From Mike Myers doing "Sprockets" on SNL to that one scene in Super Troopers , American pop culture depicts German subculture as anywhere from kinky and intense to borderline frightening. But when you move to Berlin, you hear nada about how to get around the city's underbelly of public sex, and diverse turn-ons and orientations So when I recently arrived at a German sex club in Downtown Berlin, naturally , I had to figure things out for myself. It wasn't long before I gave myself over to the laser beams, crowds of glistening strangers in leather and lace, and thumping, heavy house music. I'm not anything close to a swinger or fetishist though I have a shoe collection that begs to differ ; but I learned enough to share with you eight tips for surviving a sex club of your own. Berlin nightclubs are infamous for strict door policies, and this famous sex club was no exception. To get in, there are two choices: dress up or dress down.
“The Techno’s Good and The Fucking’s Good, So Why Not Do Them Together?”
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1. Dress (in)appropriately
COVERED in face tattoos and piercings, the German stares me down, running a finger across his skull-shaped rings as he decides my fate. My ordeal is over. I try hard to control my trembling body as I slowly walk forward inside, to safety. Housed in a former East Berlin power station, it is as famous for its door policy as for its sex and drug binges at parties that run from Friday night to Monday afternoon. Meanwhile upstairs on the main dancefloor, male and female performers — naked apart from the odd slice of bondage leather — dangle in cages attached to the ceiling or gyrate on podiums. Florence Welch and Jake Gyllenhaal are just two of a long list of stars said to have been denied access and the chance to boggle at it all.
Berlin's nightclubs are renowned for their hedonistic but sometimes seedy atmosphere which sees revellers go far beyond what is acceptable in most British venues. Raunchy antics are often ignored by club owners and staff, mostly thanks to the city's open-minded attitudes to sex and drug use. One legendary institution, the KitKatClub, is famous for openly encouraging guests to perform sex acts while on the dancefloor. The techno club hit the news today after one guest picked up bacterial meningitis at the venue last Saturday, sparking a city-wide alert which asked guests to visit doctors for tests. Like Berghain and neighbouring Panorama Bar, these clubs have staunchly refused to clean up their acts despite growing in popularity. Speaking anonymously, one Londoner lifted the lid on what really goes on in the sex-obsessed bar after visiting with friends. The year-old told Mirror Online: "We'd never been to Berlin before so me and a couple mates booked our trip in January through a travel website.