Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mr. Happy's (Waterbury, CT)

Quality of dances (9/20) – You aren't going to get away with much more than a hand on the girl's leg, but most of the girls have the skill and the willingness to give some decent knee grind action. The dances aren't good enough to justify coming here, but they're not so bad that they should keep you away if it otherwise sounds like your kind of place.

Quality of Dancers (5.5/10) – The ladies here are generally not Connecticut's finest, but the quality has gone up significantly over the past few years.  You aren't going to find many girls who would rate as an 8 or above, but there are plenty of girls in the 5-7 range.

Number of Dancers (3.5/10) – There usually seems to be a decent dancer-to-customer ratio, but that's more due to the lack of customers than it is to anything else. During my most recent visit on a Friday night, I only saw six dancers, and at least two of them were in the dressing room at all times.  That wouldn't be so bad, but the fact that they only have one girl on stage at a time combined with the unusually long stage sets means that you'll quickly tire of whatever girls they do have.

Variety/Diversity of Dancers (3/5) – You're going to find a mix of white, black and Brazilian girls at Mr. Happy's.  The white girls mostly are the tattooed, hard rock types, but there's enough variety to satisfy most tastes.

Attitude of Dancers (4/10) – Other than some dancers complaining about a lack of tips, the big problem here is that this is very much a locals place, so you're not going to get a whole lot of attention if you're an outsider.  The ladies are relatively friendly if you do manage to get their attention, but good luck with that.

Value (5/10) – There's a $7 cover on weekend nights, beers are $5, and the stage action is above average, with most girls displaying a mix of floor work and pole moves.  Unfortunately, the $25 dances aren't worth nearly that much.

Dance Setup (1/10) – There's a small elevated area in one corner of the club for dances, but there's nothing to keep everyone in the place from watching you. If you're unlucky enough to be getting a dance at the same time as someone else, you'll be very close to them with no barriers at all.

Club Setup (3/10) – The club setup isn't great, but it has improved drastically over the past few years. They have a very large nice stage in the center of the room, a decent bar along the one wall, and about a half dozen small tables around the club.  It's a small place, so you'll have a good view of the stage no matter where you are, but since the vast majority of the seats are at the stage, that may be where you have to sit there if it's busy.

Club Atmosphere (3.5/10) – Mr. Happy's is a dive bar type of club where you'll find a very mixed crowd and hear some very mixed music.  I heard everything from hard rock/metal to top 40 R&B, and you'll see guys in the crowd who seem to go along with each of those types of music.  Overall, though, the crowd is decent, and I've never felt threatened.  It's certainly a less intimidating crowd than you'd find down the street at Peek-a-Boos.

Club Accessibility (2.5/5) – Mr. Happy's isn't far from the interstate or downtown Waterbury, but I don't think you'd be able to find lodging anywhere near here.

Overall – Mr. Happy's is much better than it was a few years ago, a lot of people seem to like it, and it's unquestionably the best club in Waterbury, but it's still a below average club that isn't worth going out of your way for.



  1. What exactly qualifies for a 10??? You are all are some nast pigs! I worked there for a couple years. How about rating the clientel???

  2. Peter tips i do recomend you revisit happy's has been re modled pretty nice

  3. I would definitely recommend a revisit. The decor was modern and tasteful, with granite counter-tops along the stage and comfortable, attractive furniture. There were tables with the new decor. The lighting was subdued but not dark at all. At my age, a little brightness helps me see.

    The dancers seem to be a diverse group. I have trouble determining ethnicity by looking and talking, but the mix is similar to the ethnic mix of Waterbury.

    The clientele were dressed casually as expected. I did not see anyone I would refer to as sketchy. I felt comfortable with the crowd present.

    The parking lot and entrance seemed safe and well-lit, off the main road. We parked our new car there without worry.

    Drinks were reasonable, about $8 for wine. Cover was $5 for me (male). My female partner did not pay a cover.

    The dancing area was elevated and easily visible from the stage and seating area. Other patrons getting private dancer were close, however that doesn't bother me. I like the group thing and don't mind an occasional peek to the left or right.

    I found the dancers attractive. About average for a classy local NE club. 2/3 had augmentation procedures. At least 2 were impressively skilled in pole techniques. One young cutie was pole danced as well as I have ever seen. All dancers were friendly. None was pushy regarding private dances. All were appreciative of all tips.

    I did not buy a lap dance for myself but watched my partner get 2 from one dancer. The contact seemed very high to me, although I wonder if women get away with more than men.

    In summary:

    1. Tasteful decor and lighting.
    2. Attractive and friendly dancers
    3. High contact lap dances, especially for women.

    1. No ultra-premium tequilas or mezcals
    2. No charge stations for electric vehicles in the parking lot (please advise the management of this if you go).
    3. $7 fee for ATM!

    Otherwise, very little in the minus column.

  4. Peters tips this is one of your most inaccurate reviews yet good thing i went there before i read your review, nothing in your review matches up with what i experienced, i experienced a high end place with high end performers and the pole work some of these girls have is ridiculous definitely a hotspot in CT just emerging with the rendition check it out

    1. If you don't care about lap dances, I'm sure you'd enjoy it more than I did, and if that's the case, then more power to you. Having said that, I can think of 10 Connecticut clubs off the top of my head that are better than Mr. Happy's by just about any standard (in no particular order):

      1. Electric Blue
      2. Beamers
      3. Centerfolds
      4. Key Club
      5. Gold Club Hartford
      6. Gold Club Groton
      7. Elan's
      8. Scruples
      9. Hollywood
      10. Mardi Gras II

      Mr. Happy's isn't awful (as I said in the review, it's the best club in Waterbury, by far), but I think it's a stretch to call it a "hotspot in CT."

    2. Have you been there recently? I stumbled across there Facebook page a little while ago via add thats how i found out about this place.. I think you should come back and i personally think that the new remodeled Mr.Happys and Rubys II in bridgeport would be fair competitors on that list..

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