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The Best Gay Bars In Amsterdam
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The Best Gay Bars In Amsterdam

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Home to Europe’s first gay bar, Amsterdam is nothing if not a very tolerant city. Reguliersdwarsstraat is one of the main gay streets in the area and has some excellent bars, but they can also be found all around the historic center. Here’s our favorite to visit when in the city.
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Gay Flag Amsterdam | © FranklinHeijnen/Flickr
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Church

Known as one of the most fun clubs in Amsterdam, Club Church has a huge gay following. The club is known as one of the city’s premiere cruise clubs, and is a perfect place to meet new people, all while enjoying an excellent cocktail and dancing to the exhilarating music. The club has thematic and gay fetish nights where only men are allowed, so visitors should check in advanced what type of night they are putting on and what they should wear, since they often require specific dress codes.

Address: Kerkstraat 52, 1017 GM Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 421 0392

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Club NYX

Club NYX, named after the Greek goddess of the night, can be found in the main LGBTQ district in Amsterdam. It is now a mixed club, welcoming all people, and its three floors certainly cater to all tastes. It is decorated with graffiti, glitter, neon lights, and everything else one can think of, creating a retro, fun environment. The bathrooms are quirky, and they even have a DJ that plays music there, so clubbers will stay in the mood for dancing all night long.

Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 42, 1017 BM Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Getto

This hip bar not only provides a space for all LGBTQ people to party, but also welcomes those who do not identify as LGBTQ, meaning no matter what your sexual orientation is, anyone is sure to have a good time at Getto. They open in the afternoon and start the evening slowly, serving food and drinks. The party starts later on, and on Saturdays they even put on spectacular cabaret shows for everyone to enjoy. The locale is closed on Mondays, but visitors who want to enjoy themselves in a friendly atmosphere should head here any other day of the week.

Address: Warmoesstraat 51, 1012 HW Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 421 5151

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Taboo

Taboo has different specials and offers throughout the week, so is a great place to go to for those who are searching for some great deals. On Wednesdays, for example, they put on a special cocktail night, even if they already have happy hours at two different times throughout the day, or on Fridays they serve tasty snacks to start off the weekend in the best way possible. There is a large outdoor terrace and a smoking area.

Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 45, 1017 BK Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 775 3963

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Amsterdam Gay Pride | © IsabellePuault/Flickr
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Soho

Soho is great for drinks on the weekend with friends or colleagues. It is located in Reguliersdwarsstraat, and is the perfect location from which to start a bar crawl or a fun night out, since bars around the area are plentiful. It is open daily and always has great dance music playing, therefore tourists who still have energy after a long day of sightseeing can head to this bar to dance the night away.

Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 36, 1017 BM Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Saarein

Saarein, located in Elandsstraat, in the old part of town, is open to both gays and lesbians, but has a stronger female following. Saarein was inaugurated as a gay bar in 1978, by ten women who purchased the café from the previous owners and made it into a women’s club. They put on different types of themed nights throughout the week, which are always an entertaining and original way to get to know the city’s nightlife.

Address: Elandsstraat 119-HS, 1016 RX Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 623 4901

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Chez René

Rembrandtplein might not be the most famous area of Amsterdam’s city center, but for those who are on the lookout for great gay bars in the Dutch capital, this is a great place to go. Chez René is located close to this square, and has often been voted one of the best gay bars in the entire city, which is no mean feat considering the sheer number of bars in Amsterdam. It is open daily and has happy hour from 11pm until midnight.

Address: Amstel 50, 1017 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands