Nightlife Amsterdam: the Dutch capital is a trendy city and when it comes to entertainment it offers a huge choice to its visitors. From trendy bars and nightclubs, to the typical "Bruin bars", here is the essential guide for your nights in Amsterdam!
The Dutch capital is a tireless city full of energy, especially at night, when nightlife pervades every neighborhood.
's nightlife is among the most frenetic and renowned in all of Europe: the city is a favorite destination for many young people, who come here to have fun and enjoy themselves in the numerous coffee-shops, bars and discos.
At night it's impossible to get bored: the streets in the center become even more crowded, the bars along the banks of the canals fill up with young people, while the play of lights that are reflected in the water make the atmosphere truly magical and special.
Amsterdam offers a wide choice in terms of nightlife : from trendy discos and lounge bars, to traditional coffee shops (a real attraction in Amsterdam) and Bruin bars (“Caffè Marroni”, so called because of the blackened color of the walls), the best places to enjoy good Dutch beer .
The bars in Amsterdam usually open in the morning and stay open until 3.00, becoming a point of reference for the city's nightlife, but also during the day. Here you can mingle with the locals and enjoy the real Dutch nightlife.
Most clubs, on the other hand, open at midnight and stay open until 5.00 or 6.00 in the morning. The musical panorama of Amsterdam offers evenings for all tastes, from House music, to Acid Jazz, up to Trance, Techno and Hardcore music.
The best way to fully enjoy Amsterdam's nightlife is to buy the Nightlife Ticket , which allows you to enter more than 30 clubs in Amsterdam for free, as well as getting welcome drinks and the chance to try other experiences such as a night at the casino or a night trip on a boat. Buy it now!
For fans of rave parties we recommend the Dance Valley , one of the most important events of this kind that takes place in the summer in the countryside near Amsterdam, where there are a dozen tents with live music and djs playing non-stop throughout the day.
Gambling lovers can try their luck in the two casinos in Amsterdam: the first Holland Casino (Max Euweplein 62, Amsterdam) is located near the Leidseplein, while the other casino is located at Schiphol Airport .
The best time to visit Amsterdam is during King's Day , April 27, when the streets of the city are filled with people and are enriched with markets and stalls serving street food. This celebration attracts thousands of tourists every year, including foreign and Dutch, making the city even more alive and animated.
Amsterdam canal cruise by boat
A romantic way to experience Amsterdam at night is to take a canal tour. The ideal moment is during sunset, when the city is filled with colors and multiple shades, and you can admire the "Venice of the North" comfortably seated on board the boat.
The companies that offer the tour of the canals of Amsterdam are numerous and you can embark on different points of the city. Among these are: Canal Company , Holland International , Blue Boat , Reederij Kooij and Rederij Plas .
The Lovers also offers a tour of the canals including a romantic dinner on board the boat: for information and reservations, visit their website.
The nightlife districts of Amsterdam
Amsterdam nightlife develops mainly around the Dam Square , Rembrandtplein or Leidsplein , which represent the most popular districts for nightlife .
The surroundings of Dam Square are very popular, above all because of the famous red light district, which always attracts a constant flow of tourists, mostly curious to take a look at the girls on display behind the windows. In the square, dating back to the 13th century and always very crowded, there are numerous restaurants and bars, as well as the presence of stalls, rides and street artists. The neighborhood is also home to some old theaters that organize variety shows and cabaret.
Also in the Leidsplein there are many restaurants, theaters, including the Stadsschouwburg and the Lido , as well as some of the most famous nightclubs in Amsterdam, such as the Sugar Factory, where you can listen to live concerts, the Paradiso and the Melkweg, a trendy and very popular club (see below).
The Jordaan is located in the northwest area of the city. It is an elegant and refined area, where it is possible to find a multitude of cafés, restaurants and bars, frequented above all by young people, students and artists. To eat, we recommend the Bistrot Neuf , where you can order a double menu of fish and meat for only 29 euros, and taste excellent wines (the place also has an attached wine shop). Another recommended place, both for an aperitif and for dinner, is the Stout : here too you can taste all of the restaurant's ten courses for just 30 euros. For a drink instead, head to the Cafè Tabac , a nice pub that is always very busy.
Clubs and Discos in Amsterdam
(Spuistraat 2, Amsterdam) Located on Spuitstraat and close to Central Station, the Bitterzoet (meaning "bittersweet" ) is a trendy and popular club that includes a bar, a disco, a concert hall and a theater . The program is truly extensive and very varied: the Bitterzoet offers all kinds of music, from rock and punk to hip-hop and indie, as well as ska, funk and even reggae music. The club brings together an assortment of DJs, bands and musicians, often focusing on emerging talent. Lose yourself to the rhythm on the dance floor or relax for a moment on the second floor. The Bitterzoet is not only a disco, but it is also a space that contains projects, exhibitions, shows and concerts. Definitely not to be missed.
(Amstelstraat 24, Amsterdam) Open Friday and Saturday 11pm-5am, Sunday 11pm-4am.
Located in the center of Amsterdam where there was the IT club, the AIR is one of the most famous nightclubs in Amsterdam, spectacular from every point of view. The club has electronically locked lockers at the entrance for storing valuables, five bars and a huge area for dancing. AIR in Amsterdam often hosts djs and internationally renowned artists, including Afrojack, Dr.Lektroluv, Sven Väth, Steve Aoki and John Digweed.
(Handboogstraat 11, Amsterdam) Open every day from 11.00pm to 4.00am.
Disco Dolly is a disco pub much loved especially by students and open every day to party until the morning. Here you will find beer at low prices and a musical selection ranging from disco music to funk to soul, boogie, house and hip-hop music. The atmosphere of the place is very relaxed and very warm!
(Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18, Amsterdam) Open Thursday to Sunday from 11pm to 4am.
Jimmy Woo is a nightclub with an international and Asian-inspired style . The club is spread over two floors with an extravagant design: the upper floor, where a lounge bar is located, is furnished with Chinese paintings and gilded decorations, wooden tables and Japanese screens, while on the lower floor there is a second bar and a ballroom lit with lots of light bulbs that turn on and off to the rhythm of the music.
Jimmy Woo the award for the club with the best sound system in the Netherlands, has a great music selection ranging from Hip Hop, R&B, Disco, Soul, Funk and House music. The club is very popular with VIPs and has a strict selection at the entrance: get here early or book a table to be sure of entering, and dress smart.
(Lijnbaansgracht 234a, Amsterdam) Located in an old dairy, the Melkweg (meaning "Milky Way" ) has been a landmark for Amsterdam nightlife since the 1970s. The place, consisting of three concert and dance halls, a cinema, a theater and a cafeteria, offers a rich and varied musical and cultural program: here you can find live concerts, theater performances, film screenings and art exhibitions.
The smallest concert hall, the "Oude Zaal" , hosts concerts by emerging bands, while in the hall "The Max" you can attend concerts by famous artists. The "Rabozaal" is the newest one, where you can watch the concerts seated.
The musical program is very varied: on Thursdays there is a "Soundclash" , with reggae, dancehall, dubstep and jungle music. Saturday nights are dedicated to indie, hip-hop and funky music, but dance music events are also organised. If you have a Melkweg subscription you can also take advantage of discounts and promotions on evenings and concerts.
Panama Club (Oostelijke handelskade 4, Amsterdam)
Open every day.
Located a few steps from the central station and inside a historic building, the panama club it is one of biggest clubs in Amsterdam where to go dancing but also listen to concerts. The club, capable of accommodating up to 1000 people, contains a theatre, a disco, a bar and a restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine. With a top-level sound system, the club often hosts world-famous DJs. The Panama it has a relaxed and classy atmosphere, with a cultural and musical program that combines different styles and cultures.
Free admission with Nightlife Ticket.
(Rembrandtplein 22, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 18.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday 18.00 to 5.00.
Club Prime is the right choice if you are looking for a daring night out. This popular nightclub in Amsterdam offers hours of great music and good vibes. The crowd here is made up of locals, international students, and travelers alike. Come in and get ready for a night of drinking and dancing. Although the club is quite small, the atmosphere is energetic and fun, with modern decor, LED covered ceilings and tables, while the music ranges from electronic beats to hip hop classics. Often there are also events with international DJs.
(Atlantisplein 1, Amsterdam) Open every day from 9.00 to 24.00.
Located in the east of Amsterdam, Q-Factory is one of the largest concert clubs in Europe , with three separate concert halls where top international artists perform. All the different spaces, including studios and rehearsal rooms, allow people from all musical disciplines to develop, in the most creative way possible. All this musical presence makes it a lively place where musicians, entrepreneurs and visitors from all over the world can meet in one building.
(Mekongweg 5, Amsterdam) Open Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm.
Open since 2015, The Box has quickly established itself as one of the most popular nightclubs in Amsterdam . Each event hosts extraordinary artists of great talent, such as Dutch rappers and singers, as well as international musicians and world-famous DJs.
(TT Neveritaweg 59, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 9.30am to 1am, Friday and Saturday 9.30am to 3am.
With a magnificent view of the river, Pllek is one of the most beautiful nightclubs in Amsterdam . The club is partly made out of old shipping containers and many materials used in the decoration are recycled products. You will find, for example, many old benches renovated, different types of chairs on the same table and old pallets. During the day, it is a right place for a lunch or dinner, while after dinner there are various live events and disco parties. Exotic music mixes with electronic dance music and house, Afro jazz, Latin and deep soul. A very interesting place to dive into the nightlife of Amsterdam .
(Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 28, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 17.00 to 1.00, Friday 17.00 to 5.00, Saturday 13.00 to 5.00.
La Favela is a piece of Brazil in Amsterdam, and it's a place where everyone can feel at home. The interior is colorful and exotic, with many different influences from Latin America, creating a one-of-a-kind look. During the day, La Favela is a restaurant. They serve delicious lunches, snacks, drinks and dinner. When night falls, La Favela transforms into one of the most colorful clubs in Amsterdam! There is free admission every Friday.
(Klonneplein 1, Amsterdam) Open every day.
The Westergasfabriek is an old gas production plant, now used as a creative and cultural centre, which houses a park, some bars, restaurants, a cinema and a theatre. The cultural pole is the site of numerous events every day, ranging from concerts to art exhibitions, up to gastronomic tastings.
(Klönneplein 4-6, Amsterdam) Located inside the Westergasfabriek , the WesterUnie is a huge hall for concerts and events. The club periodically organizes evenings with techno, house and acid music. The property is surrounded by a large park where there are several cafes, bars and restaurants.
(Warmoesstraat 129, Amsterdam) Open daily from 21.00 to 4.00.
Located inside the homonymous hotel, the Winston is a club frequented mainly by tourists, which organizes student parties, shows and live music. The music is varied and ranges from Rock, Punk and Reggae to Hip Hop, Dub and electronic music.
Escape Amsterdam (Rembrandtplein 11, Amsterdam)
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11.00pm to 5.00am.
Open since 1987, theEscape is one of the largest clubs in Amsterdam (can accommodate up to 2000 people) and a real institution in the panorama of Dutch nightlife. The club amazes with its decorations and its hundreds of hi-tech lights that go well with the style of the proposed music, which is mainly focused on House and electronic tones.
Free admission with Nightlife Ticket.
('s Gravesandestraat 51, Amsterdam) Open every day.
The Hotel Arena is a famous nightclub located inside an old church and frequented mainly by students and tourists, and with a cheerful atmosphere. Here international djs play a mix of rock, techno and house music.
Paradise (Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam)
The Paradise it is both a club and a concert hall which regularly hosts internationally renowned DJs and artists. The club's programming covers the entire musical spectrum: electronic music, hip-hop, rock, folk, soul, country, reggae and blues.
Free admission with Nightlife Ticket.
(De Passage 100, Amsterdam) Located inside the homonymous concert arena, Club Ziggo is a great place to sip a good drink while listening to music played by international artists.
(Mauritskade 57, Amsterdam) Open Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 4am.
Oosterbar is the perfect place for those looking for a simple but fun night out clubbing in Amsterdam . Tucked away in the basement of an old university building turned hostel, DJs play house, future beats, fusion, live music and more. Try one of their cocktails, prepared for you on site to give your evening the perfect start. The industrial space exudes a Berlin feel where many original design elements have been retained, such as the white subway tiles and classic window frames, making this bar the perfect intimate underground club outside of the city centre.
(Willem Roelofsstraat 9, Amsterdam) VLLA is an Amsterdam bar, stage and club located in an old funeral home that offers a space for creativity, experiments and entertainment, in combination with parties, exhibitions, concerts or even barbecues. There are also workshops and an art garden unique to Amsterdam. This is what makes VLLA so unique and sets it apart from many Amsterdam nightclubs . The club hosts many events with international artists and DJs who perform here with their music.
(Louwesweg 1, Amsterdam) Open Monday to Wednesday 11.00 to 23.00, Thursday 11.00 to 24.00, Friday 11.00 to 1.00, Saturday 12.00 to 24.00.
Music, art and culture, combined in one place. This nightclub in Amsterdam offers a varied program of events, with club nights generally organized during the weekend, hosting a wide range of artists and DJs. This also means that there is a lot of variety in music and nights to join. There is also a café serving over 30 different types of beers as well as a variety of lunches and dinners. In addition, there are theater and dance performances, film nights, debates, lectures and creative encounters in this veritable cultural hotspot of Amsterdam.
(Nieuwezijds Kolk 25, Amsterdam) Student club focused on experimenting with musical genres. The proposed music therefore varies on the most disparate genres, depending on the evening, from reggae, to punk, up to hip hop and Latin American music!
(Overtoom 301, Amsterdam) The OT301 offers live music nights during the week, while at the weekend there are international and local DJs.
(Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 90-92, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 8pm to 4am, Friday and Saturday 8pm to 5am.
Café Bubbels is where the party starts in Amsterdam . A club conveniently located on Leidseplein, easy to reach, where you can find a party every night of the week. The party-goers here are made up of Dutch locals and travellers. Some of Bubbels' most popular nights fall on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Sunday nights you can find live music and cheap drinks, a nice change of pace for this place. Café Bubbels is a staple of the Leidseplein nightlife scene .
(Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 77, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 21.00 to 4.00, Friday and Saturday 21.00 to 5.00.
With over 20 years in business, this popular Amsterdam disco always hosts some interesting party . The vibrant and lively atmosphere of the club is enhanced by electronic music and hip-hop beats. Good music and good vibes in this quirky club with a different party every week.
(Rembrandtplein 18-20, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday from 12.00 to 4.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 5.00.
Club Smokey is located on the famous and always busy Rembrandtplein square, named after the Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. This square is famous for its many bars, cafes and night clubs. The club exudes a very happy atmosphere and guarantees entertainment until late at night. It is also a joyful café during the day, where you can play billiards or watch a football match on HD screens while sipping a hot coffee or a cold beer.
(Joan Muyskenweg 14, Amsterdam) Open Friday 16.30-23.00, Saturday 15.00-22.00.
Featuring an outdoor garden reminiscent of a city beach, Dok is the ideal place if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax. Here are the best summer events and, if it rains, there is also a large indoor dance floor, where the summer beach vibes continue well into the winter.
El Punto Latino
(Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 35, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 10pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 10pm to 5am.
For great Latin music in the center of Amsterdam head to El Punto Latino . Here you can find the best salsa, bachata and merengue music. Every last Friday of the month, El Punto Latino holds an afterparty, which usually doesn't stop until 9am.
Odeon – Supperclub
(Singel 460, Amsterdam) Open daily from 20.00 to 4.00.
Located in a historic building overlooking the Singel canal and dating back to 1662, the Odeon club is both a cocktail bar, a restaurant and one of the best clubs in Amsterdam, with different nights every day of the week. The building in which the Odeon is located is also of historical interest as, in 1782, one of the first economic aid contracts offered by Holland to the United States was signed here. The club also hosts meetings, weddings, dinners and private parties.
Chicago Social Club
(Leidseplein 12, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 8pm to 4am, Friday and Saturday 8pm to 5am.
The Chicago Social Club serves as both a bar and a club.
During the week the club is a relaxed place to have a drink with friends. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, however, the space is transformed into an intimate and fun disco, located on two floors. The program is varied, always of high quality and predominantly focused on techno and hip-hop music. You must be at least 21 years of age to enter. Free entry with Nightlife Ticket .
(Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 169, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday from 20.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday from 20.00 to 4.00.
Located right next to Dam Square , the ClubNL is a nightclub with House music. The red velvet interior décor creates a welcoming and sexy ambiance, while the bartenders are ready to create your favorite cocktails. This nightclub has hosted several celebrities such as Mick Jagger, P. Diddy, Tony Hawk and Naomi Campbell. For smokers, the club is also complete with a smoking room. Being open every night, ClubNL is a good place to go to dance until the morning.
(Leidsekruisstraat 41, Amsterdam) Open Monday to Thursday 10pm to 3am, Friday and Saturday 10pm to 4am.
Located in a street behind the Leidseplein, this cozy pub is quintessentially one of the most suitable locations to start the night in Amsterdam or end the night in the right way. The Surprise Bar often organizes themed events and after parties. We advise you to arrive early as, given the popularity of this disco pub, it could happen that it is too crowded and that you are denied access.
Cafe in the City
(Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 5, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday from 10.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 10.00 to 3.00.
A restaurant and a lounge bar that turns into a disco with DJ sets after midnight.
(Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 25, Amsterdam) Open Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday 17.00-1.00, Friday and Saturday 17.00-3.00.
Bar and restaurant during the week, Players transforms into a club every weekend to host some of the best and liveliest parties in Amsterdam. The dj plays all night different genres of music like Hip Hop, House, Pop and many more. The selection at the entrance is very strict, so dress well.
(Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 64-66, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 21.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday 21.00 to 4.00.
Located in the Leidseplein nightlife district, Hartje is a popular club among young people in Amsterdam. Relax in the VIP area or head to the bar for a boozy shot contest, while live DJs take care of the beats and tunes to get everyone rolling on the dance floor.
(Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 26-1, Amsterdam) Open Friday and Saturday 11pm-5am.
Located near the Leidseplein, this popular Amsterdam club focuses on stimulating and renewing the clubbing scene, in a fun and creative way. In this club you will hear the best house music in Amsterdam and you can dance to other music styles, such as R'n'B, Urban and dancehall. The style changes according to the DJ that spins every night, so there's always something different.
(Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 14, Amsterdam) Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11pm-midnight, Saturday 11pm-4am.
Recently overlooking the Amsterdam nightlife , Nova is a luxury club where you can spend an unforgettable and quality evening. The Nova Club is easy to find thanks to its huge blue steel doors framed by white columns. It is a very unusual entrance followed by an equally unusual interior. The seating area surrounds the dance floor and is inspired by the interior of a famous French hotel. Beautiful Dutch girls and wild parties.
(Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 14, Amsterdam) This nightclub in Amsterdam stands out for its extraordinary atmosphere, with large doors surrounded by flowers and plants. Even the ballroom is decorated with flowers hanging from the ceiling. Club Maïa's sound system is one of the best around, offering the best RnB and hip-hop hits to dance the night away. Elegant attire is required.
Club John Doe
(Rembrandtplein 31, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 11pm to 4am, Friday and Saturday 11pm to 5am.
Open six nights a week, John Doe offers guests six nights of different styles of music, people and entertainment. In addition to these elements, John Doe is where music and light merge. With his high-end lighting capabilities, John Doe takes the meaning of lights in a club to a whole new level. Adding the best premium drinks, anonymous cocktails and one-of-a-kind interiors, the club delivers nights to remember and is a valuable addition to the Amsterdam nightlife scene.
(Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 87, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 20.00 to 4.00, Friday and Saturday 20.00 to 5.00.
Candela is a club consisting of two different floors with different musical genres. Decorated with LEDs, strobe lights and always crowded with fun-loving people, this nightclub in Amsterdam is the right place to party and immerse yourself in the nightlife of the city . This is a place for those who enjoy lively crowds, meeting locals, and having fun with other travellers. Dance to great music ranging from R&B, Hip Hop, House, Latino as well as at their weekly karaoke and open mic nights.
HUSH Silent Disco
(Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 81, Amsterdam) Open Thursday 10pm to 4am, Friday and Saturday 10pm to 5am.
HUSH is the first silent disco in the Netherlands . The headphones can be connected to 3 different channels, each with a different type of music. The color of the headphones will change according to the channel you are listening to and the DJs will fight to make sure their color is more represented on the dancefloor. This club is also innovative in lighting and decor. The decor has been created to give you the feeling of being at an open-air festival rather than a club. This means that going to HUSH is a one of a kind experience!
(Admiraal de Ruijterweg 56B, Amsterdam) Open Monday to Thursday 14.00 to 3.00, Friday 14.00 to 4.00, Saturday 12.00 to 4.00, Sunday 12.00 to 3.00.
Located in the west of Amsterdam, the Club 8 is an indie-style club (the interior spaces are decorated by young local artists) which is spread over several levels and which always attracts a large crowd of young people. On the second floor there is a large room with 22 billiard tables where you can play until late at night.
Bars and pubs in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam you can find many bars of all kinds: from classic cocktail bars, to places where you can taste the culinary specialties, or even have dinner. Amsterdam's breweries also serve some of the best Dutch and European craft beers.
(Orlyplein 76, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Wednesday from 11.00 to 24.00, Thursday from 11.00 to 1.00, Friday from 11.00 to 3.00, Saturday from 11.00 to 5.00.
During the day, BRET offers a cozy atmosphere with great food and a sunny outdoor terrace, while at night it gives way to music from the best DJs from the Netherlands and around the world. Spread across three floors of repurposed shipping containers, this place really comes alive as one of Amsterdam's best nightclubs, with beer on tap, beats cranked up, and a crowd dancing for hours. Party all night, or even all day in one of BRET Bar's 16 or 24 hour parties, lose all sense of time and space and join the flood of revelers.
(NDSM Plein 102, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday from 11.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 11.00 to 2.00.
Located on the NDSM in one of the most unique places in Amsterdam, Noorderlicht offers a wonderful view of the river. This was one of the largest shipyards in the world where some of the biggest ships were built. The shipbuilding industries have since disappeared, but the industrial feel has remained. Today this is the place where creativity meets culture: this cultural café is open 7 days a week and offers a place of creativity, serenity and all kinds of parties. You can come here to relax, have lunch, dinner or just to have a drink with friends. Every Saturday, Noorderlicht transforms the restaurant into a club, with parties and live music played by bands or DJs every Friday and Saturday. There are also numerous festivals held during the summer in Noorderlicht.
Delirium Cafè Amsterdam
(4, Piet Heinkade, Amsterdam) Open from Sunday to Wednesday from 16.00 to 22.00, from Thursday to Saturday from 16.00 to 24.00.
Located on the bank of the river IJ within walking distance of Amsterdam Central Station, Delirium Cafe is waiting to charm you with the best local beers. With over 100 specialty bottled beers and 20 craft beers on tap, it's a great way to while away the afternoon in the city, or a good place for a stopover if you're coming from Amsterdam Central Station! For beer enthusiasts we suggest the tasting option, during which you will taste five special beers, accompanied by delicious snacks. Each beer is accompanied by a brief explanation by the experienced and knowledgeable bartender.
Sports Bar Heffer
(Warmoesstraat 67, Amsterdam) Open daily from 13.00 to 2.00.
Located a few meters from the Central Station, this bar is a great place to drink beer in the company of good friends in Amsterdam. Sport is king, with rooms equipped with 10 large screens, where you can enjoy the best of football, tennis and basketball. The pub menu includes burgers, fish and chips, tasty chicken wings or tuna sandwiches.
Canvas op de 7e
(Wibautstraat 150, Amsterdam) Located on the seventh floor of the Volkshotel , the Canvas op de 7e is both a bar and a restaurant, much appreciated for the fact that it offers excellent cocktails at affordable prices. From its terrace you can admire the breathtaking view over the city of Amsterdam which you can enjoy from the spacious terrace in summer. Their music program is varied and is able to satisfy all tastes.
Brouwerij 't IJ
(Funenkade 7, Amsterdam) Open daily from 14.00 to 20.00.
At Brouwerij 't IJ you can taste real Dutch craft beer , brewed on site. The highlight of their production is the Indian Pale Ale . It is also possible to participate in tasting tours, during which you will be shown the secrets of craft beer production. In the summer, a beautiful outdoor terrace is also available.
(K Leidsedwarsstaat 47, Amsterdam) Open Monday to Wednesday 4.30pm to 1am, Thursday and Sunday 12pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 2am.
One of the most famous literary cafés in Amsterdam. Here you can breathe the typical cultural atmosphere of the city, in a favorite meeting place for Dutch literary exponents and journalists.
De Nieuwe Anita
(Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, Amsterdam) Open Monday and Thursday 18.00 to 1.00, Tuesday and Wednesday 20.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday 20.00 to 2.00.
Known for its comfortable period interiors, welcoming atmosphere and alternative crowd, De Nieuwe Anita is one of the hippest and trendiest bars in Amsterdam. The bar offers a variety of entertainment, ranging from short films, music and live shows. There are shows behind the bar too. An ideal place to chat with friends and have a cocktail.
(Weteringschans 157, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday from 12.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 3.00.
At Café Brecht you will feel at ease as soon as you walk through the entrance. Relax in one of the café's comfortable old chairs - it's almost like sitting in the family living room. The café is named after the German writer, poet and director Berthold Brecht , and the theme is centered on German culture. Café Brecht serves lunch, desserts and many local products, including cheeses, juices and wines, as well as a large selection of draft and bottled beers. Sometimes the pub hosts concerts, plays or poetry readings.
(Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 82-84, Amsterdam) Open Monday to Thursday 20.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday 17.00 to 4.00, Sunday 17.00 to 3.00.
Located in the heart of Amsterdam, just a stone's throw from the Leidseplein, the Whiskeycafé L&B is home to more than 1800 types of whisky. Order your favorite or ask to try something new – the café has literally hundreds of different types to choose from. For those who don't like whisky, L&B also offers wine and beer.
Cafe Sound Garden
(Marnixstraat 164/166, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 1.00pm to 1.00am, Friday and Saturday 1.00pm to 3.00am.
Open since 1993, Cafe Sound Garden is a delightful alfresco garden pub. Inside there are also pool tables and even a pinball machine. At night, the bar sometimes welcomes different DJs and bands.
(Vinkenstraat 57, Amsterdam) Open Tuesday to Thursday 8pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday 5pm to 3am.
Located in the Jordaan , the Vesper Bar is an elegant cocktail bar that takes its name from the homonymous Bond girl. The place also serves beers and wines.
(Dijksgracht 4, Amsterdam) Open every day.
Hannekes Boom is both bar and restaurant, with a beautiful outdoor terrace where there are numerous picnic tables. If it's cold, you can sit in one of the comfortable armchairs inside. The restaurant is known for its creativity, and the ingredients are always fresh, with a menu that changes every day of the week. In the evening there is also dancing.
(Staalmeesterslaan 410, Amsterdam) Open daily from 12.00 to 1.00.
Located on top of the Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Center hotel, Floor17 is a stylish sky bar that offers good food, great music and a fantastic view over the city.
HPS (Hiding in Plain Sight)
(Rapenburg 18, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday from 18.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 18.00 to 3.00.
Very nice cocktail bar, located near the Oosterdok.
Tales & Spirits
(Lijnbaanssteeg 5-7, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 5.30pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday 5.30pm to 3am.
At Tales & Spirits you can enjoy excellent and imaginative cocktails but also dine immersed in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. The walls are decorated with antique tools for preparing cocktails, as well as antique jugs and teapots.
(KORTE LEIDSEDWARSTSTRAAT 93, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 17.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday 17.00 to 4.00.
This modern cocktail bar offers a wide range of drinks, each with its own personality, such as "The Trendsetter" , "The Alchemist" and "The Dreamer" . The bar also organizes some workshops dedicated to the preparation of cocktails and some tastings.
(Prinsengracht 587, Amsterdam) Open daily from 6.30am to 11pm.
Located at the Andaz Amsterdam , the Bluespoon is a very elegant and design bar. The interiors, in fact, were designed by the Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.
The Bruin Cafes in Amsterdam
If you want to spend a quiet evening you can opt for the "Bruin Cafè" (literally "brown coffee" or brown coffee), the typical Dutch pubs that represent a real attraction in Amsterdam and a destination not to be missed if you want to immerse yourself in authentic life city night .
These welcoming pubs owe their name to the blackened color of the walls due to the smoke and nicotine that has been deposited over the decades. The most recent cafes have even recreated the color of the walls in an artificial way, with careful decorations, in order to recreate that authentic lived-in pub atmosphere.
These brown cafés are an integral part of Dutch culture: people come here to have a drink after work, to chat with friends at the weekend or just to relax. These pubs are so loved because people feel at home, the atmosphere is relaxed and the prices are quite cheap. Most Bruin Cafés mainly serve beer and wine, as well as jenever , a typical Dutch liqueur similar to gin. Jenever is usually accompanied with a plate of hapjes , or a set of local snacks, among which we recommend bitterballen , meat and potato croquettes garnished with a little mustard.
Scattered throughout the city, many brown cafes have very ancient origins (even dating back to the 1600s) and compete with each other for the primacy of oldest pub.
Here are some of the best Bruin Cafes in Amsterdam :
In 't Aepjen
(Zeedijk 1, Amsterdam) Housed in an old building dating back to 1475, Café Int Aepjen is the perfect blend of history and pleasure. This is in fact one of the oldest wooden houses in Amsterdam, furnished with beautiful wooden interiors. Don't forget to enjoy a liqueur or gin from the Van Wees , Schoot-An . If you're not in the mood for a drink, you can order a slice of apple pie and pair it with a hot cup of coffee. Café Int Aepjen is truly a must try experience in Amsterdam.
(Martelaarsgracht 2, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 9am to 1am, Friday and Saturday 9am to 2am.
On the floor of this historic Amsterdam café you can still see the sand, as it was used in the 17th century.
(Haarlemmerstraat 91, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 3pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday 3pm to 2am.
De Druif , which means "the vine" , is one of the oldest pubs in Amsterdam , originally a distillery dating back to 1631, very popular with sailors at the time. Now, De Druif is one of the city's favorite bars. Even though there is no music, the place still offers an intimate and cozy environment to have a drink, which you can choose from a large assortment of beers and spirits. If the weather permits, visitors can sit outside on the terrace or, when it rains, in the lounge inside. De Druif is difficult to reach by public transport, so it is best to walk or cycle.
(Prinsengracht 2, Amsterdam) Open Monday to Thursday 10.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday 10.00 to 3.00, Sunday 12.00 to 1.00.
Ancient café, open since the early 1600s.
De Drie Fleschjes
(Gravenstraat 18, Amsterdam) Open Monday to Saturday 2-8.30pm, Sunday 3-7pm.
Literally "three bottles" , De Drie Fleschjes has been open since 1650.
(Spui 18-20, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 8am to 1am, Friday and Saturday 8am to 2am.
Hoppe Located on the Spuistraat probably serves the best beer in Amsterdam.
It is a historic pub, where in addition to enjoying an excellent beer, you will also discover the history and culture of Amsterdam's beer lovers. Founded in 1670, Café Hoppe was originally a distillery and today it is one of the most popular cafés in the city. Situated on the Spui, this brown cafe extends over two buildings, one located at number 18 and the other at number 20. One is used mainly for standing guests, while the other is stocked with seating for sit down. The building at number 18 is a genuine national monument, retaining many of the original features still intact. Stop by for a drink or snack. Numerous parties are also held here that manage to fill the sidewalks in front of the club with people.
(Prinsengracht 283, Amsterdam) Open Monday to Thursday 9.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday 9.00 to 2.00, Sunday 10.00 to 24.00.
Café dating from 1670, located opposite the Westerkerk church.
(Pijlsteeg 31, Amsterdam) Open every day from 15.00 to 21.00.
Open since 1679, at Wynand Fockink you can not only taste different spirits and liqueurs, but you can also explore a little piece of Amsterdam's history: as soon as you enter, you will feel as if you have stepped back in time. Today it is possible to visit the distillery and see how the products are made. Taste a specialty of the house, the "Half en Half" or "Boswandeling" , or the jenever of the distillery with malt aged three years, the "WF Superior" . Stop by this charming little spot for a drink or just a relaxing break. Don't forget to admire the collection of vintage bottles.
In de Wildeman
(Kolksteeg 3, Amsterdam) Open Monday to Thursday 12.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 2.00.
Recognized as one of the best 10 bars in Amsterdam, In de Wildeman offers a selection of 250 beers, 18 of which are on tap. The bar, once a distillery, is now a popular beer tasting room. In de Wildeman focuses mainly on Dutch and Belgian beers, but also offers British, American and German beers, as well as different types of ciders. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to make a decision – when in doubt, go for Beer of the Week or Beer of the Month.
Café De Dokter
(Rozenboomsteeg 4, Amsterdam) Open Tuesday to Saturday 4-1am.
Stop for a drink at the smallest bar in Amsterdam: Café De Dokter . Among the options, you will find the branded beers and house wines. The café is also an ideal place for whiskey connoisseurs, of whom De Dokter offers a fine selection, including a regular Whiskey of the Month. Pair your drink with tasty cheese, smoked sausage or juicy pickle, while listening to jazz music in the background. The café's name, which translates to "the doctor" , comes from its founder, a surgeon who worked in one of the nearby (now closed) hospitals. The café opened in the fall of 1798 and quickly became a popular gathering place for doctors and medical students.
De Twee Zwaantjes
(Prinsengracht 114, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday from 12.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 3.00.
De Twee Zwaantjes is a cozy brown café frequented by a diverse group of visitors, locals and tourists. The place is ideal for having a beer or having a snack with friends. There is live music in the evening or karaoke on Fridays.
Cafe Het Molenpad
(Prinsengracht 653, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday from 12.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 2.00.
Cafe Het Molenpad is not your typical Amsterdam brown cafe. Het Molenpad incorporates traditional elements, such as the dark wood paneling, but adds a modern twist such as the piano bar and lighting fixtures. The menu, which rotates every three months, features tasty favorites such as soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks, burgers, seafood and pastas. If you only want to eat a snack, try the bitterballen , a platter of cheese or mixed nuts. If the weather permits, relax on the café terrace which overlooks the picturesque canal.
(Bloemstraat 42, Amsterdam) Open Monday to Thursday 3pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday 3pm to 2am, Sunday 11pm to 11pm.
Founded in 1624, Café Chris is the oldest bar in the Jordaan district. The famous painter, Rembrandt van Rijn , lived in this area and also had a studio nearby. Therefore, we can assume that he probably also frequented this coffee shop. Today, the interior is absolutely exquisite and full of character. The ceiling beams are beautifully etched and the dark wood is stunning. Order an Amstel beer, a light snack and play a game of pool. That's enough to relax and absorb the Dutch culture. Don't forget to visit their small baths.
Cafe de Wetering
(Weteringstraat 37, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 16.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 3.00.
Cafe de Wetering is a little hidden gem in the heart of Amsterdam, frequented by people of all ages . Although the space is relatively small, you will find a charming upstairs area, complete with a fireplace that adds to the cozy atmosphere: you will feel right at home. Thus, De Wetering is the ideal place to warm up during the cold winter days. The bar offers three types of draft beers: Heineken, Amstel and Palm .
(Raamstraat 29, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday 16.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday 16.00 to 3.00.
Belgian brewery and café with a relaxed but sociable atmosphere. De Zotte offers 130 different Belgian beers, eight of them on tap. From white ales to lagers, this place is truly a beer lover's paradise. If you can't decide, opt for the beer of the month. The menu features steaks, veggie quiche, and homemade fries.
(Jodenbreestraat 1, Amsterdam) Open Monday to Thursday 13.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday 11.00 to 3.00, Sunday 11.00 to 19.00.
Café De Sluyswacht is a real piece of history. The building was built in 1695 as the headquarters for the Lockmaster , who prevented enemy ships from entering the city, and regulated the flow of water to the canals. The building also survived the Second World War. Now the structure is recognizable because it is inclined like the Tower of Pisa and, inside, you can enjoy a beautiful view.
(Herengracht 90, Amsterdam) Open Sunday to Thursday from 12.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 2.00.
Arendsnest itself from other brown cafes in Amsterdam by serving only Dutch beer: it offers 100 different Dutch beers, including at least 30 on tap. The Bartholomeus room for tastings is located on the lower floor. The tasting session will teach you how to taste beer properly, allowing you to taste different types and also teaching you about the history of beer and its fermentation process.