Party Earth Review Dimly illuminated by rustic lanterns, candles, and strings of soft lights, Jazz Café Alto is a quaint, smoky bar just off of Leidseplein that offers fantastic live jazz every night of the week. Over fifty years old, Alto’s has played host to three generations of regulars. Wood floors and walls covered in photographs of ... more
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115
Info Badcuyp is a concert venue located in the De Pijp district of Amsterdam. Originally opened in 1994 with a focus only on jazz music, the hall has distinguished itself by showcasing innovative fusion and world music. The two-story venue features a main hall with impressive acoustics and a café. Events at Badcuyp include live ... more
Eerste Sweelinckstraat 10
1073 CM Amsterdam
Concert Venue / Jazz Club
Party Earth Review Added as an extension to Amsterdam’s music hall on the Ij River, the boxy black Bimhuis is one of the most beautiful and upscale jazz venues in Europe. Besides the perfect acoustics, the club offers an intimate and snazzy setting in which to enjoy the top-notch musical talent that performs to packed houses each week. Floor ... more
Piet Heinkade 3
Blues Club / Jazz Club
Party Earth Review Straight out of New Orleans, the Bourbon Street Blues Club is a live music venue whose authentic, old-fashioned feel is perfectly complemented by the fantastic jazz and blues that has become the club’s trademark. A spacious stage, which has played host to the likes of Sting and ZZ Top, dominates the back of the venue, and ... more
As in all great cities, if you’re looking for good jazz, all you need to do is walk the streets and listen for the smooth trumpeting sounds coming from dingy dives down deserted corners. The Amsterdam jazz clubs and bars are no different and while you can find that smoky haunt in a back alley, you can also find great jazz halls with perfect acoustic pitch.
Jazz clubs in Amsterdam really do run the gamut from big to small, and pristine to gritty. The biggest, nicest, and probably most well-known club is Bimhuis. This club/concert hall that sits on the Ij River is one of Amsterdam’s architectural masterpieces and hosts the biggest name jazz musicians and groups in the business.
Another great Amsterdam jazz haunt, although this of the more dimly lit and dingy variety, is Jazz Café Alto. This smoky Leidseplein staple has hosted three generations of jazz greats and has lured in celebrities like Chet Baker, Bill Clinton, and Liza Minnelli.
For jazz mixed with blues, there’s the Bourbon Street Blues Club, also in Leidseplein, which is a straight out of New Orleans joint that has seen the likes of Sting and ZZ Top perform on its illustrious stage.
Whether you’re looking for famous and elegant or down and dirty, there are amazing jazz clubs all over Amsterdam that will get all your toes officially tapping.