Party Earth Review Housed in a former 19th-century church in the heart of Amsterdam, Paradiso is an enormous, multilevel music venue and dance club with an international reputation for delivering intimate performances by big-name musicians... ... read full review
Concerts: daily starting between 7:30–10pm
Club: W–Th 11:30pm–4am, F–Sa midnight–5am
Leidseplein, Amsterdam –
Housed in a former 19th-century church in the heart of Amsterdam, Paradiso is an enormous, multilevel music venue and dance club with an international reputation for delivering intimate performances by big-name musicians – a feature that continues to lure both bands and fans.
An impressive balcony wraps around the dance floor and stage in the main room, where masses of people get groovy to an eclectic mix of music. Giant stained glass windows accentuate the vibrant setting and serve as a backdrop for some of the biggest bands in the music biz.
When the live performances end, the venue transforms into a club with DJs spinning disco, jazz, and funk all night long.
A smaller room on the top level hosts either a different live gig or a DJ pumping out more alternative beats, while a second-floor smoking room and a basement café offer quieter places to take a quick breather.
The beautiful setting, outgoing social vibe, and stellar performances attract a diverse clientele that changes according to who’s on the schedule – though club nights do tend to draw a harder party crowd of students.
Paradiso’s incredibly diverse line-ups, however, promise a great night for almost all tastes, evident in the fact that everyone from The Rolling Stones to Nick Cave to Willie Nelson to Jamiroquai are a just a few of its past headliners.
Casual but energetic, 18 to late 20s.
Live shows range from legends to up-and-coming bands from around the world. On club nights, music depends on the DJ and the event, but could include house, disco, jazz, hip-hop, funk, electronic, or house.
A café downstairs serves sandwiches and snacks.
Tickets for shows and club nights €10–€60 depending on the event/band. Membership is also required and can be purchased for €2–€3/month or €18/year. Sandwiches and snacks €2–€6. Beer and wine €2.50–€5, mixed drinks €7+.
Wednesdays and Thursdays around midnight for Noodlanding! are always a safe bet. Noodlanding! is one of the venue’s longest-running club nights and is still popular with a young and hip Dutch crowd. Friday and Saturday nights are also popular.