From its origins in 1994 to the present day, the Kit Kat Club has been the crowning glory of Berlin’s thriving fetish scene. The lovechild of Austrian pornographic film maker Simon Thaur and his partner Kristen Kruger, who have been running the club ever since, it is infamous for bringing aspects from the trance scene into its sex parties. Every year it attracts thousands of people from all walks of life to its dance floor, from hardcore BDSM lovers to curious tourist spectators.
Named after the risqué burlesque bar from Harold’s Prince’s Cabaret musical, you can expect to see similar sights to those fictionalized ones portrayed via show tune; women (and men) walking around in suspenders and corsets, outrageous theatrical costumes, leather, silk, and satin flowing past you in all directions. Although many websites will tell you that in order to get into the club you must be wearing little to no clothes, in recent years regulations have relaxed. You will see a couple of people dotted around in jeans and a t-shirt looking slightly bewildered, next to those decked out in full latex gimp suits. Although beware that wandering bouncers may advise that you remove an article of clothing if you don’t quite look the part.
Comprised of three dance floors, a pool area, and various private nooks and crannies, there are many opportunities to go exploring, even if you don’t fancy getting intimate with anyone in public. The interior of the club is interesting enough: walls adorned with fluorescent colour murals of people in various stages of copulation (by Berlin-based artist Der Träumer), random cages dotted about that you are free to dance in, and strange halloween-esque decorations adorning the bar areas.
Ultimately, this club is exciting and interesting regardless of whether or not you are actually a kinkster yourself, and will always be a huge part of Berlin’s image and notorious reputation as a city of rebellion and sexual decadence.