Amsterdam Nightlife

The fun in Amsterdam doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, and the crowded bars and clubs are testimony to this fact. If you're out in the evening and think bars look deserted, it's only because Amsterdam's nightlife starts rather late and you're probably out too early. With most clubs not opening their doors before 11.30pm and the party not taking off until 1am, many bars and lounges are full of pre-drinkers waiting to embark on a night out. Most bars in Amsterdam are small and rather crowded, so it's often difficult to find a comfortable spot. However, the cramped nature of these venues is a result of the fact that they're housed in many historic buildings, which are charming in their own right and offer an alternative nightlife experience. The city's nightlife is concentrated around two main squares: the Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein, so you always have plenty of options. As a result, a night out in Amsterdam can be a very cultural experience - even if you can't remember it the next morning.

Sugar Factory

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Lijnbaansgracht 238

Amsterdam's progressive theater...
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In 't Aepjen

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Zeedijk 1

Amsterdam's oldest bar...
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Canvas

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Wibautstraat 150

Hip restaurant which transforms into a club at the weekend...
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Het Perron Try-Out Podium

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Egelantiersstraat 128- 130

Quaint art deco style theatre used for new artists to try out their acts...
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Prik

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Spuistraat 109

The most popular mainstream gay cafe/bar in Amsterdam...
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Paradiso Amsterdam

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Weteringschans 6-8
Near Leidseplein

The capital's pop temple...
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Lux

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Marnixstraat 403
At Leidseplein

Haunt of chic regulars...
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Cafe Weber

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Marnixstraat 397

Hipsters and Brit Pop...
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Melkweg

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Lijnbaansgracht 234
Near Leidseplein

Performance, dance and theater in a former milk factory...
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Tara Irish Pub (The)

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Rokin 85

Trendy Irish pub with multiple rooms and live music...
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Kamer 401

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Marnixstraat 401

Lounge of the trendy...
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Belushi's

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Warmoesstraat 129

Backpacker hang out with cheap drinks...
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Wijnand Fockink

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Pijlsteeg 31
Off the Dam

Taste one of over a hundred liqueur flavors in this historic bar...
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Club Arena

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Gravesandestraat 51

Multifunctional youth hostel...
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Gollem

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Raamsteeg 4
Off Spui

Small local bar, big atmosphere!...
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Jimmy Woo

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Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18
Off Leidseplein

Amsterdam's Club of the Rich and Famous...
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Club 8

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Admiral de Ruijterweg 56B

All in One: Pool, Bar, Club...
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Cozy Bar

Sint Jacobsstraat 8

Down to earth friendly gay/lesbian bar with a mix of age groups...
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Trouw

Wibautstraat 127
Trouw

The Creative Basement...
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Rain Restaurant Bar & Club

Rembrandtplein 44

Dinner, drinks and dancing all in one upscale location...
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