The coronavirus has finally birthed the kind of innovation T-Pain and 2 Chainz would approve of: drive-thru strip clubs. Just in time for the domestic travel boom, several “strip-thrus” have popped up throughout the United States. And these “strip-thrus” are exactly what they sound like: places where women dance onstage in next-to-nothing as single file Camrys and Priuses coast pass.
Venues in Portland and Virginia are branding themselves as for-the-people establishments by pairing twerking alongside community services. Lucky Devil in Portland offers one free roll of toilet paper to its first 50 customers and has a drive-thru food menu. “You pull in and you get one or two songs with the gogos, then we bring your food out to you and then you go on your way,” explained Lucky Devil Lounge owner Shon Boulden in a video circulating online. “We’re continuing to keep our kitchen guys working, all of our bartenders, all of our dancers,” he added. In Virginia Beach, an outdoor strip-thru ends with a car wash. Of course, excessive tipping is encouraged.
It’s only a matter of time until more strip-thrus pop-up throughout the USA. And with millions of Americans sticking to domestic travel vacations this summer, more innovation like strip-thrus could be in high demand. The San Antonio Zoo’s new drive-thru experience sold out so quick last week that management added dates throughout May. In Milwaukee, a brewery transformed an old bank window into a beer drive-thru. And in Midland, Texas, residents can knockout their weekly farmer’s market purchases from the comfort of their car.
There could also be a return to nostalgia for many as drive-in theaters make a return. Whether road tripping for strippers or cheetahs, people will travel again. It’s just going to be a little weird when we do.
Eric has revolved in and out of passport controls for over 20 years. From his first archaeological field school in Belize to rural villages in Ethiopia and Buddhist temples in Laos, Eric has come smile to smile with all walks of life. A writer, photographer and entrepreneur, the LA native believes the power of connectivity and community is enriched through travel.