Amsterdam Nightlife

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  • Amstel Station
  • Centraal Station
  • Dam Square
  • Museumplein
  • Red Light District
  • 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.

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    Sugar Factory

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    Lijnbaansgracht 238

    Amsterdam's progressive theater... read more

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    In 't Aepjen

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    Zeedijk 1

    Amsterdam's oldest bar... read more

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    Wibautstraat 150

    Hip restaurant which transforms into a club at the weekend... read more

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    Het Perron Try-Out Podium

    Egelantiersstraat 128- 130

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

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    Spuistraat 109

    The most popular mainstream gay cafe/bar in Amsterdam... read more

    Paradiso Amsterdam

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    Weteringschans 6-8
    Near Leidseplein

    The capital's pop temple... read more


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    Marnixstraat 403
    At Leidseplein

    Haunt of chic regulars... read more

    Cafe Weber

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    Marnixstraat 397

    Hipsters and Brit Pop... read more


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    Lijnbaansgracht 234
    Near Leidseplein

    Performance, dance and theater in a former milk factory... read more

    Tara Irish Pub (The)

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    Rokin 85

    Trendy Irish pub with multiple rooms and live music... read more

    Kamer 401

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    Marnixstraat 401

    Lounge of the trendy... read more


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    Warmoesstraat 129

    Backpacker hang out with cheap drinks... read more

    Wijnand Fockink

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    Pijlsteeg 31
    Off the Dam

    Taste one of over a hundred liqueur flavors in this historic bar... read more

    Club Arena

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    Gravesandestraat 51

    Multifunctional youth hostel... read more


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    Raamsteeg 4
    Off Spui

    Small local bar, big atmosphere!... read more

    Jimmy Woo

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    Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18
    Off Leidseplein

    Amsterdam's Club of the Rich and Famous... read more

    Club 8

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    Admiral de Ruijterweg 56B

    All in One: Pool, Bar, Club... read more

    Cozy Bar

    Sint Jacobsstraat 8

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


    Wibautstraat 127

    The Creative Basement... read more

    Rain Restaurant Bar & Club

    Rembrandtplein 44

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