Recently some gay bars in the well known Reguliersdwarsstraat en on the Amstel have closed. This started a debate in the Amsterdam media about gay & lesbian nightlife. The local newspaper, Het Parool, published an article claiming that gay & lesbians prefer to go pubs and clubs which are gay-friendly….or as someone said “many gay bars become straight friendly”. Also internet dating sites, chatrooms and apps like Grindr are put forward as causes for the closure of many gay bars. We at Gaylinc looked at this media debate with some bemusement and took some action.
We’ve noted already 10 years ago, that the gay scene in Amsterdam is changing and not always for the worst. The gay scene has transformed from a brick and mortar nightlife to a more virtual and open scene. A vibrant party scene has established itself in the city, with many fun, surprising and hot parties organized all year round at various venues. Gay men and lesbian women feel comfortable and welcome in straight clubs and pubs, where they meet friends and flirt with other people. And yes, internet has made the search for a quick sex date easy and not tied to a visit to a pub. Not new, but a fact of life in the gay & lesbian scene in Amsterdam for about 10 years.
This local debate about the disappearing and changing pubs & clubs, gave us an idea for two new additions to our site:
- a page with a map of many pubs and clubs in Amsterdam who have disappeared over the years: the Graveyard
- a page with gay and lesbian historical landmarks
We hope you enjoy these new pages and maybe they either bring back memories of your old haunts.