Hey there, if you are looking for info on the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Amsterdam you don’t need to look any further. This local LGBT nightlife guide will also be getting into things like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer area near you and more!
We have a lengthy list of annual and more frequent Amsterdam gay pride events to share with you. And being that this is the 21st century we can’t forget about the best LGBT dating sites for your area of Netherlands which are more popular than ever before.
We all have our own personal preferences and style so we thought it was best to list everything we can think of and let you choose your own adventure, and if you want to compare the queer scene here to others in Europe you can do so at that link.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Amsterdam
Let’s start this off with a list of the best gay, lesbian, and mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Amsterdam:
- Café ‘t Mandje at Zeedijk 63
- Jimmy Woo at Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18
- Prik at Spuistraat 109
- The Queen’s Head at Zeedijk 20
- Spijker Bar at Kerkstraat 4
- Café Montmartre at Halvemaansteeg 17
- Dirty Dicks at Warmoesstraat 86
- Soho at Reguliersdwarsstraat 36
- Reality Bar at Reguliersdwarsstraat 129
- Taboo at Reguliersdwarsstraat 45
- Exit Cafe at Reguliersdwarsstraat 42A
- Lellebel at Utrechtsestraat 4
- Eagle Club at Warmoesstraat 90
- Club Church at Kerkstraat 52
- Club NYX at Reguliersdwarsstraat 42
- Bar Buka at Albert Cuypstraat 124
- Saarein at Elandsstraat 119-HS
- Bar Exit at Reguliersdwarsstraat 42
- Vereniging De Trut at Bilderdijkstraat 165-E
- BlendXL at Reguliersdwarsstraat 44
- Amstel Fifty-Four at Amstel 54
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
Any readers that are hoping to find purely gay bars and clubs in Amsterdam for men to meet men can have success at the spots we just listed. It wasn’t long ago that things were far less inclusive, but these days most spots have become more LGBT friendly instead of being strictly local gay bars in the Netherlands.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Amsterdam
We could just copy and paste that above paragraph when it comes to lesbian bars in Amsterdam for women to meet women. The mixed list should have plenty of options for you and if there are no cute girls around to hit on head out and find another place to try.
With that said Bar Buka and Saarein do tend to have a largely female crowd and are probably the best spots for women to meet women in your area.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in Amsterdam, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- Drag Shows at The Queen’s Head
- Drag Shows at Lellebel
- Drag Shows at Taboo
- Nyx Club
Please use the comments to let us know if anything you notice on this page is no longer relevant or if any new LGBT hot spots have opened up since we posted this. We also want to say that we know how things are in this town pretty well, but we are not experts by any means.
If you think we should be listing any venues as strictly lesbian or gay bars definitely let us know. We have tried our best, but we can’t be experts on the whole world.
Many of these local gay or lesbian bars and clubs can be found in the LGBT nightlife areas of Kerkstraat, Amstel, Zeedijk and Reguliersdwarsstraat. Those gayborhoods are where you can find many of the venues you have read about on this page.
You may also want to read our LGBT nightlife guides about:
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- Lesbique at Spijker Bar every 1st Monday of the month
- Fetish Lounge at Club Church on Tuesdays
- Pre Blue at Spijker Bar on Thursdays
- Club Eagle at Eagle Club on Fridays
- Big Jackpot Bingo at Spijker Bar on Saturdays
- The Beat at Eagle Club on Sundays
And there are some great pride events plus other LGBT events throughout the year:
- Amsterdam Gay Pride
- King’s Day
- Amsterdam Leather Pride
- Pink Film Days
- True Colors
- Roze Filmdagen LGBTQ
- Street Heart Festival
- Bear Necessity
- Amsterdam Bear Weekend
Best LGBT Dating Sites
We wouldn’t be surprised if some of our younger readers have no idea what trying to find LGBT people for dating or hook ups was like twenty years ago. Gay or lesbian bars in your area were pretty much your only choice, but fortunately those days have changed.
Whether you are out or not really is of no matter but we are pretty sure that there are some people reading this who may not want to have their photos taken at a gay bar and posted on social media. Adult Friend Finder has been the biggest hook up site on the planet for almost two decades.
What some don’t know is that AFF isn’t their only site and they have quite a few different sites under their network. Their top site for finding gay men near you to hook up with is Men Nation and you are likely to be pleasantly surprised at how many users it has in major cities like this one.
Lesbian Personals is going to help you find hot lesbian women in Amsterdam to hook up with better than any other site can. Those who are bi-sexual and like all varieties should just go with Adult Friend Finder.
That is where all of the people on all of the sites across their huge network can be found. When you are ready to enjoy fast m4m hook ups use Men Nation, and for f4f hook ups use Lesbian Personals.
We also need to tell you about the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Amsterdam has never been easier than it is right now because so many ts near you in the Netherlands feel free to be the person they always have known they should be.
At this point we have broken down the Amsterdam LGBT nightlife in full detail. You know all about the best mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of local LGBT dating sites in the Netherlands. Now go out and have some fun.