From Oslo to Gothenburg it is about four hours by train. It is the second largest city in Sweden. I’m sorry to say that Gothenburg doesn’t seem to have much of a fetish scene, if any at all. Even though the city is big and inclusive of LGBTQ people. There is a Scandinavian Leather Man Göteborg club, but they did not have any events in the summer. Have to revisit when they have some kind of party or event.
We found a nice bar and restaurant just inside the moat, called “bee”. I’m not sure if it is a gay friendly straight bar or a straight friendly gay bar, the line is a bit blurry, if it exists at all. Good wine and nice service. It is the first place I have visited where two half bottles of wine is cheaper than one full bottle.
We visited “Liseberg”, it is an amusement park in the middle of the city. As I tweeted, some of the design of the area around the rides reminds you of other forms of amusement. Some a bit steampunk inspired, and other more like a modern factory maze. See more pictures under the tweet
When you are at an amusement park and the design makes you think of other forms of amusement... https://t.co/90toLm2zOW—
Norwegian Leatherman (@norlthrman) July 07, 2016
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?
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.