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Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam

Netherlands's insider take:

Amsterdam is one of the world's gay playgrounds—small wonder in the world's first nation to recognize same-sex marriages—and this street, steps from Rembrandtplein, is its epicenter. The crux of "de Straat," as it's known to its friends, is three nightspots: the neo-Victorian bar SoHo (36 Reguliersdwarsstraat; 31-20-422-3312;; April, where a rotating back bar allows for flirting without the need for walking (37 Reguliersdwarsstraat; 31-20-625-9572;; and dark, black-clad Exit, the edgiest of the three (42 Reguliersdwarsstraat; 31-20-625-8788; The crowd shifts among them, following drink specials as the night progresses; on busy nights the area becomes one giant street party. Along the block are gay-oriented stores—buy last-minute club clothes at the Shirt Shop (64 Reguliersdwarsstraat; 31-20-423-2088)—restaurants, and even a gay-oriented "coffee shop," the Other Side (6 Reguliersdwarsstraat; 31-20-421-1014;

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