Dungeon Bar Brighton, UK
The Dungeon Bar in Brighton is more of a bar/club hybrid, open for casual drop-in and late-night play. It's quite possibly the first of it's kind in that you can just walk in.
When you say play...?
All kinds of kink, from the image above you see straight away what or who is doable. You can use any of the equipment, they always have someone on hand to show you and you partner what's what. If anything hardcore is going on then the doorstaff instruct anyone coming in about what to expect.
When does the Dungeon Bar open and where is it exactly?
At the weekends for now (6pm-2am) , but I am sure they will do functions and special parties in the week as well. It's £5 late entry (free before) and it's situated in Regency Square which is opposite the dilapidated West Pier on the border of Brighton and Hove. It's halfway up/down on the western side in the basement underneath the Royal Pavilion Townhouse Hotel, which is convenient if you want to stay over, because they're affiliated.
Is it a straight or gay bar?
It's for all consenting adults. It's not overtly one thing or another, this is Brighton after all, although the abundance of play equipment screams KINK! and KINK! repeatedly. But I will recommend to the organisers to put on dedicated gay and lesbian nights, as this will attract those who need their community around them to feel less uninhibited.
Are newcomers welcome?
Of course. I've seen people walk in off the street purely out of casual curiosity. The hospitality is second to none, usually by hostess Kitten Skye, the Dungeon Bar's public face. And a beautiful one it is too. There are also plenty of seasoned players around too to keep an eye on things and seek advice from.
Kitten Skye, I recognise the name.
Yes she's a representative for the female-centric Killing Kittens phenomenon and I believe they might be going to do some of their 'women only' nights in the Dungeon Bar. Here's a "hot and arty" self-bondage film she made earlier... that YouTube banned.
Any big events coming up?
Apart from every weekend of course, the relaunch is Saturday 21st February, so I've stuck that in the Fetischedule. According to Facebook: "Up until 10:30 it will be a BDSM-themed party and from 10:30 onwards it will be a hardcore (but no preassure) play event so we have the best of both worlds and curious vanillas and press can choose to leave before things get too debauched."
It's also hostess Kitten Skye's birthday.
She'll be 25, so take her a little present if you want to impress. She likes cake and chocolate.
Pictures by Woj Okuszko
Dungeon Bar Website