Known as the "Venice of the North" with it's flowing canals and beautiful bridges, Amsterdam is a unique and exciting destination where you'll no doubt find all sorts of dishy treats that will blow you away! While the city is notorious for all sorts of things that would make your mama blush, it's also got a rich history and has been a bastion for LGBTQ+ culture for centuries.
From Anne Franks house, the Van Gogh Museum or the Museum of Sex, there's something for everyone's tastes. And as we're sure you've heard, there's a few different things to taste here. Whether you want to go out dancing or watch some dancing, Amsterdam was an abundance of interesting things to see and do!
In need of a little dutch courage? You won't need to look far! First off you've got the Amstel & Kerkstraat neighbourhoods, which have everything from shops and cafes to dance and cruise clubs.
There are bars like Reality bar where the Latin vibes will have your feet moving all night, SoHo which is a little slice of English bar abroad with a cute terrace or even Bar Blend which covers two floors and often has entertainment and drag shows! Cafe Montmartre is the most popular in the area and also hosts karaoke, so if you fancy a sing get there early.
In the Old Town, you've got a couple of cosy spots to choose from for a relaxing evening or your pre-drinks. PRIK serves tasty bites and glorious cocktails and even a little PRIK. No, we don't mean that! Prik means "bubbles" in English and you can actually get Prosecco on tap here!
On the fourth Saturday of every month is an EPIC lesbian night called Garbo(but all are welcome!) and if you want to see one of the first lesbian bars in the world then check out Mandje.
On April 1st 2001, the Netherlands became the first country IN THE WORLD to legalise same-sex marriage. That day, the second the clock struck 12, the mayor of Amsterdam officiated four same-sex marriages after becoming a registrar specifically for that reason. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!
If that didn’t make your day, here are a few more highlights from the progressive and proud Netherlands:
- Lesbian couples can access IVF.
- Same sex adoption is allowed.
- Homosexual activity is legal and has been since 1811. To put that into perspective, King George III was ruling GB at the time. Wowza.
- Not only is homosexual activity legal but it’s also illegal for people to give you grief about it, according to the Equal Treatment Act of 1994.
On behalf of the LGBT community, we'd like to thank the Netherlands for recognising that we really aren't asking for much!