'ad it with Amsterdam? OutUK’s Adrian Gillan reaches Nether-parts other guides
don’t reach in Holland’s Eindhoven.
Home to Dutch footie kings PSV Eindhoven, the Philips electro-giant and with over 200,000 inhabitants,
including many young design students, Holland’s fifth biggest city punches well above its gay weight!
Its cultural jewel is undoubtedly the Guggenheim-esque
Van Abbe Museum.
This features a world-class permanent exhibition, innovative and often cheeky installations,
amazing architecture and lovely sun-kissed café terrace.
If you’ve time to squeeze in
one more big attraction before hitting the bars, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the
Philips Light Bulb Factory
where you can see a lively
demo of how the first Philips light bulb was manufactured in 1891; plus its adjoining
Centre for Artificial Light in Art, brimming with hot neon and optics.|
Hire a bicycle to roam the many bike tracks both in and out of town. Check out the
Van Gogh Visitor Centre in the nearby village of Nuenen, where the Dutch master
lived and worked for two years (1883-1885). See the actual trees, homes and churches
he painted - even where his then-mistress lived!
Absorb the atmosphere and smells at the
Historical Open Air Museum on the outskirts of town, with its Iron Age, Viking and Medieval reconstructions. Saunter
through the lovely Stadswandelpark (City Park) just south of centre, with its many concerts
and year-round festival programmes.
Naturally, the Netherlands loves its queers. Though no overtly gay-targeting restaurants,
you’ll particularly enjoy the contemporary buzz of Playerz Dinner Dance on main pedestrianised
bar-eatery street, Stratumseind; the tapas at La Biba on Kerkstraat; the light-and-airy
nunnery-turned-gastro-gem Boon on Willemstraat; and modern, ambient Frits in the famous
Philips Music Centre in central Heuvelgalerie.
Eindhoven also boasts a friendly, lively and sizable queer scene, mainly clustered
around Stratumsedijk. These Netherboyz really love to party all week round; but
Saturday is defo the biggie! Warm up by getting tanked up at down-to-earth pub
Genestho, with local beer pumped at just two euros a blast. Primed with Dutch
Courage – and doubtless seeing a bit of Double Dutch – troll a few doors down to
spacious Club Pecheur with its two bars, large, long dance space and fab DJs. The
local gang normally then round the night off at packed and pumping Pallaz Club,
just over the road.
For an alternative scene, perhaps on a Sunday afternoon, head due west to the more genteel
Queen’s Pub on St. Lambertusstraat to down a few jars before steaming for a couple of
hours at the nearby small-yet-intimate Sauna Jaguar.
The more adventurous can check out fetish club Vagevuur over on Kanaaldijk Noord, Weds-Sun.
See their website for nightly themes which vary from sports to underwear to oil to piss;
and note that newcomers are often barred entry after 11pm! Buy your fetish gear at
WoW on Leenderweg or in advance from ShopGay!
GETTING & STAYING THERE
Mandarin Park Plaza on Geldropseweg is just around the corner from the
main queer quarter on Stratumsedijk, offering spacious rooms, a section of
restaurants, a pool and Finnish sauna! Our hotel partners
Booking.com also offer a selection
of gay-friendly Eindhoven hotels at low online rates. Ryanair fly direct to
Eindhoven from London Stansted from as little as £40 return, including taxes.
THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK
Club Pecheur (Stratumsedijk 37; Website)
Boon (Willemstraat 61; T: +31 (0)40 237 7393; Website)
Frits (Heuvelgalerie 140)
Genestho (Stratumsedijk 21; T: +31 (0)40 212 2637; Website)
La Biba (Kerkstraat 3; T: +31 (0)40 296 2200; Website)
Mandarin Park Plaza (Geldropseweg 17; T: +31 (0)40 212 5055; Website)
Pallaz Club (Stratumsedijk 12-14; T: +31 (0)40 211 1714)
Playerz Dinner Dance (Stratumseind 81; T: +31 (0)40 236 7060; Website)
Queen’s Pub (St. Lambertusstraat 42; T: +31 (0)40 244 2506)
Sauna Jaguar (Ledeganckstraat 1; T: +31 (0)40 251 1238)
Vagevuur (Kanaaldijk Noord 11; Website)
WoW (Leenderweg 63; T: +31 (0)40 213 5353)
For general information about Eindhoven and the region check out the following: