The Cuckoo’s Nest

Our Story

As The Cuckoo’s Nest is a regular café/bar which happens to have a darkroom, there’s no entrance fee. As we do need to make money to stay in business and keep the bar and darkroom clean and in working order, we expect our guests to buy one drink per person every time they enter the premises.

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.  This neighborhood bar is located between NZ Voorburgwal and the Nieuwendijk, just near the Web and just minutes from the Warmoesstraat.

What can you expect?

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. The darkroom is rather dimly lit and can get quite busy, making it attract pickpockets all the time. Leave valuables therefore in one of the items you check with the coat check, but keep some money on you, just in case you want to buy a drink.

What do you need to know!

Below you will find all the information about the Cuckoo’s Nest and answers to your questions. If not listed here please let us know!

Monday 13:00-01:00
Tuesday 13:00-01:00
Wednesday 13:00-01:00
Thursday 13:00-01:00
Friday 13:00-02:00
Saturday 13:00-02:00
Sunday 13:00-01:00

  • Biggest Darkroom
  • Cabins
  • Glory Holes
  • beds/benches
  • Free Condoms/Lube at the bar
We have a guarded coat check for bags and coats. You are able to walk naked. Please always leave you valuable belongings like phones, wallets, watch and other things in the wardrobe. There can be pick pockets present in the club.

Coats: EUR ?
Bags: EUR ?

Always follow instructions of staff
18+ (ID may asked for)
Order a drink each time you enter
Make no pictures/video’s inside
Respect others and be nice
No use/dealing of drugs
No smoking
No prositution
Keep emergency exits free
No sex in toilets

Nieuwezijds Kolk 6
1012 PV Amsterdam

We do not have a cover charge at regular opening hours, however we expect that every time when you enter the club you order one drink per person. So before going to the toilet or darkroom, please order first your drink.

What you wil get always for free



What others say

Love this bar. I always go when in Amsterdam. The people are friendly and mostly local. There are all types, shapes and sizes. George the bartender is so nice and always gives me a warm welcome. Downstairs is a large cruising area and there is a smoking area.

Niall Byrne


The Cuckoo’s Nest | Nieuwezijds Kolk 6 Amsterdam |