Night club, pronounced in English is the U.S. equivalent of a Gentlemans Club. The terms, and its translation does not apply to the regular night spots where men and women gather to be social and drink. In Costa Rica the rules of the game are much more relaxed in the United States. Many of the girls consider touching to be encouraging and polite, especially when a customer is buying drinks.
Tipping dancers publicly with dollars for dances is also very uncommon. Clubs either pay the girls to dance or provide some type of salary. Night club dancers in Costa Rica earn their money by collecting drink commissions, dancing for clients at their tables and having sex in onsite rooms.
As a rule always ask up front how much a drink will cost for a dancer, and only agree to run a tab after becoming a frequent visitor. It’s not uncommon for some night clubs to run a scam on an unwary tourist, and at the end of the night present an inflated bill for hundreds of dollars.