Party Earth Review With live nightly music at little or no cost, The Waterhole is an unkempt, dark, and dingy rockers paradise. There’s nothing particularly unique about this spacious bar, with its cozy booths and three busy pool tables... ... read full review
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 49
M–Th, Su 4pm–3am, F–Sa 4pm–4am
Leidseplein, Amsterdam –
With live nightly music at little or no cost, The Waterhole is an unkempt, dark, and dingy rockers paradise.
There’s nothing particularly unique about this spacious bar, with its cozy booths and three busy pool tables, but the crowd is normally an eclectic mix of sociable music lovers and the vibe is as casual as it comes.
The room clearly hasn’t been renovated in decades and the décor looks like someone took a truckload of rock posters, liquor bottles, and old musical instruments and hurled them against the walls, while the worn furnishings could have been pulled straight from a cowboy’s saloon.
The bar makes it easy to stay for “just one more song,” and most of the amiable patrons stay all night to sing along with fellow rockers belting out classic covers.
Though it may be a bit of a dive – actually it’s definitely a lot of a dive – The Waterhole is an ideal spot to spend a carefree evening among spirited folks who can’t get enough of Queen, The Stones, and Hendrix.
There aren’t many places where you can find live music without paying a big cover charge, and this is a good one. Pool tables in the back, lots of people to talk to, and a long bar with decently-priced beer – with the right band and the right crowd, The Waterhole can be a really great time.
Diverse range of classic rock-loving locals and travelers, 20s to mid-30s.
Live music every night. Pool tables in the back are free 4–6pm.
Happy Hour daily 6–9pm.
Beer €3+, mixed drinks €6+.
Fridays and Saturdays are packed, and Ladies’ Night on Sundays can bring in quite a crowd, too.