Bimhuis

Concert Venue / Jazz Club
Bimhuis 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. Amsterdam Holland 52.378193 4.913099
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Bimhuis - Concert Venue | Jazz Club in Amsterdam.
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Su–Th 6:30pm–1am, F–Sa 6:30pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Bimhuis Schedule of Events

Sep25Thu
Bimhuis - Concert Venue | Jazz Club in Amsterdam.

Concert / Jazz

8:30 pm
Grant Stewart
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Sep27Sat
Bimhuis - Concert Venue | Jazz Club in Amsterdam.

Concert / Jazz

8:30 pm
Gideon van Gelder
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Party Earth Bimhuis Review

The Scene

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.

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-to-ceiling windows provide a romantic view of the city center as warm amber lighting casts a gentle glow over the patrons in the cozy red theater seats, their attention captivated by the magic happening on the glossy wooden stage.

Between sets, guests move to the spacious bar and lounge area for a bit of refreshment and mingling.

On any given night, Bimhuis attracts a diverse clientele, though student nights bring in the liveliest and most informal crowd, while the well-known acts draw a more sophisticated group of jazz lovers and musicians.

Either way, the stunning décor, incomparable view, and stellar music that the Bimhuis offers is ideal for those who want to experience the high-end side of Amsterdam’s arts and culture.

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Tip from Emma:

Unless you are a knowledgeable jazz guru, you might want to stick to the Tuesday night student sessions. Entrance is free, the crowd is relaxed, young, and hip, and everyone is there to enjoy a few drinks and watch their friends jam out in a beautiful setting.

  • Crowd

    Everyone from jazz lovers to socialites, depending on the act, 20s and up.

  • Entertainment / Music

    All types of jazz, from smooth contemporary and experimental improvisation to upbeat swing and a capella scats. Musicians vary from well-known international groups to local legends and start-up student groups.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    A café next to the stage offers a unique menu of delicacies including oxtail soup, warm salmon vinaigrette salads, deep-fried tempeh in soy sauce with noodles, asparagus with lamb fillet, and goat cheese ravioli with tomatoes and basil.

  • Prices

    Concert tickets €12–€14, free Tuesday nights. Appetizers €5.50–€7.50, entrées €13.50–€18.50. Beer €2, wine €3, mixed drinks €6.50+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to smart casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Varies depending on the music/artist. The free student jam sessions on Tuesday nights bring in locals from around the city and international students from the music conservatory.

  • Close By

    Bimhuis is part of the “Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ” (Music Building on the Ij River), a large and beautiful work of modern architecture that houses a number of upscale music venues. Star Ferry, a café located on the ground floor of the building, offers light food and drinks on its terrace dock.

Bimhuis User Reviews

Average rating:
Tuesday Night Sessions in the Bimhuis
Marjolein R. Nov 8, 2013
If there is one scene alive and vibrant within Amsterdam it is jazz. This may be strongly part to the jazz course at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam. The students from the course flock around the city to different joints each night to have a jam and every Tuesday it is the Bimhuis they descend on. Beginning at 10.00 with the promise of a free drink to anyone who plays more than one piece the bravest venture out first, often a band who play together regularly and have an idea in their minds. My first night in Amsterdam I went to the Bimhuis (my first night being a Tuesday) and it was a great welcome to the city and the jazz scene it holds. The night is free and the venue is lovely, nestled into the protruding block you get great views of the city and water. I often found myself watching the ships slip by as I listened to the music. Jams are a great way of getting into jazz as you follow the ideas from one solo to the next and it was a great testament to the high levels of skill and improvisation from the Conservatorium. If you like jazz and want a free night out, remember to bring money for drinks and coffees from the bar, head to the Bimhuis. Just don’t sit near the front, the trumpets can be quite loud.
Great classy wine glassy!
Amster M. Nov 30, 2012
Bimhuis has been having these free student nights for years, and it's really the best day to go. Go any other day of the week and you're dishing our 20 euros or more on something that you'll consider boring unless you're a jazz guru. So I doubt you'd even go. Everything is more chill and laid back on a student night. And I don't mean student night as in wild party, this is Bimhuis so things are still respectable and low key. But really this place shines with the look, the views, and the ambience of music geeks from the conservatory trying their best to hit on cute girls in town for a semester at UvA. =)
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