Most clubs are upscale and professional places that provide a safe place to meet other swingers.
There are some differences however among clubs, and one should not confuse swinger clubs with social clubs, swinger groups or Meet-and-Greets.
However swinger clubs are typically permanent places that are specifically established for catering to swingers.
The first sex club of this type exclusively for African American gay men was Black Jack, started in 1986 by Alan Bell. Additionally, most adult dating and swinger social networks often provide listings of sex clubs, resorts and events.There is no non-profit impartial overarching organization of sex clubs per se, although NASCA International serves as an umbrella organisation for swinging groups in general. Most major cities in North America and western Europe have sex clubs, many in a permanent location, but they often keep a low profile.One source, covering "Chicago's first and only all bisexual [club]," stated that in the founders' view "The lifestyle is pretty homophobic" and "male bisexuality was erased", although an "underground market" existed.Swing clubs and other facilities exist for gay and bisexual interests for both genders, but differ – for example bathhouses for gay men, many of which were forced to close because of concerns over AIDS transmission, whereas women's clubs are "comparatively rare" and tend to be organized as private events, or niche clubs with high popularity for their events.Larger establishments may include the facilities of an ordinary nightclub such as a bar and a dance floor.
Each club sets the rules for activities which take place at club organised events.
On-Premises swingers lifestyle clubs are ones that offers rooms or areas that permit couples to engage in sex either alone or with others.
Off-Premises clubs are ones that allow for couples to meet and often dance or can socialize but have no areas or rooms where any sexual activity can occur.
Thousands of swinging clubs are listed on various adult websites and swinger social networks, but there are believed to be many other small neighborhood clubs, which are known among members of the lifestyle community, without a website.
The rules of these clubs vary considerably, and admissions are not necessarily limited to married couples.
However, younger swingers seeking peer group options find this is not always possible at conventional swingers' clubs because of normal demographics.