Striptease clubs in Shanghai… don’t exist. Yeah, let that sink in: there are no strip clubs in one of the word’s biggest metropolises. But don’t despair: they might not have regular striptease clubs but they have KTV and hostess bars instead, like everywhere in China and Japan.
KTV are karaoke bars, you can buy some drink and snacks and have a good time. The ones located around the red light districts add extras to that. You can pay a girl to keep you company, pour you drinks, maybe give you a blowjob. It’s like VIP rooms in European striptease clubs. Goldtime KTV has gained a bit of notoriety because of a recording of what happens inside. Truth be told, most KTVs are like that, walk around the Nanjing road and see for yourself.
Hostess bars are similar but more of an open space bar than closed off backrooms. Girls still sit next to you, sometimes dance around, get you drunk and ask you to buy them drinks. It’s basically a ploy for clients to stay longer and spend more money. So one could say hostess clubs are pretty much the same thing as our striptease clubs, just without the stripping and the pole dancing.