The leather scene is well established in Amsterdam. Although bars come and go, it is a relatively stable scene. So a good change that when you return to Amsterdam after many years, that a lot of those bars are still around.
But also the leather scene innovates. 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.
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.
Address: Kerkstraat 4
Open: From 4pm
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