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Berlin’s notorious fetish club may be forced to close

The KitKatClub, famed for its sexual openness as much as its music, faces an uncertain future with its lease yet to be renewed and property developers looking to move in

The queue at Berlin’s KitKatClub can be so long it wraps around the block. Rain or shine, partygoers wait to enter and shimmy off their jackets and trousers … revealing leather and latex, colourful lingerie, DIY costumes or simply nothing at all.

Opened in 1994, KitKatClub’s name is inspired by the burlesque Kit Kat Klub in the musical Cabaret, set in 1930s Berlin against the backdrop of the Nazis rise to power. The fetish club is famed, and notorious, for its fantastical dress code, high-profile techno DJs and also allowing sex. Guests are free to have intercourse across dancefloors and in dark rooms but must never feel compelled to – according to a club policy touting respect, discretion and safety.

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