A investigation conducted by two students at the Universidad Estatal a Distancia in San Jose, Costa Rica makes biological and anthropological interpretations of San Jose nightclubs and massage parlors.
The primary conclusion that costs have increased, and more often local men are replacing foreign visitors is correct. However, the report fails to understand why many of the so-called “high end” night clubs have failed, and the “low end” night clubs in San Jose, downtown have improved while not coming up to the “high end” in terms of cost.
While report tries to take a scientific approach, it is more anecdotal, especially with regard to information gathered ten years ago. The rigid definitions of the various types of “dances” available in the night clubs are based on a pricing model that is quickly becoming obsolete.
Also, the idea that anyone would visit a “massage parlor” in Costa Rica, and do anything less than the full intercourse is ridiculous.
Low End Clubs in 2011 Look like High End in 2001
For example, the quality of 2011 downtown San Jose night clubs such as Pantera Rosa and Le Grillion are equal to high end venues in 2001. Capital investment has improved the facilities, and clubs are often full of talent. Indeed, many of the same dancers have moved to the downtown night clubs. The big difference is the “top tier” service costs at most $50. Bar tabs only go higher when the customers foolishly buy the girls drinks and socialize for hours.
Perhaps the best example is Josephine Nicole, which has all the trappings of a high end night club, and is quite possibly the only San Jose night club that was open during 2001 and 2011. Instead of charging $200 for a “private dance” the club lowered it’s rate to c22,000 ($44) for 20 minutes of full service.
The big shift taking place in San Jose night clubs is not so much that its getting any cheaper to spend time with the girls. Indeed, spend an hour or more with any dancer, and the bill will certainly exceed $100 or more. The change is that it is possible to enjoy full service for cut rate prices, provided it is done quickly.
A customer can simply walk into the club, enjoy two relatively low priced domestic beers, watch a few dances on stage and select a girl. Finishing the business requires 20 – 30 minutes in a small private room, and the total bill for an hour of entertainment is likely to be $50. Drinking and chatting up the girls is totally unnecessary, and for the linguistically challenged foreign tourist may be of limited value. Of course this is why the night club scene is increasingly being dominated by a growing middle class local consumer in Costa Rica.