In this latest edition of our fetish destination series, we're looking at Amsterdam's gay fetish scene. Our guide to Amsterdam will help you find all the best fetish bars and clubs on your next trip.
A bit of background
Amsterdam has always been known as one of the most liberal cities in Europe. Despite it's relatively small size, Amsterdam has a huge number of fetish clubs, bars and sex shows. The leather scene, in particular, has been huge here for decades. Warmoesstraat, the oldest street in the city, is the epicentre for leather bars and clubs, but there's plenty here to suit all kinds of fetish men.
Top recommended bars and clubs:
• Eagle Amsterdam: Known as the most popular fetish bar in Amsterdam, Eagle is spread across three floors, consisting of a bar, dancefloor and a cruising area complete with darkrooms. Themed nights are a regular occurrence, such as 'Horsemen & Knights' – a night perfect for well-endowed men and their admirers. • Dirty Dicks: First established in 1974, Dirty Dicks is one of the oldest fetish bars in Amsterdam, and it's still bringing in the crowds today. A strict dress code isn't regularly enforced here, but the focus is still very much on fetish gear. Dirty Dicks regularly hosts themed parties, including 'Fist Factory', 'Naked Dark-Cruising' and 'Golden Shower'. • Club Church: Church is more of a cruise bar than fetish, but its regular Kink nights more than make up for that. The kinky and S&M nights provide access to lots of fun equipment for free, including ankle and wrist restraints, St. Andrew's cross, whips, hoods, hooks and more. One of the best sports fetish parties in Amsterdam, Ladz, also takes place at Church. On top of this the venue hosts the legendary, monthly XXXLeather party. • Cuckoo's Nest: This small cruising bar has a surprisingly large play area in its basement – one of the largest in Europe, in fact. Originally a leather bar, it now attracts a wide variety of fetish men, as there is no strict dress code in place.
Top recommends events:
• Amsterdam Fetish Pride: Every year, a huge number of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops participate in this celebration of all things fetish. The city comes alive with fetish parties of all kinds, so there's something for every man at this pride event. • Wasteland: One of the biggest and most extravagant fetish parties in Europe, Wasteland is an experience all fetish lovers should enjoy at least once in their lives. The crowd is pan-sexual, so it's open to all, and you have complete freedom to be who you want. Be aware that the dress code is strict – they want you to put a real effort into your outfit.
Enjoy your time in Amsterdam, wherever you choose to go and be sure to check out our other fetish destination guides for more hot tips on the best places to visit.