Jumbo’s Clown Room – A Uniquely Hollywood Experience

If you find yourself in the LA area looking for an adventure, Jumbo’s Clown Room may be the spot for you. Bear in mind, Jumbo’s is not your typical strip club but it does offer a little something for everyone.

Jumbo’s has been an LA staple for over 50 years and it is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. So, be warned, you need to arrive early because this LA hot spot/dive bar fills up by 9:00 p.m. and latecomers will find themselves waiting in line. 

So, is your interest peaked? Well, here is the important information you should know before you decide to visit Jumbo’s Clown Room.

A Brief History of Jumbo’s

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Jumbo’s Clown Room has a long history of redefining LA’s nightlife. The grand opening of Jumbo’s was on June 27, 1970, and it started as a simple local bar with $0.50 cocktails, and the birth of the tradition of a $1.45 shot and beer.

1973 saw the introduction of pillow parties and Jumbo’s Halloween parties started in 1975. Jump to 1982 when Jumbo’s officially adds pole dancers to the club and in 1990 Jumbo’s transitioned into the club as we know it today, with strong drinks, burlesque, and pole dancing, wrapped in a rock’n’roll dive bar vibe. 

Who Own’s Jumbo’s Clown Room?

Jumbo’s is family-owned and operated. Karen Taylor took over running Jumbo’s Clown Room from her father Jack “Jumbo: Taylor. That means Jumbo’s has been a local, family-owned business for over 50 years!

Is it Like Other Strip Clubs?

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The short answer is no. Visiting Jumbo’s will not be like any other strip club visit you have experienced.

Jumbo’s Clown Room combines the sexiness that is usually associated with strip clubs, the rock’n’roll atmosphere that accompanies a local dive bar, and the artistry of burlesque performing.

The unique climate of Jumbo’s Clown Room is welcoming to everyone, men and women alike who enjoy drinking, watching the performers and having a great time.

What Is It Really Like Inside?

The best way to learn what the Jumbo’s Clown Room is like is to experience it yourself but if you are on the fence, here are a couple of testimonials from real customers. 

  1. ”It’s weird, it’s divey, it’s a gem and a right of passage.”
  2. ”Girls love Jumbo’s. it allows them to get a glimpse of the taboo strip club scene under the guise of a fun dive bar that doesn’t get too creepy.”
  3. ”I’m a lady who thinks strip clubs are fun and Jumbos is cuuute. If you have girls that are weirded out by strip clubs it’s a great introduction and very non-threatening.”

What Kind Of Music Do They Play Inside?

You will hear all types of music when you go to Jumbo’s; rock, 80s’, pop, punk, hip-hop. Everything is fair game.

On a usual night you might hear Future, followed by Fleetwood Mac, followed by Def Leopard.

Things You Should Know Before You Go

  • Jumbo’s will fill up fast on the weekends so get there before 9:00 p.m. or be prepared to stand in line.
  • Get there really early to enjoy happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day.
  • And remember this is not your typical strip club. Keep your hands to yourself, there is no touching the dancers.
  • Bring cash! Tip those dancers for their hard work. Toss those dollars on the stage, no dollar tucking here! 

Frequently Asked Questions About the Jumbo’s Experience 

What are the age requirements to visit Jumbo’s Clown Room?

You need to be over the age of 21 to enter.

Is there a cover charge?

Nope! The Jumbo’s Clown Room motto is they would rather have you spend your hard-earned cash on a stiff drink than a cover charge. 

What time does Jumbo’s close?

Jumbo’s operation hours are Wednesday through Sunday 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Is Jumbo’s a nube or non-nude strip club?

Nope, no nudity. 

Do they serve alcohol?

Oh yes, Jumbo’s believes in pouring strong drinks, so come thirsty! 

Do they serve food?

No, you better eat before hitting up the club. They do have some chips for sale at the bar though.

Can you get a lap dance at Jumbo’s?

Yes, you can get a lap dance at Jumbo’s. The twist here is that you do not have to worry about the dancers harassing you for a lap dance, you get to request a lap dance if you want one. No pressure. 

Can I take pictures inside the club?

No, you cannot take pictures of the dancers.

Is there a dress code?

Nope, whether you are wearing t-shirts or a business suit, come as you are!

Is there an ATM inside?

Yes, there is an ATM inside and you can exchange your money at the bar for dollar bills.

How do I know who’s dancing?

On their Facebook, everyday they post who is dancing each night.

What Did Jumbo’s Do During The Pandemic?

When Covid shut down all non-essential businesses in LA, the performers at Jumbo’s decided not to take the lockdown laying down. So, when the world went digital, so did the Jumbo dancers.

The dancers would perform two shows a week over Zoom, and viewers could use digital pay apps to tip the performers. This was how Jumbo’s dancers were able to earn money while the club was on lockdown. 

Where Exactly Is Jumbos’?

Jumbo’s is located in a strip mall in Hollywood’s Thai Town and is sandwiched between two Thai restaurants.

The address is 5153 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Parking is very limited, especially on the weekends. However there is valet service and you can park on the streets nearby.

Final Thoughts Before Visiting Jumbo’s Clown Room

Jumbo’s Clown Room is a must-see during your next visit to LA. Come enjoy the dive-bar atmosphere, while sipping tasty cocktails, rocking out to classic 80s hits, and watching the dancers perform. This uniquely LA hot spot has something for everyone to enjoy. 

Mariska Lee

Mariska is a recovering attorney who gave up her professional job to discover new perspectives of life while traveling in a 2009 Ford Transit. She has been living the van life for 3 years and has not looked back since.

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