Gay Clubs in Amsterdam
The Amsterdam gay club scene is vibrant and thriving, with plenty of options to choose from. Many clubs are exclusively gay, while other clubs host regular or semi-regular gay nights. The list here is a selection of the best gay clubs Amsterdam has to offer, so your night on the town can be spent at just the right spot.
Church is one of the most well-respected cruise clubs in Amsterdam’s gay scene. Split over two floors, Church offers a great bar and dance floor as well as private rooms, showers and almost anything else a playful mind might desire. The club hosts regular theme nights, including Wednesday’s naked night when the only clothes permitted are shoes. Check their website to keep up to date with theme nights and entrance fees. Church can be found quite close to Leidseplein, a short walk from the Amistad gay hotel.
Address: Kerkstraat 52
Another mainstay gay club in Amsterdam, De Trut has been around since the 80s and has always been a scene favourite thanks to its non-commercial approach. All the staff are volunteers and all profits made by the club are used to promote LGBT causes. De Trut hosts club nights with specific dress codes which they enforce strictly, so be sure to check the website to see what’s on before dropping in. The use of phones and any kind of photography are also banned, to promote a safe place for the LGBT community to be free of prying eyes. Despite, or because of, its many rules, De Trut remains a fun and safe Amsterdam gay club.
Address: Bilderdijkstraat 165-E
This relatively mainstream club in the heart of the Amsterdam gay district of Reguliersdwarsstraat attracts a young crowd and is welcoming of straight visitors. The club is split over three floors, with each offering a different style of music. In the third floor bathrooms you can find something unique to NYX: a toilet DJ! There are a number of rules at the club, which basically boil down to not taking photos, being pretentious or ruining anyone else’s fun. Club NYX hosts a number of different club nights and is open until 05:00 on the weekends and until 09:00 on the first Saturday of every month.
Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 42
Spellbound at Occii
While it is not a dedicated gay bar, on the first Saturday of every second month Occii plays host to Spellbound, the city’s most beloved underground gay dance party. Techno and house are the most common music genres of the event, and visitors come from all around to dance and mingle in the unique surroundings of Occii. The venue is a former squat, legalised in 1989, and a vital part of the Amsterdam squat scene. Every staff member is a volunteer and, when not hosting Spellbound, Occii serves as a centre for a wide range of alternative culture events.
Address: Amstelveenseweg 134