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Overview Gay Club Scene In Amsterdam

This Amsterdam Gay and lesbian clubbing guide should leave you in doubt that Amstersdam’s long standing reputation for being a anything goes city that accepts people for what they stands, thus many of the clubs are comfortable and very up front about their offerings though some Amsterdam are pricey side but rarely are clubs charities

Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Club Guide With Club Reviews

Important Note: The Exit club at Reguliersdwarsstraat 42 has closed down. The venue will reopen as a non-exclusive club in the summer of this year.

For Guys:

Club Fuxxx Warmoestraat,96 - Club Fuxxxs name  is self explanatory as one of Amsterdam’s steamiest Gay nights out. The bar is an infamous home to those liberated souls who wish to indulge in the  ”Cruising” scene. They are well renowned for their  nude and leather themed nights.  The clientele are of mixed ages and some of Amsterdam’s finest live DJ’s such as DJ Max Del Pricipe perform here on a regular basis. Entry is 5-10 Euros. Saturday is ”Shirts Off” night and arguably their most popular of the week. Opening hours: Thurs & Sun 11pm- 4am,   Fri / Sat 11 pm – 5 am.website: http://www.clubfuxxx.com/

De Engel Van Amsterdam, Zeedijk 21, 1012De Engel is a Gay bar with entertainment courtesy of disco tunes and Drag Queens. It’s  a nice setting for an afternoon drink in the sun even if you’ve no interest in arriving here for a hedonistic night of clubbing. De Engel is conveniently located just 3 minutes walk from Central Station. The service is generally efficient and amiable. Daily 1 pm -1 am and open till 3 am on Friday and Saturday website  http://www.engelamsterdam.nl/

Mixed:

Bump, Kerkstraat, 23  Public transport is Prinsengracht.- Bump is a large Gay and Lesbian hot spot located in the Prinsengracht area of Amsterdam. The club is on two levels and attracts a mostly young crowd. Bump has the prestige of winning the 2011 award for ”Best Gay and Lesbian Venue” in Amsterdam.  There is a smoking room and a chill out lounge for those who wish to rest their tired feet. As with the majority of Gay bars you can enjoy their wide range of cocktails but what made my evening and makes Bump unique is their delectable finger food buffet. Opening hours are Wed-Sun 5-1 am, Fri-Sat till 3 am.website http://barbump.nl/

Cafe T’Mandje Zeedijk, 63 – This historic venue was the Netherlands first Gay bar founded by lesbian, Bet Van Beeren in 1927. It’s a melting pot for Gay and Lesbian nightlife and was reopened in 2008 with attractive, modern decor and design. the drink prices represent good value for the customer. Opening times are Tues-Weds 8 pm- 1 am,  Fri and Sat 2 pm – 3 am. website http://www.cafetmandje.nl/

De Trut at Bilderdijkstraat 165, (Oud West) Telephone 612 3524 is one of Amsterdams oldest Gay & Lesbian clubs. Opens on Sundays only from 11pm – 4am. Entry is normally a couple of euros and the drinks are similarly priced. Extremely busy – after midnight queues to get in are common.

Amstel Fifty Four, Amstel 54, 1017 – Amstel is a rustic bar which has become a laid back haven for mostly men, but is also  Lesbian friendly. The music is commercial/ mainstream  and the night tends to  heat up after 11 pm. On weekends Amstel hosts Drag shows displaying some of Amsterdam’s most glamorous Drag Queens. Open daily 5pm-1am but closes 3am on Fri  / Sat.website http://www.amsteltaveerne.nl/Amstel_Fifty_Four.html

Saarein Elaandstraat 119 Amsterdam – Saarein is a mixed Gay club predominately populated by Lesbians. The venue is small and gets pretty crowded on weekends. You are advised to go with a friend because the majority of its clientele are not particularly  accommodating. Saarein began life as a strictly  Lesbian establishment years ago but in recent times Gay men have been made welcome too. Opening times are Tues-Thurs 4 pm to 1 am and Friday 4 pm to 2 am. 12 pm to 2 am Saturday and 1 pm to 1 am Sunday. website  http://www.saarein.nl/

For Girls:

Vive La Vie, Amstelstraat 7 Rembrandtplein – Vive La Vie is one of Amsterdam’s Premiere Lesbian strongholds. It’s been running for over 30 years now and is quite low key during the week but comes alive as a decadent Lesbian celebration by Friday night. Much of its crowd are lipstick wearing Lesbians but it attracts all types of sapphic Women. There’s a sidewalk terrace which is the idyllic setting for relaxation and offers tremendous views of nearby Rembrandtplein. Open Sunday to Thursday from 2.30 pm to 1 am and Friday and Saturday 3 pm to 3 am.website  http://www.vivelavie.net/

You II Amstel 178 Amsterdam – You II opened its doors in 2003 and has steadily become one of Amsterdam’s most popular Lesbian clubs. The Pop music is delivered to us courtesy of the Dutch top 40. The club’s Standing toilet may appeal to the more Sexually liberated Lesbian. The mood is generally positive and the average clubber here is cordial. Opening times are Friday and Saturday 11 pm to 5 am.website  http://www.clubroque.nl/

 Warmoestraat 51 1012 HW  - Getto is an esteemed and unique club hidden away in the City’s Red Light District.  Getto’s fruity cocktails have sexually suggestive titles.  The service is arguably the friendliest of all the Gay/Lesbian joints in the city. Their food, particularly the sumptuous burgers are met with rave reviews. The decor is outlandish and stylish. Drink and food Prices are highly affordable. The music is primarily Dance and opening times are Tues-Fri 5 pm to 1 am and 12 pm to 12 am on Sunday’s.website http://www.getto.nl/

Bars In Amsterdam

One of the challenges in Amsterdam when walking up the street is to workout what is a cafe, bar or restaurant as many of these numerous establishnents will serve at least two of these definitions. Anyway here are a couple worth noting.

Kobalt at Singel 2 close to Amsterdam’s Centraal Station Telephone 320 1559 – opens daily at the obscene hour of 8am – closing at at 1am Sunday through to Thursday and 3am Friday and Saturday. Serves food all day dinner in the evenings and every drink imaginable. Has DJ’s on Friday nights and live Jazz on Sunday afternoons website  http://www.cafekobalt.nl/

The Amstelhaven at Mauritskade 1 in the east area is a fashionable bar especially popular in the summer with it open air tables and sofas that overlook the adjacent canal. Appeals to those with the capacity to pose or wish to impress. Food is authentic Dutch cuisine and well prepared. Bar opens at 4pm daily except Sunday. Closes at 1am Monday – Thursday & 3am Friday and Saturday. Editorial Comment Impressive but take your credit card with you.

Late Pubs & Bars In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is awash with pubs and bars and some seem to be open day and night One that has been there for years and always lively is Bar Bolero Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 39 1017NG Amsterdam Tel: 0206 271780. It offers a broad range of music – R & B Latin and music back to the eighties. It is popular with the locals and has a good relaxed ambience.Open from 22.00 – 05.00am Thursday – Sunday.

More famous and expensive but worth the investment is Bourbon Street Blues Club at Bourbon Street Leidsekruisstraat 6-8 / 1017rh Amsterdam. Tel: (+31) (0)20-6233440 famous for its live music, spotting new talent. On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights there are usually jamming session with numerous artists playing as many instruments. Occasionally better known artists such as Sting The Rolling Stones and Herman Brood. Unique sometiomes spectacular!.

Irish Pubs In Amsterdam

Amsterdam has more than its fair share of Irish Pubs, but the Mulligans Irish Music Bar near the river Amstel. seems to attract weirdos from all over the world especially writers and philosphers.website  It also appeals to late risers as it does not open to 16.00 weekdays and closes at 1am weekdays. It opens a little earlier at weekends and closes around 3am. So civil! Oh and for info on the music see the website http://www.mulligans.nl/

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