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homeBild2-arnaudamsterdamHey dudes. Right now I’ve landed in Amsterdam, one of the most known fetish cities of Europe. Today a real fetish titleholder will accompany me. Arnaud, the actual Mr. Leather Europe and Mr. Leather Amsterdam will show me the kinky places of his city, which are a MUST to visit. I’m sure his advices will help also you for your trip to the Netherlands.


sadoSAM: Hi Arnaud, thanks for showing me around the town where you live. I know you’re into the kinky stuff too. How long have you been living out your desires and how did you come to that?

Arnaud: Hi and welcome to Amsterdam! Yes I’m definitely into leather and bondage, they’re my main two fetishes. I started going out in the leather bars and leather clubs in Amsterdam about 10 years ago. Before that, I went out in mainstream gay bars but they were a bit too tame and boring for me, so I started to visit the bars and clubs of the leather and fetish scene and gradually built up my leather collection, first with leather pants, then boots, a vest, a jacket, a shirt, some chaps, and so on.

I decided to stop caring about what others may say or think about that side of me when I realised in my early thirties that I had wasted my twenties trying to fit into a part of the gay community that didn’t see sex and friendship like I did. It’s a bit cheesy to say that, but life is too short to not enjoy the stuff that turns me on and makes me happy. It makes me so happy that I became Mr. Leather Amsterdam last year and now I work in the Club of Amsterdam Leather Men (C.A.L.M.) that organises social meeting for guys into leather.

 

sadoSAM: How do you live out your fetishes and what does appeal to you in s/m?

Arnaud: I go to a lot of festish events in Amsterdam and other European cities like Berlin, Antwerp, Paris… and the rest of the time, I go to leather bars and parties or just play at home. I prefer real-life cruising to online dating cause I live in the moment and don’t like to wait to meet a person. Also when I go out I get to meet other guys who are into fetish stuff and I like that human contact. If I feel attracted by a guy, that is good enough for me. I don’t need a certain body type or age range, or attire, but I need to meet a guy physically to know if it will work. Leather is great because it makes any guy look instantly hotter, and SM is something I’ve always been attracted to, even before I knew I was gay. I like to take control over these men’s pleasure or pain and make them discover how great BDSM can be.

 

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sadoSAM: Alright, enough talking. It’s afternoon already and I want to see something. Let’s do a little bit shopping. Which fetish stores do we absolutely have to see and why?

Arnaud: Man, you’re at the right place! Amsterdam is a great city for fetish shopping! You should start with the historical pionneers of fetish retail in Amsterdam: RoB and Mister B. These two shops on Warmoesstraat, which is also the oldest street in the city and right next to the Red Light District, have all the leather and rubber you need, and of course a huge choice of toys to explore new pleasures or pains. Not far from there, on Spuistraat, Gays&Gadgets has a very interesting fetish shop in its basement called Underground Fetish, where you can find a more fashion-oriented offer, especially for rubber, uniforms, and great t-shirts! And if you are a real rubber fan, then you cannot miss Black Body, a fantastic rubber shop on Kerkstraat 173, in the southern part of the city centre. They really have the largest choice of rubber in town!

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Fetish Stores

RoB

Mister B.

Underground Fetish

Black Body

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sadoSAM: Whoo, shopping can be quite tiring after all. Are there any coffeehouses or bars that are open in the afternoon and that you can recommend?

Arnaud: It’s especially tiring if you spend the afternoon trying on leather and rubber gear, right? After a shopping spree I really like a nice cocktail. Getto is probably one of the best places for that, and fetish guys are always welcome there. Their cocktails are some of the cheapest (the even go as low as €5 on Wednesdays) but also the strongest, and you can always sit on their mini terrace to watch the mix of international tourists passing on Warmoesstraat, which is always very entertaining. If you prefer a bigger terrace and a more quiet street then let’s go back to Spuistraat where we went earlier. Not far from Underground Fetish,there’s another nice bar with really cool cocktails. Prik is a colorful gay bar that opened about 5 years ago and it got very popular with its friendly staff and good music, if not only for its large and quiet terrace. De Engel van Amsterdam is another popular afternoon bar close to Centraal Station, on Zeedijk, a great place to have a beer in the Amsterdam fashion. It’s a very small corner bar, so guys usually drink on the terrace outside as soon as the weather allows it. The men who go there are the usually over 40, so it’s a great place to find a bear! And when the Lowlanders (Amsterdam’s gay rugby team) meet there for a beer (or ten), it gets really busy!

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Coffeeshops / Day Bars

Getto 

Prik

De Engel

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sadoSAM: After those hot guys in the bar I’m kinda horny. Where are the good cruising areas or saunas here?

Arnaud: There’s always a good place to hang out for that here. Cuckoo’s Nest, on Nieuwezijds Kolk (still super central) has got a huge cruising area in the basement that is busy at any time of the day! The crowd there is not especially fetish; it’s more the kind of place where closeted gays discreetly get their serving of cock. But being there in gear isn’t a problem (they regularly host rubber parties) and it’s a great place for a having a beer and get cruisy downstairs in their huge darkroom. If you prefer to take your time and enjoy some steamy action, then you have to check NZ Sauna! It opened very recently on Nieuwezijds Armsteeg 95, just a few streets down from Cuckoo’s Nest, so it’s all new, with floor heating and a modern interior design. You’ll love their large Finnish sauna sparated from the showers by a huge glass wall so that you never get bored while you sweat! I tell you its the best view you can dream of. The sauna is busier on weekends of course but it’s gaining in popularity so I’d recommend to go there any day of the week.

For outdoor cruising you really need to leave the center. At night, some parks are famous for their night activity. The municipality is now even officially tolerating the gay cruising in Vondelpark, in the bushes near the Rozentuin! In the East part of the city, Oosterpark is also famous for its night cruising, especially with Moroccan boys.

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Saunas & Crusing Areas

Cuckoo’s Nest

NZ Sauna

Oosterpark 

Rozentuin Vondelpark

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sadoSAM: I think it’s time to kick around town. Can you tell me which good bars are on the program. What kind of people do they attract and when is it going?

Arnaud: Close to Cuckoo’s Nest and NZ Sauna, and not far from Warmoesstraat, I usually start the evening at the Web because the other fetish-oriented bars only get busy after midnight. It’s a friendly relaxed place with a nice darkroom upstairs. The clientele is a bit older but you’ll easily find cool guys that will start a conversation and leather is very welcome.

When we get deeper into the night my favourite bar is Eagle on Warmoesstraat. It’s the home of Amsterdam Fetish Pride and Leather Pride! Eagle Amsterdam is an after-midnight cruising bar with a play area in the basement that attracts a younger, less fetish-oriented crowd, but you’ll often find leather guys hanging there, and there can be hot action on the slings!

And you cannot spend a cuisy night on that street without going to Dirty Dicks; it’s just a few meters down and it’s quite different, darker and more cruisy. The darkroom upstairs is quite cool and has a special attraction: the urinal is just a big hole in the floor that lets the piss fall into a bathtub installed underneath on the ground floor, often with a guy ready to receive it. Great place for piss lovers!

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Evening Bars

The Web

Eagle Amsterdam

Dirty Dicks

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sadoSAM: The clubs and parties should be warming up now. What’s on the program and where can we experience something? Are there any returning fetish events running here?

Arnaud: Let’s check out what they have at Club Church. It’s a small but well-equipped fetish club in the south of the city center near Leidseplein, and they run fetish parties almost every night. They sometimes have also non-fetish parties but you can always go in gear and it’s always fun. About once a month, they host the XXXLeather party, a fetish sex party that has been going on in Amsterdam for almost 10 years and is run by volunteers. Sleazy times guaranteed!

Also there are two large fetish events in Amsterdam, they are a good time to come and visit: Amsterdam fetish Pride on Ascension weekend, and Amsterdam Leather Pride in Fall, this year on October 23 to 26. They each have the Damage party on their program, the kind of big dance-and-play party with hundreds of guys that made Amsterdam famous! It’s in a large central venue with a big play area and a great dancefloor that is busy until late in the morning!

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Clubs & Parties

Club Church

Amsterdam Fetish Pride

Amsterdam Leather Pride

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sadoSAM: Hey Arnaud, thank you for this great day in Amsterdam. I wish you all the best for the future and hope to see you soon.


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