The Netherlands’ capital city of Amsterdam is known for its outstanding architecture, the beautiful canals that crisscross much of the city, the great shopping venues, and some of the friendliest people in Europe, most whom are well-versed in the English language. But despite the city’s culture, history, and relaxing atmosphere, as well as being the biggest Dutch city and the creative and cultural center, Amsterdam is a party city as well.
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Locals will tell you that their nightlife is as lively as it gets and will equal that of any major city in Europe. The Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein are two of the most popular nightlife areas to explore whenever you visit Amsterdam, as there is a large concentration of bars, cafés, and especially nightclubs in this section of the city. The following is a listing of our top choices for nightclubs in Amsterdam.
Escape – a hi-tech operation with multimedia infusion and a stylish atmosphere, this club features an abundance of interconnected areas, but they are somewhat limited in space and tend to get crowded during peak hours. There are balconies, dance floors that literally pulsate with light, lounge bars, and VIP stages all underneath one huge roof.
Jimmy Woo – based on a fictional Chinese character, this glamorous nightclub is known for holding extravagant parties in what looks like an opium den from the 1800s. The dance floor area is lit up by 12,000 mini light bulbs and features a sound system that is nothing short of state-of-the-art. Just remember this is a “dress to impress” nightclub and you must adhere to a strict dress code in order to enter.
Paradiso – this former beautiful church structure is now a popular dance club. The Christian hymns that once emanated from the pews of this building have been replaced by a more energetic form of music. Bands from around the world enjoy performing here because of the club’s terrific acoustics. Weekend evenings oftentimes feature live DJs as well.
Studio 80 – located on the neon-lit, tourist-attracting Rembrandtplein is Studio 80, a rather basic nightclub that stands in stark contrast to its more affluent looking neighbors. This is the nightspot for those fans of electronic and experimental techno music. One night of the week is dedicated to the gay community and features some of the most outstanding DJs from Berlin.
Bitterzoet – this small but extremely popular nightclub is situated a short walk from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station. It is mostly frequented by a younger crowd who enjoy its live music venue and its varied party programs. One night could offer the best in hip-hop, the next reggae, and the next night underground indie music. However, the club focuses more on emerging talent especially if it is a crossover genre.
Hotels in Amsterdam
Hotel HEM Amsterdam
Average Price: €46
Average Rating: 6.9
Conscious Hotel Vondelpark
Average Price: €85
Average Rating: 8.9
Hotel Asterisk Amsterdam
Average Price: €55
Average Rating: 7.3