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Nightlife in Amsterdam

Most of Amsterdam's bars and clubs are in the city centre around the Dam, De Pijp and Leidseplein. Amsterdam has earned an international reputation for its dance scene in spectacular clubs like Panama, while many of the best gay bars and clubs are along Reguliersdwarsstraat. Most clubs don't get going until midnight and stay open until 5am or later. Popular bars include places like the Old Amsterdam In 't Aepjen on Zeedijk and swish modern cocktail bars like VakZuid at the Olympic Stadium. The red light district is touristy, but has some interesting old theatres showing revues and cabaret.

Panama, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Panama
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In 't Aepjen

Traditional Dutch bar

An old sailors' tavern near the waterfront, In 't Aepjen is housed in one of Amsterdam's two surviving timber buildings, which date from 1550. The 'ape' of the small bar's name refers to images of monkeys in the tap room.



Address

1, Zeedijk, Amsterdam 1012 AN

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 626 8401

Transport

Centraal Station

bubbles&wines, Amsterdam. Courtesy of bubbles&wines
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bubbles&wines

A taste for Champagne and wine

This Champagne and wine bar stands on a long lane a few minutes' walk from the Dam. Amid subdued lighting, dark wood surfaces and red tones, bubbles&wines serves an extensive roster of Champagne and wine labels, along with light snacks.



Address

37, Nes, Amsterdam 1012 KC

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 422 3318

Transport

Tram 4, 9, 14, 16, 24, 25 to the Dam

Website

bubbles&wines Website

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Café De Dokter

Tiny antique bar

Filled with knick-knacks and with an impressive drinks display, the smallest, and one of the oldest, bars in Amsterdam was founded in 1798 by a retired doctor. It is tucked away down a narrow little street close to the Begijnhof.



Address

4, Rozenboomsteeg, Amsterdam 1012 PR

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 626 4427

Transport

Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 24, 25 to Spui

Website

Café De Dokter Website

Cafe Kale de Grote, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Cafe Kale de Grote
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Cafe Kale de Grote

Cool cocktails and DJs

A cocktail bar and restaurant in the Pijp district, Cafe Kale de Grote has soft chairs, long banquettes and chandeliers. It draws a hip, youthful crowd to sip mojitos, graze on plates of tempura and dance to DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.



Address

18-20, Ferdinand Bolstraat, Amsterdam 1072 LJ

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 470 0651

Transport

Tram 16, 24, 25 to Stadhouderskade

Website

Cafe Kale de Grote Website

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Amstel Fifty Four

Perennial gay bar

Perennial favourite Amstel Fifty Four is an Amsterdam institution and one of the longest-standing gay bars in the Rembrandtplein area. It's as Dutch as Edam, the staff and clientele are friendly and fun and there is live entertainment most nights.



Address

54, Amstel (off Rembrandtplein), Amsterdam 1017 AB

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 623 4254

Transport

Tram to Rembrandtplein

Website

Amstel Fifty Four Website

VakZuid, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Vakzuid
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VakZuid

Olympic Stadium cocktail bar

Located in Amsterdam South, inside the Olympic Stadium used for the 1928 Olympic Games, VakZuid is a chic cocktail bar cum lounge-restaurant-club. The interior design is of that period in an updated form and it has a large canal-side terrace.



Address

35, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam 1076 DE

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 570 8400

Transport

Tram 16, 24 to Stadionplein

Website

VakZuid Website

Café De Jaren, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Café De Jaren
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Café De Jaren

Fashionable classic

Trendy yet unpretentious, Café de Jaren is a vast city-centre café, bar and restaurant with a multi-coloured mosaic floor and an airy feel. On sunny days, tables on the two outside terraces overlooking the River Amstel are in high demand.



Address

20-22, Nieuwe Doelenstraat, Amsterdam 1012 CP

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 625 5771

Transport

Tram 4, 9, 14, 16, 24, 25 to Muntplein

Website

De Jaren Website

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Taboo Bar

Central gay club

On central Amsterdam's Reguliersdwarsstraat, renowned for its gay nightlife scene, Taboo Bar attracts all persuasions and is especially popular during happy hour. It has two floors, a friendly crowd and DJs spinning the latest high-energy tunes.



Address

45, Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam 1017 BK

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 775 3963

Transport

Tram to Vijzelstraat

Website

Taboo Bar Website

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Jimmy Woo

Exotic Chinese club

Guest-list entry only at certain times can make Jimmy Woo, a deluxe spot off Leidseplein, hard to get into. The antique-look, Hong Kong-style club attracts a mellow crowd and the slow-starting music gets spikier the later it gets.



Address

18, Korte Leidsedwarsstraat, Amsterdam 1017 RC

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 626 3150

Transport

Tram 1, 2, 5, 7, 10 to Leidseplein

Website

Jimmy Woo Website

Panama, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Panama
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Panama

Hot venue for trendsetters

Dance, experimental theatre and club nights are on the agenda at this sizzling nightclub, café and restaurant. Housed in a converted port installation at the old harbour, Panama regularly welcomes top national and international DJs spinning different kinds of music.



Address

4, Oostelijke handelskade, Amsterdam 1019 BM

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 311 8686

Transport

Tram 10, 26 to Rietlandpark

Website

Panama Website

Supperclub, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Supperclub
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Supperclub

Feast for the senses

A combination of post-fusion food served by slinky waitresses, DJ music, cabaret-style performances, fashion shows and masseuses makes a visit to the city-centre Supperclub a night out, not just a meal. It's not one for the shy or timid.



Address

21, Jonge Roelensteeg, Amsterdam 1012 PL

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 344 6400

Transport

Tram 1, 2, 5, 13, 14, 17 to the Dam

Website

Supper Club Website

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board
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Concertgebouw

Classical music concerts

Built in 1888, the world-famous Concertgebouw in central Amsterdam is the city's premier classical music venue. The two auditoria have fabulous acoustics and host concerts by myriad visiting performers as well as the hall's own orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw.



Address

10, Concertgebouwplein, Amsterdam 1071 KJ

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 671 8345

Transport

Tram 2, 3, 5, 12, 16 to Museumplein or Concertgebouw

Website

Concertgebouw Website

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Paleis van de Weemoed

Dinner with nostalgia

Visitors can experience an evening of nostalgic Amsterdam at Paleis van de Weemoed in the red-light district. This revue theatre has a spectacular Art Deco interior. Its restaurant serves a four-course meal and drinks before and during the show.



Address

15-17, Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Amsterdam 1012 EH

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 625 6964

Transport

Centraal Station metro

Website

Paleis van de Weemoed Website

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Melkweg

Multimedia venue

Melkweg (Milky Way) is an innovative venue for music, dancing, art and performance. Housed in a converted dairy factory close to Leidseplein, it has concert halls, a theatre, cinema, recording studio, gallery, dance studio, restaurant and more.



Address

234a, Lijnbaansgracht, Amsterdam 1017 PH

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 531 8181

Transport

Tram 1, 2, 5, 7, 10 to Leidseplein

Website

Melkweg Website

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Café Peter Beense

Dutch sing-along bar

Unpretentious Café Peter Beense seems to represent the best of all the cosy, friendly neighbourhood bars in Holland. Schmaltzy songs about stolen kisses behind the windmill are popular. Everyone joins in, led by the larger-than-life host and owner Peter Beense.



Address

10, Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam 1017 BH

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 626 7457

Transport

Tram 4, 9, 14 to Rembrandtplein

Website

Café Peter Beense Website

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