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
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Party Earth Review Formerly a film academy, the building that now houses OT301 was taken over by an enterprising group of artists who revamped it into a multimedia cultural center dedicated to parties, music, and food. Now home to a club, a film cinema, art studios, and the De Peper vegan café, OT301 has maintained its urban roots, which ... more
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 setting in which to enjoy the top-notch musical talent that performs to packed houses each week. Floor ... more
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Party Earth Review A spacious and modern bar with an ultra-cool décor, Werck is a sharp and polished place perfect for mingling with a hip local crowd. The chic décor features elegant wood dining tables, ivory leather armchairs, and a long mahogany bar, all softly lit by contemporary chandeliers and rows of tiny lights in the dark wood ceiling ... more
Party Earth Review Opened by a good samaritan in 1945, the Kriterion movie theater was originally a haven where struggling students could work and earn money in the aftermath of World War II. From the beginning, Kriterion has been run by a creative panel of young and innovative city students, who continue to strive to keep the theater a liberal ... more
Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Named after the black pigs that are indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula, Pata Negra is a restaurant and bar popular for its genuine Spanish design, sweetly refreshing cocktails, and a menu of over forty authentic Spanish tapas. Quaint and romantic, the décor features kitchen-tile mosaics that portray Spanish wine cellars ... more
Party Earth Review From the glazed wood-pattern dining tables to the colorful pieces on the walls, every painted item at Canvas is for sale, a nod to the owner’s vision of a club and restaurant that also functions as a work of art and a gallery all rolled into one. The seventh floor of this former newspaper building has long housed artist ... more
Party Earth Review Dimly illuminated by rustic lanterns, candles, and strings of soft lights, Jazz Café Alto is a quaint, smoky bar just off of Leidseplein that offers fantastic live jazz every night of the week. Over fifty years old, Alto’s has played host to three generations of regulars. Wood floors and walls covered in photographs of ... more
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Party Earth Review Easily recognizable by its airplane hangar shape and transparent, greenhouse-like architecture, Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) is a boisterous café where artists and creative types come for indoor and outdoor drinking, dining, and dancing – not to mention an extraordinary view of the city center from the other side of the ... more
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Party Earth Review Perched on a mound of sand on the edge of Ijburg – Amsterdam’s newest neighborhood and home to the city’s latest man-made beach – Blijburg is a popular hotspot for young city dwellers in search of a nearby oasis for sunbathing and partying. The beach itself overlooks expansive canals and lagoons ... more
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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
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
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.