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... ... read full review
W–Th 11pm–3am, F–Sa 11pm–5am, Su 10pm–3:30am
Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam –
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 among the touristy Rembrandtplein cafés, the club’s discreet and narrow black façade is mostly identifiable by the ropes that form the entrance line.
The high-ceilinged main room is just down the hall and features a vast open area with bright, flashing club lights and dance platforms randomly placed around the perimeter of the floor, while further back is a second room that can hold an equally immense crowd of clubbers.
DJs from London to Berlin spin tunes in booths located above the dancers as the spirited and electrifying crowd of techno junkies and DJ lovers moves to the beat or grabs some refreshment at one of the two bars.
The various events, party nights, and theme nights at Studio 80 ensure that, while the club may have a slight underground feel, the vibe is never too extreme or directed at a niche audience – a philosophy that accounts for the mixed clientele the club attracts.
What seems most important here is that the atmosphere remain welcoming and open-minded and that techno enthusiasts return again and again for the energetic music and environment Studio 80 prides itself on.
Regular clubbers mixed with heavy techno and DJ fans, some on the raver side but more relaxed on the dance floor, 18 to late 20s.
Music ranges from poppy-techno to house and minimal electronic, depending on the night. Katapult is a gay-friendly party night on Wednesdays, while WKND nights on Thursdays feature DJs with a softer spin on house and minimal music.
Occasional special techno performances on the weekends. The website offers a Beta radio and live streaming system for watching the club or listening to Studio 80 DJ sessions.
Cover charge €5–€13 depending on the event (average €7). Beer €2.30, wine €4, mixed drinks €6.30.
Casual to techno clubwear.
Friday and Saturday nights are most popular, though the late closing time on Sundays also draws a crowd.