AMSTERDAM Gay Bars & Clubs 2021

Amsterdam is not a big city and the scene tends to reflect this. There are few mega gay clubs, but plenty of special nights, jack-off parties and backrooms. Amsterdam gay bars and spread across 3 districts offering everything from trendy to traditional.

Club Church

Club Church hosts some great party nights and special fetish events! Always popular, be sure to check out the flyers and facebook for the latest themed parties.

Amstel Bar

Check out the bars where Warmoesstraat meets the Zeedijk, the picturesque gay pubs on narrow streets on the canals

Our guide to Amsterdam Gay Bars.

A night out in Amsterdam could begin any number of adventures. And it is likely to cost less than any big city in Europe or the US. Drinks (meaning beer) are cheap, bars don’t have cover charges, and at the few clubs that do, they are minimal. (The exception being the occasional big bash—circuit parties or leather parties or gay pride weekend parties.)

Amsterdam boasts a huge number of gay venues—some of the most interesting club nights only happen once a month, once every two months or even more erratically. One of the most popular is the Sunday “happy hour” from 6 to 8 pm at the Soho bar, where the very happy crowd spills out into the Reguliersdwarstraat,a block south of the flower market,lined with many bars, restaurants and shops. On summer nights, this pedestrian street fills with young gays..

You’ll also usually find a sociable, if older, crowd at the three adjacent bars on the Zeedijk including the long running Queen’s Head. A good place to start your night is at the Amstel Taveerne , the oldest gay bar in Amsterdam.

A few other bars deserve mention, particularly, Prik, which has a relaxed and friendly ambiance. Prik is Dutch for “bubble,” and this unironic smiley face of a bar is pure effervescence — from its fruity specialty apple mojito to the open terrace where you can pop toastie sandwiches to a weekend DJ spinning. If all that good cheer proves infectious, you can buy the I LOVE PRIK shoulder bag or T-shirt.

After midnight, there’s dancing on the Reguliersdwarsrtraat at the NYX or at the campy (and cover free) Montmartre nearby. For most leather and sex barscheck out the Warmoesstraat just north of Dam Square and Nieuwezijds Kolk areas, where you’ll find them amidst the coffeeshops, porn stores and take-out eateries.If you want cruising without the dancing, the Eagle and Dirty Dicks are the bars for you but don’t plan on going until well after midnight.

Where Warmoesstraat meets the Zeedijk, picturesque gay pubs draw sexually mixed crowds, from the maturely sophisticated to the young and artsy.On streets leading to Rembrandtplein from the Amstel canal, there are some lively local gay bars.

Club Church has reaffirmed Amsterdam’s bad-to-the-bone status with a calendar of nonstop kink that includes Wednesday night’s Naked Bar (dress code: buck naked), Friday’s underwear party, and Sex on Sunday (free condoms and, um, coat check). You won’t go home feeling dirty, though; there are showers downstairs for that after-party scrub-down.

If you are on a budget, then drink beer (just ask for a “biertje”—pronounced “beer-cha”.) Mixed drinks are expensive and anything more complicated than a gin and tonic is impossible outside the trendiest bars A Dutch happy hour is two drinks for the price of one, so this is the best time to satisfy your desire for strong alcohol should you tire of beer.

Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action

De L’Europe,    NH Collection,    Albus Hotel,    Inntel Hotels

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Amstel 54 gay bar

Amstel 54

This is one of the oldest gay bars on the Amsterdam gay scene, open to public since 1964
Backdoor Tea Dance gay club Amsterdam

Backdoor Tea Dance

Backdoor Tea Dance is a Sunday night gay club event, offering an evening of dancing and glamour.
Bear Necessity gay club Amsterdam

Bear Necessity

Bear Necessity holds 7 + events each year in Amsterdam at different venues, these party’s are a must for bears.
BLUE @ Club Church gay club Amsterdam

BLUE @ Club Church

BLUE @ Club Church is a gay party night go & meet the outrageous hopelezz family every thursday at amsterdam's freakiest dance night.
Cafe FAME Gay Bar Amsterdam


And has rapidly become a favorite with locals and tourist alike offering a fun laid back atmosphere,
Church gay bar Amsterdam


Church is a gay cruise club, situated in the heart of the city of Amsterdam, opens Tuesday till Sunday & special fetish nights.
Danserette gay club Amsterdam


Gay dance party in Amsterdam with pink classic hits and pink tunes: Donna Summer to Madonna and Kylie to Rihanna, Old and new disco,
Dirty Dicks gay bar Amstedam

Dirty Dicks

Dirty Dicks, the sleazy gay fetish bar at the Warmoesstraat. One of the city's oldest and authentic fetish and cruise bars.
Downtown gay cafe bar


Downtown is a good place to start your day in Amsterdam with a good breakfast. A great place to watch the world go by.
Eagle gay bar Amstedam

Eagle Amsterdam

The Eagle consists of three floors: the bar is on the ground floor, on the second floor there is a cruising area.
Exit Après Chique

Exit Après Chique

Bar EXIT is a popular gay bar in the heart of Amsterdam and is run by club NYX and very busy at weekends & holidays.
F*cking Pop Queer gay club Amsterdam

F*cking Pop Queer

Held once a month at different venues F*cking Pop Queer is a fun pop night for Queers, and their friends!!!
FunHouse gay club Amsterdam


FunHouse is a gay party night held in the famous Dutch night club WesterUnie and is in collaboration with Rapido.
Getto gay bar


Getto is probably one of the best kept secrets on the Amsterdam gay scene but popular with those in-the-know!
Lellebel gay bar Amsterdam


Since opening its doors in the winter of 1997, Lellebel has become one of the best little drag bars in the city.
Mankind gay cafe Amsterdam


Café Mankind is a welcoming stop on your visit to Amsterdam . Ideally situated close to the Rijksmuseum,
Montmartre gay bar Amsterdam


Montmartre has been going strong now for over 40 years and is one of the best known gay bars in Amsterdam.
PRIK gay bar Amsterdam


PRIK gay bar has been serving Amsterdam since July 2006 and won numerous awards.
Queers cafe bar Amsterdam


This camp little gay bar in the heart of Amsterdam is glitz and glam with its red & gold decor & glass chandeliers.
RAPIDO gay club Amsterdam


RAPIDO was one of the first European gay super club party nights and is still packed when ever it’s on.
SOHO gay bar Amsterdam


SoHo combines a vintage look with a good night out. Located in the centre of the city,
Spijker gay bar Amsterdam


Spijker is popular with an older crowd 30+ that like to play pool. A long time favourite with regular visitors to the city.
Taboo gay bar Amsterdam


Taboo bar is a favorite hotspot for an after work drink and pre clubbing cocktail.
The Cuckoo's Nest gay bar Amsterdam

The Cuckoo’s Nest

The Cuckoo's Nest is a gay men's bar right in the center of Amsterdam. It started life in 1984 as a leather bar
The Queens Head gay bar Amsterdam

The Queens Head

The Queen’s Head is located in the Red Light District in the old centre of Amsterdam and has been a popular gay bar for nearly two decades.
The Web gay bar Amsterdam

The Web

The Web is a well established Jeans & Leather gay bar based in the heart of central Amsterdam.


All of Amsterdam is very gay-friendly, so you won’t sense the “gay ghetto” mentality common in other cities. Nonetheless, some streets and neighborhoods do have a higher concentration of rainbow flags, tank tops and leather chaps.


Recommended Hotels in Amsterdam

There are several distinct gay districts in Amsterdam, all located quite close to eachother. The street of Reguliersdwarsstraat is mainstream and busy at the weekend. Nearby are the Amstel street and Kerkstraat. Finally Warmoesstraat is home to the famous gay cruise bars and fetish shops.

De l’Europe
5 Star – Central Location

De l’Europe

This 5 star hotel offers luxurious accommodation along the Amstel River, in the heart of the city. Offering a fitness area, spa and a waterside terrace.

NH Collection
5 Star, Luxury

Amsterdam Doelen

Built in the 17th century making it the oldest hotel in Amsterdam, NH Collection Amsterdam is a boutique style hotel located along the Amstel River.

Ambassade Hotel
4 Star – Perfect Location

Ambassade Hotel Amsterdam

Situated in 10 original 17th-century canal-side mansions. It offers free WiFi, 2 lifts and unique rooms featuring luxurious Louis XV furnishing

Albus Hotel Amsterdam
4 Star – Great Amenities

Albus Hotel

Each room in this 4 star Amsterdam city centre hotel has a flat-screen TV,  Nespresso machine, a rain shower and a bathrobes and free Wi-Fi.

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