Going out in Amsterdam on a Friday night is incredibly easy – just venture out onto the streets and follow the music, spot lights, or crowds of young and dressed up party goers (usually on bikes). If you end up in either Leidseplein or Rembrandtplein, you’re in one of the city’s main party squares and surrounded by bars, clubs and cafes.
But if you are looking for a more unique experience, Friday night is an excellent night to go out, because that’s when many clubs hold bigger parties and themed nights. Of these more popular and unique Amsterdam venues, Hotel Arena is a good bet on a Friday night.
Like the Paradiso, Hotel Arena is also located in an old church. On Friday nights, it frequently hosts its themed 80s or 90s nights, and occasionally holds nights themed around a particular type of dance (e.g. Salsa or Flamenco). The venue itself is also a 4 star hotel, restaurant and art space, so the clientele is slightly older than that at the Paradiso, and the club is more upscale.
However, sometimes it’s incredibly difficult to feel posh at Hotel Arena, because the closer you are to 1am the more packed the venue gets (frequently being at capacity with a one out, one in policy). The line outside can be quite long, but once inside, Hotel Arena offers guests lockers instead of the usual coat check service, which is very handy, and the unisex bathrooms are an excellent way to alleviate the long lines for the ladies room. There is one major downfall – Hotel Arena loses big points because its bartenders refuse to serve free tap water to weary party goers at the end of the night.