The Dutch capital has long been an accepting city, so you’ll find numerous LGBTQ-friendly bars and clubs there. In the 1970s and 1980s, Reguliersdwarsstraat – close to Rembrandtplein – became a focal point for gay nightlife, and remains so to this day. But other areas such as Amstel, Kerkstraat, and Zeedijk have also grown popular with the LGBTQ community. Here’s our pick of the best LGBTQ bars in Amsterdam.
When in Amsterdam, make time to worship at Club Church, set on a street busy with restaurants and shops south of buzzing Reguliersdwarsstraat. This place offers all kinds of kinky from a leather to feather fetish lounge, weekly naked bar (shoes only; leave your clothes in the cloakroom) and regular spank parties. If you want to strut around in a sexy jockstrap, they’re available to buy at the door.
style=”font-weight: 400″>Situated around the corner from tourist-packed Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam’s only drag-show bar is an intimate style=”font-weight: 400;”>brown cafe style=”font-weight: 400″>lit by candles. There is an extensive cocktail menu and drinks are not too pricey. Live events and theme nights take place every week and drag queens sitting outside are always happy to chat to you.
style=”font-weight: 400;”>Prik (which means bubble in Dutch) has been open since 2006. Expect a riot of neon pink, strobe lighting and a bar that is highly Instagrammable. International staff serve a range of cocktails, including Strawberry Cheesecake if you’ve got a sweet tooth. There’s also pink and white prosecco on tap and all the pop music your eardrums can stand. It’s open until 1am except for Fridays when chucking out time is 3am.
Ellie Hurley contributed additional reporting to this article.