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The Cuckoo's Nest

Nieuwezijds Kolk 6  •  Amsterdam


From Sunday 19 December 2021 we will be completely closed again, probably until 14 January 2022.


We wish everyone happy holidays and a healthy 2022.

General information

From Sunday 19 December 2021 we will be completely closed again.
As soon as the corona measures are terminated or alleviated, we hope to be able to welcome our guests again.

We assume that everyone will be able read the contents of the rest of the website for what it's worth.

The darkroom

The Cuckoo's Nest has reopened the darkroom. Here too, of course, restrictions apply because of Covid-19, but if we do it together we should be able to provide a safe environment.

The most important adjustments to the “Normal Normal”:

  • Access is limited to a maximum number of people (this number can be adjusted based on experiences)
  • Access only after registration.
  • Entering the darkroom will expire your place in the bar.
  • There is a walking route in the darkroom, the entrance and exit differ from each other.
  • Keep a distance (1.5 m) from each other when cruising.
  • Sex is only allowed in a booth.
  • No more than two people in a cabin.
    • Beware of pickpockets

      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.

      House rules

      We have house rules. We kindly request you to comply with these. Click on the button to view them..

Safe sex

The Cuckoo's Nest sees safer sex as a necessity these days, especially when having sex with multiple partners. We therefore have been promoting safer sex on our premises for years now, and since September 2006 we have been providing our guests with free condoms, which are available from our coat check. Apart from that, we have been providing safe sex information in the form of flyers and leaflets for as long as they have been available. We do feel, though, that practicing safe sex is everyone's own responsibility, and we can only try to assist our guests in making the right choices.

Our advice regarding safe sex

We urge our guests to always practice safer sex: use a condom with enough water- or silicone-based lubricant. However, using a condom may be the best protection from getting and spreading HIV, but it's not enough to stop you from getting other sexually transmitted infections (STI's). It is therefore recommended to have regular check-ups: if you are frequently having sex with casual partners at least 2 times a year. If you think you may have contracted an STI, don't wait for your next scheduled check-up and risk spreading it, but get yourself checked as soon as possible by the STI unit of GGD (public health authority).

More information and testing locations 

MANtotMAN is a website of Soa Aids Nederland aimed at men who have sex with men (MSM), and not only provides all kind of information on MSM-sex, but also makes it possible to arrange a free and anonymous HIV/STI-test in Amsterdam or Rotterdam. There are more than 50 other local health authorities (GGD or GG&GD) in the Netherlands, where you can obtain personal advice and information on an anonymous basis about STI's, HIV, and safe sex. Just ask for the social nurse for STI's and AIDS. He or she can refer you (free of charge) for further examination. Most local health authorities will test you free of charge (and anonymously) for HIV. The site of GGD Amsterdam has a page with a lot of information on their STI Outpatients Clinic (SOA Poli).

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