Gay nightlife in Amsterdam
The Amsterdam gay scene is lively and vivid. The gay street has developed into a great pedestrian area with many gay bars, restaurants and terraces.
Below we start with the most popular gay bars. Check our other pages in this guide for:
- cruise bars and fetish places
- gay sauna
- gay dance clubs and parties
Gay bars and cafes
There are relatively many gay bars in Amsterdam. All places are located in the city center and are on walking distance from each other.
The main gay street is Reguliersdwarsstraat. In this pedestrian only area you you find the mainstream bars with terraces, open all year round. The main bars are Taboo, Soho and Bar Blend.
Bar Prik is located behind Dam square, and is a popular hangout from early evening for locals and tourists, both gays and lesbians.
Near Rembrandt square the more gay party bars can be found.
Most places are open all week, but most of them only get real busy in weekends.
Prik is a very popular gay bar on the Spuistraat (behind Royal Palace). The bar has been voted best gay bar of The Netherlands in several years more...
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 more...
Taboo bar is one of the most popular gay bars in Amsterdam. It's located in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, the main gay street more...
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 more...
Bar Blend is a new gay bar in the Reguliersdwarsstraat (also known as the gay street) in Amsterdam.
De Taboo Kantine
Taboo Kantine is the sister bar of Taboo bar. They share the same terrace in Reguliersdwarsstraat, the gay street of Amsterdam more...
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.
Saarein is a mixed gay cafe, but with a strong lesbian accent. Different theme nights attract a mixed audience.
Spijker is a gay bar with a local crowd. 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 the toilets.
The Queen's Head
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 more...
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 more...