Party Earth Review Since its remodeling in 2008, The Winston – an energetic club associated with Belushi’s Bar and St. Christopher’s Inn next door – has attracted a friendly and diverse crowd of regulars, expats, and travelers eager to enjoy... ... read full review
M–Th, Su 9pm–3am, F–Sa 9pm–4am
Red Light District, Amsterdam –
Since its remodeling in 2008, The Winston – an energetic club associated with Belushi’s Bar and St. Christopher’s Inn next door – has attracted a friendly and diverse crowd of regulars, expats, and travelers eager to enjoy live music in a sociable environment.
The improved décor features a well-lit bar, a sleek new stage, and a relaxing back area for loungers.
A big, fluorescent sign blinking the words “Hell, Yeah!” hangs on one of the black walls, while a sea of disco balls reflects the stage and club lights, bringing to life the shadows of partygoers at the long, ever-busy bar.
Although some traces of the venue’s former life as a Red Light dive are still evident, the club overall has created a trendy, social, and open atmosphere for the two hundred chatty patrons who crowd in to dance, hang out, flirt, meet new people, and listen to a variety of good music.
Once a popular underground club for rock lovers, The Winston has also revamped its lineup and widened its horizons to include more mainstream acts, so the weekly schedule is now a mixed bag of DJs spinning techno and poppy house and indie bands who know how to keep an audience moving all night long.
Despite its size and decibel levels, The Winston has managed to maintain an inviting tavern-like feel where guests can simply enjoy an easygoing scene over a drink or two.
If you need a breather from the music, head to the patio at Belushi’s Bar next door. Just make sure to get your hand stamped when exiting The Winston so you’ll have no trouble getting back in.
Varies depending on the night and music, but usually a fusion of young internationals, neighborhood locals, and Amsterdammers, 18 to mid-30s.
Mondays feature drum and bass, while the rest of the week can feature anything from hip-hop to electro jazz, disco pop, cabarets, and rock bands. Local celebrity Coco Coquette hosts the occasional Travestival comedy night.
Check the website for the schedule.
Drink specials on beer and Jager shots before 11pm.
Beer €2.50/bottle and €4.60/pint, wine €3, mixed drinks €6, soda €2.
Cheeky Mondays are big nights for electronic clubbers, while the live rock music featured two to three times a week also draws a good crowd.
Warmoestraat is full of bars, cheap food, coffeeshops, and small bakeries.