Party Earth Review The self-proclaimed "world's first coffeeshop," The Bulldog Coffeshop nr. 90 is an ideal spot for an afternoon of hanging out in the historic Red Light District and sampling the variety of smoking options. The building’s façade – a chaotic mural of Amsterdam’s streets, colorful Red Light District figures, and bulldogs ... read full review of The Bulldog Coffeeshop nr. 90
Party Earth Review An old-fashioned Dutch liqueur distillery and tasting house in business since 1679, Wynand Fockink is an entertaining place where patrons can still take part in a unique Dutch drinking tradition. Snazzy shot glasses of sweet, bitter, strong, and/or fruity liqueurs are filled to the rim and lined up on the bar – and the ... more
Party Earth Review It’s easy to get lost in the details at Bluebird, a cool coffeeshop whose mesmerizing jungle theme is rife with lush murals of rain forests and a plethora of leafy green plants. The whole setting calls to mind a sort of tree house bungalow, with swirls of tropical reds, blues, and greens contributing to the soothing vibe ... more
Party Earth Review The Dulac became instantly popular with Dutch students when it began to offer half-price meals to those with a student ID – but even without the discount, the place offers appetizers, entrées, and drinks at reasonable prices, and in a delightful environment. Inspired by the French book illustrator Edmund Dulac, the original ... more
Party Earth Review Housed in a spacious 1600s-era building that was once a distillery, In de Wildeman has carried on the structure’s legacy by fashioning itself as a bar dedicated to offering the best beers from Belgium and the Netherlands as well as numerous selections from around the world. Old keg barrels stacked to the ceiling create ... read full review of In de Wildeman
Party Earth Review With the swarm of mingling patrons and high-volume chatter on the street corner outside the bar, it’s nearly impossible to pass by Café Tabac without thinking there’s a great party going on. The odd part is that there’s nothing overtly special about Café Tabac at first glance – but on closer inspection it’s easy to see ... more
Party Earth Review For a taste of the underground Dutch music scene, patrons should head to Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, a small but energetic venue set inside a dingy waterfront warehouse that focuses on rock and indie acts at affordable prices. Black walls, oriental rugs, and a disco ball constitute most of the décor in this low-ceilinged space ... more
Party Earth Review Outside, fogged and white-framed windows reveal a typical Dutch brown bar – cozy and brimming with character. Inside, the award-winning Whiskycafé L&B is a soothing and resoundingly mellow spot that practically begs for a snort or two of whiskey to accompany it. Luckily, there’s a whiskcrapload on hand. Nearly 1,500 whiskey ... more
Brown bars – named for their requisite 16th- and 17th-century-era smoky wooden interiors – are the heart of the city’s nightlife drinking culture, but there are loads of modern and trendy bars and clubs in Amsterdam whose chic décor and more sophisticated vibe cater to a cosmopolitan crowd as well.
As casual drinkers enjoy the local Heineken, Amstel, and Grolsch beers at neighborhood pubs, a more “see and be seen” set heads to swankier bars and clubs for the latest cocktails. The city also offers a diverse scene that includes artsy, underground hangouts as well as high-end dance clubs and lounges.
Regardless of the setting, these venues provide the late-night dancing and debauchery that seems to be expected in Amsterdam. And while most of these nightclubs have door policies and dress codes, they are generally more relaxed than similar clubs in other major cities.