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Bars in the Netherlands

Looking for your next favorite local bar? Get to grips with the nightlife in your new home with our listing of expat-friendly bars in the Netherlands:

Amstel 54 is a popular spot in Amsterdam's gay scene, not far from Rembrandtplein. Once the Amstel Taveerne, it earned its new name in 2007 after refurbishment. Since then, it has been a relaxed and welcoming meeting place for people of all backgrounds, nationalities, and sexualities.

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Bar Buka is a relaxed lesbian bar that prides itself on being 'where girls meet.' Right next to the Pijp metro stop in Amsterdam, the bar specializes in craft beers and cocktails. As well as a friendly atmosphere, you'll find an exhibition of art by women that changes every two months.

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BIMHUIS is a live music venue located in central Amsterdam. Their iconic waterfront location attracts musicians from around the world, from jazz to classical. Expand your musical horizons by taking in one of the 300+ concerts held every year at BIMHUIS.

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Café Montmartre is one of the best-known, best-loved gay cafés in Amsterdam. Its disco atmosphere promises an evening of sparkles, lights, and fun. Whether you're into Eurovision singalongs, or dancing to your favourite Dutch tunes, there's a night out for everyone at Montmartre.

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Café Saarein is a traditional Amsterdam pub and LGBT+ café. Once a women-only café, it has been open to anyone 'queer minded' since 1999. With its homemade food, selection of beers, and cozy interior, it's the perfect place to enjoy a spot of pool, music, and conversation.

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De Hallen is a cultural center located in Amsterdam’s Oude West neighborhood. The center has a cinema, food hall, fashion outlets and other cultural offerings, and is popular with locals and expats alike. So, for a memorable night out, check De Hallen’s listing and see what’s on today.

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NDSM is a cultural neighborhood located in Amsterdam Noord. Former shipyards located along the IJ have been transformed into artist spaces, music venues, bars, and apartments. So, whether you’re looking for live music or somewhere to drink with friends, NDSM has something for everyone.

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Reality Bar Amsterdam prides itself on being "hottest black and white gay bar in town." This small but lively bar is especially welcoming to gay people of color. A real party destination, Reality Bar hosts live music, Caribbean street parties, Pride celebrations, DJ nights, and more.

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Soho Amsterdam is a well-established, friendly gay pub and club located on the Regulierdwarsstraat. The bar welcomes all members of the LGBTQIA+ community and draws a young, fashionable crowd. With Dutch beers by the bottle and a selection of vibrant cocktails, it's bound to be a night to remember.

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