Your first paragraph ...What about the adult nightlife in Amsterdam? Amsterdam's nightlife is quite famous, with the city's many clubs, pubs and cocktail bars scattered along the bustling Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein and elsewhere. But many people don't come here for the drinks and dancing, but for that thrill unique to the city.
There are a number of places scattered throughout this city of sin that cater to adult tastes. Whether you want to watch a steamy sex show over a drink or even take your partner out for a night of no-holds-barred swinging action, the adult nightlife in Amsterdam probably has it on offer.
One of Amsterdam's most well known adult night spots; the Banana Bar is a staple of the Red Light District. Here, for a fixed admission, customers can enter for an hour and relax in the bar's cosy interior being waited on by some very comely hostesses.
These hostesses are also performers and, for an additional fee, they can be called upon to perform a variety of erotic tricks, unique to each girl. Tricks range from baby oil shows to a particularly impressive writing act and, of course, the famous banana trick the bar is named for.
Like most adult nightlife in Amsterdam, the Banana Bar is not cheap. Entry can cost over €40 per person, plus an additional fee for each trick you wish to see performed by the girls. Unlimited drinks are included in the price, but this all depends on how many times the girls fill your glass over the course of the hour.
The Banana Bar is open 7 days a week, from 8pm to 2am on weekdays and until 3am on Friday and Saturday.
Not everybody can be in the mood for an up close and personal show like that found in the Banana Bar. For those looking for a thrill, but who want to keep the adult nightlife in Amsterdam at more of an arm's distance, the sex show at Casa Rosso can be well worth a look.
Located not far from the Banana Bar, Casa Rosso shares the same owners, but has a very different approach. In this theatre-like set up, customers can have drinks served to their seats while watching a variety of erotic shows, including a striptease, a soft S&M show, Casa Rosso's own banana show and, of course, a live couples sex show.
Casa Rosso is open 7 days a week from 8pm to 2am, or 3am on Friday and Saturday. Reservations can be made for groups of 10 people and more, making this particular show very popular with the stag / bachelor party crowd.
Amsterdam's next biggest sex show, the Moulin Rouge is noticeably smaller than the more famous Casa Rosso. Size isn't everything though, and this little club is a nice addition to the adult nightlife in Amsterdam.
The Moulin Rouge can be found close to the Banana Bar in the heart of the Red Light District. Popular with hen / bachelorette parties, both male and female strip tease is on offer here as well as live couples, writing tricks and a variety of shows involving bananas, candles, ribbons and vibrators, some of which have to be seen to be believed.
The Moulin Rouge is open 7 days a week from 2pm to 3am.
Adult nightlife in Amsterdam is not as focused on strip clubs as in some other European or American cities. Perhaps the presence of so many girls willing to do more than just strip draws the crowds away. Regardless, one of the only strip clubs worth mentioning in the centre of Amsterdam is La Vie en Proost.
Located close to the Oude Kerk, La Vie en Proost is found by taking a stroll down a narrow alley lined with girls in windows to Bethlehemsteeg 23. If you manage to make it all the way to the door without being distracted, the club has gogo girls, topless girls and lap dancers. Poles on the bar mean that even while getting your drink there is something to see.
La Vie en Proost is open 7 days a week from 8pm to 3am, staying open until 4am on Friday and Saturday. Entry at the door is not very expensive, but drinks will set you back a pretty penny.
Adult nightlife in Amsterdam can mean more than just watching. Many who come to this city want to be a part of the show, and not just via audience participation like in the sex shows above. Sameplace, at Nassaukade 120, offers something rather unique in Amsterdam, the chance to engage in some adult activity of your own with fellow adventurers.
The club is gay and transgender friendly, with Mondays usually being men only, and is willing to accommodate many fetishes and special interests. Down in the basement you can find a dungeon bar and darkroom complete with S&M corner and the club hosts various theme nights as advertised on their website.
Like most of the adult nightlife in Amsterdam, security is a major concern and the club has a zero tolerance policy of any behaviour that could make other guests uncomfortable. 'Pushy men' in particular get a lot of attention from security, so don't misbehave lads!
Doors open around 10pm and stay open until 3am, or until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. A dress code is enforced, meaning that everyone has to dress sexy, and this can be even stricter for particular fetish nights. Entrance fees vary, with different rates for couples, girls and guys; single men, unsurprisingly, have to pay more.
It hardly needs to be said, but no recording equipment is allowed, including mobile phones, and you can get in serious hot water if caught with anything like this.
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