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Welcome to Black Thorn

Black Thorn is a beautiful, welcoming, well equipped dungeon located in the lovely Lake Merritt area of Oakland in the SF Bay Area. Featuring five play rooms and over twelve pieces of quality equipment, Black Thorn is able to accommodate a diverse array of fetish interests and lends a luxurious atmosphere to any photo shoot, private party or play date.

Other offerings include free street parking, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, hardwood floors, well appointed furnishings, mirrors, elegant lighting, and air play speakers for music in every room. Please note that no illegal activities are allowed on premises and all play is safe, sane and consensual between adults of legal age.

Black Thorn is available for private rental to artists, couples or groups seeking to refine their skills and explore unconventional relationships in a clean and safe environment.

Monthly gatherings are hosted at Black Thorn. If you’d like to be kept informed of these exciting happenings, please join the mailing list.

If you have an inquiry or comment, please send an e-mail to Jezebel (Me!) at kinkaware@gmail.com. To join the Black Thorn Fetlife group, click here.

Donate to Black Thorn.


Private Rental FAQ

  • How much does a Black Thorn rental cost?
  • $60 an hour for 4 people or less
  • $75 an hour for groups over 4
  • Do I get to use the entire dungeon with my rental?
  • Yes, all rentals are for private, exclusive use of the entire space.
  • Can I pay you to clean?
  • Yes, a $60 cleaning fee will be applied to your total.
  • Respectful treatment of the space is expected at all times.
  • What is the capacity of Black Thorn?
  • Capacity is set at 30 people.
  • If I want to hold an event at Black Thorn, what are the restrictions?
  • Do not post Black Thorn’s address anywhere on social media.
  • Keep your event private with an RSVP required.
  • Do not have money changing hands on premises.
  • Make sure every attendee understands rules and protocol set for appropriate behavior.
  • How do I get started with my rental request?
  • Fill out the rental form and wait for approval.
  • Once approved, the confirmation process will begin.
  • How do I pay you?
  • I accept cash, checks or payment through Venmo or Google Wallet.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • A 24 hour cancellation notice is required in order to receive a refund.
  • What about extended rentals?
  • Rentals over four hours receive a $20 discount applied to each consecutive hour.


Overnight Rental

9pm to 9am (flexible)
  • 12 hours of private, exclusive rental time for groups of four and under.
  • A QUIET rule is in place between midnight and 8:00am.
  • $400

Gift Card

  • Purchase here
  • Pretty Printable card.
  • Good for private rentals up to one year.

Events at Black Thorn


House Rules

  • No illegal drugs or activities allowed on premises.
  • No non-consensual activities.
  • No one under 21 years old allowed on premises.
  • No play allowed with anyone intoxicated or not of sound mind.
  • Sanitize all used surfaces, including implements and lube bottles, thoroughly.
  • Contain all body fluids.
  • No uncovered genitals on the furniture.
  • No screaming or loud yelling.
  • No fire play.
  • No gun play.
  • No unsupervised bondage.
  • No wax play without a surface cover.
  • No smoking inside.
  • No locks on the equipment.

Party Etiquette

  • Sanitize all used surfaces, including implements and lube bottles, thoroughly.
  • Wipe up any floor messes or spills.
  • Do not go into closed off areas.
  • Disrespecting the space or anyone in it is grounds for expulsion.
  • No aggressive cruising.
  • No breath control games.
  • No blood play without permission.
  • No electricity play (violet wand okay) without permission.
  • Do not interrupt ongoing scenes.
  • Do not touch other people or their property without consent.
  • Do not take photos without consent.
  • Approach a Host or DM for any questions or concerns.

Street Rules

  • No loitering outside.
  • Please wear appropriate street clothes
  • Engage in discreet conversation
  • Do not have BDSM gear sticking out of your bag.


Sacred Muse

The Sacred Muse building project needs your support!

Please see the GoFundMe page for more information.

The Sacred Muse building project is an ambitious endeavor that entails repairing, renovating and upgrading a 1225 square foot historic carriage barn. The goal is to create and establish a well-equipped Bay Area space, available to accommodate community members, educators, artists, photographers, film makers, and more. We need spaces for furthering education and promoting exploration. Let’s build one together!

Please donate here to Sacred Muse.