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A major gay street in Amsterdam. Reguliersdwarsstraat is home to many gay bars, restaurants and shops. More authentic Dutch gay venues and cafés can be found around the nearby Amstel area.
Equally close is Kerkstraat, a historic street that runs through the city centre and a newer gay neighbourhood with some late-night cruise bars including Club Church.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 36, Amsterdam | map
weekday: Wed-Fri 18:00 - 03:00 / 04:00
weekend: Sat 17:00 - 04:00; Sun 16:00 - 03:00
English-style gay bar in the heart of Amsterdam’s gay scene. SoHo is great for drinks after work or pre-clubbing. Resident/guest DJ spins dance music on the weekend.
We like the bar’s outside terrace area – a great spot to take a breather from the hot dance floor. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Amstel 50, Amsterdam | map
weekday: 18:00 - 03:00
weekend: 18:00 - 04:00 / 03:00
FAME (formerly ‘Bar CHEZ René’) is the the newest gay bar in Amsterdam, located in the heart of Amsterdam, just behind Rembrandtplein Square.
Weekends are always fun, with karaoke, go-go dancers, and cabaret shows. Check their Facebook page for further details.
Popular choice. Great value Near the gay scene. | click here
Close to gay nightlife. Value for money Boutique option. | click here
Central location. Stylish rooms Popular with gay guests. | click here
Very central. Near the gay scene Amazing views. | click here
Walk to gay bars. Large rooms Excellent dining. | click here
Reguliersdwarsstraat 45, Amsterdam | map
weekday: 17:00 - 03:00 / 04:00
weekend: 16:00 - 04:00 / 03:00
audience rating: 3.7 stars from 12 votes - click to vote
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Intimate gay bar located on the main gay street. Taboo has an outdoor terrace, large smoking area and offers an extensive drink menu, monthly specials and free WiFi.
On Fridays, Taboo serves up hot snacks to start the weekend. On Wednesdays, they have a special cocktail night with a live DJ and reduced prices on selected cocktails. Daily happy hour.
Halve Maansteeg 17, Amsterdam | map
weekday: 17:00 - 03:00
weekend: 17:00 - 04:00
audience rating: 4.2 stars from 6 votes - click to vote
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One of the most popular gay bars in Amsterdam. Café Montmartre gets packed on weekends. Music ranges from the 80’s, 90’s, Dutch pop and festival music.
Happy hour 6pm-8pm. Every 2nd Friday is ‘Goed Draag’ Day.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 42A, Amsterdam | map
weekday: 16:00 - 04:00
weekend: 16:00 - 05:00 / 04:00
Relatively small but popular gay dance bar & café that plays a great selection of house music every day of the week.
Popular with young gays and gals, with plenty of eye candy on the dance floor. Arrive early and squeeze in! Daily happy hour between 1am-2am.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 129, Amsterdam | map
weekday: 20:00 - 03:00
weekend: 20:00 - 05:00
Gay café bar that welcomes everyone. Popular with the ethnic community. Friendly atmosphere.
Upbeat Latin music keeps the party going most nights.
Amstel 60, Amsterdam | map
weekday: 17:00 - 01:00
weekend: 17:00 - 03:00
Gay bar in Amsterdam near the Rembrandt Square, popular with locals for its cheap drinks, pop classics and state-of-the-art sound system.
The cosy, colourful bar gets very busy on weekends when drag queens and cabaret stars put on a great show.
Kerkstraat 4, Amsterdam | map
weekday: 16:00 - 01:00
weekend: 16:00 - 03:00
Traditional gay bar that attracts a local ‘jeans’ crowd in their 30’s. Spijker features a pool table, a fireplace and TV showing gay action movies. Gets busy on weekends around midnight. Free WiFi.
Happy hour from 7-9pm. Smoking room and small dark room upstairs. Check out their infamous bingo party on Saturday afternoons – it’s a hoot!
Utrechtsestraat 4, Amsterdam | map
weekday: Mon-Wed 21:00 - 03:00; Thu 15:00 - 03:00
weekend: 15:00 - 05:00 / 03:00
Amsterdam’s most famous drag show bar, with regular shows and monthly special events. Fun, lively atmosphere. Karaoke on Tuesday nights.
This relatively small venue is the place for transvestites, transsexuals and their friends to meet in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 43, Amsterdam | map
weekday: 17:00 – 01:00
weekend: 17:00 - 03:00 / 01:00
Cosy gay bar & cafe with outdoor terrace, located next to Taboo bar.
Jonge Roelensteeg 4, Amsterdam
weekday: Wed-Fri from 16:00
weekend: from 16:00
Cosy, no-nonsense gay bar for drinks & snacks in the city centre of Amsterdam. HotSpot plays new, old and campy music videos.
Open Wednesday till Sunday from 4pm.
Spuistraat 109, Amsterdam | map
weekday: 16:00 - 01:00
weekend: 16:00 - 03:00; 15:00 - 01:00
audience rating: 4.1 stars from 24 votes - click to vote
4 Star Winner
TODAY Bubbles and Bites - free nibbles & champagneadd a review & photos
Very popular gay bar with friendly atmosphere, tasty snacks and excellent cocktails. PRIK has a colourful interior, with a nice terrace.
DJ’s play a mix of electro pop, dance and funky music. Staff are well-trained from the BOLS Bartending Academy. Kitchen closes at midnight – earlier on the weekends.
Zeedijk 63, Amsterdam | map
weekday: 17:00 - 01:00 / 03:00
weekend: 15:00 - 03:00 / 01:00
Opened in 1927 by Bet van Beeren (a motorcycle-riding lesbian), ’t Mandje was the first gay & lesbian bar in Netherlands and one of the first in the world.
Closed in 1982, but restored and re-opened in 2008. The walls are filled with mementos and old photos, and you’ll find the bar staff have plenty of anecdotes and juicy stories to tell.
Mixed crowd, but mainly frequented by older gays and gals.
Zeedijk 20, Amsterdam | map
weekday: 16:00 - 01:00
weekend: 16:00 - 03:00
Friendly gay bar, owned by a drag queen and her partner. The Queen’s Head has a small terrace with a nice canal view, DJ’s on weekends and bingo on Tuesdays.
A great place for drinks and conversations, though the place gets busier as the night progresses. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday, Queen’s Head hosts Netherbears – a social club for bears, bearded men and admirers.
Elandstraat 119, Amsterdam | map
weekday: Tue-Fri 16:00 - 01:00 / 02:00
weekend: 12:00 - 02:00; 13:00 - 01:00
Cosy, old-fashioned gay bar in the heart of Amsterdam. Cafe Saarein is one of the few original old taverns left in the city.
You’ll find great music here, along with a pool table and lots of friendly people hoping to make friends. A fun night all round. Closed on Mondays.
Amstel 54, Amsterdam
+31 20 623 4254 |
Gay bar with nightly sing-alongs and occasional drag shows. Very popular with locals, young and old. On the weekend, the crowd spills over to the street by Amstel River.
Amstel 54 has a laid-back atmosphere. Small but cosy. Best to go after 11pm when the DJ plays pop classics, from Madonna to Rihanna.
Pay 10€ to play their drink roulette game and see what drink deal you’ll win. Fingers crossed, you land on the bottle of Prosecco.
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