To say that the Dutch are uninhibited is a bit like saying ducks like water. Amsterdam’s cruise clubs and saunas are as wild as they get. Here’s what you need to know and where to go.
Sint Jacobsstraat 6, Tel.+31 (0)20 623 6758 map
weekday - Mon-Thu 13:00 - 01:00, weekend - Fri-Sat 13:00 - 02:00, Sun 13:00 - 01:00
Bar, Music, Relaxing Cabins, Dark Room, Adults-only, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 01-29-2013
One of the most established jeans and leather cruise and pickup bars in the city, styled after the famous Tom of Finland. Located in the heart of gay Amsterdam, The Web opens early and gets busy after work and early in the evenings. The play area is upstairs and features a dark room, 10 cabins and a room with a sling. Snacks are provided from 6pm, and on Sundays you are treated to a free selection of hot dogs and soups.
Kerkstraat 52 map
weekday - Tue-Wed 20:00 - 01:00, Thu 22:00 - 04:00, weekend - Fri-Sat 22:00 - 05:00, Sun 16:00 - 20:00, 22:00 - 04:00
Bar, Music, Dancing, Dark Room, Adults-only, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 01-29-2013
Club Church is one of the most popular gay cruise party venues in the city. Facilities include a large bar area, dance floor, coat check, private cabins, dark rooms and showers. Club Church has different themed parties each night of the week, including naked only nights, underwear, etc. Check website for agenda. Tram 1,2 & 5 – get off at Keizergracht. Tram 7 & 10 and nightbus – get off at Leidseplein. Closed Mondays.
Nieuwezijds Kolk 6, Tel.+31 (0)20 627 1752 map
weekday - Mon-Thu 13:00 - 01:00, weekend - Fri-Sat 13:00 - 2:00, Sun 13:00 - 01:00
Bar, Maze, Dark Room, Adults-only, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 01-11-2013
Popular neighbourhood gay cruise club in the center of Amsterdam, just around the corner from The Web. Cuckoo’s Nest opened in 1984 as a leather bar but now attracts a more a mixed (but still fetish-oriented) clientèle of both young and old, locals and tourists.
The ground floor is pretty much like a normal gay bar where it is entirely possible to enjoy a drink with friends. But it is the basement that attracts the most attention. Downstairs is a very large play area with a labyrinth of private cabins. The action here kicks off early in the afternoon and gets quite busy after work and late evening.
Warmoesstraat 95 map
weekday - 22:00 - 03:00, weekend - Fri-Sat 22:00 - 04:00, Sun 22:00 - 03:00
Bar, Music, Relaxing Cabins, Dark Room, Adults-only, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 02-01-2013
Amsterdam’s oldest gay leather and cruise club, located just 3 minutes walk from Central Station and Dam Square. This world-famous venue has been around for more than 60 years and is renowned as having the first-ever dark room in Amsterdam.
There are two floors with a bar large play area with dark room, cabins and sling in the basement. If you are into leather, rubber and uniform, this is where you should be. The bar is also the meeting place for the bear community.
Warmoesstraat 86 map
weekday - Sun-Thu 16:00 - 03:00, weekend - Fri-Sat 16:00 - 04:00
Bar, Music, Relaxing Cabins, Dark Room, Adults-only, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 01-11-2013
Dirty Dicks is one of the oldest gay fetish institutions of Amsterdam. This darkened sleazy gay cruise bar has two floors featuring a bar, dark room, smoker’s lounge, cabins, cubicles, bathtub, play zone and plenty of space for hot action.
The regular weekly parties are legendary (or perhaps ‘infamous’) for having some of the most extreme themes and intense action including naked dark cruising, full fetish weekends, and others we are not mentioning here! Check website for full details. There is no strict dress code but you are expected to dress to impress (e.g leather, rubber, uniform, army, construction etc.) Condoms, lube, gloves and soaps are provided free. Dirty Dicks is located in the center of the city, close to Argos.
Warmoesstraat 90 map
weekday - 22:00 - 04:00, weekend - Fri-Sat 22:00 - 05:00, Sun 22:00 - 04:00
Bar, Music, Dancing, Relaxing Cabins, Dark Room, Adults-only, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 01-11-2013
Popular gay cruise bar in the Warmoesstraat, close to Dirty Dicks and Argos. Eagle is one of the city’s oldest gay leather/denim venues with three floors of fun – a bar on the ground floor, cruising area on the second floor, dark room in the basement. There is a dance floor, smoking room and lounge area. Very cruisy and crowded (particularly at the weekends), so expect plenty of action. Check website for ongoing themed parties.
Damrak 61, Tel.+31 (0)20 330 5318 map
weekday - 10:00 - 22:00, weekend - 11:00 - 22:00
Shop, Dark Room, Adults-only, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 01-11-2013
A place where gay men come out to shop and play. Located only 5 minutes from Central Station, Drake’s is a sexshop with cruising area, featuring video-equipped cabins, small dark room, glory holes, etc. Soft drinks and beer are available at the vending machine. At the shop downstairs, you can buy all sorts of things like toys, lubricants, condoms and aromas.
Raamstraat 33, Tel.+31 (0)20 623 9158 map
weekday - 12:00 - 08:00 (next day), weekend - 12:00 - 08:00 (next day)
Bar, Music, Restaurant, Shop, Internet Access, Swimming pool, Steam room, Massage, Sauna, Sun terrace, Jacuzzi / Hot Pool, Relaxing Cabins, Dark Room Updated: 01-11-2013
Amsterdam main gay sauna, and one of the largest in Europe. Thermos has 5 floors and features dry sauna, steam bath, whirlpool, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, internet corner, cabins, roof terrace, sunbeds, sports area. Massage service, hair salon and sportswear shop are also available. Open 365 days of the year, from noon until 8am! Always busy and worth a visit.
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