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 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 De Club Up is a hotspot for a diverse clientele that includes everyone from young and cultured adults from the city’s creative industries of fashion, marketing, music, and design, to artsy hipsters and mild hip-hop mavens. The brick and concrete club’s generous size houses a vast dance floor that accommodates 300 guests ... more
Party Earth Review Take the cover of a punk rock album, throw in some skateboard decks and a few beer-soaked tables, then add a talkative crowd sporting mohawks and worn out Chuck Taylors, and the end result is none other than Café The Minds. Raw and gritty, the modest space features peeling punk posters, old leather boots dangling from the ... more
Party Earth Review Although Café de Duivel is located in a square once known as Devil’s Corner – which was also the site of witch burnings – the owner of this classic hip-hop bar claims the bar’s name is simply a coincidence. Once inside, however, it’s clear that the décor carries on the devilish theme with its red and black walls, bar, lounge ... read full review of Café de Duivel
Party Earth Review Originally a combination coffeeshop and bar, Nes Café eventually dropped the cannabis side of its business to comply with changes to Dutch law, but is still a smoker-friendly bar for pool sharks, coffeeshop employees, and everyone in between who enjoys drinking cheap beer in a welcome watering hole. Other than the large ... 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 ... more
Party Earth Review “Stout” is a Dutch term used for people who are being naughty or just plain immodest, and the wait staff and bartenders at STOUT! do their best to embody the word – that is, in a friendly way that leaves their lunch and dinner customers happy and a bit flattered by the flirtatious attention received by the attractive staff ... 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.