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 ... read full review of The Bulldog Coffeeshop nr. 90
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 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 ... more
Party Earth Review With live nightly music at little or no cost, The Waterhole is an unkempt, dark, and dingy rockers paradise. There’s nothing particularly unique about this spacious bar, with its cozy booths and three busy pool tables, but the crowd is normally an eclectic mix of sociable music lovers and the vibe is as casual as it comes ... 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 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 Thanks to its shameless ocean theme, The Dolphins is one of the most unique and recognizable coffeeshops in Amsterdam. The walls are amusingly painted with one continuous marine mural that features air-brushed dolphins, treasure chests, and scuba divers, as well as three-dimensional foam coral creations that bubble out ... more
Party Earth Review Any serious beer lover who’s ready to forgo the typical Belgian bars and dive into the exceptional Dutch microbrew scene needs to check out Proeflokaal Arendsnest. Although the concept is similar to the famous Belgian abbeys – that is, there’s a wide selection of flavors, ingredients, and alcohol content, and every beer ... 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.