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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 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.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board

Bars

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  1. 1. Café De Jaren - Bars

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    Café De Jaren, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Café De Jaren

    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.Show this on map

    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

    Café De Jaren Website

  2. 2. VakZuid - Bars

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    VakZuid, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Vakzuid

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    35, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam 1076 DE

    Telephone

    +31 (0) 20 570 8400

    Transport

    Tram 16, 24 to Stadionplein

  3. 3. Amstel Fifty Four - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    54, Amstel (off Rembrandtplein), Amsterdam 1017 AB

    Telephone

    +31 (0) 20 623 4254

    Transport

    Tram to Rembrandtplein

    Website

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  4. 4. In 't Aepjen - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    1, Zeedijk, Amsterdam 1012 AN

    Telephone

    +31 (0) 20 626 8401

    Transport

    Centraal Station

    Website

    In 't Aepjen Website

  5. 5. Café De Dokter - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    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

  6. 6. Cafe Kale de Grote - Bars

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

    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.Show this on map

    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

  7. 7. bubbles&wines - Bars

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    bubbles&wines, Amsterdam. Courtesy of bubbles&wines

    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.Show this on map

    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

Clubs

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  1. 8. Panama - Clubs

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    Panama, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Panama

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    4, Oostelijke handelskade, Amsterdam 1019 BM

    Telephone

    +31 (0) 20 311 8686

    Transport

    Tram 10, 26 to Rietlandpark

    Website

    Panama Website

  2. 9. Taboo Bar - Clubs

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    45, Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam 1017 BK

    Telephone

    +31 (0) 20 775 3963

    Transport

    Tram to Vijzelstraat

    Website

    Taboo Bar Website

  3. 10. Jimmy Woo - Clubs

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    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.Show this on map

    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

  4. 11. Supperclub - Clubs

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    Supperclub, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Supperclub

    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.Show this on map

    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

    Supperclub Website

Entertainment

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  1. 12. Concertgebouw - Entertainment

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    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board

    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.Show this on map

    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

  2. 13. Paleis van de Weemoed - Entertainment

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    15-17, Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Amsterdam 1012 EH

    Telephone

    +31 (0) 20 625 6964

    Transport

    Centraal Station metro

    Website

    Paleis van de Weemoed Website

  3. 14. Melkweg - Entertainment

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    234a, Lijnbaansgracht, Amsterdam 1017 PH

    Telephone

    +31 (0) 20 531 8181

    Transport

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

    Website

    Melkweg Website

  4. 15. Café Peter Beense - Entertainment

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    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.Show this on map

    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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