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Complete guide to Amsterdam gay nightlife

Complete guide to Amsterdam gay nightlife

Amsterdam is a very tolerant gay friendly city. The night life is vibrant with many gay bars, cruising bars, gay leather shops, clubs and gay saunas.

Nighttours.com and amsterdam4gays.com feature a complete day to day gay agenda for Amsterdam.

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Featured hotel

NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel KrasnapolskyNH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky  

NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Dam 9, Amsterdam
5 star hotel, 468 rooms, 1894 reviews, score 7.8

One of the 5 star top hotels in Amsterdam located on dam square.

Map of Amsterdam

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Visitor guide

Visitor guide

Even if you have visited Amsterdam before there are always new places to discover. Read our compact tourist guide for all information for the gay traveller to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam gay visitors guide

Gay Agenda

Gay Agenda

Check every week our gay agenda to see upcoming parties, events and what goes on every night in the bars.

Gay party agenda

Amsterdam Gay Pride

Gay pride is the biggest local event in Amsterdam. The highlight is the parade, which is on boats through the main canal. It has almost half a million spectators watching from the side. The rest of the weekend is filled with various culture events, massive street parties and many indoor gay parties.

www.amsterdamgaypride.nl

Kingsday Amsterdam

Kingsday is the celebration day for the king of The Netherlands. The day is the successor to the Queensday.

There is an outside free market in the whole centre, with many music and dance stages. In the gay streets always lots of activities and large gay dance parties like Rapido take place on the days surrounding Kingsday.

www.kingsdayamsterdam.eu

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Reviews by visitors

Prik

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2 days ago, 08:08   

Nice looking crowd, young and nice looking bar men's. Price's are very reasonable
Unfortunately the crowd is very clicky, cold and distant. They look at you strange once you try to talk to someone. Despite that the atmosphère seem warm and friendly.
No one will talk to you because they all stay with their friends, or playing with their I-phones...cold & distant crowd..not like in the old days!

Amsterdam Leather Pride

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5 days ago

This has got to be one of the WORST unorganized events in Leather Pride History. Besides one or two good nights at the Eagle and The Web (who should organize Leather Pride by themselves) the main event and the after were pure shite. No flyers or even times or djs names were given except for a small print time slot in the poor looking Leather Pride "Guide" (I wouldn't even call it a guide). NO STARS for for this event which just keeps getting worse and worse. If this is organized in any shape, way, or form, by the ROB crew then it's NO surprise!

Sauna NZ

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6 days ago   

Great place, been there very often by now, at various times and days. Still pretty unpredictable when the rush hours are, but you don't always need a crowd to catch a gorgeous guy.

I like the sauna's modern interior and atmosphere. No old-fashioned 'cosiness', no endless Mariah Carey and Beyoncé playlists, no improvised facilities or decorations. All is well though-out and maintained. As for the cleanliness: hey, you can't run a men's sauna without having some casual cum on the floors and mattresses. Yes, you're probably collecting the sperm and shit of a few dozen guys on your foot soles. So what ? Don't be a hypocrite, and at least dispose of your own trash properly.

The sauna's second best extra feature is i.m.h.o. the availability of free condoms and lube, all over the place. No need to ask for some, no excuse not to use them ! I think this policy of NZ Sauna (and Club Church as well) is really stimulating safe sex. Of course, the risks of oral sex are harder to beat and prevent, but free condoms are at least helping against the most serious STDs.

Sometimes a bit further into the busy weekend nights, younger guys tend to hang or run around like it's a school's playground, being loud, shouting and all. How much I adore their beautiful physique, such a noisy presence of just a few can spoil the atmosphere now and then. Oh well, they probably hate older guys like me for being there as well, haha ;-)

So in conclusion, I think Sauna NZ is great place to relax and cruise.

Some suggestions to minor issues:
- the jacuzzi might be a bit hotter
- a subtle red light in the sling area would be stimulating
- the wet areas are really slippery, so watch out (especially in the steam room)
- the 'open' beds in the central dark area are often taken by sleepers; a bit more light over there could be less suitable for a nap, and more inviting for hot action.

Thermos Sauna

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7 days ago   

it's a lot bigger and comfortable here, lot's of tourists still come here since they know the place from before, some nights like saturday are becoming busier again, and also during the week since they are open till later, and open 24/7 saturday till monday. There are still a lot of ideas waiting for initiative and action, they are busy restyling though, uhhh, 3rd floor, mmmm, don't know... afwerkplekken without well... just a little little bit of light in the dark areas please, more slings, with and with some less light, bareback movies since everybody watches them at home, don't be the preacher, people are wise enough to look at it and still do it safe! now it's a waste of space in some area's, because I can't tell the difference between 18 or 68 years in total darkness... that labyrinth on the 4th floor, it needs something... and downstairs, so much space to make it more lounge style like NZ... Do something to make the swimming pool more inviting, private.. less light, less concrete seats! and the locker areas, also just a little softer light! I like NZ, and Thermos is still nice in unexpected ways and times, despite all the criticism here. I like the competition, the choice, there are disadvantages having 2 competing sauna's but in the end both places have there own atmosphere and advantages. Keep on improving though! The steam sauna smells bad and needs some sexual updating. But I have the same in NZ: too difficult to do something elaborate there... The dry sauna is too dry, the showers too light? to wide and open.. And where are the condom and lube dispensers on all floors and in every corner! And YES, some staff members have not only a bad attitude, but some have none at all, they just don't see you, don't look at you, don't say hello, don't say goodbye, some have the face of my grandfather in his grave. Really, for 30-50%, the staff can make or brake a place. Fire those that can't or refuse to smile and be nice or welcoming! Be strict in this, don't think people don't care if they themselves are not so friendly. If the staff makes you feel good you start to make the staff feel good and so on! Otherwise let them at least pretend to give you the feeling of being very welcome! There is really still more arrogance here than friendliness! Some try, but...

Sauna NZ

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14 days ago   

Hallo, ik kom regelmatig in NZ maar afgelopen vrijdag (17 oktober) liep er wel een erg jong lekker ding. Als je dit leest, ben je er vaker? Meer mensen die hem zijn opgevallen en meer over hem weten?

Groet A.

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Hotels in Amsterdam

Visit our Amsterdam hotel page for information on where to stay. You can also try our online Amsterdam hotel map to see and book hotels near the gay venues. Please book via the links on this website thanks!

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Inntel Hotels Amsterdam CentreInntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre  

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
Nieuwezijdskolk 19, Amsterdam
4 star hotel, 239 rooms, 3106 reviews, score 8.2

Popular and well located hotel.

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal StationDoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station  

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station
Oosterdoksstraat 4, Amsterdam
4 star hotel, 553 rooms, 2261 reviews, score 8.6

Brand new Hilton hotel next to Central Station, with a great view over the city. iMac in every room with free WiFi. On top the sky lounge with an impressive roof terrace

Hotel EstheréaHotel Estheréa  

Hotel Estheréa
Singel 303 - 309, Amsterdam
4 star hotel, 71 rooms, 2235 reviews, score 9.0

Hotel Estheréa is set along the Singel canal in the centre of Amsterdam, only 300 metres from Dam Square. This hotel is in a quiet area and benefits from classically-styled decor with wooden paneling.

NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel KrasnapolskyNH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky  

NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Dam 9, Amsterdam
5 star hotel, 468 rooms, 1894 reviews, score 7.8

One of the 5 star top hotels in Amsterdam located on dam square.

Park Plaza Victoria AmsterdamPark Plaza Victoria Amsterdam  

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Damrak 1 - 5, Amsterdam
4 star hotel, 306 rooms, 1831 reviews, score 7.8

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam is located in a historical building opposite Amsterdam Central Station. It features an indoor pool area, sauna facilities and a fine-dining restaurant with city views.

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