The Cuckoo's Nest

95% love it
Big, dark and dirty basement, and there's a bar too
Opened in 1984 and overseen since 1985 by Cain 'Cal' Berlinger and partner Gail Laarhuis during the golden age of leather, the Cuckoo's Nest now attracts a more casual manliness, though one expressed readily in the basement darkroom. The well-equipped subterranean play space apparently ranks among the continent's largest, with the bar's website providing a map of its labyrinthine layout. Smoking is allowed in about half of the basement area. Since 2004 the bar has been run by Arjan Kröner — the gay-friendly brother of Alexander, who ruled the Nest from the late 1980s until his death in 2004. This neighbourhood bar is located between NZ Voorburgwal and the Nieuwendijk, just near the Web and just minutes from the Warmoesstraat.


    • Mandosoy
      Mandosoy Over a year ago
      Hates it

      nice time on Sunday
      Went on a Sunday afternoon The bartender was friendly and service was great. Never made it to the basement

    • MikeCG
      MikeCG Over a year ago
      Hates it

      If you wanna get laid with too many old men, this is your chance... the bar man is hideous, he's rude and he is not happy with anything, specially if you get out of this bar to go to the next door one (the Web)... it could be better if the service changes.

    • PasqualeC
      PasqualeC Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Rude Old barman
      i was there many many times in 29years here in Holland but the last time i was there the old barman was very rude ,i asked for a drink and he said that maybe i can wait ,i waited and waited until i finish he s conversation with a young friend of him then told me that if i did not be more patient i would to go out of his bar because he did not like how i look at him ,this append on a sunday afternoon aroud 15 o clock it was not busy i dont know why did i have to wait ,i think is getting to old to serve in a gay bar i know him from all the years and his still as rude as ever i wacht him going at other guys and scream at them just beacause they must buy a drink before going down stairs , in ducht we say ,Wat een Lul ,i still feel offended by him

    • davedude7
      davedude7 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Friendly bartenders and busy darkroom
      Bartenders are really friendly, they really appreciate your business. Weekends are filled with locals and many tourist. Darkroom in basement is large and sometimes gets too busy.

    • scollayunder
      scollayunder Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Always Something Going On
      I've been to this place in the afternoon and late at night -- always at the beginning of the week -- and it's "backroom" downstairs is always busy. It's a mixed crowd, all ages, all types, hot bartender upstairs. Always good fun -- a must in Amsterdam.

    • nikeleerrubber
      nikeleerrubber Over a year ago
      Loves it

      lots os good fucks
      I often get fucked overthere! Nice staff and sometimes hot guys. But almost always action when you want to!

    • johnny6189
      johnny6189 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Bar
      Good bar to just hang out with friends. Hit or miss crowd, but had fun each night there. Dark room was enjoyable. May not be crowded all the time, but always found a sexy guy to get off with each night there. Typically older guys - mid 30s on, with some younger. Like most bars in Amsterdam- small, dark.

    • shawnndt
      shawnndt Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Most tame darkroom in Europe
      I've never seen a dark room with such little action as this place. There are many cabins, and it's a decent space, but the guys just stand in front of the doors to the cabins and block anybody else from using them. The bartender and coatcheck guy were both friendly enough, but this is a place you go to for the darkroom and it did not live up to its reputation.

    • FotograafErik
      FotograafErik Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Good for a quick fuck
      The first review is not correct anymore. Smoking is now only in a part of the cellar. Private booths are quite small, but there are plenty of them. Good place if want a quick fuck. Very friendly door man and remember to buy a drink when you enter the bar. (There is no entry fee)

    • richardplenty
      richardplenty Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best place in Amsterdam
      Great Bar with Cellar downstairs. Plenty of guys beginning late afternoons daily. Hot guys from throughout Europe head here. Located near Central station just off Newendijk. You will find guys with the biggest Penis's in Europe showing off here. Other bars open late while this one is open noon-1am Smoking section downstairs, plenty of private booths for free.

    • italsub
      italsub Over a year ago
      Hates it

      a totally waste of time
      the men at the door is nice, the one at the bar looks like haevy drugged or drunk, small bar bigger underground playareas, smoking section available but they smoke everywhere and not only cicarettes,