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The Kinky's *

Formerly: The Funnies

Committed to the cruise
The 20th century is alive and humping in this two-floor establishment started in 1999 by Roger Van Walleghem, who'd been operating the now-defunct bar The Funnies since 1986. One of only two remaining gay establishments in the former gay ghetto around Van Schoonhovenstraat near Central Station (down from around ten businesses at the turn of the century), the rather intimate, used and local-feeling Kinky's operates on a simple concept: drinks, casual chat, locker rooms and showers on the ground floor, darkrooms for the suitably undressed (naked, jockstraps, underwear, chaps) upstairs. There are slings and things, and a full-on motorcycle in the ground-floor bar dates the place in quaintly sexy fashion. Customers were accustomed to unscrewing the lightbulbs upstairs, so in 2012 Van Walleghem installed club-effect laser lighting, which injects the darkroom areas with a certain disco atmosphere. Check website for regular golden shower nights and Vagevuur fetish parties, the latter of which recall Eindhoven's notorious sleaze fests of yesteryear. Even Mondays are busy ("fetish naked underwear party"). And yes, the apostrophe in the bar's name might strike some as a bit odd.

Tags: Men Only, 30-somethings, 40-something, Over 50 crowd, Leather, Backroom, Cover, Rubber, Naked, Underwear

Lange Beeldekensstraat 10 (Van Schoonhovenstraat)
Antwerp, Belgium 2060
Central Station

+32 (3) 3348-901
Mon 7pm—4am; Tue to Thu 2pm—2am; Fri 7pm—4am; Sat 7pm—5am; Sun 4pm—2am


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