This is one of the coolest venues I have visited in Amsterdam, a cruising club over three floors. It has, as the name suggests, a bit of a religious themed decoration. But I would be surprised if the building has ever been a church.
The top floor is a gallery, with some low couches and a sling. At the main floor you will find what you would expect at a dance club, but also a strip pole on the bar and a small private sling room. In the basement there is the bathroom, including showers and douche possibilities (both towels and disposable douche hoses can be bought in the bar). There was also a darkroom in the basement, and it is dark.
Even though it was a slow night (maybe 20-30 guys), those who were there was fun to play with.
This place gave a new meaning to the song “Take me to church” by Hozier. You can find the webpage for Club Church here.
Tonight is the biggest party of the year. No, it is not Eurovision Song Contest, but Valhall at SLM Oslo. This is the closest thing to leather/fetish pride you come in here in town. We will also celebrate the club’s 40 years anniversary, quite impressive isn’t it?
Rome is a beautiful city, with lots to see. Lots of hot (and not so hot) Italian men, but it is hard to find leather guys. Probably because the city is full of tourists. The gay area is really small, and might be said to be one street.
I visited the Alcova shop, it is probably the only fetish shop in Rome – at least the only one I found. It was about 50/50 for men and women, and had what you would expect of a fetish shop when it comes to clothing. I did not find that many toys, but did not ask. The price was a bit higher than other shops – As it often is if it is the only shop in town – so you probably have to search a bit for bargains.
The Coming Out bar/restaurant in Rome, right behind the Colosseum, is really worth a visit. They have good and cheap food. And the clientele was between 18 and 45, in every style – except no visible leather or other fetish guys.
Hangar is the oldest gay club in Rome, from the middle of the eighties. Outside it is the most anonymous club I have ever visited. You can see the entrance in the picture to the left. There is no other bars, restaurants or clubs in immediate vicinity, so the street is quiet. Inside the club it is surprisingly big, much because of the high ceiling. It was a quiet night, so the dance floor wasn’t in use, and most of the guys was just hanging around the bar.
They have a darkroom, it is completely dark so you can not see anything. Not my cup of tea. There is also a smoking area in the back. I liked the atmosphere of the club, and will return.
As I was just visiting for a couple of days I didn’t visit any of the cruising bars or saunas, maybe next time. And then hopefully at the same time as some fetish party.
I’m going back, so if there are something or somewhere you think I’ve missed or should visit feel free to let me know in the comment section below.
If you are going to a fetish party for the first time, you probably have a number of questions. Like what to ware, what to expect and what to do. Of course the answers will vary from party to party, but some are quite general.
There is a basic difference between a private party and a party at some club. A private party are often more to the point, while in a club you might not get to any point at all. What the theme is, decides what type of gear you should use. For instance do not go in leather to a strictly rubber party, and do not use allot of time getting your rubber ready if you are going to a nude party. In some cases there might not be clear what you should wear, then ask the host (or the club) what they expect the others to dress. At the same time it is often easier to take off some of the gear if you feel you have too much on.
If you are going to a sex party, then less is more, often to much gear comes in the way. Is it a leather club, feel free wear everything, as long as it looks good. You should bring your own condoms and lube, you never know when you need some and if there are any available.
I would recommend to not go alone to a club where you do not know any other people. Both of social and security reasons (especially if you plan to lose control). It is good to have some one to talk to if it is a slow night, and some one to watch your beer or drink when your attention is elsewhere. If you are into BDSM it is good to have some one to make sure your limits are observed and not crossed.
When there, everything is up to you. You will seldom get any action if you just stand by a wall looking at guys. But of course you might just want to watch. If you talk to someone it does not always mean they want hot and steamy sex with you, so no pressure. At the same time feel free to talk about sex or fetishes, it is nice to know if you are into the same stuff before you suggest something more.
This is much easier at a private party, there is less stress and you know what to expect in regards to type of party, duration and people you will meet. If you do not know any one at the party and are not so brave to meet everyone at once, it might be a good idea to meet the host first for a cup of coffee or something.
Remember, you should not do anything you do not want to do and always play safe!
It is only one gay leather and fetish club in Oslo, and that is Scandinavian Leather Men. It is an members club, but they let non-members in for a higher entrance fee. They are not very strict on the dress code. The club is open about every other weekend, and might have themed parties. For instance “Naked and Underwear”, “Rubber”, and so on.
They have an guarded wardrobe, so you can change and/or undress when you arrive. If you do not want to go around with your money or credit cards, you can leave them in the bar, and get an number on your arm.
You enter on the ground floor, where you find the bar, the toilets and a small playroom. In the basement there is several areas, a couple of slings, a wetroom, two stalls with glory holes and some more general darkroom areas.
The people at the club are typical Norwegians, nice and polite, but they are not the first to make contact. Most of Norwegians speak English, so feel free to talk to people hanging around the bar.
It is an non-profit organisation, and is driven by volunteers. So be nice to those who work there, and do not destroy the interior. There are plenty of condoms available. And on some nights an gay health organisation have free HIV tests.
Check their website for an updated list of events, http://www.slmoslo.no/
Have fun and play safe!
A fetish pub on the well-known Motzstraße out of Nollendorfplatz in Berlin. It is a small pub with nice barkeepers. They do not have a strict dress code, or if they do they do not enforce it. The clientele is often from 45-50 and up, especially on weekdays.
They have a darkroom in the basement, with one part labyrinth, and one part “play area”. They show porn on several screens in the bar area, with different content on each. Under Statfest in 2015 they showed “Little Britain” since it was allowed for women to enter early in the evening.
As it is allowed to smoke inside it might be a quite thick atmosphere at times.
When it comes to drink prices, I would think they are in the middle of the range, about 3 € for a beer. But as I’m from Norway I’m used to higher prices.
It is an nice place to relax, just having a beer at the bar or a table, and have some fun.
Do you have suggestions or comments, feel free to add them below.
As always, play safe.