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 ... read full review of Kriterion
Party Earth Review Easily recognizable by its airplane hangar shape and transparent, greenhouse-like architecture, Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) is a boisterous café where artists and creative types come for indoor and outdoor drinking, dining, and dancing – not to mention an extraordinary view of the city center from the other side of the ... more
Party Earth Review The ground floor hangout and lobby for St. Christopher’s Inn and an offshoot of The Winston club next door, Belushi’s Bar is a popular gathering spot for guests of the Inn as well as travelers and expats just passing through for a good meal and a refreshing drink. Spacious and inviting, the bar offers an easygoing, international ... 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 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 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 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 ... more
Party Earth Review As a non-profit organization, Studio 80 is dedicated to giving up-and-coming DJs the opportunity to showcase their talents and spin side-by-side with well-known music artists. But besides the venue’s altruistic aims, Studio 80 is also considered Amsterdam’s “it” place for techno and minimal electronic music. Nearly hidden ... 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.