Like other modern European cities, Amsterdam has many clubs and fun venues for late-night dancing, eating, and bar-hopping. However, Amsterdam has reigned supreme as one of the wildest party towns on the continent due to its famous (or infamous?) Red Light District and “tolerated” marijuana.
During the day, Amsterdam offers a wealth of historical tours, venues, and museums, but there is an assumption that the entire town turns into a party zone after dark. Amsterdam has some amazing variety in its nightlife scene, but it’s no more rowdy than other popular tourist destinations.
If you’re headed to Amsterdam and want to fill your nights with as much fun as your days are filled with wandering through museums, here are some of the best clubs, bars, and venues in Amsterdam, as well as where to find them.
Top Picks for The Best Nightlife in Amsterdam
|Best For||Venue||Neighborhood||Key Amenities||Price|
|Generation Z||Radion||Nieuw West District||Big parties, smoking, pub food||$$|
|Early partiers||Canvas||City Center||Great view, early dinner, rooftop hot tubs||$$|
|Brown cafe scene||Cafe Chris||Jordaan||Cozy atmosphere||$|
|Couples||Secret Garden Amsterdam||City Center||Good food and atmosphere||$$$|
The Best Bars and Clubs in Amsterdam
1. Flying Dutchmen Cocktails
Address: Singel 460, 1017 AW Amsterdam, Netherlands
The claim to fame of the Flying Dutchmen Cocktails is its huge selection of spirits, and you’ll definitely want to make a reservation when you visit as the bar is quite popular. You’ll find yourself elbow-to-elbow with whoever you decide to visit with, and you’ll have your pick of any drink you can imagine.
If you’re not an expert on cocktails or want to try something new, the bartenders offer excellent recommendations based on your interest. The bar is not sleek and modern and offers old-school charm and local character.
2. Cafe Chris
Address: Bloemstraat 42, 1015 TB Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mix history and fun when you spend an evening at Cafe Chris, a “brown cafe” that opened in 1624. It’s a personal go-to of mine and one of the best brown cafes in Amsterdam. What’s a brown cafe, you might wonder? It’s the Dutch version of an English pub.
You’ll find local brews and Dutch food at your average brown cafe in Amsterdam. The historic spot has a great ambiance and is incredibly cozy and fun. Make…