Jefferson Jackson Steele
Best Strip Joint (No Cover Charge)
The Haven Place Gentlemen’s Tavern
Published: September 21, 2011
400 N. Haven St., (410) 276-9420, myspace.com/havenplacegirls
In an old rowhouse in Highlandtown, the Haven Place “Gentleman’s Tavern” has everything good about a strip joint—the naked women—and none of the bad stuff like cheesy elegance and expensive drinks and all the pressure to buy them. Haven Place looks like your neighborhood bar—if hot women took off their clothes and danced at your local. It’s got brick walls, Ms. Pacman, a cigarette machine, and a kickass jukebox. Even more important, the Haven Place boasts no cover and $4 beers. And nobody pressures you to buy them. The dancers are pretty, friendly, and fun. Though they know most of the regulars and sit at the bar between dances, they welcome the newcomer with open, er, arms. One dancer told us they were allowed to give lap dances behind the cigarette machine, but it’s not really that kind of place. You walk up to the minimal stage if you want to give a tip. It’s the only strip joint we’ve been to in town where the whole crowd cheers every time a woman does something nice on stage . . . which is quite often. It’s one of the few strip clubs you can go to without feeling either cheesy or skeezy. And that’s a real accomplishment.