Gay Guide Amsterdam: Insider tips & recommendations

Amsterdam- The world´s most tolerant city

The capital of the Netherlands is one of the most popular cities in Europe. With hundreds of canals, picturesque bridges and beautiful architecture, Amsterdam is absolutely unique. The most famous European painters lived here and Amsterdam is home to many world class museums. In 2001 the Netherlands became the first country to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriage. Amsterdam has frequently been named one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the world and gay visitors love its liberal and open-minded atmosphere. The gay scene focuses on the downtown area around popular Reguliersdwarsstraat with countless of queer bars and clubs.

(z)onderbroek Underwear Party

Men-pnly Underwear party in Amsterdam at Club Church - Drop your pants and dance! Dress code: only underwear

3x NYX @ Club NYX

Club NYX is home to your favorite gay night in Amsterdam, every saturday night. Saturday is saturGAY!

Albert Cuyp Market

The most popular weekly market in Amsterdam. Experience culture and Amsterdam cosiness, great food, products & entertainment.

Amsterdam- The world´s most tolerant city

The capital of the Netherlands is one of the most popular cities in Europe. With hundreds of canals, picturesque bridges and beautiful architecture, Amsterdam is absolutely unique. The most famous European painters lived here and Amsterdam is home to many world class museums. In 2001 the Netherlands became the first country to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriage. Amsterdam has frequently been named one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the world and gay visitors love its liberal and open-minded atmosphere. The gay scene focuses on the downtown area around popular Reguliersdwarsstraat with countless of queer bars and clubs.

Amsterdam Gay Pride 2023

Popular LGBT Festival in Amsterdam every year in July & August. Highlights of the Amsterdam Pride are the Canal Parade and the Pride Walk.

Amsterdam ID Aparthotel

Comfortable apartments in Amsterdam with living room, fully equipped kitchen and private bathroom. Fitness area and sauna included!

Amsterdam Light Festival

International artists create spectacular light sculptures around Amsterdam's Canal Ring, the River Amstel and other special locations.

Amsterdam Sportswear Weekend

Sportswear Community Event: Your Whitsun weekend in Amsterdam for all men & boys who love sportswear.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht

The lifestyle hotel in Amsterdam offers a top location, elegantly furnished designer rooms and a spa & wellness centre with fitness area.

BACKDOOR Amsterdam

The event in Amsterdam for gay and open-minded party-goers. Experience high-quality performance shows, hot Go-Go-Boys and lots of fun.

Bear-Necessity @ Panama Amsterdam

Amsterdam`s most popular party for bears & friends from all over the world.

Bears (working up a sweat)

Sauna Nieuwezijds: Relax and enjoy the men. Every last Saturday sauna day for the Bears Community in Amsterdam.

Bereborrel @ The Web

Every third Sunday of the month, The Web Amsterdam becomes a meeting place for bears, chub, hairy men and guys.

Bilderberg Garden Hotel

Great 5-star hotel in Amsterdam. Equipped with modern rooms, fitness centre and an elegant restaurant with French cuisine.

Bingo Royale @ Spijkerbar

The infamous Saturday afternoon bingo in the SpijkerBar Amsterdam. An evening full of fun and exuberance with Dragqueen Doras Royale.

Bistro Brasserie Blue

Cosy café & restaurant with traditional French cuisine in the heart of the vibrant city centre of beautiful Amsterdam.

Black Body Amsterdam

Fetish wear for men! Black Body is specialized in rubber & leather clothing, sexy underwear and sports & swimwear for men.

blue @ Club Church

Club Church's kooky klubbing night. No Dresscode, admission only € 7,50 and reduced drinks prices

Bluespoon Restaurant & Bar

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Bar: The restaurant on Prinsengracht Amsterdam offers modern Dutch cuisine with a creative character.

Get ready for Amsterdam´s best Gay Events!

Amsterdam not only has the largest LGBT community in the Netherlands, but is also a meeting place for queer visitors and travellers from all over the world. Here are our tips on when the best LGBT festivals and gay events take place.
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Brug 34

Coffee by day & Wine by nigh! Your restaurant in Amsterdam. Here you can have a delicious breakfast, lunch or a drink in the evening.

Café Mankind

The gay-friendly cafe is located in the museum district of Amsterdam. Good food, relaxed atmosphere with terrace directly on the canal

Café The Queen's Head

One of the oldest gay bars on the outskirts of Amsterdam's famous red light district. Bingo, cosy drinks, warm-up party at the weekend.

Canal Parade 2023

The Higthligt to Amsterdam Pride is the boat parade (The Canal Pride). More than 80 colourful boats full of music and exuberant atmosphere!

ClinkNOORD Amsterdam

Located in the cultural district of Amsterdam-Noord, the gay friendly hostel offers dormitories & private rooms (single - four bedded rooms)

Club Church

Amsterdam's ultimate cruising & fetish club with two floors of play and dance areas. naked, fetisch & underwear parties

Club Church - Naked Bar

Every Wednesday we have to undress! The men only naked party at Club Church Amsterdam. Dress code: shoes only

Club Cruise @ Eagle Amsterdam

Every Friday at Eagle Amsterdam it's meet friends, chill in the lounge, dance or maybe some action in the darkroom.

Club Danserette

Cozy and casual gay-dance-party in Amsterdam. Dancing to classic and new disco hits, pop or dance music. Presale: from € 11.00

Club NYX

Openminded club in Amsterdam! Three floors filled with the hottest pop, urban & house tracks and rather younger crowd.

Club YOLO

The new gay and open-minded club in Amsterdam. Gay party on Friday and Saturday with best house & electro music.

COC’s True Colors 2023

Annual charity event of the Dutch LGBT community. Organised by the COC, the gay and lesbian organisation of the Netherlands.

Conservatorium Hotel

The luxury and lifestyle hotel in the heart of Amsterdam. The 5-star hotel offers a modern design and a wellness area with pool & sauna.
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Crash Amsterdam 2023

Open-air fetish event in Amsterdam. Experience hot go-go boys & porn stars, fetish shows and internationally top DJs.

Cuckoo’s Nest Amsterdam

The gay men's bar with darkroom and play area in Amsterdam. Cruising Bar on 2 levels with free entry & cheap drinks.

cumUnion @ Club Church

International sex party for men in Amsterdam. Dress code: Underwear, Fetish clothes or totally naked. Entrance € 10 men only

De Bijenkorf Amsterdam

Luxury shopping in an exclusive department store in the heart of Amsterdam: Fashion, Cosmetics & Lifestyle: More than 1000 premium brands

De Trut

Queer Sunday-Night Club for gays and lesbians. Non-commercial party with cheap drinks and admission. Entrance EUR 3

When to Amsterdam? Great Events and Highlights

Amsterdam is one of the most exciting cities in Europe. But when is the best time to travel to the Dutch capital? Here are our tips for events that will make your city trip even more exciting.

Dirty Dicks Amsterdam

Dirty Dicks, is a sleazy fetish bar in Amsterdam. Darkroom and play area on two floors with plenty of space for hot action.

Eagle Amsterdam

One of the best men-only clubs in the Castro of Amsterdam. 3 levels of fun, dance floor, chill-out lounge, cruising basement and more.

Exit Café

Popular gay dance bar in Amsterdam. The small bar offers free entry, daily happy hour and various drinks specials.

Foodhallen Amsterdam

The most sophisticated indoor food market in the Netherlands! A variety of great street food stalls offers something for every taste.

Gender Fluids - Mixed Sauna

Mixed sauna day in Amsterdam @ Sauna Nieuwezijds. Sauna for all sexual orientations!

Grachtenfestival 2023

The summer festival for classical music, jazz and music from other cultures. Every year with over 250 concerts at 90 different venues.

Hermitage Amsterdam

Let yourself be inspired by art and history in the Dutch museum on the Amstel in Amsterdam.

Homomonument

Homosexual monument in Amsterdam. The symbol against oppression and exclusion of homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.

Hotel TWENTY EIGHT

The 4-star design apartment hotel in Amsterdam offers luxurious facilities and a wellness & spa area with fitness center and sauna.

Hyatt Regency Amsterdam

The 5 star luxury hotel offers bright and spacious guest rooms with all comforts, a fitness centre and an excellent location in Amsterdam.

IJ-Hallen Amsterdam

The largest monthly flea market in Europe in Amsterdam. Here you'll find second-hand goods like furniture, home accessories and clothes.

Is Burning

Is Burning is the gay event of Carlos Valdes. The Underground House & Electro-Party from Amsterdam.

Ladz Party @ Club Church

Gay sportswear and sneaker fetish dance party in Amsterdam. Strict Sportswear and Sneakers dresscode, Entrance fee: 12,50€

LESBIQUE @ The Web

The regular lesbian + friends party event in Amsterdam: Women conquer the Amsterdam Club Web with the Lesbique Party.

Liquid Kiddy

The Queer Event in Amsterdam. At the party you can expect several dance floors, great music, drag queens, liquid shows and a play area.

LockeRRoom @ Club Church

Fetish Techno Party: The queer techno party at Club Church. Dresscode Fetish, Naked or Sexy Queer

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

George Clooney, Lady Gaga or Johnny Depp - in the wax museum of Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam you can experience your Stars up close.

Magna Plaza

The shopping centre in the centre of Amsterdam offers a wide range of shops. Open 7 days a week!

Mama Makan

Enjoy the refreshing Indonesian flavours! The restaurant in Amsterdam offers traditional Indonesian cuisine.

Mellow Monday @ Sauna Nieuwezijds

awaiting you: infusions in the dry sauna, full body rubbing in to the steam sauna, shoulder massages and free healthy snacks

Mensroom @ Eagle Amsterdam

Thursday is the night for horny boys, strong men and hot studs. Free entry and no dress code

Milkshake Festival Amsterdam

The annual music festival for diversity and respect in Amsterdam.
respect, freedom, love, tolerance

Mister B Amsterdam

Popular store of the gay and fetish scene in Amsterdam. Your shop for leather, rubber and fetish clothing!

No Towel Tuesday

Get all naked! Every Tuesday between 6:00 pm and midnight, it's towel off. Admission: 21 € (free drink included)

Open Air Cinema 2023

Pink Movie Nights: The Mercatorplein open-air cinema on the Gay Pride Amsterdam. Bring your snacks and drinks. The entrance is free.

Pink Point

LGBT Amsterdam: Information centre for tourists and travellers about gay and lesbian Amsterdam.

Pride Closing Party 2023

Closing Party @ Dam: The Amsterdam Pride Good-Bye Party on the most famous city square in the Netherlands.

Pride Park 2023

Pride Opening Event Amsterdam: Every year at the end of July the Vondelpark in Amsterdam becomes the park of love.

Pride Walk 2023

Your right to be who you are and to love who you want! The Pride March opens the Pride Amsterdam every year on the last Saturday in July.

PRIK

One of Amsterdam's favourite gay bars.On weekends, the lounge bar is transformed into a party location with a small dance floor.

Ready2Play

The BDSM party in Amsterdam only for men for both experienced players and beginners.

Restaurant Black

Top Restaurant in Amsterdam's old town: French cuisine meets quality steaks and a crisp salad menu.

Restaurant Black and Blue

Your steak restaurant in Amsterdam. You can expect the best meat from the charcoal grill, homemade sauces, fresh salads and fine wines.

Restaurant de Kas

Harvested in the morning, served in the evening. The regional restaurant in the Frankendaelpark in Amsterdam is a real insider tip!

Restaurant Greetje

The Restautrant in the old harbour district of Amsterdam. Enjoy traditional, upscale Dutch cuisine with local flair.

Amsterdam's Gay Nightlife - Colorful and Crazy

The Dutch capital is one of the world´s queerest hot spots and has always attracted LGBT visitors from everywhere. Here are our LGBT party tips and recommendations for the best gay clubs in town.

Restaurant RED

The Amsterdam restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a must for lovers of steaks, lobsters and burgers.

Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is one of the largest national museums in the world. Experience 800 years of Dutch art and history.

Roze Filmdagen 2023

Pink Film Days in Amsterdam: The biggest film festival for LGBTQ films in the Netherlands.

Saturady Party @ BRUG34

Your retro night in Amsterdam. Every Saturday you can listen to your favourite music of the past years.

Sauna Nieuwezijds

Stylish sauna in the centre of Amsterdam. The gay sauna offers a whirlpool, steam bath & dry sauna and ample relaxing and cruising space.

Shirt Shop

Amsterdam´s popular menswear & fashion store for guys. Shirts, T-shirts, pants and underwear for men.

SOHO Amsterdam

One of the most popular gay bars in the Amsterdam gay scene. Ideal for pre-clubbing. Regular events, good music and happy hour

Soho House Amsterdam

The Soho House in Amsterdam offers a hotel with 79 rooms. As a guest you have access to the club with Skybar & Pool and to the fitness area.

SPELLBOUND Amsterdam @ OCCII

Queer Underground Dance Party in Amsterdam with electro, techno & house music. Admission only € 7

Spijker Bar Amsterdam

The oldest gay bar in Amsterdam! Cozy cruising bar with terrace, pool table, smoking room and play area with dark room.

Stedelijk Museum

Visit the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Design in Amsterdam. Admission: adults: € 18.50, students: € 10.

Stek Amsterdam

Everyone is welcome here. Your restaurant in Amsterdam for breakfast, lunch or meeting friends.

Student Hotel Amsterdam City

Classical student accommodation meets design hotel. The student hotel in Amsterdam offers top modern rooms and a fully equipped gym.

Tasty Thursday @ SoHo Amsterdam

EVERY Thursday at SoHo Amsterdam: an amazing mix of live DJ's, drag queens and sexy gogo dancers.

The Web Amsterdam

Gay Cruising Bar in Amsterdam. Downstairs a cosy bar with dance floor, upstairs a cruising area with darkroom and playarea.

Tulp Festival Amsterdam

The Tulp festival season is traditionally the start of spring in Holland. Millions of spring flowers show their brilliant colors.

Van Gogh Museum

Visit the museum in Amsterdam and experience the largest Vincent van Gogh collection in the world.

Vodka Woensdag

Every Wednesday at the Exit Café Amsterdam there is free entry and vodka for 2,50 EUR from 9 pm.

Wasteland Halloween

Europe's biggest fetish fantasy event in Amsterdam and Berlin. Your party with the best house music and spectacular entertainment.

X-Night @ Eagle Amsterdam

The night ends at the Eagle. Every Sunday it's Eagle Amsterdam After-Weekend-Party-Night on 3 levels for cruising, drinking and dancing.

XXXLeather Sunday

The Men-Only Fetish Party at Club Church Amsterdam. Dresscode only leather, rubber, uniform and other fetish clothes