The city of culture, canals and cobbled lane ways by day becomes the city of beautiful chaos by night. It pulses with light, music and dance…and there is something for everyone. There are two main hubs of Amsterdam nightlife: Leidseplein, and Rembrandtplein (characterized by its recreation of Rembrandt’s painting De Nachtwacht in statues). However, there are also clubs scattered throughout the city. For example, Bitterzoet, a club with a distinctly sensual atmosphere created by artful stained-glass windows and soulful music.
The best way to experience Amsterdam nightlife is to visit one (or many) of the city’s beautiful bars before you hit the clubs. Chupitos shooter bar is famous for its flaming shots, and features music that tops the charts! Bloemenbar is just one example of the more trendy bars in Amsterdam; bustling with a young, cosmopolitan crowd, it has an air of sophistication, accentuated by the subtle lighting and laid-back atmosphere. For the best value for money, bars such as Pancake Corner (on Leidseplein) offer great deals, such as ten shots for ten Euros. Always jovial and busy, these bars are a great way to meet people and get in the right mood! The Conservatorium hotel bar is an option for visitors who are looking for an evening of elegance. Beautiful wines, sparkling champagnes, and a range of appetizing cocktails are all on offer, to be enjoyed in an easygoing, sumptuous atmosphere.
Amsterdam is a city where modernity is constantly flirting with the old ways, and the nightlife is no different. Take Paradiso, for example, one of the city’s most loved spots. Paradiso, which was converted from a church, provides the unique experience of being able to appreciate stunning 19th century architecture while grooving to the latest club hits. The club regularly is host to live bands, particularly acoustic and indie bands. There are also ‘super Dutch’ clubs (such as Club NL), more international places, (such as Coco’s Outback on Rembrandtplein, which features the latest chart-toppers as well as the classic party hits),and one of the best gay clubbing scenes in Europe (Club Church was voted best gay club and fetish club in Holland for 2012, for example).
If you are lucky enough to be in Amsterdam during the city’s famous dance festival, Amsterdam Dance Event (19th – 23th October 2016), it would be a crime not to attend one of the festival’s events. Annually, the city hosts the world’s biggest names in electronic, techno and house music, who travel from all over the world to play in clubs scattered throughout the city. The festival unites Amsterdam nightlife for its duration, in which all club-goers are bound together in their love of music and dance.
One of the biggest attractions of Amsterdam nightlife is the underground sounds scene. Techno heads come from far and wide to experience the thrill of Amsterdam’s techno scene. Particularly notable is Chateau Techno, which hosts huge events in derelict warehouses, which thousands of people attend. The Amsterdam nightlife is one of the city’s defining characteristics. Whether you are a hardcore techno fan, or an easy-going visitor simply looking for a good time, Amsterdam has it all!
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