Vivelavie is going to reopen! A boost to lesbian nightlife in Amsterdam

Vivelavie is going to reopen! A boost to lesbian nightlife in Amsterdam

Vivelavie is going to reopen soon under new ownership of Joy Hilhorst and Rachel Matteman. This was announced over this weekend on the website of Vivelavie and on its’ Facebook page. This will bring smiles on many faces of lesbian and bisexual women in Amsterdam. One of the first activities by the new owners is organizing a party during the Amsterdam Pride. Vivelavie is going to reopen after all On  the 1st of July Vivelavie…

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Gaylinc pubcrawl around the Rembrandt plein Gay bars still thriving

Gaylinc pubcrawl around the Rembrandt plein Gay bars still thriving

GayLINC regularly makes the rounds past the Amsterdam LGBTQI bars. The pub crawls are meant to keep a finger on the pulse of Amsterdam gay nightlife and keep you posted how the bars develop. This time we decided to make a small round along several of the gay bars in the Rembrandtplein area. And we were pleasantly surprised how well the bars seemed to be doing. A brief report. Brug 34 Brug 34 is a…

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Women Friendly City Award for owner Vivelavie

Women Friendly City Award for owner Vivelavie

Mieke Martelhoff, owner of bar Vivelavie, is the first to receive the Women Friendly City award. The award is an initiative of the city of Amsterdam to recognise and thank women who help making the city more women friendly. In awarding Mieke Martelhoff, Amsterdam recognises the many years Mieke has contributed to making Amsterdam a safe and welcome city. Her bar Vivelavie is a safe place for women (and men by the way) to meet…

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Gerritjan Deunk the man behind the design of April, Exit and iT

Gerritjan Deunk the man behind the design of April, Exit and iT

Those were the days! The Reguliersdwarsstraat was the heart of the Amsterdam gay scene with iconic bars like, April, Exit and Havana. And later the famous iT the ultimate place to go. Ah, yes, those days. We do remember them and the gay men that made it happen. Gerritjan Deunk was one of them. Gerritjan was instrumental in all of this. He contributed with profesional design, wonderful magazines and of course great logo’s. Thanks to…

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Gaylinc Pubcrawl: Queers and Soho

Gaylinc Pubcrawl: Queers and Soho

Gaylinc Pubcrawl is one of our regular ‘investigative actions’ in the Amsterdam LGBT scene. This time we went to Soho in the Reguliersdwarsstraat and Queers on the Amstel. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of Soho and the vibrancy of Queers. Soho We started of the evening at Soho bar. It was still early in the evening on the warm afternoon evening and there was a big crowd in front to the bar enjoying…

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La Cage closed down

La Cage closed down

La Cage, bar and restaurant in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, has closed down as of the 23rd of October. We visited the place earlier this year and liked what we saw and tasted. La Cage also strengthened the gay scene in this area of town by organizing drag nights and other activities targeting the gay audience. Unfortanetely they didn’t make it. La Cage prized out of the market? The location has become the epicenter of failed gay bars…

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Gay street gay no more

Gay street gay no more

Reguliersdwarsstraat has been the gay street in Amsterdam for about 30 years. Many gay men have fond memories of having a drink in bars like Havanna, April, Taboo, Arc or Soho, dancing in Exit or Nyx or having a bite at Downtown. Many of these bars have gone, but many still consider this cosy street with the difficult name as the heart of the Amsterdam gay scene. Many, but not the business owners in Reguliersdwarsstraat….

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