Party Earth Review Formerly a film academy, the building that now houses OT301 was taken over by an enterprising group of artists who revamped it into a multimedia cultural center dedicated to parties, music, and food. Now home to a club, a film cinema, art studios, and the De Peper vegan café, OT301 has maintained its urban roots, which ... read full review of OT301
Party Earth Review Perfectly situated on the river Amstel just around the corner from Rembrandtplein, Mulligan's is a typical Irish pub with plenty of Guinness on tap, large TVs to keep the sports fans happy, and pictures of the green countryside of Ireland to keep the expats from feeling homesick. A large smoking room in back gives tobacco ... more
Party Earth Review Named after the black pigs that are indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula, Pata Negra is a restaurant and bar popular for its genuine Spanish design, sweetly refreshing cocktails, and a menu of over forty authentic Spanish tapas. Quaint and romantic, the décor features kitchen-tile mosaics that portray Spanish wine cellars ... more
Party Earth Review A spiritual, earthy, and mildly psychedelic motif distinguishes Abraxas from other coffeeshops, and the interior of this three-story 17th-century building is one of the most beautiful in town. Hand-carved wood, incredible paintings of the night sky, and finely crafted colorful mosaics offer plenty of visual stimulation ... 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 ... read full review of Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina
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 ... more
Party Earth Review After spending many years as a typical Dutch brown bar on the Rozengracht, Bar Struik was transformed by its owner Remco, with the help of his uber-cool friends, from a staid old tavern into a sleek hangout for a sociable young crowd. The simple, urban vibe is punctuated by the colorful graffiti that spells out the bar ... 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
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.