The Hague For
LGBTQ Travellers

The Hague has always played an important role in LGBTQ+ advocacy and acceptance. Being the place where the government is seated, it was here where the first bill passed for gay marriage across the world in May, 2001. Although not known for its elaborate scene, The Hague’s colorful culture has long embraced diversity and inclusion. In May this year, The Hague Pride will return after a few years of absence, lauding a new era of rainbow-colored festivities, while the first drag show in town is due for October.

Queer-Friendly Bars & Restaurants

The Hague has something for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community, look out for the rainbow flags above the entrance doors or try one of our suggestions below:

  • One of the oldest gay bars in town, Café de Landman is centrally located at the Denneweg. This classical brown cafe has a relaxed atmosphere and is good for chatting. It becomes more gay towards the weekends (Thursday, Friday, Saturday).
  • One of the key spots for a fun-filled night in The Hague is Café ‘t Achterom, where you can enjoy late-night drinking and dancing in a relaxed setting. It’s a great place to meet locals and soak in the atmosphere.
  • If you are done at the former pub, stroll to the 27 Club. The next level of ‘t Achterommetje, for the late party crowd that doesn’t want to go home for the next hours.
  • If karaoke is your thing, head to Thai Princess, where you can sing your heart out with a friendly crowd.
  • For a laid-back evening, Cafe de Vink is a favorite spot to relax with a drink and enjoy some good music.
  • For a quieter setting, check out the COC bar. This LGBTQ+ bar is perfect for coffee, beer, and good conversation. It’s a great place to meet people and feel the strong sense of community that defines The Hague.
  • For those who appreciate a touch of creativity, Cafe le Duc offers a unique atmosphere for young poets, musicians, and dreamers. Enjoy live jazz every night while sipping your favorite drink.
  • If you’re into sports and a queer-friendly vibe near the sea, The Shore is a must-visit. This surf bar combines food, drinks, and a cool beachside atmosphere.
  • Another unique spot is Walhalla, a boulder hall with snacks and drinks—a perfect place for adventurous spirits looking to mix fitness with fun.

Planning to visit The Hague in October? Make sure not to miss the Dragz Halloween Show, a dazzling evening of fabulous fun & horror. Get your tickets below:

The Hague Pride Is Back!

Get ready to wave those rainbow flags and join the celebration, because Pride The Hague is back for 2024! On the weekend of 17 and 18 May, The Hague transforms into a vibrant and colorful hub of LGBTQ+ pride, complete with a packed programme of cultural, social, and sporting activities. The main event, of course, is the Pride Walk on Saturday 18 May—a dazzling parade that embodies the spirit of The Hague Pride.

The Hague Pride Programme 2024

Celebrating Diversity | Pride The Hague is an event that goes beyond just a celebration; it’s a powerful demonstration of support for all forms of diversity and a declaration that everyone is welcome—regardless of gender, origin, religion, or sexual orientation. This year’s Pride promises a lively schedule that brings together queer communities from across the region.

Friday 17 May: Pride Opening | The festivities kick off on Friday evening with the Pride Opening event, featuring discussions on important topics like visibility and safety within the queer community. Expect a variety of performances and a showcase of local LGBTQ+ organizations, giving you a chance to connect and engage with The Hague’s vibrant queer scene.

Saturday 18 May: Pride Walk and Party | On Saturday afternoon, the traditional Pride Walk takes center stage. This colorful procession winds through The Hague, passing landmarks like the Peace Palace. It culminates in a big party that promises music, dancing, and a whole lot of fun—a true celebration of LGBTQ+ culture and solidarity.

Sunday 19 May: Pride Brunch | The weekend wraps up with a unique event—a Pride Brunch aimed at bringing together the elderly and young people in the LGBTQ+ community. This brunch provides an opportunity to share stories and experiences, bridging generations in a meaningful way.

Mark your calendars for Pride The Hague 2024, and get ready for a weekend filled with queer joy, solidarity, and celebration!

Other Places Of Interest

International Gay Monument The Hague | A powerful symbol of LGBTQ pride and resilience. Nestled in the heart of the city, just across the river from Koekamp Park, this monument is a poignant tribute to those who have faced persecution because of their sexual orientation. Erected in 1985, the International Gay Monument stands as a place of remembrance and reflection.

Nudist Beach Scheveningen | On the Northern Beach of Scheveningen, between poles 98 (towards Scheveningen) and pole 96.5 (the municipal border of Wassenaar) is the nudist beach, officially designated and marked with signs. This stretch of beach is known for its relaxed atmosphere and is frequently visited by members of the rainbow community, making it a popular spot for those seeking a more open and accepting environment. Bear in mind that it is not an exclusively gay beach, although the adjacent dunes may indicate otherwise.

Gay monument of The Hague | Photo: DenHaag.com

Videos

Vlog: Gay Couple Visits The Hague

Trailer: Queer Immigrants in The Hague