When speaking of wild nightlife and crazy party spots in Europe, Amsterdam is a city that directly comes to mind among most people, and it is a dream destination for all young and adventurous party people around the world. Nobody can have failed to miss hearing about the oh-so-famous red light district, which not only is the area where most prostitution activities of Amsterdam are concentrated, but also is one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city. The city is also famous for a vibrant young population, brown cafes (traditional Dutch bars that have been stained from years of cigarette smoke), fun pub crawls as well as countless cool bars and clubs. Basically any party venue you stumble upon in this city will provide you with adventures to remember for life. However, even though you might enjoy being spontaneous on your nights out in the spectacular city, and even though it will not be difficult to find a great bar or night club, make sure not to leave before you’ve visited the following fun loving spots.
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Let’s start with this one, because this bar is pretty much as close to “Typical Netherlands” as it could get, in a very good way. Not only the fact that this bar is actually inside a windmill makes it so popular, but the number one reason is probably its countless varieties of brewed beer. Since it is actually closer to a brewery then a bar, thus closing already at 8 pm, it needs to be the first stop for your night out.
Find it: Funenkade 7, 1018 AL Amsterdam, Netherlands
This hip and characteristic haven is where you have to be during hot summer nights. It gives you the perfect chance to blend in with the locals, who come here with their friends for a chilled out after work to enjoy the last rays of sun for the day and watching the boats float by. It is also a popular place for watching football games or listening to some live music.
Find it: Dijksgracht 4, 1019 BS Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beers, live music, delicious meals and a sun bathing terrace on a ship! This is something you surely need to check out if you love lazy, relaxing afternoons in the sun. Plus, this boat on the canal offers you a 360 view around Oosterdok.
Find it: Oosterdokskade 10, 1011 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands
Make your way here for some classy pre party cocktails and cold beers before you head out to the clubs of Leidesplein. Café Lux with its bohemian and chic vibe, tasty drinks and laid back music will definitely set the mood for your endless nights in Amsterdam.
Find it: Marnixstraat 403, 1017 PJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Yes, it is one of the most well-known bars in Amsterdam, and it is situated in the Dam Square area, abundant of tourist traps, however Café Belgique has created an excellent environment that feels genuine and credible. This unpretentious, small bar serves 8 draft beers and more than 30 bottled beers, and provides you with chilled out live music – what could be a more perfect place to spend a night out in Amsterdam?
Find it: Gravenstraat 2, 1012 NM Amsterdam, Netherlands
You definitely need to check out one of Amsterdam’s biggest party scenes, Paradiso. It offers you a unique experience, since you will be kept up-to-date with the biggest names in the club music indiustry whilst finding yourself in an extraordinary venue that once used to be a church. It has a deep-rooted, great reputation, and has been open since 1968.
Find it: Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam, Netherlands
This is the new club for hip kids in the city center. You will be startled by the surprising mix of music styles played in Disco Dolly, where you can enjoy some crazy dancing with all of your friends, no matter what their taste in music is. And if you want to mix up with some young and wild locals, this is surely the place to be!
Find it: Handboogstraat 11 /HS, 1012 XM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Unlike the many underground clubs in Amsterdam, to reach this one you must climb seven floors (or simply take the lift, which is a recommended alternative if you’ve already attended a long pub crawl). You should not only visit this club for its spectacular panorama view, but also for its creative and intriguing mixture of a cocktail bar, art gallery and club all together. Enticing line ups are promised every night, with a fusion of hip-hop, dancehall and reggae.
Find it: Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam, Netherlands
For those of you who wish to escape the huge and crowded clubs, here is a more intimate, yet very popular, option. The club has an urbanny, jazzy vibe, perfect for fun and casual party nights. On Fridays, the weekly Struttin’ parties offer you the longest soul and funk nights in the city.
Find it: Spuistraat 2 HS, 1012 TS Amsterdam, Netherlands
Although situated in the popular nightlife area Leidesplein, this night club is enshrouded from the most popular hangout spots in the area. Luckily, the long qeue will reveal this discretely located club. Club Up attracts a blend of different individuals with its mystic vibe and diverse mix of hip-hop, techno and house music. Keep an eye open for the nights of special events, when the club opens up for several Djs at once, spread across its two floors.
Find it: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 26-1, 1017 RC Amsterdam, Netherlands
Where to stay in Amsterdam:
Amsterdam offers an extensive range of hostels and budget hotels. If you are planning a vacation full of parties, however, these may be the most suitable for you.
Bulldog hotel – This is not just the only 5-star hostel in the world, it also has a cool roof top terrace, a lounge bar and is close to pretty much everything in Amsterdam. Book a room from 29.54 €.
BackStageHotel – The coolest hostel for all rock’nroll fans! The location is the very best for party people, with walking distance to Leidesplein with its bars and clubs, like Paradiso and Melkweg. Book a room from 54.19 €.
White Tulip – A hostel in the middle of the red light district, you cannot find a location more typical for Amsterdam than that! White Tulip has an Irish bar where you can eat or drink before starting your night’s adventures. Book a room from 30.09 €.
Even though you might be a party animal, don’t forget that the days in Amsterdam are at least as great as the nights! Here are some budget tips regarding activities and sights in Amsterdam.