Amsterdam tips: nightlife / clubbing

Amsterdam has a wide variety of nightclubs and bars. For concerts or a night out dancing try the following clubs.

Paradiso (center)

Lovely medium sized nightclub in old church, great atmosphere. Concerts and club nights. Due to several levels (stairs, balconies) you always have a good view during concerts. After a concert you can stay inside for free for the club night that follows. The type of music and crowd really depend on what’s on that night.

They have a second location in northern Amsterdam in Tolhuistuin (north).

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Blondie in Paradiso

Melkweg (center)

A bit similar to Paradiso, but a less beautiful building from the inside.

OT301 (south / west)

Squatter style, live performances and deejays, gayfriendly. Crowd depends on what type of party is on that night.

Amsterdam Roest (center / east)

A bar in an old industrial building that often features parties.

Other clubs / parties to try

  • cecile_obertop_IMG_4520De School (far west), cool urban nightclub in a former schoolbuilding
  • Jimmy Woo (center), popular nightclub
  • Tolhuistuin, Paradiso’s little sister
  • Bar Prik (center) – gay / lesbian
  • The Waterhole (center) – live bands 7 nights a week
  • De Nieuwe Anita (west) – squatter style bar, mellow vibe, early closing times
  • Maloe Melo (center) – live rock bands, open late, watch out for coat thieves though!
  • Pllek (north) sometimes has deejays that play music for a somewhat older crowd, or live performances.
  • Noorderlicht (north) sometimes has live bands playing.
  • Studio/K (east) has parties and sometimes live bands.
  • Camping Zeeburg (far east) sometimes has live performances by passing nomads.

More ideas

  • Check out the flyers in shops like Episode (Waterlooplein), in bars and hip hairdresser shops.
  • Use the smartphone app called 2days.
  • See > What’s On and Clubbing & nightlife.

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