Sugar Factory

Club / Live Music Venue
Sugar Factory A successful alternative to the other clubs in Amsterdam, Sugar Factory is a unique venue that hosts a diverse and sometimes unusual roster of live musicians and performers that's unlikely to be found anywhere else. Amsterdam Holland 52.3650614 4.8814167
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Sugar Factory - Club | Live Music Venue in Amsterdam.
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Party Earth Review A successful alternative to the other clubs in Amsterdam, Sugar Factory is a unique venue that hosts a diverse and sometimes unusual roster of live musicians and performers that’s unlikely to be found anywhere... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Th 11pm–4am, F–Su 11pm–5am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Sugar Factory Review

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A successful alternative to the other clubs in Amsterdam, Sugar Factory is a unique venue that hosts a diverse and sometimes unusual roster of live musicians and performers that's unlikely to be found anywhere else.

A successful alternative to the other clubs in Amsterdam, Sugar Factory is a unique venue that hosts a diverse and sometimes unusual roster of live musicians and performers that’s unlikely to be found anywhere else.

Though the club’s sparse décor consists primarily of bare black walls, long mirrors, and white-tiled floors, the warm neon lighting and action on the stage provide enough color and style to illuminate and energize the eclectic and well-dressed crowd on the dance floor.

A lounge to the side features retro rainbow-colored sofas surrounded by tall plants and candlelight that provide a quieter spot to take a breather and relax, though the lively, dance-happy patrons aren’t likely to leave the floor anytime soon.

With its packed performance schedule and easygoing atmosphere – even on techno nights – Sugar Factory is definitely a standout in the Leidseplein club scene.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you want a better view of the action but the lounge is full, try the area to the right of the stage. You’ll likely find a spot to dance on the elevated platform or to relax on the stairwell. Sometimes chairs and tables are available there as well.

  • Crowd

    A young and lighthearted tribe of city dwellers, students, and music lovers, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    A mix of progressive sounds, dubstep, heavy bass, and Wicked Jazz. The resident sounds are a fusion of live vocals, jazz musicians, and an old-school hip-hop DJ. Check the website for a schedule of shows.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Cover charge averages €10. Beer €2.50, wine €3.30, mixed drinks €6.80.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Sundays are popular with locals, when local jazz and hip-hop musicians blend together for the Wicked Jazz Sounds club night. The evening grows in strength from 11pm right through to 5am.

Sugar Factory User Reviews

Average rating:
Overpriced & arrogant
Guy V. May 15, 2013
Taking into account everything this club simply is not worth the money. Overzealous and rude bouncers reject people randomly like they own the place. We were "lucky" to get in we thought but after spending loads of money on drinks and waiting forever to get the party started we knew better. It took ages before we got our drinks. After a while we simply ordered two drinks per person at a time. Spend your money wisely. I am sure there are better places to go to in Amsterdam.
Across the board, and doing better
Mokum G. Dec 10, 2012
We mentioned before that Bitterzoet got better when Paradiso signed them on as an annexed spot for smaller bands to play. Sugar Factory is Melkweg's annexed spot now. Which is a great thing. Before, SF was more on the electronic side. They had some late nite bass parties happening on a weekly basis at one point. Now it's more of a mixed bag. Some great up and coming bands play there now. As do solid performers. From Sage Francis to Radio Moscow. The interesting thing is that the room isn't as deep as it is wide, as is the stage. Which you would think could disrupt sound quality. But in fact it's alright. SF hosts some great holiday parties as well. Plus still can be a bit clubby. Pay 15 or less and it's worth going to.
Sunday Sunday Sundays!
Amster M. Dec 9, 2012
Sugar Factory is best with Wicked Jazz Sounds I'd say. though I've seen many concerts that are a spillover from Melkweg as well. The concerts are good, usually hip hop or rock acts that can't sellout Melkweg, so sometimes you hit big US acts in this small stage. But Sundays are full and the crowd is there to GROOVE. Love the combination of DJ and instrumental... it's probably the few electro genres that I like and can dance to. People are all smiles there, and the floor is big enough to hold a decent size crowd. I think the smoking room is horribly closed off from the rest of the venue, but they added some tvs where you can watch the dance floor, and I guess it's not so bad.
Great Alternative Venue
Craig B. Nov 22, 2012
I happened to be in Amsterdam during Uitmarkt, a free music and arts festival held between Museumplein and Leidseplein, so I can't speak to the regularly scheduled concerts, but the lineup that played Sugar was very different from everything else. Influences ranged from reggae to Randy Newman, and the atmosphere was pretty intimate, which is very different from the experience you find at either of Melkweg's stages. The venue may be right across the street from Melkweg, but the crowds are very different. So if you're looking to escape the more popular (though by no means mainstream) acts and the crowds that go with them, look no further than Sugar Factory.
Didn't live up to hype
Maddy L. Nov 15, 2012
We went to Sugar Factory after having it be recommend by virtually every person we met in Amsterdam, and it definitely didn't live up to the hype. The music was a weird mix of polka and jazz. I wouldn't recommend this place if you're looking for a more traditional European club atmosphere.
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