Amsterdam has rather a large gay scene. Many foreigners find themselves attracted to the city, and you can also spot celebrities. Amsterdam has more than one hundred gay bars, discos, saunas, video stores, bookshops, restaurants and hotels.
Gay and lesbian information and souvenir kiosk situated at the Homomonument, Westermarkt (on the Keizersgracht). Friendly and helpful volunteers will answer all your questions about gay Amsterdam. As well the best selection of gay gifts in Holland. Open daily 12.00 till 6 PM.
In 1987, the one and only gay monument in the world has been opened in Amsterdam, close to the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House. The monument is a symbol against discrimination.
Gay night life
There are a few main gay night-life areas in the city: around the square of Rembrandtplein: throught all Reguliersdwarsstraat, via Halvemaansteeg, and along Amstel. Then Warmoesstraat, which is a parallel street to Damrak, next to the Red Light District. Here you will find also many leather bars and rainbow-flagged saunas. For a great selection of gay venues see PiP’s web site: www.underwateramsterdam.com
Gay hotels in Amsterdam
Gay Hotel the Golden Bear *
Proclaim itself Amsterdam's first exclusively gay-hotel since 1948. The
hotel is located in Kerkstraat near Leidseplein, housed in two historic buildings dating from 1737.
Gay Hotel Orfeo Amsterdam *
Orfeo is Amsterdam's largest exclusively-gay hotel, established in 1969. Located in the center of the city, it is situated within a walk to the Leidseplein, the Kerkstraat gay scene, the Reguliersdwarsstraat gay scene, and Vondelpark.
ITC Hotel Amsterdam **
A beautiful hotel housed in an monumental canal house offers charming accomodations with a canal view, gay friendly atmosphere.
Address: Prinsengracht 1051, Amsterdam,
tel.: + 31 20 6 230 230
Gay accommodation in Amsterdam
Bed and Brunch
Kerkstraat Experience is somewhat different from your traditional gay accommodation in the sense that the hosts take the guests into their home and circle of friends giving them an "instant social life" and connecting them to the city in a very special and unique way while providing accommodation in a luxurious, modern home in an excellent location! Read here how others have experienced the Kerkstraat Experience. Inquire about availability at www.comeover.nl
Gay friendly bed and breakfasts and apartments
A selection of gay owned and gay friendly B&B's and apartments, each with its own character and charm.
Features a special selection for Amsterdam.
Gay bars near Rembrandtplein
Amstel Fifty Four which can be found, obviously enough, at Amstel 54, used to be very close to a gay brown café under its old name Amstel Taveerne, which was known as one of the first gay bars in the city. Today, the bar has much more of a party vibe and boasts a more modern look while still maintaining a friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile, Café le Montemartre de Paris, just around the corner at Halvemaansteeg 17 is one of Amsterdam's most popular gay bars and regularly wins awards from various sources and Café Lellebel at Utrechtsestraat 4 is famous for its drag shows. While most of these bars are dominated by gay men, Vivalavie at Amstelstraat 7 is an Amsterdam gay bar with a focus on girls, although well behaved men are also welcome.
Bar Prik Amsterdam
Prik is a funky hot spot. A mixed crowd of queers and open-minded people make Prik an attitude free and fun place. With sexy coctails, snacks and DJ's Prik is a groovy hang-out all the week. Queer or not, Prik is hot..
Sexy Snacks - Lovely Liquids - Twisted Tunes.
Open: Mon-Sun 16-1h, Fri-Sat 16h till 3h.
Address: Spuistraat 109
Cockring gay club
Address: Warmoestraat 96, right behind the Dam.
Address: Zeedijk 20, is about 5 minutes walking from the Centraal Station
Address: Reguliersdwaardstraat 42, zwischen Rembrandtplein und Koningsplein
Cocktail-Hour every day between 17 and 19pm, all cocktails for 5 Euros.
Address: Reguliersdwaardstraat 44, between Rembrandtplein and Koningsplein
Vivelavie, Amstelstraat 7
This cosy bar is home to a noisy, quite forward audience of lesbians in their 30s. With a 'gezelig' (cosy) atmosphere, with a party on Friday and Saturday night.
- Getto, Warmoesstraat 51
- Saarein, Elandstraat 119
- Sapho, Vijzelstraat 103
- You II, Amstel 178
- Amstel Tavern, Amstel 54
- April, Reguliersdwarsstraat 37
- Montmartre, Halvemaansteeg 17
- Reality, Reguliersdwarsstraat 129
- Soho, Reguliersdwarsstraat
- Church (www.clubchurch.nl)
- De Trut, Bilderdijkstraat 165
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