Amsterdam Nightlife – The Ultimate Guide

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AMSTERDAM IS THE NIGHTLIFE CAPITAL OF EUROPE. HERE'S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT.

We've collected all the best tips for Amsterdam nightlife here, as recommended by locals. Are you looking for a wild night out at a club? To discover some new bars in town? Or to see what events are on? Then read on.

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Party Tips

AMSTERDAM EVENTS

Amsterdam is a vibrant city and you can always find special events on week to week. Whether it's hot or cold; sunny or rainy, there's always something on.

The summer season is when the city explodes with outdoor festivals. Within 30 minutes traveling from the Center, there are large venues that host a range of events, from techno festivals, to niche parties, to food festivals.

In the winter season, the city doesn't stop either. Events shift indoors and club life goes in full swing. 

A couple times a year, there are mega festivals that bring the city to life. All of Amsterdam - young and old, locals and tourists - go out onto the streets (and canals!) and party like there's no tomorrow on King's Day (April 27th), Gay Pride (first week of August), Amsterdam Dance Event (late October)

Upcoming Events

Discover what's on and what's hot in Amsterdam. List updated weekly.

amsterdam dance event: party survival guide

Amsterdam Dance Event is one of the most important annual electronic dance music events & the biggest club festival in the world for a week long. Here's how to have an amazing time.

How Amsterdammers Celebrate King's Day

A local's guide of how to celebrate the orangest and most uniquely Dutch holiday.

AMSTERDAM BAR GUIDES

Amsterdam has a very active bar culture. What sets it apart is the easy access to the city's spectacular waterways and the local craft brews

Many bars have waterside terraces that are perfect for the summer, and even in the winter the heating lamps make the atmosphere cozy. A couple of them even have a boat dock, so that you can pull up to the bar with your boat! Having a drink by the water is a must-do experience in Amsterdam.

And when in Amsterdam, you've got to try a local brew. There are bars that only serve Dutch beers. What's more is that craft beer brands like Troost and Brouwerij 't IJ not only sell their beer across the city, they even have their own bars. 

best bars recommended by locals

Amsterdam Super Locals tell you their favorite hangout spots on the city - from neighborhood bars to whiskey joints.

5 Best Waterside Bars

In the city of canals, you must experience a waterside bar. Bonus points if you sail up to it on a boat.

Best Craft Beer Breweries and Bars

Can you name any beer from Amsterdam that isn't Heineken? These bars will show you!

7 Spectacular Rooftop Bars in Amsterdam

Movie nights, rooftop pools... There's a rooftop for that.

10 Bars to cure your hangover

You know how the saying goes, the best way to cure a hangover is to keep drinking... Here are 10 Amsterdam bars that are soothing in the daytime!

AMSTERDAM CLUB GUIDES

Amsterdam is the #1 party destination in Europe, and for good reason! (And no, those reasons don't include the smoke shops and the red light district.)

First of all, many of the world's most famous DJs hail from Amsterdam - Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Hardwell, you name it. These DJs are pioneers in the electronic dance music scene in big room house and trance. They have blossomed beyond their local market and are huge internationally. In fact, locally, the trends of music have it that techno has been the most popular genre for club music in the past couple of years. And there's no shortage of choices there.

Although techno is king in Amsterdam, other genres are well-represented as well. There are regular events with Hip Hop, R&B, and even Afrobeats

For those that want to rock out to live music, large venues like Paradiso bring in great artists weekly. For those seeking indie vibes, check the programming at intimate alternative venues like the Water Hole.

Top 5 Clubs in Amsterdam

The Dutch like to party, and Amsterdam where it's at! Discover the best clubs in the scene.

A District by District Guide of Amsterdam's Clubbing Hotspots

We go in-depth in this article, showcasing the most worthwhile clubs in each district.

AMSTERDAM PARTY TIPS

Best Spots for a BBQ Party

Bring the meat, the music, and then people - and make your own party at one of Amsterdam's many barbecue spots.

sunday nights: where to go out

Who says that Sunday is the day of rest? In Amsterdam, you can still party day to night! There are plenty of day and night club options, take your pick.

Monday nighT IN AMSTERDAM 

Cure your Monday blues at one of these 4 happenin' Monday spots.

tuesday nighT IN AMSTERDAM

Tuesday is an off-night in Amsterdam, but techno heads and live music fanatics do have places to go!

wednesday nighT IN AMSTERDAM

Get your dose of midweek madness at one of these 5 poppin' bars & clubs. Getting over "hump day" doesn't have to be tough. But your next day might be.

Thursday nighT IN AMSTERDAM

Thursday night is the new Friday night, don't you know? These are our 5 favorite places to celebrate the upcoming weekend.