Party Earth Review Perched on a mound of sand on the edge of Ijburg – Amsterdam’s newest neighborhood and home to the city’s latest man-made beach – Blijburg is a popular hotspot for young city dwellers in search of a nearby oasis for sunbathing and partying. The beach itself overlooks expansive canals and lagoons ... read full review of Blijburg
Party Earth Review De Buurvrouw (The Woman Next Door) is an after-hours bar whose location in a narrow alley helps keep its offbeat and alternative reputation a secret from the masses. Anything goes at this dark, narrow bar, a theme apparent in both the look and feel of the place and its hip clientele. Green and red stage lights illuminate ... 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 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 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 The first licensed coffeeshop in Amsterdam, Mellow Yellow opened its doors in 1967 and remains a must-see for connoisseurs of cultural cannabis. The exterior, with its bright yellow façade and retro black stripe design, still screams 1960s, but the interior is nothing but modern. Sleek tables, cushioned stools, and wraparound ... more
Party Earth Review Specializing in Belgian beer, Café Belgique is a small brown tavern oozing with rustic charm and filled with colorful characters. Ever since the well-known graffiti crew London Police took a liking to the place years ago, street artists have gathered here regularly to showcase their talents in the bar’s narrow alleyway ... 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
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.