Gay bars, clubs, saunas and events in Amsterdam

Gay nightlife in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a relative large gay scene, including many bars,  cruise bars, fetish club and gay sauna. Large gay dance and circuit parties about once or twice a month.

Gay bars and cafes

Amsterdam has quite a lot gay bars.  Most places are open all week, but most of them only get real busy in weekends. All bars are located in city center, on walking distance. A very nice place to start your evening is bar Prik, close to Dam square. End of evening bars Taboo and Soho get busy.

If you look for the 'darker places', scroll a bit down to the cruise section.

Prik

Prik logo Prik

Prik is a very popular gay bar on the Spuistraat (behind Royal Palace / Magna Plaza). The bar has been voted best gay bar of The Netherlands in several years.

The name Prik comes the bubbles in Prosecco which they serve on the tap. The bar has a popular terrace in summer. You can get, snacks and cocktails. Various DJs on weekdays and in the weekend.

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Prik
Spuistraat 109
Amsterdam
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Soho

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Soho is one of the main gay bars in Amsterdam, located in the hearth of the gay street,  Reguliersdwarsstraat.

The bar is open almost (depending on the season) all week. It gets really busy in the weekend on Friday and Saturday in the weekend, from around midnight. It is one of the most popular and biggest gay bars in Amsterdam.  The crowd is usually quite young.

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Soho
Reguliersdwarsstraat 36
Amsterdam
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Taboo

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Taboo bar is one of the most popular gay bars in Amsterdam. It's located in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, the main gay street. The bar has a friendly staff, good service, two daily happy hours, an extensive menu with cocktail´s and monthly specials.

In summer many guys stand outside the bar. Upstairs there is a smoking lounge for colder days. Taboo bar is a favourite hotspot for an after work drink and pre-clubbing cocktail. The evening starts with a daily happy hour from 6 to 7pm. The second happy hour from 1 to 2am is the perfect way to continue your night out when the other bars close. On Wednesdays they have a special cocktail night with entertainment.

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Taboo
Reguliersdwarsstraat 45
Amsterdam
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Amstel Fifty-Four

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Amstel Fifty-Four is located on the Amstel river, not surprisingly at number 54. In the bar they play music from the pop charts, Eurovision, some Dutch music. There are some video screens. Visitors of this gay bar often visit the other neighbour gay bars as well. The best time to go varies.

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Amstel Fifty-Four
Amstel 54
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Bar Blend

Bar Blend is a new gay bar in the Reguliersdwarsstraat (also known as the gay street) in Amsterdam.

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Bar Blend
Reguliersdwarsstraat 41
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Cafe Fame

Cafe Fame (formerly Chez) is a small gay bar at the Amstel area. Mostly a younger crowd. They play all the latest hits and party until late every day.

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Cafe Fame
Amstel 50
Amsterdam
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De Taboo Kantine

The latest addition to gay Amsterdam is the Taboo Kantine. Next to the regular Taboo they share the same terrace. 

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De Taboo Kantine
Reguliersdwarsstraat 43
Amsterdam
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Montmartre

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Montmartre is small, crowded and noisy but fun. Dutch songs mixed with dance classics, Kylie with ABBA, hysterical guys mixed with old fags and Dutch celebs; everything you expect from a gay bar.

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Montmartre
Halvemaansteeg 17
Amsterdam
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Reality

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Reality is a gay bar with tropical flavour. It's located in the gay street Reguliersdwarsstraat, but on the other side of it, near Rembrandtplein. Reality is visited mostly by guys and their girlfriends who have their roots in the caribbean, where the Dutch islands are. This bar is a bit of the tropics right in the middle of the Amsterdam canals.

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Reality
Reguliersdwarsstraat 129
Amsterdam
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Saarein

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Saarein is a mixed gay cafe, but with a strong lesbian accent. Different theme nights attract a mixed audience.

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Saarein
Elandsstraat 119
Amsterdam
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Spijker

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Spijker is a gay bar with a local crowd, most in their thirties or fourties. The bar is well known for it's pool table.

The bar is very cosy with a fireplace, fresh flowers on the bar and two TV's, one showing cartoons and the other showing hardcore gay action movies :-)
Upstairs you'll find a smoking area and toilets.

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Spijker
Kerkstraat 4
Amsterdam
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The Queen's Head

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Cafe The Queen's Head is a popular gay bar on the Zeedijk, very close to Central Station. The decor is very traditional and camp. The bar has very friendly staff.

In the back are the stairs down to the toilets and a smoking room.

Every Tuesday the bar has a popular bingo from 21:00 - 01:00, hosted by on the Amsterdam drag queens.

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month there is a meeting at the bar of the NetherBears from 20:00 - 01:00

And from 1st of february, they accept creditcards

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The Queen's Head
Zeedijk 20
Amsterdam
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Lellebel

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Lellebel is a very small drag bar on the corner of the Rembrandtplein. This bar has a night licence and is usually popular with all sorts of people (and drags...). Performances by various drag queens and sometimes a stage open to the public where everyone can sing along too.

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Lellebel
Utrechtsestraat 4
Amsterdam
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Gay clubbing

The gay dance clubs in Amsterdam are not very big, but there is a wide range of gay dance parties, from techno, to popular, underground or disco tunes. Most popular club is Church, which has mostly fetish and underwear nights, but also regular dance nights.. The other club is NYX in Reguliersdwarsstraat which attracts mostly a young crowd, and a lot of straights. Every month there are several parties in other clubs. Most famous are Funhouse, Bear Necessity and Rapido.

Party agenda

Below is a list of all gay parties happening in Amsterdam, some of those are on only once a year. Check our gay party agenda to see what's on in Amsterdam when you are there.

Amsterdam gay party agenda

Gay clubs Amsterdam

Club YOLO

Club Yolo is a small gay nightclub on Amstel. It's open in the weekend and gets going quite late. Usually when other gay bars in the neighbourhood are about to close.

The club has an entrance fee and coat check. In the back there is a small intimate dance floor.

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Club YOLO
Amstel 178
Amsterdam
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Club NYX

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Club NyX is a gay minded club in the famous Reguliersdwarsstraat Amsterdam. The club attracts a young audience, many are gay but str8 are also welcome. On the ground floor is the entrance with coat check. The first floor has got a large dance floor and a bar. The second floor has a balcony on the dance floor and a second bar. On the 3rd floor there are the toilets (including toilet DJ!) and a large smoking lounge. In the same building on the ground floor there is the popular Exit Apres Chique bar, open every day of the week till late. In the weekend the club often has a cue outside.

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Club NYX
Reguliersdwarsstraat 42
Amsterdam
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Gay sauna and bathhouse

At the moment Amsterdam has only 1 gay sauna. It's a clean and modern place and located in the city centre near the Central Station.

Gay Sauna NZ

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Sauna NieuweZijds (NZ Sauna) is a modern gay sauna located very close to Central Station. This sauna is operated by the management of popular Amsterdam cruise club Church.

The sauna has a capacity of 260 lockers. After you have put your clothes in your locker, you enter a spacious bar area, with couches and loungers. A glass smoking room is situated next to the lounge area. Behind the lounge area is a hot tub, next to that showers and dry sauna. The steam room close to it is very large, and is build as a labyrinth.

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Gay Sauna NZ
Nieuwezijds Armsteeg 95
Amsterdam
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Cruise bars / clubs

Club Church in Kerkstraat has different fetish nights from Wednesday till Sunday, underwear, naked, leather, sportswear etc.
Most other cruise bars and clubs are located in or around the Warmoesstraat.The bars here usually get started around midnight (and Sunday afternoon).Before that you can go to the Web or Cuckoosnest. These places already get started in the early afternoon each day, and are quite busy after working hours.

Every Sunday afternoon there are cruise and play parties in the Warmoesstraat or at club Church. Less frequent are Wasteland (gay / straight fetish party, about twice a year), XXXLeather in club Church and the annual Leather Pride parties.

Cruise bars

Club Church

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Church is a very popular gay dance & cruise club at the Kerkstraat (near Leidsestraat). Some nights have strict dress codes, others not. Some nights are about gay fetish and / or men only action while other days are just for dancing and drinking. You enter the club via the coat check, where you can also pay the entrance fee (varies per night). You get a coat hanger, put your stuff on it and the hand it over to one of the coat check guys. For the underwear nights you can leave all your clothes there, and they give you a little plastic bag for your money, which you can put in your socks. On the ground floor there is the bar (cash) and dance floor. On the upper balcony is a cruising space. The toilets are in the basement, there you find also a shower (towels can be rented). Next to the toilets are some private cabins, and a large dark room.

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Club Church
Kerkstraat 52
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Cuckoo' s Nest

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Cuckoo' s Nest is a gay cruise bar in Amsterdam with a huge play area in the basement. There is a labyrinth with different types of cabins including a watersports area. 

Action in the Cuckoo's Nest starts right from the early afternoon, and gets quite busy after work (17:00). This place is also popular early in the evenings as the cruise bars in the Warmoesstraat usually do not get busy before midnight.

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Cuckoo' s Nest
Nieuwezijds Kolk 6
Amsterdam
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Dirty Dicks

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Dirty Dicks, the sleazy bar at the Warmoesstraat. Darkrooms on two floors with plenty of space for hot action, slur-ramp, slings, cabins, shower-fall, glory holes and some nice cozy corners.  No entrance minimum 1 drink order at entering the bar.

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Dirty Dicks
Warmoesstraat 86
Amsterdam
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Eagle

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The Eagle Amsterdam is a gay cruise bar in the gay leather street Warmoesstraat.

In the weekend the coat check is open, otherwise you can use the coat check at the bar on the ground floor. Don't forget to order a drink when you get in before moving further into the place.

Upstairs there is a relax room and the toilets. Downstairs there is a little square, from there you get to the smoking room. On the other side is the cruising area, a darkroom, 2 cabins, and extra bathroom.

The bar has got free WiFi.

The Eagle is a popular late night cruising spot.

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Eagle
Warmoesstraat 90
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The Web

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The Web is a gay cruise and pick up bar. Like the Cuckoo's Nest (around the corner), this bar opens early in the afternoon and is popular after work and early in the evenings.

Like all cruise bars you are requested to order a drink upon arrival. The ground floor has a bar, smoking lounge, coat check and toilets.

Up the stairs is the play area. It features a dark room, several cubicles, a room with a sling and glory holes.

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The Web
Sint Jacobsstraat 6
Amsterdam
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Dance parties

Funhouse - WesterUnie

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FunHouse is a popular gay dance party at Westergasfabriek Amsterdam. The party is in a old industrial factory event hall. The venue has lockers.  Many guys leave their trousers there to wear sportswear shorts only. 

The organizers behind this party are the same as Rapido and the more techno oriented X-parties. At Funhouse the music is a little more vocal.

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Klönneplein 4-6, Westergasfabriek
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  • Sat 15 February 2020link icon22:00 - 05:00
  • Sat 25 April 2020link icon FunHouse XL – the Kings & Queens edition22:00 - 05:00
  • Sat 1 August 2020link icon XXL Pride edition5000+ capacity at the enormous GasHouder / Westergasfabriek20:00 - 09:00
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Backdoor Amsterdam - Melkweg

The Backdoor organizes gay dance parties at various locations

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Melkweg
Lijnbaansgracht 234a
Amsterdam
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  • Sat 25 January 2020link icon23:00 - 06:00
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Bear Necessity - Panama

Bear Necessity

Bear Necessity started as a bear party, but has become more a general gay dance party for real men.

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Oostelijke Handelskade 4
Amsterdam
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  • Sat 1 February 2020link icon 12th anniversary23:00 - 05:00
  • Sat 4 April 2020link icon23:00 - 05:00
  • Sat 6 June 2020link icon23:00 - 05:00
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Danserette Hotel Arena - Hotel Arena

Club Danserette is the clubby sister of the Danserette party. With a mix of dance hits from the 90's, 00's en 10's.

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Hotel Arena
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Amsterdam
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DISCO TOTAL - Melkweg

Gay minded disco dance party. The party usually moves between venues

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Lijnbaansgracht 234a
Amsterdam
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F*ng POP Queers - Paradiso

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Young and trendy gay night, it's fun, it's pop and it's soooooo gay! A few times a year this party has a XL edition, at club Paradiso Amsterdam.

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Weteringschans 6
Amsterdam
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Flirtation - Panama

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Flirtation is a trendy women-only party. More than 1250 open minded women from different cultures, a beautiful club, female top DJs, the best entertainment make this a unique 'girls night out'. Flirtation is one of the projects initiated by 'Letsbeopen'.

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Oostelijke Handelskade 4
Amsterdam
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  • Sat 8 February 2020link icon23:00 - 04:00
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Homomonument

Amsterdam’s world-famous Homomonument is not just a memorial; it's also a fabulous place to party during Kingsday, Liberation Day. celebrations and Amsterdam Gay Pride.

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Homomonument
Westermarkt
Amsterdam
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Ladz - Club Church

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Ladz: the gay dance party for lads, scallies, gabbers, sneaker- and sportswear boys. Put on your favorite kit and come out and meet the other ladz. Ladz will bring you djs who will play the harder styles of dance music. Ladz offers a great dance floor, a relaxed lounge and sexy staff. Visit their website for the dress code.

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Club Church
Kerkstraat 52
Amsterdam
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  • Sat 25 January 2020link icon22:00 - 05:00
  • Sat 28 March 2020link icon22:00 - 05:00
  • Sat 30 May 2020link icon22:00 - 05:00
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Rapido - Paradiso

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Rapido is a gay circuit party in Amsterdam. The party is held at concert hall Paradiso, which is a former old church in the centre of Amsterdam. The party is usually on Sunday, starting in the early afternoon. Most of the guys come to the party already this early.

The venue has a large main hall, with 2 rows of balcony's, in the upper balcony sometimes it gets a bit hot (...) On the first floor there is a smokers room and second dance room, and in the basement the bathrooms and a lounge area with snacks.

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Weteringschans 6
Amsterdam
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  • Sun 26 April 2020link icon King edition15:00 - 02:00
  • Sun 2 August 2020link icon Pride edition15:00 - 02:00
  • Sun 6 December 2020link icon Winter edition15:00 - 02:00
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Spellbound - OCCII

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Queer Underground Dance Party with Performances, DJs, VJs, Video, Chill Out Techno, Electro, House, Disco, Dub...etc.. Located south of the Vondelpark. Performances start early.

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Amstelveenseweg 134
Amsterdam
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Tropikali Festival - Noorderlicht Café

Tropikali is a brand new open-minded festival

 

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Noorderlicht Café
NDSM Plein 102
Amsterdam
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  • Sun 7 June 2020link icon12:00 - 23:00
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Trut

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Very cheap underground gay party every week on Sunday in Amsterdam. Be early, as only 220 people fit in and at 22h it's usually full. From then it's one in one out.

Very strict on some (old fashioned) rules, as for example any use of mobile phones is prohibited, and you can only bring your lesbian friends but should leave the str8 ones at home.

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Bilderdijkstraat 165
Amsterdam
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Danserette - Desmet Studios

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Danserette is a happy gay party with classic hits and tunes from now: from Donna Summer to Lady Gaga. Old and new disco hits, danceable kitsch and pop. Dance, sparkle, shine and flirt as never before. There are 2 editions, Club Danserette with DJ's and mix of old and new tunes, and the Danserette with the traditional songs.

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Plantage Middenlaan 4a
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Cruise parties

Horsemen and Knights - Eagle

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Horsemen and Knights is the big willy gay play and cruise party, in the afternoon. Dress code: naked or underwear. Door open 15:00-16:00. Horsemen members have free entrance. So: pants down for the ultimate test!

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Eagle
Warmoesstraat 90
Amsterdam
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Nude Club Amsterdam - Eagle

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Nude Club Amsterdam is as the name implies a nude gay cruise and play party once a month on Sunday afternoon. Dress code: shoes only. Safe only. Door open 15:00-16:00

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Warmoesstraat 90
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Sameplace

Erotic cafe and club with regular men-only play nights (every Monday). Dress Code: men's underwear/shorts, one piece only.

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Nassaukade 120
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Wasteland - Northsea Venue

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Wasteland is the wildest party on earth. Europe’s most notorious straight / gay mixed fetish fantasy extravaganza welcomes you and fetishionistas from all over the globe to the North Sea Venue.It's a roller-coaster ride for the Pervy mind! Three dance floors, 6 performance stages, Lounge, Relax room, Fully equipped dungeon, Restaurant, First aid, Smokers area and more... Wasteland has a very Strict Dress code - The decision of the Bitch is final! Leather, latex, plastic, uniforms, Fetish Lolita, Burlesque, Metal, Cross Dress, Schoolgirl/boy, Medical, Baroque, body art, fetish Glam. Bus service: There will be a special bus service from Amsterdam to the Northsea Venue from 9.30 PM till 6.30 AM. Departure from the Victoria Hotel (near Central Station) Amsterdam. Costs 10 Euro for a two way ticket. Buses are hosted by our Bus Bitches.

Visiting Amsterdam for Wasteland

The actual venue for Wasteland is in a town outside Amsterdam. But make sure to book your hotel or apartment in Amsterdam centre. See our hotel page for a map and recommendations.

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Northsea Venue
Hemkade 48, Zaandam
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Outdoor beaches, parks

Nieuwe Meer

The Nieuwe Meer / De Oeverlanden is a recreational area at a small lake just outside the city centre of Amsterdam. In summer you can bathe in the sun and swim in the lake. It's the perfect place to relax and check out for some fun.

On the other side of the bicycle path there is the clothing optional area. Here naked sunbathing is allowed. The small forest is the biggest cruising area in Amsterdam. 24x7 cruising here. 

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Anton Schleperspad Amsterdam
Amsterdam
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Oosterpark

The Oosterpark gets cruisy after dark, mostly at the east side of the lake. Some guys walk around, others go by bike. Many Arab guys from the eastern suburbs as well. The Oosterpark can be very dark. Nights with a bit of moonlight are best if you want to see anything. AYOR

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Oosterpark
Next to Tropenmuseum
Amsterdam
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Vondelpark

The best park to hang out a bit in during the day. A busy cruising spot at night is the Rozentuin (Rose Garden) in the middle of the park (AYOR).

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Vondelpark
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Go Outside!

In summer Amsterdam has some city beaches. But the real one is not far away. By a direct train from Central Station you reach the coast at Zandvoort in 30 minutes. The park to go during day time on sunny days is the Rosegarden at the Vondelpark (see below). A bit further away is Nieuwe Meer, where also clothing optional sunbathing is possible.

Getto

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Getto is a gay owned cocktail bar/restaurant serving the community for more than 15 years.

Getto clientèle are a mixture from the LGBT scene, Trendy and fashionable people make Getto one of Amsterdam's best kept secret hotspots, It offers a wide selection of superb cocktails in a relaxed and attitude free atmosphere.

The food menu is international with home made day specials, vegetarian dishes,and specialising in American style burgers and chicken sandwiches (which are named after famous drag queens)

Friendly staff, changing art Expositions, Guest DJ's, and free wi-fi make Getto a place to discover.

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Warmoesstraat 51
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Gay shops

Black Body

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Well-known leather and rubber shop. Recently moved to the Kerkstraat. Extensive collection of rubber,leather, neoprene, underwear, swimwear and accessories. And an extensive collection of toys.

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Black Body
Kerkstraat 173
Amsterdam
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Cuts & Curls

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Richard , well known gay hairdresser.
by appointment only
appointments only via the site

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Cuts & Curls
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 74
Amsterdam
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Gays&Gadgets - GAYtic - Gays&Gadgets

Gay shop with souvenirs and things to have.

Also features tourist information point GAYtic. At GAYtic you can get any kind of information on gay Amsterdam and general touristic information, you can browse websites on gay Amsterdam and get tips on where to go and what to do. As GAYtic is an official VVV agency you can also get information on traditional tourist destinations in the city. GAYtic also supports gay travellers in need of support or help.

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Gays&Gadgets
Spuistraat 44
Amsterdam
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Mr. B

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Mr. B is known throughout the gay world for its famous tee-shirts. The original of this famous leather shop is here in Amsterdam. They have a wide range of clothing, leather, rubber, lycra, toys, tools and you can buy the basics like condoms and lube in large family quantities.

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Prinsengracht 192
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Pinkpoint

Pinkpoint is a small outside gay shop and information centre at the Homomonument. Pink Point started life as a converted ice-cream cart during the Gay Games of 1998 in Amsterdam. It has a wide range of information and flyers from local organisations, as well as one of the best selections of queer souvenirs and gifts in Holland.

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Westermarkt 9
Amsterdam
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RoB

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RoB is one of the big leather and fetish stores in Amsterdam. It's located in the leather street Warmoesstraat.

The shop looks very fashionable, and has a wide range of gear you can possibly imagine.

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Warmoesstraat 71
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Gayfriendly places

't Mandje

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The first, the oldest and most legendary gay bar at the Zeedijk reopened after 25 years. The niece of the first owner of 't Mandje will operate the small bar, which has the exact same interior as it had in the old days.

The show-piece and creation of the legendary Bet van Beeren, a motorcycle riding lesbian who bought it from her uncle and began running it as her own in 1927. As a mark of the importance of the place, part of the bar has been reconstructed at the Amsterdam Historical Museum, including photos and memorabilia left by customers of the bar.

Clientèle is mostly mixed now.

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't Mandje
Zeedijk 63
Amsterdam
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't Sluisje

Restaurant, with drag performances.

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't Sluisje
Torensteeg 1
Amsterdam
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De Jaren

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Cafe De Jaren is a huge Grand Cafe next to De Doelen. Popular place for coffees, lunch, dinner or just a drink. Also nice terrace with view over the Amstel River. Usually many gay people next to families and students.

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De Jaren
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20
Amsterdam
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mon - thu08:30 - 01:00fri - sat08:30 - 02:00sun08:30 - 01:00
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Exit Cafe

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Exit Café gay friendly bar in 'apres ski' style and belonging to club NYX next to it.

The bar is on the ground floor and shares it door with the club, the entrance for the bar is the right side of the cue, you usually can just walk in, and entry is free.

The toilets are in the back on the left, where you also find the coat check.

They have daily happy hour at 1. The music is popular dance tunes, the bar gets very crowded when the other bars close. The crowd very mixed, including lots of women.

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Exit Cafe
Reguliersdwarsstraat 42
Amsterdam
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mon - thu21:00 - 04:00fri - sat21:00 - 05:00sun21:00 - 04:00
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Little Thai Prince

Small but very popular Thai restaurant on the Zeedijk. Very popular with gay guys.

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Little Thai Prince
Zeedijk 33A
Amsterdam
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Supperclub

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Famous and trendy restaurant / lounge. In fact, it was Supperclub that launched the lounging phenomenon. The restaurant is famous for having beds rather than chairs on which you have your dinner.

Taken over a bit by the straights (many tourists and wannabes), but still gay and creative enough to enjoy yourself. This is still clubbing in style.

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Supperclub
Singel 460
Amsterdam
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mon19:30 - 02:00tue - wed19:30 - 01:00thu - sat19:30 - 04:00sun19:30 - 02:00
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(Gay) events in Amsterdam

Kingsday Amsterdam

The national holiday of the Netherlands is Koningsdag / Kingsday. In Amsterdam this is celebrated with a free market in the whole centre, with lots of music and street parties. The gay streets also have big outdoor parties. This is a day event which ends outdoors at 21:00, in the clubs the party goes on. Kings Day usually takes place on the 27th of April, except when this day is a Sunday, then it is on Saturday the 26th. This is the largest event of the year.

Amsterdam gay pride

The 2nd largest event is Amsterdam gay pride. This gay pride is world wide famous because of its unique Canal Parade on the Prinsengracht. Besides that expect very cool gay street parties and lots of big parties indoor, like the famous Rapido party. Amsterdam gay pride usually takes place the first weekend of August.

Amsterdam leather pride

The last weekend of October it is time for those leather boys with the Amsterdam leather pride weekend. 

Other events

Here are some other recurring events. 4th of May is remembrance day. At Dam square is the official event with 2 minutes of silence .The king and queen and government attend this. At the homo monument there is a special remembrance for gay victims.

The day after it is Liberation day. There are free markets, usually events a the homo monument and the , Liberation Day Amstel Concert on Amstel river in front of the Carre theatre.

For club house and techno lovers the ADE, the Amsterdam Dance Event is a must visit. Museum N8 (Museum Night) is a yearly event where the museums in Amsterdam are open at night. 

Amsterdam Bear Weekend

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Bear Necessity, NZ Sauna, Eagle, Spijkerbar and many other local businesses organise the Amsterdam Bear Weekend.

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  • 19 - 23  Marlink icon
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Amsterdam Gay Pride

Amsterdam Gay Pride

Amsterdam Gay Pride is one of the most special pride events around the world. During the first weekend of August, you can always enjoy a series of circuit parties, street parties and (of course) the world's only gay Canal Parade. Please see our Nighttours pride special at amsterdamgaypride.nl: www.amsterdamgaypride.nl (by Nighttours)

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  • 25 Jul - 2  Auglink icon
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Amsterdam Leather Pride

Amsterdam Leather Pride

Amsterdam Leather Pride is back with new organizers and a large main party back in the center of Amsterdam. Leather and fetish men from all over Europe come to Amsterdam for various parties and events. Beside the main party Damage there are special fetish parties at the leather and cruise bars, like Cuckoo's Nest, Web, Eagle, Dirty Dicks and in cruise Club Church.

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Atlantis Amsterdam Barcelona gay cruise - Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA)

Atlantis Amsterdam Barcelona gay cruise

All gay cruise by Atlantis Events on the Norwegian Jade from Amsterdam to barcelona.

Itinerary:
Amsterdam
Le Verdon (Bordeaux, France)
Bilbao (Spain)
La Coruna (Spain)
Lisbon (Portugal, overnight)
Cadiz (Spain)
Malaga (Spain)
Valencia (Spain)
Barcelona (Spain)

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Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA)
Piet Heinkade 27
Amsterdam
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  • 12 - 22  Jullink iconAtlantis returns to Amsterdam with a summer gay cruise to Barcelona, on the Norwegian Jade. Capacity 2000 guys.
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Gay Movie Night - Pathe de Munt

Every first Wednesday of the month Pathé de Munt shows a special gay classic movie. The reception with a drink to welcome you usually starts at 20:30, the movie itself starts at 21:00. Check the Pathe website for which movie is on and exact starting time.

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Pathe de Munt
Vijzelstraat 15
Amsterdam
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Kings Day Amsterdam

Kings Day Amsterdam

Kings Day (in dutch: Koningsdag) is the national holiday of The Netherlands., celebrating the birthday of the king.  

In Amsterdam almost the whole city centre is a turned into a free market. There is live music on every corner, outside street parties small and large.

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  • Mon 27 April 2020link icon

Vondelpark Rozentuin - Vondelpark

The Rozentuin (Rose garden) in the Vondelpark is a popular daytime hangout for gay guys on warm sunny days. Especially on Sundays at can become very full. Bring your own drinks, a super markt is around the corner though.

The Rozentuin is located in the centre of the Vondelpark. At night there is cruising in the bushes ..

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Vondelpark
Vondelpark
Amsterdam
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Events

Amsterdam Dance Event

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The worlds biggest club festival and Europe's main electronic and dance music conference. Every club and venue in and around Amsterdam is booked for dance parties with the hottest DJ's from around the world.

Some of the gay venues in Amsterdam participate officially, others do it the unofficial way. See the full program on their website.

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  • 21 - 25  Octlink icon
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Kingsday night - Amstel / Reguliersdwarsstraat

On the evening before Kingsday (the former Queensday), first celebrations start on the streets, with street festivals and performances throughout the Amsterdam. The free market on the streets usually starts very early in the morning. Koningsdag usually gets really started around 12 in the afternoon (depends on the weather). Most bars are open all day long and sell beer outside.

Kingsday Amsterdam special

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Amstel / Reguliersdwarsstraat
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  • Sun 26 April 2020link icon00:00 - 00:00