This might not be news to many people in the lifestyle but apparently swing clubs have become a hip place to be seen. This is quite a contrast to the days when people would do anything to keep their visits to swing clubs a secret! Although every state is different with regard to the legality of swing clubs, for those that have been fortunate enough to have club owners in their home town go to court and battle, the taste of victory is very sweet for them indeed. The clubs that reside in legal areas have seen tremendous growth in their clientele over the last decade or so. For most states, each county has its own laws regarding this, which makes it even better for the owners who put their time and money into making this happen.
The change in the atmosphere in clubs that are no longer underground has been dramatic. Before they were legal it was very risky for couples to venture out to a club for the evening. Many people tell stories of making sure to have enough cash in their pockets to be able to make bail if they were to get arrested, after all, who could they call? Some people recall being terrified of having their names in the newspaper should the club get raided. Police would drive by at opening time and scare clients away or sit in the parking lot making sure clients were too uncomfortable to go inside. One thing these long time swingers remember the most was the fact that when they were in the club, every single person there, was a swinger who came to play. Back then, nobody was going to take the risk just to “check it out”. That is where the clubs have seen a total change.
Back when it was not legal, swing clubs rarely had big crowds and generally hosted about 20-30 couples on a Saturday night. They were sparsely decorated and tended to be rather small in size. Today, some clubs boast more than ten thousand square feet and rival the swank decor of any hot Miami Beach or New York City night club. It is not uncommon for the more popular swing clubs to host over 200 couples in a night. The difference is, a much smaller percentage of couples are there to play. The truth is, where else can you spend an evening that allows you to bring your own bottle, serves dinner and breakfast and has a dj until 3 in the morning? While it is true that most clubs have a membership fee, the nightly fees are generally less expensive than a moderately priced restaurant would cost to eat dinner for two. Swing clubs are night clubs where the atmosphere on every Saturday night is like New Year’s Eve. What other clubs have a regular clientele like this where couples are looking to make friends? I have never been to a vanilla club where people want to meet you and your husband or boyfriend; couples are either there to have fun alone or they come to the club with a group of friends
There are times when men bring women into a swing club and she does not even know what kind of a club it really is. When you spend your evening up front, there is no reason to guess what happens behind the closed doors in the back of the club. The women usually figure it out when they see people getting carried away on the dance floor or around the bar. Especially when she realizes that nobody else is shocked except for her! Porn playing on a large screen in the club is also a dead giveaway that something is not quite kosher.
There has been a surge in the number of young couples who visit swing clubs. In prior years it was uncommon to see people under the age of 40 visting a swing club. Today, there are groups which cater to the younger crowd and it has become quite common for the younger groups to out number the 40 year old plus crowd.
For newcomers, the atmosphere of a swing club can be intoxicating. The energy, the friendliness and the fun to be had is like no other type of club environment. The sexy dresses, the provocative dancing, the nudity and sexual overtures are tintillating to say the least. The notion that just behind the closed doors in the back of the club is something that you had always considered forbidden and deviant. Live sex, both for you to watch and participate in, is never far from your thoughts. This new generation of curious guests soon come to find this part of the club’s appeal; it’s risque and they are a part of it!
The lifestyle has been slow to gain any type of acceptance in most communities but with so many people exploring swing clubs and enjoying the atmosphere perhaps we are seeing a change in attitude. People are able to enter the clubs and have a good time while noticing that the clientele in the clubs are made up of normal people who are not attacking each other or indiscriminately lusting after one another. The image most people have of what goes on in a swing club is generally drastically different from what they find when they arrive. The media has not been particularly helpful in portraying swingers over the years and people outside the lifestyle have no other frame of reference with which to base this on.
Swing clubs are not dungeons with leather clad freaks wearing masks and making unwanted sexual advances to anyone and everyone. Most people are pleasantly surprised to discover that swing clubs are very similar to any other night club. One of the aspects that sets swing clubs apart is the friendly clientele. Couples looking to meet other couples and warmly welcoming to newcomers is something you will not see elsewhere. Most couples are well dressed and extremely respectful of each other. People don’t judge and this encourages many couples who might not feel as though they fit in at other types of clubs, to turn to swing clubs.
Moving forward, with this refreshing change in attitude toward the lifestyle and how it has become trendy to be a part of it, people should feel more confident that wearing the jewelry only indicates that they are open minded. The jewelry shall remain only known to people in the lifestyle but remember that being in the lifestyle does not mean you are a swinger. It simply tells others that you enjoy that atmosphere and are open to conversations regarding such.