Europe • Gay Sauna & Cruise Club Index

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Explore Europe's best gay saunas and cruise bars. Exclusive reviews, facilities, maps, opening hours, themes, pictures & more.

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Recent Reviews

Security?

“I am surprized the staff did not let the fire brigade in when the fire started. They had ..”

Ulf on Steam Works (Apollo Splash Club) – currently closed
Berlin, Germany

Feels like home

“We always like to come back to Rolis Free eagle...staff is really friendly and very soon ..”

Silvio on FREE EAGLE Torremolinos
Torremolinos, Spain

Seedy side of the street

“It's dark and the faint lightning is red. On a Saturday afternoon with an invitation ..”

Julien on Le Dépôt
Paris, France

It might have seen better days

“Whenever you come across so many raving reviews of a gay sauna it's overrated. The ..”

Julien on Kaiserbründl
Vienna, Austria

best sauna for MATURE MEN

“GREAT SAUNA for older men. Best times between 2 and 6 in the afternoon. Regular clients ..”

stiophan on Sauna Principe
Madrid, Spain

gay bar in Warsaw

Renamed and reopened

“The club has changed the name int "Mask Club" and it is now open again in the same ..”

Krzysztof on Mask Club
Warsaw, Poland

Nice, but needs a good clean

“Staff are nice. But yes the place needs a good clean. Also wish they had a swing ..”

Allen on Spartan
Erdington, United Kingdom

Nuevo local

“Hacéis la inauguración del nuevo local en Sepulveda 81 hoy sábado 25 Febrero? ..”

Barlo on Club TRASH
Barcelona, Spain

Nice for fun, gym and rediscover yourself

“Not the cleanest place but a lot of handsome boys. Generally people came here for action ..”

2dor on Sweatbox Sauna
London, United Kingdom

The Hoist is now "at large"

“I loved the Hoist, although there have been complaints about a shouty security buffoon on ..”

Chaz on The Hoist – CLOSED
London, United Kingdom

First time

“Was there a couple weeks ago found the place very good and busy had a good time spent my ..”

always hard on Lads Locker Room
Bristol, United Kingdom

Excellent

“I went to Pleasuredome about 2 months ago and it was great. Staff super friendly and ..”

Dominic on Pleasuredrome
London, United Kingdom

Noobie Review

“So went there with a mate. Nice friendly atmosphere and after i got my nerves under ..”

Lee on The Pipeworks – Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Awesome Fridays

“I have been here in two different Fridays and it was awesome in both times. Many hot men ..”

Paul on Lab-oratory @ Berghain
Berlin, Germany

Second time

“After being waved away I tried again on Friday and this time got in. Staff are not very ..”

Tony on Sauna Principe
Madrid, Spain

Small venue

“It is a really small venue which is difficult to find but it is very clean and everybody ..”

GY on Taragon Steam
Sofia, Bulgaria

Great Sauna

“Great sauna, enjoyed the Sling room. Managed to get three guys round ..”

Ed on Le Pied Marin
Dunkerque, France

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Guide-to-Safer-Sex-and-HIV-prevention

Europe’s gay cruise club and gay sauna scene – FAQ’s

Visiting a gay sauna or cruise club for the first time? Here’s what you need to know.

What is a gay cruise club?

Gay cruise clubs are mostly private, members only adult sex clubs. In many countries these clubs are licensed by local government. We’ve also included some more traditional gay bars that have extensive cruising areas (such as a dark room or maze) but that don’t require membership.

How do you become a member?

Most clubs offer membership on the door. You will need an official photo ID that shows your age. There is a strict age requirement, usually a minimum of 18 or 21 years of age. In Italy, you need to purchase an ArciGay UNO Card. The card is available at most cruise clubs and saunas; and once obtained, it can be used throughout the country.

What are themed nights?

Themed night cater to those who enjoy a particular fetish and will usually have a strictly enforced dress code. You may be refused entry if you are not wearing the appropriate clothes for the evening (e.g. leather, jeans, army gear, boots, etc.). Check the club’s website for theme details. On naked nights, you will be expected to remove all your clothes, but not your shoes.

Can I change into my outfit on arrival?

Most clubs offer a coat check and provide a bag into which you place any clothes that are not part of your outfit. You receive a numbered token or wristband. You charge drinks to your number and pay when you leave.

Will I be turned away?

So long as you dress appropriately, cruise clubs “welcome all” regardless of age, race or body type. There are notable exceptions, such as Laboratory in Berlin, who have unexplainable door policies that see some admitted and others turned away for no apparent reason. Be aware that some clubs don’t admit customers wearing strong-smelling perfume or aftershave.

What facilities will I find at a cruise club?

The quality of cruise clubs vary widely. Most have a bar, dark room, maze, slings, cages and work hard to keep the play areas and toilets clean - others don’t. Bigger clubs may have a dance floor and DJ’s. Cruise clubs don’t usually have private cabins, so you need to be quite open-minded. Most cruise clubs provide free condoms and lube. It’s a good idea to take a small hand towel.

What is a gay sauna?

Virtually all gay saunas in Europe are licensed health clubs. Membership requirements vary widely. In the UK, for example, membership is not usually required but you may be asked for a valid photo ID that shows your age.

What happens on arrival?

On arrival, you will be given a locker number. The sauna entry fee usually includes locker rental for your clothes and a towel (to wear). You may need to bring your own lock for the locker. Locker theft is a widespread problem, so leave valuables at home or at your hotel. If you don’t fancy walking around in bare feet, it’s a good idea to bring your flip-flops.

What facilities does a gay sauna offer?

A gay sauna (or bathhouse) usually features a dry sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, showers and lounge area. Some also have a swimming pool, café, bar and/or a gym. Most gay saunas have a dark room and private cabins. You may be charged an extra fee to rent a private cabin. Free condoms and lube are provided at most venues, but not all - so, best go prepared. Massage services are less common in Europe than in Asia.

Locker Theft

Locker theft is a widespread problem across Europe in saunas and gyms - gay or straight. If you become a victim of this crime management will offer sympathetic ear, but nothing more. The reality is if you leave your mobile or wallet in a locker you are doing so at your own risk.

Play Safe - a few minutes of fun is not worth a lifetime with HIV

Don’t take risks with HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. • Always use a condom • Make sure the condom fits correctly. • Use a water- or silicone-based lube, never an oil-based lube. • Say no if someone asks you to do something you don’t want to do.

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