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Old World leather, sometimes
Hamburg's signature gay bar no longer guarantees a crowded Saturday night of wall-to-wall leather and dirty denim — where in the world can, outside of special events? — but its standing in Hamburg gay lore remains untouchable. By far the city's oldest leather and fetish establishment, Toms Saloon was started up in 1974 by Peter Daun and Harald Tangermann, who sold it in 1979. A run of proprietors ended in 1990, when Harald Gressl took over. In July 2014 Toms employee David Schneider (2010's Mr Leather Hamburg and German Mr Leather) took over from an ailing Gressl. Toms recalls a time when black leather signified not only SM (then called S&M) but also the ultimate in so-called manliness. The scene has diversified greatly since, though leather's generation-proof sexiness — along with an increasingly casual dress code — should in theory keep the taps flowing in the Pulverteich. The motto here now is emphatically (and rather desperately) 'EVERYBODY WELCOME! BE YOURSELF! NO DRESSCODE!'. The bar's rather labyrinthine layout includes a shadowy and communal-feeling toilet area, a pitch-dark activity room and, most iconically, a gallery showcasing photographic prints of original luxuriant drawings by Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen), who made his name here in Hamburg. In August 2014, for the first time, the garden area ("Shhh!") did not open at all during the annual Hamburg leather party and much of Toms business has since shifted to S.L.U.T. [see entry], though Schneider maintains a tight fist here. He's even introduced new erotic art (by local Steve Hamburg) behind the bar. Note German disregard for the possessive use of apostrophes in 'Toms'. You're more likely to find the original spirit of Toms two doors away at Basement XXV [see enty], a well-equipped weekend sex space operated by Toms.

Tags: Men Only, Leather, Bears, Cruise Bar, Backroom, Rubber

Pulverteich 17
Hamburg, Germany 20099
St. Georg

+49 40/280 3056
Mon to Thu 10pm—4am; Fri and Sat from 10pm (open end); Sun 10pm—4am


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