Every once in a while the GayLinc team goes on a walk in Amsterdam, to inspect a few bars, and the occasional restaurant.
This time the La Cage restaurant and the Reality Bar, both in Reguliersdwarsstraat.
1. La Cage
The new restaurant La Cage is located on historic gay ground: the two bars Eve and Arc were located at the same address. After Arc went under, the cocktail bar Dvars had a short-lived presence here. We could never establish if this was a gay place. We had dinner there only once, and shortly after the place burnt down.
We had our dinner at La Cage outside. It is not easy to tell if this is a gay place. Our estimate is that it is ‘quite gay’. The gay percentage of the clients is above average in our estimation. The management seemed gay (can you ever be sure? And we forgot to ask.), the staff not so much.
The food was good, ansd so was the service. The waitress even remembered who ordered what drink!
If only had we known that, every Sunday, La Cage has Drags & Burgers night, starting June 12, 2016. Different types of burgers (with fries and green salad), served by fabulous Drag Queens. See the Facebook page for more info about this.
2. Reality Bar
The Reality Bar is known for its Caribbean/Black/African gay clientele, and their lovers. When we were there, around 10 pm, it was still rather quiet (a bit like the Soho bar, where we were before). It wasn’t empty in an awkward kind of way, there were some people in the bar, and some outside. Still, it should have been a bit more busy, perhaps. After all, it was a Friday night, and not extremely early.
Anyway, the bar tender was ever so nice and serviceable. The coffee machine was out of order, but the bartender repaired it immediately, and personally brought us the desired cup of coffee.
We wondered at the client who disappeared into a kind of utility space at the rear end of the bar, together with a guy who seemed(?) to belong to the bar. After just a few minutes, they re-appeared again. The business was done, apparently. What business? We couldn’t tell, as the door was closed…. we leave it to our readers to guess!