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Amsterdam Nightlife Guide: Top 15 Bars & Clubs

Amsterdam Nightlife Guide: Top 15 Bars & Clubs

on Mar. 13, 2018 by

This is my ultimate Amsterdam nightlife guide featuring the Top 15 bars & nightclubs which I carefully selected including places such as TonTon Club, Wynand Fockink, Club NYX, Kopstootbar, Jimmy Woo & Paradiso.

Tips & Advice
  • Why: Party capital of Europe
  • When: June, July & August
  • Last Call: None, bars are often open till 5am, certain clubs are 24hrs
  • Accomodation: Airbnb near Rembrandtplein or Leidseplein
  • Notes: I studied multimedia in Amsterdam for 4 years and I've been back countless times visiting its many night clubs and bars so consider this my final guide to the Amsterdam Nightlife.

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Amsterdam is a small town but has many great bars and night clubs neatly located in close proximity of each other. I recommend you start your evening with a few drinks at Hannekes Boom located at the Amsterdam waterfront after drop by Amsterdam's oldest alcohol tasting chamber Wynand Fockink to try traditional Dutch Jenever from which modern Gin originated and drop by TonTon Club Center for a great meetup place to play classic arcade games. The map below will give you an idea where you should book your Airbnb for accomodation close to the places of interest.

Places

  • 1. Hannekes Boom

    Excellent first stop for an early evening drink and admire the waterfront of Amsterdam. (map)

  • 2. TonTon Club Center

    Near the Damrak and Red Light District you'll find this awesome social arcade loaded with classic video games and a large bar. (map)

  • 3. Wynand Fockink

    The oldest alcohol tasting chamber in Amsterdam from 1600, try the traditional Dutch alcohol Jenever. (map)

  • 4. Jantjesverjaardag

    A popular night clubs with a young crowd, Dutch language songs and students. (map)

  • 5. AIR Amsterdam

    The best techno club in Amsterdam with often special events and popular techno DJ's. (map)

  • 6. Escape

    One of the oldest and hottest night clubs in Amsterdam with a massive dance floor and famous DJ's. (map)

  • 7. Club NYX

    A more seclusive night club with a local crowd and the wacky toilet bar on the 3rd floor. (map)

  • 8. NJOY

    Excellent cocktail bar near Leidseplein but be aware they have a strict door policy, come sober and well dressed. (map)

  • 9. Kopstootbar

    One of the most fun bars in Amsterdam with many university students and great house music. (map)

  • 10. Palladium

    An upscale lounge with an older crowd, expensive cocktails and suits. You may even run into Dutch celebrities!

  • 11. Jimmy Woo

    Asian themed Jimmy Woo is a popular hiphop and R&B night club at Leidseplein. (map)

  • 12. Paradiso

    Located in an old church building with a massive dance floor, international crowd and fantastic DJ's (map)

  • 13. Melkweg

    Well known for its many rooms, special events and concerts. Make sure to check the event guide for the Milkyway! (map)

  • 14. Chicago Social Club

    A laid back club with lounge & house music and a hipster kind of vibe. (map)

  • 15. The Waterhole

    Great pub to end your evening, the Water Hole has live rock music, billiards and a older local crowd. (map)

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Amsterdam is breathtaking from the canals that's why my cousin and I rented a canal boat so we could have our own private tour. We rented the canal boat from canalmotorboats.com conveniently located west of Amsterdam Central Station and rents for 40 euros per hour but make sure to reserve a few days ahead.

 in Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands

Amsterdam has 2 major nightlife districts called Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein these squares are loaded with bars and night clubs. Depending on where you start, I recommend you get a delicious negroni from NJOY cocktail bar but beware, they have a strict door policy so do not show up too trashed or under dressed.

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At Rembrantplein you'll find many great spots like Escape night club, Jantjesverjaardag (a popular student bar), techno club Air Amsterdam, and my favorite Club NYX for their bizarre toilet bar on the top floor where you literally can take a piss behind the DJ in a urinal on the dance floor.

toilet bar top floor at CLUB NYX in Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlandstoilet bar top floor at CLUB NYX

If you're not into night clubs than Amsterdam has a magnitude of bars and cafes, it is what Amsterdam is best known for. Dig deep into local Dutch cafe culture in the Jordaan district at cozy places Cafe Thijsen, Gevulde Gaper, Staalmeesters and De Zotte.

dinner with my buddy Sjors at De Zotte Restaurant in Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlandsan amazing beer, La Chouffe in Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NetherlandsKopstootbar in Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NetherlandsClub No.129 in Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlandsmy buddy George at the Skylounge Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlandswith my cousin Rosa at Club NYX Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlandsmeeting foreigners at Cafe Kooper in Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlandsyou're weird... I like you! at Club NYX in Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands

For party bars and dive bars check out No. 129, Cafe Kooper, Kopstootbar and end your night either at the Water Hole for rock music and live bands or club hard at the massive Paradiso dance floor or consider Chicago Social club for a more laid back hipster kind of vibe.

running into friends at Cafe Thijsen in Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlandsrunning into friends at Cafe Thijsen in Amsterdam

In conclusion, the Amsterdam nightlife is one of world's best. The fact that bars and clubs are open late, no last call, great selection of music & venues plus a chill laid back local crowd that makes Amsterdam the absolute party capital of Europe, without a doubt. Ibiza eat your heart out! Also, make sure to watch my Amsterdam travel guide for day time activities.

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