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Club 281: Discover Montreal's Erotic Cabaret for Women
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Inside Club 281 in Montreal, celebrating the cabaret's 30th anniversary on April 14, 2010.

Photo © Evelyn Reid
Club 281: Montreal's Erotic Cabaret for Women
The only erotic cabaret for women in Canada featuring full frontal male nudity, Club 281 is a top Montreal attraction. It was the first bar with nude male dancers in the country when it was founded April 14, 1980 by Mr. France Delisle, an ex-construction worker inspired to open the venue after visiting Miami's Crazy Horse, where he caught a rare glimpse of men stripping for an almost all-female crowd.

Club 281: An Instant Success
Gaining instant popularity with women who, at the time, had no adult entertainment options geared to their needs, no one, including France could have predicted the extent of its impact. Lineups were fierce, so much so that 281 stayed open 13 hours a day, seven days a week and expanded its operations to cover three floors instead of one just to keep up with demand. In its first three years, the club attracted one million and a half visitors, representing close to a third of its total clientele spanning three decades.

Club 281: Thirty Years Later
Thirty years and over five million happy ladies later, Club 281 is now run by Delisle's youngest child, Annie, who was ten when the cabaret first opened, but for obvious legal reasons, only set foot in 281 when she turned 18. Since she took over in 2003, Annie headed the move from 281's original location at 281 Ste. Catherine to its new venue a few blocks away, adding her own touch to the decor. She also hired a stage director/choreographer to get inside the minds of their female clientele and improve the dances. For example, choreographer Julie successfully convinced dancers to stop slapping their butts as they undressed, a move which reportedly left some women mildly confused. Annie also expanded the bar menu, offering a wider selection of martinis, port, wine and champagne. Club 281's cabaret performances were also brought to a new production level for its thirtieth anniversary. Scenes were directed by a quartet of Quebec's leading artistic directors, dance choreographers and stage actors.

Special V.I.P. Packages
Ladies can surprise a friend with one of the following packages -- no pun -- on location at Club 281:

  • Regular V.I.P. $70: includes gift box, dancer at your table, and souvenir picture
  • Super V.I.P. $110: includes gift box, dancer at your table, souvenir picture and one bottle of sparkling wine
  • Ultra V.I.P. $150: includes gift box, dancer at your table, souvenir picture, one bottle of sparkling wine and your friend gets to go onstage and be a part of the show
Private Parties
Ideal for at-home bachelorette parties, rent your favorite 281 dancer for the equivalent of three songs (12 to 15 minutes) followed by a 20-minute chat and picture-taking (no nudity!) session. Costs $300 for anywhere covering the Greater Montreal Area (as north as Mirabel and as south as St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu, any further costs extra).

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