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.

logo Amstel Fifty-FourAmstel Fifty-Four
Amstel 54, 1017 AB, Centrum Map
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. [...]
mon-thu 17:00–03:00, fri-sat 17:00–04:00, sun 17:00–03:00
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Cafe Fame
Amstel 50, 1017 AB, Centrum Map
Cafe Fame (formerly Chez) is a small gay bar at the Amstel area. Mostly a younger crowd. [...]
mon-thu 16:00–03:00, fri-sat 16:00–04:00, sun 16:00–03:00
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De Taboo Kantine
Reguliersdwarsstraat 43, 1017, Amsterdam Map
The latest addition to gay Amsterdam is the Taboo Kantine. Next to the regular Taboo they share the same terrace. [...]
thu 17:00–01:00, fri-sat 17:00–03:00, sun 17:00–01:00
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logo LellebelLellebel
Utrechtsestraat 4, Rembrandtplein Map
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. [...]
mon-thu 21:00–03:00, fri-sat 20:00–04:00, sun 15:00–03:00
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logo MontmartreMontmartre
Halvemaansteeg 17, Amstel / Halvemaan Map
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. [...]
mon-thu 17:00–03:00, fri-sat 17:00–04:00, sun 17:00–00:00
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logo PrikPrik
Spuistraat 109 Map
Prik is a very popular gay bar on the Spuistraat (behind Royal Palace / Magna Plaza). [...]
mon-thu 16:00–01:00, fri-sat 16:00–03:00, sun 15:00–01:00
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logo Queers CafeQueers Cafe
Amstel 60, 1017 AC, Centrum Grachtengordel Amsterdam Map
The former Rouge/Double D is now transformed to Queers Cafe. A nice cosy bar on the Amstel
wed-thu 17:00–01:00, fri-sat 17:00–03:00, sun 17:00–01:00
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logo RealityReality
Reguliersdwarsstraat 129, 1017 BL, Centrum Amsterdam Map
Reality is a gay bar with tropical flavour. It's located in the gay street Reguliersdwarssstraat, but on the other side of it, near Rembrandtplein. [...]
mon-thu 20:00–03:00, fri-sat 20:00–04:00, sun 20:00–03:00
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logo SaareinSaarein
Elandsstraat 119 Map
Saarein is a mixed gay cafe, but with a strong lesbian accent. Different theme nights attract a mixed audience.
tue-sun 16:00–01:00
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logo SohoSoho
Reguliersdwarsstraat 36, Gay area, Reguliersdwarsstraat/Amstel Map
Big gay bar in English / American style on the Reguliersdwarsstraat. One of the most popular and biggest gay bars in Amsterdam. [...]
wed-thu 18:00–03:00, fri 18:00–04:00, sat 17:00–04:00, sun 16:00–03:00
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logo SpijkerSpijker
Kerkstraat 4, Leidseplein Map
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. [...]
mon-thu 16:00–01:00, fri-sat 16:00–03:00, sun 16:00–01:00
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logo TabooTaboo
Reguliersdwarsstraat 45, Gay area, Reguliersdwarsstraat/Amstel Map
Taboo bar is one of the most popular gay bars in Amsterdam. It's located in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, the main gaystreet. [...]
mon-thu 17:00–03:00, fri 17:00–04:00, sat 16:00–04:00, sun 16:00–03:00
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logo The Queen's HeadThe Queen's Head
Zeedijk 20, Warmoesstraat / Zeedijk Map
Cafe The Queen's Head is a popular gay bar on the Zeedijk, very close to Central Station. [...]
mon-thu 16:00–01:00, fri-sat 16:00–03:00, sun 16:00–01:00
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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

logo Club NYXClub NYX
Reguliersdwarsstraat 42, 1017 BM, Centrum Map
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. [...]
thu 23:00–04:00, fri-sat 23:00–05:00, sun 19:00–01:00
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Club YOLO
Amstel 178, 1017 AE, Amsterdam Map
New gay night club
thu 23:00–04:00, fri 23:00–05:00, sat 21:00–05:00, sun 23:00–04:00
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Cruise

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.

Cruising

Cruising in the parks happens after dark in the Vondelpark. AYOR of course. After dark no police checks but be very careful about robbery etc. South of Amsterdam is the Nieuwe Meer, with car cruising going on. During the summer this is also a clothing-optional gay recreation area with lots of cruising in the bushes.

Cruise bars

logo Club ChurchClub Church
Kerkstraat 52, 1017 GM, Centrum Map
Church is a very popular gay dance & cruise club at the Kerkstraat (near Leidsestraat). [...]
tue 20:00–01:00, wed 20:00–04:00, thu 22:00–04:00, fri 22:00–05:00, sat 
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logo Cuckoo' s NestCuckoo' s Nest
Nieuwezijds Kolk 6, 1012 PV, Centrum Amsterdam Map
Cuckoo' s Nest is a small gay bar... with a huge play area in the basement. There is a labyrinth with different types of cabins. [...]
mon-thu 13:00–01:00, fri-sat 13:00–02:00, sun 13:00–01:00
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logo Dirty DicksDirty Dicks
Warmoesstraat 86, Warmoesstraat / Zeedijk Map
Dirty Dicks, the sleazy bar at the Warmoesstraat has been completely renovated May 2013 and with new staff. [...]
mon-thu 20:00–03:00, fri-sat 20:00–04:00, sun 20:00–03:00
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logo EagleEagle
Warmoesstraat 90, 1012 JH, Centrum Amsterdam Map
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. [...]
 00:00–00:00, mon-thu 22:00–04:00, fri-sat 22:00–05:00, sun 22:00–04:00
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logo The WebThe Web
Sint Jacobsstraat 6, 1012 NC, Centrum Amsterdam Map
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. [...]
mon-thu 13:00–01:00, fri-sat 13:00–02:00, sun 13:00–01:00
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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.

logo Sauna NZSauna NZ
Nieuwezijds Armsteeg 95, 1012 NB, Centrum Map
Sauna NieuweZijds (NZ Sauna) is a modern gay sauna open since 2013 located very close to Central Station. [...]
mon-thu 12:00–06:00, fri-sat 12:00–10:00, sun 12:00–06:00
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Dance parties

Backdoor Amsterdam - Melkweg
Lijnbaansgracht 234a, Leidseplein Map
The Backdoor organizes gay dance parties at various locations
23:00-07:00
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Bear Necessity - Panama
Oostelijke Handelskade 4 Map
Bear Necessity started as a bear party, but has become more a general gay dance party for real men.
22:00-05:00, 22:00-05:00, 22:00-05:00
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Club Danserette - Tolhuistuin
IJpromenade 2 Map
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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logo DanseretteDanserette - Akhnaton
Nieuwezijdskolk 25-27 Map
Danserette is a happy gay party with classic hits and tunes from now: from Donna Summer to Lady Gaga. [...]
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DISCO TOTAL - OT301
Overtoom 301, 1054 HW, Amsterdam Map
gay minded dance party
23:00-03:00
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logo F*ng POP QueersF*ng POP Queers - Paradiso
Weteringschans 6, 1017 SG, Amsterdam Map
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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logo FlirtationFlirtation - Panama
Oostelijke Handelskade 4 Map
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'. [...]
23:00-04:00
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logo FunhouseFunhouse - WesterUnie
Klönneplein 4-6, Westergasfabriek , Map
Rapido Events present FunHouse. Popular gay dance parties at Wester Unie, at Westergasfabriek Amsterdam. [...]
22:00-05:00, 22:00-05:00, 22:00-05:00
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Homomonument
Westermarkt, Central Station Map
Amsterdam’s world-famous Homomonument is not just a memorial; it's also a fabulous place to party during Kingsday, Liberation Day. [...]
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logo RapidoRapido - Paradiso
Weteringschans 6, 1017 SG, Amsterdam Map
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. [...]
15:00-02:00
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Rosario - Rosario - Amsterdam
Vondelpark Map
Rosario is a gay / straight friendly night in pavillion Het Blauwe Theehuis in the middle of the Vondelpark.
17:00-20:00
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logo SpellboundSpellbound - OCCII
Amstelveenseweg 134, 1075 XL, Amsterdam Map
Queer Underground Dance Party with Performances, DJs, VJs, Video, Chill Out Techno, Electro, House, Disco, Dub. [...]
23:00-04:00
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logo TrutTrut
Bilderdijkstraat 165 Map
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. [...]
sun 22:00–03:00
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X-Party - WesterUnie
Klönneplein 4-6, Westergasfabriek , Map
X-Party Amsterdam is a new party concept by team of Rapido and FunHouse. This time they are taking you underground. [...]
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Other

logo GettoGetto
Warmoesstraat 51, Warmoesstraat / Zeedijk Map
Getto is a gay owned cocktail bar/restaurant serving the community for more than 15 years. [...]
tue-thu 16:30–01:00, fri-sat 16:30–02:00, sun 16:30–01:00
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Restaurant BurlesQue
Regulierdwarsstraat 47 Map
Paris styled restaurant and bar
wed-thu 10:00–01:00, fri-sun 10:00–03:00
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Gay shops

logo Black BodyBlack Body
Kerkstraat 173, 1017 GH, Centrum Amsterdam Map
Well-known leather and rubber shop. Recently moved to the Kerkstraat. Extensive collection of rubber,leather, neoprene, underwear, swimwear and accessories. [...]
mon-sat 11:00–19:00, sun 13:00–18:00
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logo Cuts & CurlsCuts & Curls
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 74, 1017RD, Leidseplein Map
Richard , well known gay hairdresser. by appointment only appointments only via the siteinfo and reviews
Gays&Gadgets - GAYtic - Gays&Gadgets
Spuistraat 44, Central Station Map
Gay shop with souvenirs and things to have. Also features tourist information point GAYtic. [...]info and reviews
logo Mr. BMr. B
Warmoesstraat 89, 1012HZ Map
Mr. B is known throughout the gay world for its famous tee-shirts. The original of this famous leather shop is here in Amsterdam, right in the heart of Warmoesstraat. [...]info and reviews
Pinkpoint
Westermarkt 9, Central Station Map
Pinkpoint is a small outside gay shop and information centre at the Homomonument. [...]info and reviews
logo RoBRoB
Warmoesstraat 71, 1012 HX, Centrum Amsterdam Map
RoB is one of the big leather and fetish stores in Amsterdam. It's located in the leather street Warmoesstraat. [...]info and reviews

Gayfriendly places

logo 't Mandje't Mandje
Zeedijk 63, 1012 AS, Centrum Map
The first, the oldest and most legendary gay bar at the Zeedijk reopened after 25 years. [...]
tue-thu 17:00–01:00, fri 16:00–03:00, sat 15:00–03:00, sun 15:00–01:00
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't Sluisje
Torensteeg 1 Map
Restaurant, with drag performances.info and reviews
logo De JarenDe Jaren
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20, Amstel / Halvemaan Map
Cafe De Jaren is a huge Grand Cafe next to De Doelen. Popular place for coffees, lunch, dinner or just a drink. [...]
mon-thu 08:30–01:00, fri-sat 08:30–02:00, sun 08:30–01:00
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logo Exit CafeExit Cafe - Exit Après Chique
Reguliersdwarsstraat 42, 1017 BM, Centrum Grachtengordel Amsterdam Map
Exit Café gay friendly bar in 'apres ski' style and belonging to club NYX next to it. [...]
mon-thu 21:00–04:00, fri-sat 21:00–05:00, sun 21:00–04:00
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Little Thai Prince
Zeedijk 33A, 1012 AR, Centrum Amsterdam Map
Small but very popular Thai restaurant on the Zeedijk. Very popular with gay guys.info and reviews
logo MankindMankind
Weteringstraat 60, 1017SP, Leidseplein Map
Café Mankind is close by the Rijksmuseum, and the Antiques Quarter centred on the Spiegelgracht is only a few blocks away. [...]
mon-sat 12:00–00:00
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logo SupperclubSupperclub
Singel 460, 1017 AW, Amsterdam Map
Famous and trendy restaurant / lounge. In fact, it was Supperclub that launched the lounging phenomenon. [...]
mon-tue 19:30–01:00, wed 19:30–02:00, thu-sat 19:30–04:00, sun 19:30–01:00
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The Otherside
Reguliersdwarsstraat 6, Gay area, Reguliersdwarsstraat/Amstel Map
This is a non-alcoholic and coffee-free coffee shop, Amsterdam style. Guess you know what we mean. [...]
mon-sun 10:00–01:00
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logo WalemWalem
Keizersgracht 449 Map
Very gay friendly and busy bar-restaurant with view on the Keizersgracht. For lunch, coffee with cake or dinner. [...]
mon-sun 09:00–00:00
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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 Amsterdam Dance Event is a must visit. Museum N8 (Museum Night) is a yearly event where the museums in Amsterdam are open at night. 

logo Amsterdam Bear WeekendAmsterdam Bear Weekend - Various locations
 
Bear Necessity, NZ Sauna, Eagle, Spijkerbar and many other local businesses organise the Amsterdam Bear Weekend.
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Amsterdam Fetish Pride - Various locations
Amsterdam celebrates Fetish Pride. Many bars, clubs, shops, restaurant and enterprise are participating the Amsterdam Fetish Pride. [...]
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Amsterdam Gay Pride - Various locations
Amsterdam Gay Pride is one of the most special and the biggest pride events around the world. [...]
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Amsterdam Leather Pride - various locations
Amsterdam Leather Pride is back with new organizers and a large main party back in the center of Amsterdam. [...]
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Gay Movie Night - Pathe de Munt
Vijzelstraat 15, 1017HD Map
Every first Wednesday of the month Pathé de Munt shows a special gay classic movie. [...]
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Kings Day Amsterdam - Various places
With Willem Alexander and Maxima becoming King and Queen of Holland in 2013, the traditional Dutch national holiday Queensday, has become King's Day (Koningsdag in Dutch). [...]
, 00:00-00:00
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Vondelpark Rozentuin - Vondelpark
Vondelpark Map
The Rozentuin (Rose garden) in the Vondelpark is a popular daytime hangout for gay guys on warm sunny days. [...]info and reviews

Events

logo Amsterdam Dance EventAmsterdam Dance Event - various clubs
The Worlds Biggest Club Festival and Europe's Main Electronic and Dance Music Conference. [...]
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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. [...]
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