Party Earth Review With the swarm of mingling patrons and high-volume chatter on the street corner outside the bar, it’s nearly impossible to pass by Café Tabac without thinking there’s a great party going on. The odd part is that there’s nothing overtly special about Café Tabac at first glance – but on closer inspection it’s easy to see ... more
Party Earth Review Hotel Arena is an absolutely gigantic club with plenty of bars and dance floors to keep things exciting all night long. Though marble pillars and painted ceilings recall the building’s history as a former chapel, the space has been fully modernized with illuminated bars, a killer sound system, and a multicolored disco glow ... more
Party Earth Review Established in 1670, Café Hoppe is a traditional Dutch bar where the city’s intellectuals have gathered for hundreds of years to discuss politics and world affairs. Scholars and highbrows still convene at this quaint pub, but nowadays their heated debates are illuminated by the neon lights of oversized Amstel signs and ... more
Party Earth Review Take the cover of a punk rock album, throw in some skateboard decks and a few beer-soaked tables, then add a talkative crowd sporting mohawks and worn out Chuck Taylors, and the end result is none other than Café The Minds. Raw and gritty, the modest space features peeling punk posters, old leather boots dangling from the ... more
Cocktail Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Gespot (Spotted) may be popular for its posh atmosphere, but it owes its real fame to the extraordinary and unconventional cocktails served at the downstairs bar. Inventive offerings such as the Asian Mary with wasabi and soy sauce and the Thai Basil Sin with basil and apple juice are created nightly by some of Amsterdam ... more
Club / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Known for its super-chic and dare-to-be-different style, Supperclub is an indulgent club and restaurant intent on titillating all five senses of its sophisticated clientele. Three distinct areas make up the venue, the first being La Salle Neige, a combination dining room, stage, and art gallery with broad balconies and ... more
Jonge Roelensteeg 21
Party Earth Review Possibly the most popular spot in Bloemendaal aan Zee, Woodstock 69 is a picturesque party house overlooking the beach, and has a casual, island-style lounge. Colorful mosaics decorate portions of the outer walls by the sun deck, where patrons can lounge on a bed to soak up the rays or sink into a couch or bean bag ... more
Zeeweg ongenummerd tent 7
Party Earth Review Set in an old milk factory, Melkweg (Milky Way) is an entertainment/arts complex with a bar, club, movie theater, and art gallery. Though the venue features a variety of live concerts during the week, the post-show club gigs that swing into gear afterwards are just as popular with the local music lovers who show up to dance ... more
Party Earth Review Outside, fogged and white-framed windows reveal a typical Dutch brown bar – cozy and brimming with character. Inside, the award-winning Whiskycafé L&B is a soothing and resoundingly mellow spot that practically begs for a snort or two of whiskey to accompany it. Luckily, there’s a whiskcrapload on hand. Nearly 1,500 whiskey ... more
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 82-84
Party Earth Review Café Proust is an upscale bar and café that caters to the Jordaan’s artsy yet cosmopolitan population of well-heeled young professionals. A fresh take on the typical Dutch brown bar, the sleek and spare décor features a sparkling revolver-shaped chandelier amusingly aimed at a bullet hole ... more
Party Earth Review Built in the early 1900s, ‘t Loosje’s building was originally the site of a waiting room for folks looking to snag a seat on the city’s early horse-drawn tram. Nowadays, however, it’s a great spot for people-watching and a popular haunt for mellow professionals and artsy types in the mood for one of the bar’s many tap beers ... more
Party Earth Review Over one hundred types of Belgian and Dutch beers await in this snug Flanders-meets-Amsterdam brown bar, a place that has apparently radiated warmth and charm since the day it first opened its doors as a communist hangout in 1968. Besides the requisite beer signs, posters, and a communal acoustic guitar, the walls also ... more
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 86
Thanks to its major city port, restaurants in Amsterdam are a veritable melting pot – and not just because somebody was holding a lighter too close to their face.
Visitors to Amsterdam will find fare from just about every corner of the globe, from elegant and Victorian dining halls with five-star French cuisine to fun casual bistros along the canal as likely to dish out Mexican burritos as American burgers. There’s also a prevalence of Indonesian and Chinese restaurants, as well as a weird hybrid of both that most locals will tell you to avoid.
Dutch staples are obviously prominent, but for those tired of smoked sausages and boiled cabbage, there are a plethora of trendy restaurants and cool cafés that could give the haute cuisine of Paris and the brilliant pasta of Rome a run for their money.
Those on a budget should order up the dagschotel (plate of the day) off the dagmenu (menu of the day), or hit the ubiquitous “eetcafés” – basically brown bars with food – for, you guessed it, more sausage.