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hey gorgeous... welcome to amsterdam
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!
There is a strong LGBT community, and numerous gay-owned or gay-friendly hotels, nightclubs and cafés. Nowhere else in the world will you find so many gay attractions per square meter as in the city centre of Amsterdam. The city is home to a numerous gay clubs and bars that will cater for all tastes. A popular gay bar in Amsterdam is Bar Blend, a lively and stylish venue spread across two floors and featuring weekly drag shows and bingo.
There are several gay areas in amsterdam. Reguliersdwarsstraat is rather mainstream and particularly popular at weekends. Nearby, the area around Amstel street with its many gay bars in traditional Dutch fashion offer style and vibe. Kerkstraat is home to a few gay hotels and some gay venues, and finally, there is the Warmoesstraat with infamous gay cruise clubs and fetish shop, such as the Black Body Shop.
Annual gay calendar events in Amsterdam are New Year’s eve, the Queen’s Day on the 30th of April, the Amsterdam Gay Pride with the canal parade in August and the Leather Pride weekend in October.
anne frank's house
van gogh museum
de negen straatjes
red light district
- 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!
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.