Directly across the road from The Shrimp Lover, in another identical mini strip mall, is Thai Town’s rebellious dive dance bar, Jumbo’s Clown Room. A travelling circus style sign and synchronised flashing light bulbs makes for a mischievous beacon screaming fun house.
Jumbo’s presents a fiercely engaging stage show experience where mutinous females perform pole dancing routines under a mirrored glass ceiling to jukebox chosen hits. It is where I, sipping on Bourbon would watch dancers such as ‘Roxie’, dressed in coveted leather ‘Madonna style’ underwear, thigh climb her chrome pole to Prince’s, When Doves Cry. Later, I would see her sharing a sweaty Corona with a regular. It is not unusual to find the dancers socialising with the carousers.
This is not your usual ‘strip’ joint, it is a bar where both sexes join in the salutations and dollar fluttering. This is not a place where you brush past a velvet curtain and see the shadow of an excited man being given an extortionate lap dance in exchange for a pulsating sixty seconds.
There is no cover charge, no table service nor an aggressive shove by a sleazy doorman in a bid to stuff as many bills down the G-string of a well-endowed woman. It is female centric, run by a woman and respected by all. Here, it is all about reasonable liquor, cold beers and an appreciation for the female form, which is accentuated by the flexuous contours and confident maneuvers to appropriately eclectic classics.