The leather situation in Amsterdam 2018.
The number of leather bars has gone down somewhat, particularly with the closure of the famous Argos bar in 2015. Leather and latex lovers now can still go to the Dirty Dicks and the Eagle (both in Warmoesstraat). Leather men are sometimes now also found in the Cuckoo’s Nest and the Web.
Every year at the last weekend of October the Leather Pride is celebrated and all parts of the leather community join in to celebrate their life style. And during the year several parties are organized.
Leather/rubber shops in Amsterdam are thriving
There are still a number of fetish shops that cater to the gay scene. A map of these shops can be found below on this page.
Cruisy gay bar with darkroom and smoking area
Address: Nieuwezijds Kolk 6
Open: Su-Th 13:00-01:00; Fr-Sa 13:00-02:00
Cruisy gay bar with darkroom. Tends to be frequented by older men, bear types.
Address: Warmoesstraat 86
Open: Mo-Th 16:00-22:00, Su 16:00-03:00, Fr-Sa 16:00-04:00
Large gay night club with darkroom and smoking area.
Interesting detail: the building currently holds the title of oldest house of Amsterdam, it has been proven to date from 1485.
Address: Warmoesstraat 90
Open: Su-Th 22:00-04:00, Fr-Sa 22:00-05:00
Pub off the beaten track, but well worth the visit. Located in the cellar of a 17th century building, with pool table and open fire place.
De Spijker has a mixed, mostly local crowd leaning towards the leather scene and friendly staff.
Next to the pool table are the stairs leading to the toilets (mirrored!) and a small, very dark darkroom.
The bar has the proud slogan "serving the gay community since 1978". It has good links with several local gay (sports) clubs. These clubs regularly organize drinks in the bar. Of the several themed nights the Lesbique party are noteworthy: a lesbian, queer party.
Address: Kerkstraat 4
Open: From 4pm
To get an impression of the atmosphere in the bar, her is a video item from our friends of MVS. It's filmed at the momentous edition of the bingo night at Spijker.
Just off the shopping street Nieuwendijk, this bar with high ceilings and a rough, industrial interior is visited by a mixed crowd of leather, rubber, skin, army and regular gay men In the bar they check each other out; upstairs there is the action in it’s surprisingly airy darkroom.
Address: Sint Jacobsstraat 8
Open: Su-Th 13:00-01:00; Fr-Sa 13:00-03:00
Leather/rubber/fetish shops in Amsterdam
Gay rubber/leather/latex clothes store. Here you can find all kinds of erotic clothes and accessories.
Address: Kerkstraat 173
Open: Mo-Sa 11:00-19:00, Su closed
Bronx is a household name in Amsterdam in gay porn, since 1976. Used to be a sexshop annex cinema with a friendly atmosphere and a knowledgeable staff. Nowadays, the Bronx sells fetish clothes and various kinds of sex toys. There's a small straight section, but the general atmosphere is of a gay store.
Address: Kerkstraat 53-55
Open: Mo-Su 10:00-22:00
Gays & Gadgets/Underground
Gays & Gadgets is two stores into one. On the ground floor is Gays & Gadgets with information about LGBTQ Amsterdam, fun gifts and gadgets and some sexy gear. Underground is a fetish store in the basement of Gays & Gadgets. See our more extensive review in this article.
Address: Spuistraat 44
Open: Mo-Sa 11:00-19:00, Su 12:00-19:00
Well-known leather/rubber/fetish store. On September 1, 2018, Mr B moved from its location in Warmoesstraat (nr 89) to Prinsengracht 192.
The reasons for the move (quoted from their Facebook account):
"Our store became an attraction for many tourists, but mostly for the wrong reasons. Our customers didn’t always feel at ease with the hordes of tourists coming in, often laughing at what they saw. It is time for us to move to a location which allows us to focus solely on our customers, not the people coming in for their Instagram selfies”, says owner Nelson Sousa da Cunha.
Address: Prinsengracht 192
Open: Mo-We,Fr 10:30-19:00, Th 10:30-21:00, Sa 11:00-18:00, Su 13:00-18:00
Address: Warmoesstraat 71
Open: Mo-Sa: 11:00-19:00, Su: 13.00-18.00