Those who visited Warsaw in the nineties and around the turn of the century may have lingering memories of a seriously mucky city. With an estimated 1,500 brothels in operation the city established a reputation as a destination for hairy-palmed perverts. Then along came the late Lech Kaczyński as Mayor of Warsaw who became a one man anti-sleaze machine driven by a zealous desire to restore Warsaw’s lost innocence. While he never fully succeeded in cleansing Warsaw of the brothels and the flyers, Kaczyński’s crusade had a striking impact.
One of the results of this campaign is that Warsaw now offers a collection of seemingly legitimate and, on the whole, fairly presentable ‘Gentlemen’s Clubs'. Brothels still exist but not in the huge numbers that they once did. They’re simple enough to find, with flyers pinned to car windscreens or clogging up the gutters. Don’t expect English to be spoken, and don’t reckon on being greeted by the sirens pictured on the aforementioned flyers. Enter at your own risk.
Although we can't stress enough against such practice, but there will always be those coming to Warsaw that simply put their faith in a taxi driver. More often than not this will involve being driven to the suburbs to whichever brothel is giving the cabbie a kickback. Prices in these ‘high end’ establishments will tend to start at 200zł, though don’t be tricked into buying champers for the lady unless you’re sure you can afford it. Again, visit such establishments at your own risk. Scumbag, fly-by-night brothels still exist; STDs are a fact of the trade, and don’t think for one jiffy you’re beyond reproach. Do not assume either that the Barbie of your choice is in on the game because she enjoys rolling around with ageing baldies. Poland has an appalling record where human trafficking is concerned, and it’s safe to assume a fair few ladies staffing such venues have been coerced into their ‘career’.
If you're in Warsaw and simply have your mind set on going to a strip club, it's best to stick to our recommendations, as quite frankly, we cannot guarantee you will have a pleasant experience in any of the others. It's best to also note some tips from us that could very well save you from hefty charges on your bank cards...we urge you to be mindful, mind your manners, deal only in cash, don't let anyone order drinks for you, and generally keep your wits about you. The venues listed here are generally central and established but please be warned that we’ve had reports in the past of 8,000zł being spent willingly in one club listed here and another of 8,000 sterling being spent unwillingly in one which is not listed here. In the second case half of the money was retrieved from the bank because of ‘payment irregularities’ but be on your guard. A rule of thumb is to generally avoid street solicitation of any kind, especially if it comes in the form of a sweet girl with an umbrella inviting you to a club for a 'drink'. If you go to the club of your choice by taxi, make sure the driver takes you to just that, the correct club, and not one miles away with whom they have a partnership.
If you happen to find yourself walking along the Royal Route, or any tourist hot spots for that matter, and are approached by a young lady or ladies taking an overactive interest in you and suggesting you join them for a drink, please exercise common sense and skepticism. While we don't wish to suggest you aren't the handsome dude you surely must be, we do receive reports of situations in which men are lead to a ‘random’ bar or club by flirtatious young women, where upon later attempting to leave they are intimidated into paying vastly inflated bar tabs by thuggish bouncers. Others have reported being drugged in strip clubs, while unauthorised credit card charges, or charges vastly exceeding the amount on the card reader, are also a complaint we hear too often. Unfortunately the dodgy, dangerous and sometimes criminal behaviour of strip clubs is a problem now affecting most major Polish cities, and the local governments and law enforcement seem either unable or unwilling to stop it.
Having read this far, you may feel slightly apprehensive about Warsaw's adult entertainment options, however, as long as you keep your wits about you and take heed of our warnings, you can still have a damn good time. And you can start by checking out our recommendations below.