For centuries the extremely tolerant climate in Holland has had a magnetic appeal to gay men all over the world. After all, where in the world can a gay couple walk hand in hand or smoke a joint in the streets without repercussions? The gay scene is well represented in this former seventeenth century harbour city with it picturesque canals and bridges, that give it its unique place in world architecture. The four most important gay areas are situated in the centre, within walking distance from each other: the Reguliersdwarsstraat trendy , the Amstel "Bruin Cafe"-authentic dutch pub , the Warmoesstraat leather and the Kerkstraat.
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While Amsterdam is famous for embracing and catering to the gay traveller, the rest of the Netherlands is often overlooked. There are plenty of gay friendly institutions outside Amsterdam's storied canals. Below is an overview. Just 30 minutes south of Amsterdam lies the university town of Utrecht. With it's university student population and passion for music, Utrecht is known for it's parties. Formost among them is the PANN party series, which has been voted for three years in a row as the best gay party in the netherlands.
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See our going out guide for details. Many foreigners find themselves attracted to the city, and you can spot celebrities, such as George Michael, flying in for the weekend. Many bars are filled with more foreigners than locals during the summer months.
The more extrovert end of the gay spectrum is well represented by cruising club Church. It has it all plus more: a bar with Greek-style columns, a stage perfect for drag-queen acts, a great sound and light system and various dark, dark chambers Cheeky theme nights abound. Three floors offer distinct vibes — making liberal use of graffiti, glitter and concrete — and a toilet DJ keeps the party going while you wash your hands at a giant pink phallus. Cheap, cheerful, tasty, filling.