Party Earth Review Gespot (Spotted) may be popular for its posh atmosphere, but it owes its real fame to the extraordinary and unconventional cocktails served at the downstairs bar. Inventive offerings such as the Asian Mary with wasabi and soy sauce and the Thai Basil Sin with basil and apple juice are created nightly by some of Amsterdam ... read full review of Gespot
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 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
Party Earth Review Bitterzoet is a bar, club, and movie theater all rolled into one with an easygoing, underground vibe. Although the bar, DJ corner and décor of urban murals, black walls, and disco ball are basic, the creative patrons and unique events bring color and personality to evenings at Bitterzoet. Most nights feature themes supported ... 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 ... read full review of The Waterhole
Party Earth Review Small and sophisticated, Vyne is a low-key, modern haven for Amsterdam’s true wine enthusiasts – and the owners have chosen to preserve its peaceful, exclusive ambiance by depending on word of mouth as their only advertising. High-tech, temperature-controlled refrigerators display over three hundred different wines in this ... 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 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
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.