Downtown Phoenix LGBT Dance Club Amsterdam to Close Saturday Night

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One of the signature bronze statues at Amsterdam, which will have to find a new home after tomorrow.
If you haven't stopped by chic, LGBT-centric hangout Amsterdam for some late night weekend dance session, tomorrow evening will be your last chance to do so. As in ever. The downtown Phoenix dance parlor, which has been around since the late '90s, will close after one final party on Saturday night.

A message was posted on Amsterdam's Facebook page earlier today concerning its shuttering, as well as dropping hints about what sort of nightlife business will replace it later this year.

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The post, which we're certain broke the hearts of many of the club's regular gay and straight patrons, didn't give any details regarding why it's closing, although we're guessing it probably had something to do with money.

After 15 years serving the LGBT community, Amsterdam bids Phoenix a fond farewell. Join us for one last blowout celebration this Saturday Aug. 17th!

The club was opened along Central Avenue in 1998 by local gay nightlife impresario Steven Rogers, who owned notorious Scottsdale spot The Works way back in the day and later launched DWNTWN (originally known as Crowbar) and Palazzo next door to Amsterdam.

It's undergone a number of changes over the last 15 years and was more of an upscale lounge and piano bar kind of place with late-night dancing. While ostensibly gay and lesbian-focused, we've known many straight women who loved going to Amsterdam to dance.

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It's always featured tons of martinis on its menu (numbering into the hundreds) but has undergone a renovation or two over the years, including a changeover to more of a dance club focus in 2011.

The Facebook message announcing Amsterdam's closure also stated that the proprietors of nearby bar and restaurant BLISS/rebar will be launching a new concept at the property two months from now.

"The old Amsterdam is the new home for Phoenix's newest and sure-to-be next iconic bar and dance club coming this fall. From the owners of Bliss ReBAR, a new, fresh face will emerge with the grand opening planned for Rainbows Festival weekend, Oct. 18-20."

A countdown page has been established for the new club at www.thephxnightclubreborn.com.

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Amsterdam - CLOSED

718 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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intuitivemassagebyjo
intuitivemassagebyjo

Sad to see it go..there were many good time here. Just seems everything is disappearing for us who have been around the valley for some time. 

benbethel
benbethel

I always thought it was a great looking space, with one of the best patios in the country...  those bronze sculptures should be history though.   I would love for them to become a bar for the community and everyone in it, not just a gay bar...  gay bars are sort of a thing of the past, now that people can be themselves anywhere, couples of all types can be seen being couples - holding hands, etc - everywhere from the mall to the airport to mill avenue to wherever... we're not Russia, you know!   My ideal use for this spot: focus on coffee and drinks and coffeehouse style goods in the mornings... at lunch/dinner be a casual place for sandwiches and drinks, like AZ 88 was in the early days, just plain fun... then after that be a bar... just a bar.  Have fun and make a beer bust on Sundays... basically take Giant Coffee, Bottega Louie in LA, the Vig, the Ivy in LA, the Abbey in LA, and AZ 88 and go force yourselves to spend 20 lunches and dinners at Hillstone (truly the masters of service here in Phoenix) to study how service should be handled, and incorporate it into one big ball of wax and go for it... it's downtown, there's something like 168 other bars and restaurants, so you've got your work cut out for you...  best of luck, you have the space, the patio, and the location... just add a quality product and quality service and you'll be set.   I'm there to support the hood... just want something great that'll get my ass out of my house to visit. 

Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly

That is too bad, but I haven't been there in 10-15 years..just not my cup of tea.

Victor Hoelscher
Victor Hoelscher

Maybe someone will start another one and name it Amsterdarn.

Eric Flores
Eric Flores

Theycome and go. Now post an article when its new town or apollos

Keith Woodson
Keith Woodson

Sorry to hear about this Carlos. You can find another bar, right?

Trudy Vick Phillips
Trudy Vick Phillips

It used to be a great place and then got lost - - - - forgot all about them.

Gary Franklyn Mosby
Gary Franklyn Mosby

It was a first a nice place.. Then it became a Martini bar, or some junk with what seemed to be a strict dress code and just complete uppity.

Mike Durio
Mike Durio

Haven't been there but haven't read anything but unflattering reviews. So who exactly is crying about this?

Jay Lewis
Jay Lewis

Turned into a dump, they fucken ruined that bar when someone bought them out..SMH

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