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 ... read full review of Wynand Fockink
Party Earth Review Although Café de Duivel is located in a square once known as Devil’s Corner – which was also the site of witch burnings – the owner of this classic hip-hop bar claims the bar’s name is simply a coincidence. Once inside, however, it’s clear that the décor carries on the devilish theme with its red and black walls, bar, lounge ... more
Party Earth Review Amsterdam’s only Australian pub and a haven for sports fans, Coco’s Outback boasts seventeen flat-screen TVs and two big screens that show any number of games from five or so different sports channels. The décor is classic Aussie pub with the requisite rustic furnishings, stuffed game mounted on rugged walls, and typical ... more
Party Earth Review Established in 1670, Café Hoppe is a traditional Dutch bar where the city’s intellectuals have gathered for hundreds of years to discuss politics and world affairs. Scholars and highbrows still convene at this quaint pub, but nowadays their heated debates are illuminated by the neon lights of oversized Amstel signs and ... more
Party Earth Review Boom Chicago is a comedy theater where fifty percent of the show is improvised, one hundred percent is hilarious, and patrons are guaranteed to laugh out loud for the entire two-hour performance. Giving away any part of the act would be a disservice, so spectators should just go with an open mind and prepare to be ... read full review of Boom Chicago
Party Earth Review Opened by a good samaritan in 1945, the Kriterion movie theater was originally a haven where struggling students could work and earn money in the aftermath of World War II. From the beginning, Kriterion has been run by a creative panel of young and innovative city students, who continue to strive to keep the theater a liberal ... more
Party Earth Review Set under a classic, centuries-old Dutch windmill, the Brouwerij 't Ij is a Belgian-style craft beer brewery that has been serving suds enthusiasts a freshly-tapped assortment of rich, micro-brewed beers since 1985. Just taking one step inside the door is enough to understand that it’s not just a simple windmill, but a ... 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
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.