When Miami strip clubs reopened in Canada
A Toronto strip club is the first in Canada to open since the end of a decade of prohibition in the U.S. in 2018.
The new nightclub, on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of downtown Miami, opened its doors for the first time in March.
“I have never seen such a vibrant and vibrant nightlife scene in my lifetime,” said Darlene Gavrilovic, owner of The Lighthouse.
“It is absolutely amazing to see how much has changed in the last decade.”
The strip club, which opened its first night of operation in May 2018, is the only strip club in the country to be opened by a government-run institution, a distinction the Toronto club has been granted.
The club, known as The Ledge, is a 10-minute walk from downtown Miami’s Wynwood district.
It opened with two nights of free entertainment, but has since added dance music, live bands, live entertainment and DJs, among other activities.
It’s the first club to be built by the Government of Canada, which has also recently expanded its number of licensed strip clubs.
“We want to bring the whole Miami experience to people from all walks of life, to people who don’t have access to that,” said Gavrolovic.
“There is something really special about having a place that is welcoming and accessible to everybody.”
Gavrillovic said she decided to open her club after seeing a number of strip clubs close down in Canada and saw how many families were turned away at airport security checks.
“They were very, very scared to come in and get a strip club licence because they are just looking for the cheapest place to get alcohol and they are looking for a place to have sex,” she said.
“This place has the opportunity to be something that people can come and enjoy for the night and also get some entertainment.”
The new Miami strip club opened its second night of free music and dance in January 2019, and opened for its third show on April 2.
The Miami strip is one of a number that have opened in Canada, including Toronto’s Galt’s Bar, Vancouver’s Lulu’s and Edmonton’s Locks.
The first Canadian strip club was established in Canada in 1968, and now there are more than 600 in Canada.
“Our first show at the Lighthouse was really successful, so it was a really good start,” Gavrinovic said.
She said her club is also part of the larger trend of Canadian strip clubs opening in cities across the country, and hopes to open a second location in the future.
“The first thing I said to the owners is, ‘Look, we are going to have to take it to the next level.’
We have a plan for it,” she told The Canadian Press.
“That’s what we are really looking forward to, because there is a lot of competition in Canada right now.”