Now Open: Bones Rock 'n' Roll Strip Club in Scottsdale

Strip joints are very rock ‘n’ roll kind of places. While it seems like hip-hop is largely what blasts from the sound systems at most gentlemen’s clubs in this day and age, there’s a certain seedy, sexy, and debaucherous vibe at such spots that lends itself to the decadence of rock.

That’s definitely true of such landmark ecdysiast emporiums as The Seventh Veil or the Body Shop in LA – both made famous by the Mötley Crüe song “Girls, Girls, Girls” – as well as the newly opened Bones Rock ‘n’ Roll Strip Club in Scottsdale.

Arguably one of the most unique topless bars in the Valley due to its theme, Bones is a combination strip joint, music venue, and shrine to rock ‘n’ roll culture that fully embraces the over-the-top excesses of the genre.

Located in the Scottsdale Road property that formerly housed Babes Cabaret, the club is plastered floor to ceiling with thousands of old-school flyers from local rock and punk shows; the lighting fixtures are made from repurposed Jack Daniels bottles; and there is blacklight artwork on the walls inspired by The Misfits and Motorhead.

Bones, which opened in late April, also features a Harley-Davidson chopper parked on the catwalk, a VIP booth inspired by the late Lemmy Kilmister, and an aura of stylish sleaziness.

DJ Dave Wave, the club’s resident selector, says that Bones is a throwback to the strip joints and rock bars of yesteryear.

"Back in the day, rock 'n' roll and strip clubs were synonymous with each other,” he says. You walked into any of those clubs and that's all you heard was rock 'n' roll. We're just trying to create a throwback for people from that era, or anyone that digs rock 'n' roll, who would appreciate it."

As such, the DJ says that the music mix at Bones will range from such heavy-metal legends and classic-rock icons as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Judas Priest, to punk rock favorites like the Ramones, Black Flag, and Circle Jerks. You might also hear some N.W.A., Beastie Boys, or Public Enemy songs being dropped, all of which would be appropriate, considering all three acts are in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

“We'll play some club stuff, too,” Wave says. “Like I'll include some dubstep remixes of Black Sabbath or some harder, darker club music.”

While the mirrored catwalk at Bones will mostly be the domain of its retinue of dancers, many of whom are very much in the Suicide Girls vein, local and touring bands will use it as a stage during live gigs at the club. Bones will also host rock and punk icons for both performances and guest DJ sessions. Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Heston, for instance, will visit the club on May 15.

On other weekends, the club will feature burlesque shows, fetish events, stripper karaoke, and other freaky-deaky entertainment.

“We want to be unlike your typical strip club,” Wave says.

Rock on.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.