Discover a debauched style of romance at one of these sin cities.
Fetishist-friendly Berlin has much to offer those who love to wear rubber and get a good whipping. Often touted as the world’s best club, Berghain has a tough door policy, with club goers forced to line up around cattle-style fencing.
Fifty per cent of revellers are turned away as bouncers carefully engineer the crowd to maintain an even mix of men and women, gay and straight, tourists and locals. Set in a former power plant behind the Berlin Ostbahnhof railway station, this cavernous techno club has an 18m dancefloor and can accommodate 1500 people.
Hedonists openly engage in sexual acts. There are no mirrors inside and cameras are strictly prohibited because of the ‘anything goes’ vibe. Another venue in which to shake your booty and have sex in public is the KitKat Club, a sizzling haven of sleaze.
Sin rating: *****
» See: berghain.de
Everyone knows that Amsterdam’s notorious Red Light District is the destination of choice for randy men seeking a wild time, but where can couples go for some edgy romance?
For a provocative meal with a difference, pay a visit to Supperclub. With its stark hospital-white décor, diners lie on comfy beds while being served up tasty fare by waitresses togged up in stockings and suspender belts (oh, and pig masks). The weird, wonderful and often sexy entertainment changes on a weekly basis, so you never know what to expect. We ate our starters with rubber-gloves on our hands while watching scantily-clad waitresses hanging up lettuce leaves on a washing line. With DJs spinning tunes all night, diners can take to the dancefloor between courses. Watch out for indigestion though.
Sin rating: ***
» See: supperclub.com
If like Sting and wife Trudie Styler, you fancy “dressing up” for your other half so your love life doesn’t become pedestrian, get yourself seriously pimped up for the Torture Garden. Hailed as the world’s leading fetish club, TG is certainly not for the faint-hearted; latex dresses, nipple tassels and gimp masks are among the tamer outfits.
Some punters arrive dressed in nothing more than their birthday suits, while you can also expect to see Marilyn Manson look-a-likes and guys with rubber penises on their heads. There’s a couples’ room for sex, and a dungeon for debauchery, from guys who like to lick people’s shoes to hardcore whipping. If you’re feeling
brave, climb inside a coffin-style box
with strategic holes along the sides where your fellow party people can cop a feel.
Sin rating: ****
» See: torturegarden.com
Burlesque is big business thanks to Dita Von Teese and Christina Aguilera’s new movie Burlesque. If you fancy a dose of old-fashioned sexy glamour and a bit of role play, get togged up for Glasgow’s famed Club Noir – the biggest burlesque club in the world. Men are advised to wear anything from military uniform to zoot suits, while women can sport Moulin Rouge or showgirl outfits. The shows feature striptease, fetish acts, live music and circus performers.
Sin rating: **
– Janine Kelso