Amsterdam Gay Travel Guide & Map 2014

News, Parties & Events in Amsterdam RSS feed Amsterdam Gay Travel Events

|  4 October 2014
Bear Necessity: Amsterdam's large gay bears party with DJ Binomio, Sergio Cardoso and Mike J. Admission: 20–25 €
23:00 – 05:00 @ Club Hotel Arena ('s-Gravesandestraat 51) [ Map - Bear Necessity @ Club Hotel Arena ]
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|  29 November 2014
Wasteland: large bi-annual kinky fetish party with extravagant shows. Straight party, but gay fetishists are welcome. Strict dresscode!
Admission: 50 €
22:00 – 06:00 @ Northsea (Amsterdam-Zaandam, Hemkade 48) [ Map - Wasteland @ Northsea ]
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|  30 November 2014
Rapido – 10th Anniversary Edition: very popular gay party in Amsterdam, only four times a year. With DJ Danny Verde, Ben Manson, Giangi Cappai, Saeed Ali, Elias and Dikky Vendetta. Tickets: 30–45 €
15:00 – 02:00 @ Paradiso (Weteringschans 6-8) [ Map - Rapido – 10th Anniversary Edition @ Paradiso ]
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About Amsterdam and its gay life

Amsterdam had been a powerful city of maritime trade fame for many centuries. In the second half of the 20th century it was considered the gay capital of Europe due to the city's liberal atmosphere which was far ahead of most other European cities and countries and due to the beauty of the city.

With the rapid liberalisation in many parts of Europe since about 1995, Amsterdam has somewhat lost this advantage. Furthermore, as the Amsterdam gay scene seems to rest (with a few exceptions) on its best days in the 1980s and 1990s, it looses attractiveness especially among young gay men. Since a few years discussions and efforts have started to make Amsterdam's gay scene more vibrant and fresher again.

As our Amsterdam Gay Maps show, there are several gay areas in Amsterdam, all of them not really far from each other. First of all you got the street with the unpronounceable name, Reguliersdwarsstraat, which is rather mainstream and quite busy at the weekend. Nearby is the area around the Amstel street with its several gay bars, many of them in traditional Dutch style and atmosphere. And finally there is the Warmoesstraat with its gay cruise bars and fetish shops.

As you can see on the Clubs & Parties page there aren't many regular gay clubs and parties left in Amsterdam nowadays. The most popular and crowded parties are those which happen monthly or every few months. So, if you like dancefloors with hundreds of half-naked sweating guys, check for the next dates of those irregular parties in our News section.

Annual gay highlights in Amsterdam are New Year's Eve, Bear Pride and Fetish Pride in spring, King's Day on the 26th/27th of April, and the Amsterdam Gay Pride with the canal parade in August.