Bars and Clubs in Amsterdam

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  • Bar / Café / Theater

    Kriterion - Bar | Café | Theater in Amsterdam.

    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 ... more

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  • Coffeeshop

    Mellow Yellow - Coffeeshop in Amsterdam.

    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

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  • Drinking Activity / Historic Bar / Tour

    Wynand Fockink - Drinking Activity | Historic Bar | Tour in Amsterdam.

    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 ... more

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  • Coffeeshop

    Green House - Coffeeshop in Amsterdam.

    Party Earth Review Winner of over thirty Cannabis Cup awards, Green House has a stellar reputation for both its quality products and the inviting atmosphere in each of its four Amsterdam locations. The original coffeeshop on Oude Zijds, which displays its successes in a full-size trophy case, has also become a magnet for celebrities, as attested ... more

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  • Bar / Restaurant

    Dulac - Bar | Restaurant in Amsterdam.

    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

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  • Café / Club / Concert Venue

    Paradiso - Café | Club | Concert Venue in Amsterdam.

    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

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Browse Amsterdam Bars and Clubs by Category

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.

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  1. Lucas

    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

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    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

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    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

    Emma Likes: Happy Hour Culture Dancing Lively Budget-friendly Sightseeing Party Groups

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