February 2, 2024

What Are Gay Bathhouses Like?

A gay bathhouse is a public bath, or steambath, that’s targeted specifically at gay men. These are dwindling relics of a cruise culture that was once prevalent in the gay community, but they remain popular among many men who enjoy an active and erotic experience.

When you check in at a gay sauna, you will be given a set of keys that will unlock your locker and give you access to additional facilities. You should be sure to bring cash, as most gay saunas are cash-only for reasons of discretion. Some may even ask you to leave your credit card in the locker, and they will only accept payment for certain fee-based options, such as a drink at the bar or the use of a private room.

It’s also important to bring your own flip-flops, lube, and condoms. Almost every gay sauna has these items available for purchase, but it never hurts to err on the safe side and bring your own.

You will find that the entire facility is dimly lit, and you may hear loud music playing in areas of the bathhouse. Guys often engage in groping and full-on group sex in the public areas of a sauna, and this is a big part of the appeal for some gay men. If you don’t want to be involved, you can usually find a dark corner or room where you can have some privacy.

Remember that all gay saunas are sex-positive spaces, and men are generally quite eager to touch and fuck each other. If a guy is persistent in his advances, politely decline them and move on. Also, do not discuss HIV status or PreP with fellow bathhouse guests.


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