The Boots

94% love it
Belgium's leather peak
Arguably one of Europe's most satisfactory leather/fetish bars, like something from the old days (almost that good), the Boots continues to thrive at a time when establishments of this nature are finding it increasingly tricky to lure in the younger set. Opened on 4 July 1983, the Boots was originally on just one floor, but there are now six to choose from, with bars on two of them — including one in the sexy-smelling and atmospheric basement — and extensive play areas on two levels further up. It's a vertical labyrinth with an endless-seeming collection of (challengingly steep) stairs. Traditionally a leather bar, by necessity the Boots now embraces the full range of fetish, from sportswear, skinhead, underwear and diapers to sneakers; the nakeds too have their place, as do the pups. Plus the occasional Horse Fair events (à la Germany's FickstutenMarkt). Since 1983 the bar has certainly developed a sexy patina that pulls in guys from well beyond Belgian borders; it's now served men from more than 100 countries. For the record, original owner Jan died in a car crash in 1989, at which time his partner Danny took over. He oversaw it until 2003, when he died in a motorbike accident. The bar closed in April 2004, and in September of that year new owner Geert Buytaert reopened the Boots, and has run it ever since. Membership is compulsory, with a weekend rate available. There's an aquarium-like glass smoking enclosure reminiscent of the previous Mutschmann's in Berlin. Check website for times including Saturday and Sunday fetish slots on rotation, plus occasional slave markets.


    • DanZiger
      DanZiger Over a year ago
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      Theft of my entrance/drinking card.
      Someone stole my entrance/drinking card, and I had to pay €25 extra. I am almost sure that the guy behind the counter (cloakroom) kept my card when I received my hanger with my clothes. I feel so disgusted. They should write the name of each person or a number on the card and on a separate paper bracelet, or set up a computer program with a personal number to avoid these kind of situations. As long as they don't improve things, people will continu stealing cards from other people to get free drinks. The owner of the club didn't do anything to resolve it. It ruined my night! :-(