So this is what you get when you Google-image "fetish bar."
I’d never been to a fetish bar until last weekend, for the grand opening of Daddy’s in the rehabbed basement of the rustic gay club, Cocktails Cleveland
. But thanks to a dominatrix named Glamazon and her intimidating cat o’nine tails, I was given a grand tour of the new leather-rubber-and-jeans club, where revelers marked the occasion with a burger-and-hot-dog barbecue on Cocktails’ patio.
The club is the brainchild of leatherman Brian Lyons, who also owns the original Cocktails
combo in Akron. To enter, you need to pass inspection by the burly doorman in Cocktails. Once he gives his nod of approval, you walk to the back door and through the smokers’ patio before steadying yourself on a rickety flight of steps to the basement. (How the 6-foot-3 Glamazon managed not to fall in her five-inch black stiletto boots still baffles me.) ...
You’re now in Daddy’s. Once you adjust your eyes to the dimness of the light, you swing a left past a museum-like motorcycle exhibit next to an upright spinning wheel popular with S&Mers. In the corner, you’ll find the club’s only restroom, which boasts a porcelain bathtub as its only toilet. And leather-clad James Foster and his bar-tending crew are at your service at the black-lacquered bar, shielded by a pane of glass. This is where Glamazon and I chugged $3 bottles of Miller Lites and talked about her life as a dominatrix. Now 36, she’s been “taming slaves” for 15 years.
“To be honest, I was surprised at first at the size of the fetish community in Cleveland,” said Glamazon, a National City Bank loan officer by day (of course). “Clubs like this give us safe space to hang out with our own and do what we please.”
Daddy’s opens at 10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays at 9208 Detroit Avenue. Call 216-961-3115 for more info. – Cris Glaser