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 ... read full review of Bluebird
Party Earth Review Housed in a spacious 1600s-era building that was once a distillery, In de Wildeman has carried on the structure’s legacy by fashioning itself as a bar dedicated to offering the best beers from Belgium and the Netherlands as well as numerous selections from around the world. Old keg barrels stacked to the ceiling create ... more
Party Earth Review Over one hundred types of Belgian and Dutch beers await in this snug Flanders-meets-Amsterdam brown bar, a place that has apparently radiated warmth and charm since the day it first opened its doors as a communist hangout in 1968. Besides the requisite beer signs, posters, and a communal acoustic guitar, the walls also ... more
Party Earth Review Posh and elegant, Jimmy Woo is one of the hottest clubs in Amsterdam and attracts a chic, sophisticated clientele that fits right in with the lush décor. The tongue-in-cheek premise is that the club is actually Jimmy Woo’s home, and a glass door at the entrance affords an intimate view of the fictional Mr. Woo’s bedroom ... more
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 ... read full review of Noorderlicht Café
Party Earth Review Outside, fogged and white-framed windows reveal a typical Dutch brown bar – cozy and brimming with character. Inside, the award-winning Whiskycafé L&B is a soothing and resoundingly mellow spot that practically begs for a snort or two of whiskey to accompany it. Luckily, there’s a whiskcrapload on hand. Nearly 1,500 whiskey ... more
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 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.