Definition and history of our beloved club
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A brief history about Lellebel
1997 – 2020
The founder of De Lellebel is Hans Wijtenburg. Who had established a department of De Kringen in Eindhoven during the late 1970s and started performing drag performances as a member of the duo Josephine and Daphne.
When a small Amsterdam café on the Utrechtsestraat became available, he turned it into a multicultural transgender bar. Decorated with a Baroque look with mirrors, paintings, ruffles and small chandeliers. Under the name De Lellebel, this small café was inaugurated on November 22, 1997 by the well-known Dutch drag queen Nickie Nicole.
In October of 2019 Tori Anneke was planning to move from Amsterdam to Lisbon who later, through a birthday invitation became aware of De Lellebel being up for sale by Rose Hill. A former manager who always dreamed of making it her way one day. The two quickly got together, later invited Tiffanie Deelight to the party and started putting a plan in motion.
On June 2020 the keys were passed on to Tori as the new owner of the De Lellebel and along with Rose and Tiffanie, promised to keep the café running in the tradition that it was towards the Rainbow and Straight community.
During this month, the Amsterdam hospitality sector began to re-open their doors but when De Lellebel didn’t, a lot of whispering happened among Amsterdam’s Rainbow community. The trio tried to keep it under wraps but someone leaked it on Facebook and the secret was blown.
De Lellebel was renamed to Lellebel and the trio began renovations immediately to update the old Baroque feel to a more modern, brighter, greener and bigger one.
Lellebel has always and still does attract a very diverse audience of the LGBTQIAA+ communities but not limited to. We also attract straight community, sometimes stag and hen parties on the weekends for example.
Our bar is a home for many and a safe haven for everyone. We are trans owned and queer staff serving drinks as well as occasional artist performances (live singers/bands, drag shows, stand-up comedy), Lellebel attracts visitors from all over the world and frequent celebrities. Sundays is our fabulous Karaoke Evening run by Tori and her wife Jacqui and we also dedicate the day to the Transgender Community as a support ‘safe space’ who open their doors the the Netherlands Transgender support groups. We are always open to the trans community. We are truly FUBU (For Us, By Us)
Located at Utrechtsestraat 4, around the corner of the famous Rembrandtplein. Relaxed safe space, queer audience, delicious drinks and an open heart. Lellebel stands for diversity. A place where everyone can be themselves. A place where you can let yourself go and maybe even discover a new side of yourself. Tori sure did, she had her coming out there!!