PRIDE AMSTERDAM

Pride blog2019

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Gay Pride Amsterdam has become one of the city’s most popular celebrations. It can easily compete with national holidays like New Year’s Eve and even Kingsday and international Pride celebrations across the globe. Pride takes over every inch of town, the spirit of everyone who lives there and there isn’t a spot left out of rainbow glitter and bright colors. To achieve visibility for diversity is necessary even in 2020, but no one says it shouldn’t be fun. And fun is definitely one of the main focus areas of Pride Amsterdam. The events embody everything the Dutch are proud of: inclusion, love and a party spirit of magnitude. Politicians, local and international businesses, government institutions and of course the people; Pride Amsterdam doesn’t leave anyone out. The famous rainbow flag pops up everywhere, showing the world we believe people should be free to be who they are and love whoever they want.

Need a hand navigating the Pride landscape? Trust us, you do! Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket will guide you through all your Pride options and possibilities and brings you right to the center of the party. We know where to go, what to wear and how to do pride justice. Let your rainbow colors shine and party: in the name of love!

How to Celebrate Pride 2020

Countless events and activities are held throughout the city during Pride week and everybody’s in. Museums, shops, theatres, public places and exhibitions and shows are organized. There are movies, games, parties and of course the infamous canal parade as the highlight of the event. Pick your options and make your own Pride menu, but below we’ve listed some things we believe you really shouldn’t miss out on.

Clubbing

Club Maïa

Stylish flower madness is the standard, which makes Club Maïa Pride proof any night of the week. Beautiful decorations, sound of the highest quality and a well thought out drink menu served by the nicest staff: Maïa is the place to lose yourself in the LGBTQI+ madness and get taken away to a magic land of floral accents, rainbows and sunshine.
The Amsterdam Nightlife Calendar will tell you exactly when to go and what is on.

Players

Need an extra dose of awesomeness during pride? Can you never ever get enough of extremes? Head over to the Red Light District and celebrate Pride at Players. The coziness of a small cafe, in the craziest area of town guarantees a Pride party for the books. Just like everywhere else in town, during pride things always get just a little crazier. But you don’t know what crazy looks like until you’ve celebrated Pride in this area of Amsterdam.

Chicago Social Club

Ready for some rainbow specials? Chicago Social Club serves them HOT and STEAMY. Every color is celebrated at this stylish venue and the tunes they’ve got planned for you will definitely take you away to a place far beyond the rainbow. Expect surprises, sexy people everywhere who’ve dressed to impress and cocktails that take you to the stars.
Check the Amsterdam Nightlife Calendar to check for times and DJ’s and don’t forget to bring your sparkles!movies, games, parties and of course the infamous canal parade as the highlight of the event. Pick your options and make your own Pride menu, but below we’ve listed some things we believe you really shouldn’t miss out on. 

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Melkweg

An opportunity to celebrate love in all its shapes and colors? Count on Melkweg to grab on to an opportunity like that with everything they’ve got. Theater performances on taboo topics and of course epic club nights. They’ve got the DJ’s, they’ve got the sound, the decorations, and the drinks. And the spirit? Well, that part of Melkweg doesn’t need a transformation for the occasion, as this club is the free spirit among all hotspots in Amsterdam.

Check the Amsterdam Nightlife Calendar to see what’s on during pride 2020 and secure your spot at the party of the century.

Panama

Bear-Necessity is Panama’s reoccurring Pride party. It’s diverse, attitude-free and everyone is invited to party along and show each other some love. Whether you’re 25 or 83, love leather or lace, are big, small, hairy or bald: you’re part of the crowd. Pop and disco tunes set the tone and the free spirited crowd will take the party to the next level and beyond. Get yourself over to the dance floor and move to the beat at the heart of Pride!  

Bubbels

Crazy is a term that applies to every regular club night at Bubbels. So what more to expect at Pride? The usual LED lights decorated walls for sure, live music as always and the ‘Power Hour’ when drinks are even better priced than usual. But that’s only the start! Crazy covered in glitter can best be described as insane and that’s exactly what Pride 2020 will look like at Bubbels. Insane in the best way imaginable, with energetic vibes, Bubbels bathing in sparkles, glam and people feeling free to show their true colors to the world.

Hard rock cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Need a head start on the most outrageous party of the year? Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket has fixed you a 2 for 1 cocktail deal at the Hard Rock Cafe and they happen to have awesome burgers too. It’s also the meeting point for our VIP Nightlife Host(ess). Do you want to explore Pride Amsterdam with a group and be guided to the best places personally? Book your host(ess) as an additional service when purchasing your Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket and we’ll show you the best side of town.

Blue Ivy

This nightclub is known as the place to be on a night out in Amsterdam. A spot where body meets mind, bodies entirely covered in glimmer and shine during Pride week. Blue Ivy is the perfect venue: there’s a space to dance, there’s a place to chill with your friends or that special person you’ve just met. And during this epic week they take socializing to the next stage and host parties that facilitate making extraordinary connections with awesome people. Keep an eye on the Amsterdam Nightlife Calendar to see what’s in store for you this year, but brace yourself for an epic after party to close the week with a huge bang.

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Paradiso

During pride, parties aren’t just reserved for night time and Paradiso gladly adds some hours to the party agenda. Usually the party lasts all day on the closing day of Pride, with plenty of events to fill your night with during the other days and weekends. Pride and Paradiso, Paradiso and Pride; it’s impossible to separate the two so you better get yourself over to at least one of their epic celebrations!
Check the Amsterdam Nightlife Calendar to see what’s on during pride 2020 and secure your spot at the party of the century.

Bar Hartje

The Leidseplein area transforms into a lovers of love meeting ground where music brings everyone together. Hartje is welcoming guests as usual, no entrance fee and a free drink for guests with an Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket. So the tone is set and everyone’s ready to party. Watch locals in their most creative rainbow outfits dance to tunes provided by live DJ’s and move along to the rhythm of Hartje.

Other events

Pride 2020 opening party

Head over to the Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s most famous open air hangout, for the starting signal of two weeks filled with events. There are the Drag Queen Olympics, a fetish street party and everything you can imagine in between.

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Pride walk

Part of the opening of Pride week is a walk that starts at the Homomonument (Gay Monument) and ends at the Vondelpark, where the official opening starts. This walk aims to raise awareness for places where homosexuality is still included in the criminal code and punishable by law. 

Pride Drag Queen Olympics

Another event that takes place at the Homomonument, but on a way less serious note. And these aren’t your regular Olympics either. Picture competitive Handbag Toss, a 100m Stiletto Sprint and Bitch Volleyball. Anyone with a wig and heels can participate in the games, so bring those along if you want to take a shot at an Olympic medal.

Reguliersdwarsstraat

Gay central on any day of the week, center of the universe during Pride week. Street parties are held on the weekends and start early in the afternoon. There’s a stage, DJ’s and happy people. Around 1am the party moves inside to one of the many clubs in the street and continues till the sun comes up. Other street parties can be found at Zeedijk, Rembrandtplein, Amstelveld and Spuistraat. Check the official website and calendar for more info.

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Canal Parade

Definitely the highlight of Pride week and a great opportunity to go all out. Head over to the canals early and secure a spot on the Prinsengracht to guarantee good views. About eighty boats will parade the canals to bring you music, spectacle and important messages. Expect to see government institutions, big Dutch brands (like Heineken) and human rights organizations. What they’ll all have in common is loud music, colors and the mood to party.
Dress to impress on this occasion and make sure you get something in rainbow colors to wear. HEMA is usually a good place to go for some party preps, they design a shirt for Pride every year and also sell decorations and delicious rainbow tompouce if you’re early.
The canals can get extremely crowded and don’t forget to take your eyes off the water between boats to look around and check out what the other party goers are wearing. You’ll see things you never thought you’d see in your life and go far beyond your wildest imagination.

Dam Square Closing Party

At 2 in the afternoon it is time to start saying goodbye to Pride and start counting down till next year. The entrance is free, the line-up impressive. At 10pm Pride is officially over, but the after parties are only just getting started. The perfect time to move to one of the clubs mentioned above for a Pride appropriate closing night.

Practical Info

– Getting around by public transport during the canal parade? Forget it, make your way into town by foot. 

– Pride Week is one of the busiest weeks of the year in Amsterdam so make sure you book a hotel or AirBnB early. 

– Cruising the canals in your rental boat is fine on most days, but not when the canal pride is on. You need a permit so if you’re planning to check out the party from the water, make arrangements early or you’ll miss the boat.