Looking back at 2012

Gay Flag AmsterdamThe year is almost over, so what has 2012 brought to the LGBT scene in Amsterdam? The year had started hopeful with a resurgent pub and club scene in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, the centre of the 90’s party scene. Several pubs had (re)opened in 2011 and 2012 promissed to become a festive year. In the fall of 2012 this renaissance was crowned with the opening of Club NYX, a new, vibrant nightclub at the spot where the famous Exit used to be.

Unfortunately a couple of bars had to close down in 2012 (Sultana, Mon Ami, Rouge, Cozy and Bump) or turned straight (Havana, Ludwig/April, Eve). We’ve noted that in a earlier post, but also put that into perspective: the LGBT scene has changed about 10 years ago. Internet, parties and integration of LGBT and straight nightlife have changed the economies en culture of pubbing and clubbing.

Amsterdam still hot
In the yearly poll among Dutch gays it became clear that Amsterdam is still hot & sizzling. All the best venues to have a good night out, are situated in our city. To find these hotspots, the preferred places for the locals are:

  • Chez Rene – best pub
  • Thermos – best sauna
  • Club Church – best fetish club
  • Amstel area – best gay nightlife area
  • Can You Feel It? – best gay party
  • Canal Parade – best gay event

In 2013 we’ll keep you posted on the latest developments in Amsterdam. Happy New Year!


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