Amsterdam is famous for its tolerant and open atmosphere. It was one of the first cities with an extensive and open gay scene. Amsterdam is small and has to compete with other cities but it has still many gay bars and clubs.
We divided this guide into Drink showing all gay bars, pubs and cafes. Dance showing all gay clubs and parties. And Cruise showing you the cruise clubs and bars and the gay sauna. For info on parks, the beach, restaurants and museums, art and sight seeing please see the section Amsterdam for gay visitors
Hotels and apartments near gay places
As Amsterdam has a very compact city centre, just stay somewhere in the city centre, so everything is at walking distance. Our Hotel Guide shows you the best hotels in the different gay areas.
Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amstel & Kerkstraat The gay scene is concentrated in the city centre of Amsterdam. The most well known gay street is Reguliersdwarsstraat. Here you find the well known Soho and Taboo bars. Close to it is the Amstel area and Halvemaansteeg, with bars popular by the locals. In the Kerkstraat you find popular the popular gay club Church, with many fetish theme nights.
Warmoesstraat & Zeedijk The other area is located near Dam square. Behind Dam square you find popular bar Prik on Spuistraat. Close-by are 2 cruise bars Web and Cuckoosnest. On the Warmoesstraat you find the leather scene and gay bars for 'real men'. Connected to it is the Zeedijk, with another gay bar. Both areas are at walking distance of each other.
Amsterdam has a couple of weekly gay clubs and a wide range of popular monthly dance parties. The weekly gay minded club is Club Nyx (in the main gay street) . The most famous parties are Rapido (4 times a year) and Bear Necessity (muscle bears) And Funhouse.
Amsterdam is also known for its dark and sleazy places. As a tourist your probably don't want to miss the popular Sauna NZ. A popular fetish place with different theme parties is Club Church. The other cruise bars are located around Warmoesstraat: Eagle and Dirty Dicks. Already from afternoon you can visit The Web or Cuckoo' s Nest. Check out PLAY for all gay cruise bars and leather parties.