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Amsterdam City Center Private Historical Walking Tour
"Once you meet your private guide at a designated meeting point you will head off to explore some of the little-known secrets of this city: the quaint quiet corners; tranquil tree-lined plazas and private courtyards. Your guide will also share priceless tips helpful advice and cultural insights bringing an insider´s expertise to your visit to Amsterdam.On the tour you will see: the Dam Square Wester & Old Church & Hidden Churches
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Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local
"Meet your private guide near Amsterdam Centraal Station at a time convenient to you. Then hop onto your bike and head into the city to begin your cycling tour. Widely considered among Europe’s most cycle-friendly cities Amsterdam is a wonderful place to explore by bike!Pedal along seemingly endless cycle lanes through diverse districts such as Chinatown the Jewish District Jordaan and Nieuwmarkt and admire the striking architecture for which the city is famous.During your tour take in popular landmarks including the Houten Huys — the oldest house in Amsterdam — the Nationale Opera & Ballet and the 17th-century Trippenhuis
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Private Amsterdam Highlights and Hidden Gems Walking Tour with a Local
"Enjoy Amsterdam to its fullest during your private highlights tour with a twist. Your local guide will amaze you with all the hidden gems of this city; they’re just around the corner of all the must-visits. But they are kept away from the touristy crowds with a reason.  Wander past all famous monuments while you get to know all historical facts and unique local insights about them. And of course we’ve also taken care of your appetite by including a Dam Square and the previously mentioned famous Flowermarket. But what’s best about this tour is those unique places they take you to. A beautiful hidden chapel  one of the best sandwich you’ll ever have and an gigantic statue near Rembrandts house that most people don’t know of. This is the plan:Meeting Point: BeurspleinStop 1:Walk around the famous Dam SquareStop 2:Visit a bea""Visit Amsterdam’s beautiful highlights during your private tour of the city while discovering hidden local spots along the way with your local guide! Get to know the history and stories of the city like a local.   title=Highlights&1=Private%2C+3-hour+walking+tour+of+Amsterdam&2=Learn+the+fascinating+history+behind+the+city%27s+famous+landmarks&3=Stroll+through+the+beautiful+Flower+Market&4=Visit+a+hidden+medieval+chapel+in+the+Begijnhof&5=Savor+a+favorite+local+sna
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Gay scene Tips (11)

Gay scene: Tabboe bar

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18:00 - 03:00
HAPPY HOUR (2 FOR 1)
HAPPY HOUR ( 2 FOR 1) on all drinks from 18.00 - 19.00 & 24.00 - 01.00 hrs
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Tue
18:00 - 03:00
HAPPY HOUR (2 FOR 1)
HAPPY HOUR ( 2 FOR 1) on all drinks from 18.00 - 19.00 & 24.00 - 01.00 hrs
Wed
18:00 - 03:00
Cocktailnight
Cocktail night every wednesday all cocktails from the menu 6 Euro. DJ MBC & Diva May Day every other week. – Free
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Thu
18:00 - 03:00
HAPPY HOUR (2 FOR 1)
HAPPY HOUR ( 2 FOR 1) on all drinks from 18.00 - 19.00 & 24.00 - 01.00 hrs
Fri
17:00 - 04:00
HAPPY HOUR (2 FOR 1)
Happy hour ( 2 for 1) on all drinks 18.00 - 19.00 & 24.00 - 01.00 hrs
Sat
17:00 - 04:00
HAPPY HOUR (2 FOR 1)
Happy hour ( 2 for 1) on all drinks 18.00 - 19.00 & 24.00 - 01.00 hrs
Sun
17:00 - 03:00
Double Happy Hour
double happy hour from 18 till 20 hours which means all drinks 2 for 1. Harry, Remo & Brendan playing the best tunes from now and back then. Come join us. It's a party every week.

Robin020
Jun 15, 2011

Exit: Cruising at Gayclub Exit

Ever seen Queer as Folk ? Ever wondered what Babylon is like in real life ? Come to Gayclub Exit !! It's not big, but has 4 areas and a darkroom.... check out the toilets ! A bit expensive but normal for Amsterdam standards ! A lot of cute guys, especially tourists, a lot of queers, asian boys and muscle marry's ! There is something for everyone's taste. Ans if u cant wait to go back to your hotelroom there is always the darkroom on the topfloor !! make sure u don't lose your wallet. There is a room with dutch and eurovision music, one with club/house/trance, one with R&B and one with rap/hiphop.

Dress Code Shirt on, shirt off, nobody cares

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Nelson1979
Apr 04, 2011

Gay scene: Cassa Maria

We stumbled wanting to find a toilet on outskirts of red light district & found this bar to be really friendly.

Had to snap shot the "ladiee" at the bar somone should have told her its not lady like to grab a ladies boobs & say how jealous they are!! haha

Dress Code Anything goes CLEARLY

*Update 2007* Looks like the bar has changed name, changed hands & more then likely clientelle as it seems to advertise English sport. Perhaps head towards Zeedijk street for another gay friendly bar

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jo104
Apr 30, 2007

Gay scene: Queens Head

This tip is courtesy of my friend Han, we have visited this bar together some time ago to enjoy a friendly atmosphere and bittebollen (a dutch delight served with mustard). The bar welcomes gay & straight people alike

Dress Code smart / casual

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jo104
Apr 27, 2007
 
 
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Gay scene: De Barderij

These nightlife tips are courtesy of Han, this gay bar has been recently refurbished and it is a slightly older crowd. Straight or gay alike will be welcome for a drink here.

They arrange live entertainment on some nights

Dress Code casual

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jo104
Apr 27, 2007

Eating, drinking, lounging: ARC

ARC totally fits in the lounge rage that hit European shores a few years ago. And although the lazy Sundays where French artists like Air, St.Germain and Dimitri from Paris featured prominently on the sound systems are long gone, ARC still remains a firm favourite with the gay and straight scene alike. Its secret? A healthy blend of good food and drinks in sleek sourroundings. Do not miss daily happy hour (5pm-7pm) when cocktails are only €5 each!

This one is recommended for its hip clientele and is great for an early-evening snack, a casual gathering of friends or lazy Sunday cocktail-sipping. ARC has been my favourite bar for a good while now and I'm sure it's going to stay that way for quite another while.

Dress Code Put in a bit of effort. Look at the website and judge for yourself!

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tvdm
Jun 21, 2006

Gay scene: SOHO

Get an English-style bar, place it in what is still the main gay street of Amsterdam and add a diverse mix of patrons. Sounds like you'd visit a watering hole that sticks out like a sore thumb, right? Nope, Soho actually achieves to mix the olde-world posh library-style place with the good-looking guests quite effortlessly. Great place to visit for quiet weekday drinks or busy weekend parties alike!

Dress Code Just put some nice gear on, for crying out loud! :)

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tvdm
Apr 10, 2005

ARC: Three-in-one place

This is a large three-in-one: grand-cafe during the day, where you can have a late breakfast, lunch, sip a coffee and read the papers, a restaurant during the evening, and a trendy bar at night, when the reading table collapses into the floor to form a dance floor. Predominantly gay public.

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Charlotte121
Oct 08, 2004

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Gay scene: De Trut

Its a weekly Sunday Night party called De Trut, held in a squat. Price is 1.50 euros to get in, and drinks are pretty cheap as well (bacardi & coke is 2 euros). All proceeds go towards a charity or some sort of good cause. Everyone who works there works on a volunteer basis, so be nice to them!
Lots of dancing and there are usually more men there than women. Wear shoes that you dont mind getting dirty or that can be cleaned fairly easily.
Doors open at 11p.m. (23:00), but there is usually a line forming outside the place by 10ish(22:00) or earlier. If you dont get their early, chances are you will be waiting on line outside to get in for a long time.
They are VERY strict about having gays and lesbians only. My girlfriend was there one night drunk and closely and jokingly dancing with her friend who is a gay boy and they almost got kicked out for "displaying heterosexual behavior!"

michelea
Jan 06, 2004

http://www.gay-news.com/article.php?sid=409: Gay Amterdam, not just for Fags!

By the Eden Hotel, off the river Amstel is the GAY area of town. The guys there told me they hated be called GAY, but the FAG was better. I have the best night out with them, and am still in contact with one even to this day.

Dress Code slutty... gay boy style.

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LolaSanFrancisco
Jun 21, 2003

gay/bi/whatever scene

The gay scene is amsterdam is big but not that varied, you have a lot of bars/clubs cattering for the leather and older crowd.
Otherwise it;s the queenie ones in bars on the amstel, they are nice, good ambience and mainly frequented by the Dutch which is a nice change. Enuff of the yanks or the brits!! JOKE!!!!

frenchlondon
Nov 02, 2002

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Allard Pierson Museum

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Bijbels Museum

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Kalverstraat

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