On arriving at the Central Train Station of Amsterdam, the first gay area of Amsterdam that you find is known as the Warmoesstraat area. Here are my reviews of the bars and clubs in this area:
1. The Queen's Head
Address: Zeedijk 20, located at the Central Station end of a street called Zeedijk (pronounced zay-dyke) directly opposite a gay bar called De Engel Van Amsterdam, which is the next bar in this review. Tel +31 (0)20 420 24 75
Opening times: 4pm to 1am Sunday to Thursday and 4pm to 3am Saturday and Sunday.
The Queen's Head is not particularly large. However, this is something that I personally think works for this bar. I would recommend sitting at the actual bar (rather than at the tables and chairs in the bar), whether you are alone or with someone else. The barmen all speak English (as well as their native Dutch) and will help you with directions or other local info.
The Queen's Head has a regular crowd of locals who often drink and socialize in the bar.
I would recommend going to the Queen's Head at around 10pm as it's a popular bar to go to before moving on. The drink prices are at the lower end of the scale for Amsterdam and similar to De Engel Van Amsterdam (see next bar in this review).
2. De Engel Van Amsterdam
Address: Zeedijk 21 (directly opposite The Queen's Head bar). Tel: +31 (0)20 427 6381
Opening times: 3pm to 1am Sunday to Thursday and 1pm to 3am Friday and Saturday.
De Engel Van Amsterdam (which means The Angel of Amsterdam) is a small gay bar located at the side of a canal. In my experience it is cruisier than The Queen's Head and in good weather it's nice to sit on the outside terrace next to the canal. There are regular DJ nights at this bar, on a Wednesday and Friday. The drinks prices are about the same as The Queen's Head, i.e. at the lower end for Amsterdam.
Address: Warmoestraat 95 (located about half way down the Warmoestraat).
Opening times: 10pm to 3am Sunday to Thursday and 10pm to 4am Friday and Saturday.
The Argos is the oldest gay bar in Amsterdam. It has a larger number of men into leather that go there than other bars in Amsterdam and a mixed age group. The barmen seemed friendly to me and the bar is strictly men only. There is a basement dark room and the bar gets busier after about midnight. The Argos bar is very cruisy and the drinks prices are fairly expensive for Amsterdam.