"I wanted to create a place for people truly interested in BDSM that did not have a 'clubby' atmosphere," said Roux.
Hot Gate is divided in to two sections. The downstairs area is slanted toward socializing, with four dance poles, several lap dance chairs and a large couch for everything from cuddle time to group sex. It's after you climb the ladder to the top floor that things get intense.
The upper level is divided into four areas, separated by bars. Each area provides a progressively more stimulating experience. Adding to the atmosphere is the ability to watch others through the rusted bars.
Hot Gate GM, Georgia.Ohare, provided her take on what the establishment had to offer. "Hot Gate is like a frame ready for people to choose what they want from it; the main room is designed to be social and open; a place to meet, talk, display, and connect. The upper room is designed for BDSM play, everything from simple auctions to serious bondage. We want to be a place for people who enjoy BDSM as their first pleasure."
Roux pointed out a subtle, but important, fact that tends to set Hot Gate off from most other BDSM clubs. "We do not role play. I consider what we do as remote BDSM. Here, you are not some character...you are yourself and you participate with your body and feelings."