Nightclubs in Amsterdam

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  • Amstel Station
  • Centraal Station
  • Dam Square
  • Museumplein
  • Red Light District
  • The Dutch aren't really dancers. Instead, they prefer to crowd around the bar or on the dance floor, drinking and talking (or at least trying to). However, since this is a national past-time, Amsterdam is full of nightclubs, many of which are open after hours. The three most famous clubs are the Paradiso, Melkweg, and Sugar Factory - all offering regular dance nights and special concerts. Many of Amsterdam's nightclubs also have interesting histories because of their earlier incarnations: the Melkweg was a milk factory, while Paradiso and Hotel Arena were both churches.

    But there are hundreds more, many boasting beautiful interiors and a variety of musical styles. As with most cities, the further you travel from the city center the more locals and authentic clubs you'll find. This authenticity may be at the expense of squeaky clean decor but you'll have a better shot at finding your type of music.

    A helpful tip: club nights in Amsterdam start rather late, often peaking around 2am, and many clubs don't even open their doors before midnight. However, if you show up late many clubs introduce a one in, one out policy and you risk standing in line for a long time. It's difficult to find the sweet spot, but if you prefer spending an hour in an empty club waiting for it to fill rather than an hour standing in line, 12.30am is the ideal time to arrive.


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    Lijnbaansgracht 234
    Near Leidseplein

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

    Paradiso Amsterdam

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    Weteringschans 6-8
    Near Leidseplein

    The capital's pop temple... read more

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    Sugar Factory

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    Lijnbaansgracht 238

    Amsterdam's progressive theater... read more


    Wibautstraat 127

    The Creative Basement... read more

    Winston Kingdom

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    Warmoesstraat 129

    Club in an old hotel... read more

    Rain Restaurant Bar & Club

    Rembrandtplein 44

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

    Club 8

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    Admiral de Ruijterweg 56B

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

    Studio 80

    Rembrandtplein 17

    Dance to the strange, loud, obscure and hardcore...
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    Zebra Lounge

    Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 14

    Where the moneyed drink... read more
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