough; they can smell fear from a mile. I bet that’s what happened to Justin Bieber in Centaurus (http://www.centaurustermas.com/) at Rua Canning, 44. Centauris is the most notorious mega-brothel in Rio de Janeiro, frequented by international celebrities. It’s not for nothing that the renowned magazine Rolling Stone called it a scandalous sin palace (https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/the-world-cup-of-dirty-dreams-inside-brazils-most-infamous-brothel-57314/). That’s where they made the photos of little Justin leaving via the backdoor, covered with a tablecloth.
There are more of these super-bordellos in Rio de Janeiro. There’s Solarium (http://www.solarium.com.br/) at Rua José Joaquim Seabra, 21 and Monte Carlo (http://www.termasmontecarlo.com.br) at Rua Hilário de Gouvêia, 19. Yet only Centaurus achieved the status of an international legend. There’s even a love story involved. The owner fell in love with one of the hookers and made her a cafetina (brothel manager). They lived happily ever after as owners of the best brothel in Brazil. These Brazilian style striptease clubs or clubes de striptease as the locals say are expensive, but you won’t find better garotas in Rio de Janeiro. Entry costs around $60, which does not seem a lot, especially compared to strip clubs in Europe.