Party Earth Review Known for producing some of the best weed and hash in the city, Grey Area is one of the most popular coffeeshops in Amsterdam and has won countless High Times Cannabis Cup awards – although, ironically, most of the wins have been for marijuana produced in the United States. Nonetheless, this small coffeeshop and its high ... read full review of Grey Area
Party Earth Review What began as a bike storage and boiler room was eventually transformed into De Nieuwe Anita, a kitschy yet stylish club that plays host to live bands, film screenings, open-mic nights, guest parties, and more. The décor is reminiscent of a vintage thrift store, with accordion lamps dangling from the low ceiling and illuminating ... 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 former 19th-century church in the heart of Amsterdam, Paradiso is an enormous, multilevel music venue and dance club with an international reputation for delivering intimate performances by big-name musicians – a feature that continues to lure both bands and fans. An impressive balcony wraps around the dance ... more
Party Earth Review Café Sound Garden rocks. Seriously, this raw and gritty tavern is a rock bar to its core, catering to a fun-loving and sociable crowd with nightly live music and DJs that perform rock, rock, and more rock. Save for the peeling gig fliers and old chairs and sofas, there’s not much inside in the way of décor, but no one seems ... read full review of Café Sound Garden
Party Earth Review A blue light guides patrons up the lavish staircase to De Kroon (The Crown), a restaurant and bar that’s right out of an episode of Miami Vice. The upscale interior includes ivory parlor chairs and a row of tiny palm trees lit by shades of pastel neon, as well as unusual touches like shadowbox displays of butterfly varieties ... 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 From the creators of Amsterdam’s former hotspot Club 11 comes Trouw, an industrial and heavy techno venue as hard-hitting as the original. Once a newspaper printing house, the club underwent minimal renovation that enhanced the raw factory theme with a touch of urban stenciling, street-style patterns, high-tech club lighting ... 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.