Clubs in Amsterdam
Clubbing in Amsterdam is relatively low-key, although lately it has changed a bit. To see what’s going on where, check the Amsterdam Agenda on this website. Some clubs are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only, but some every day. So be careful with your money, it is very tempting to go somewhere every night!
Most clubs charge for entry with prices hovering between €5,- during the week up to €25,- for special parties on Friday or Saturday. You’re expected to tip the bouncer when you walk out, €1, - will do. Drinks are slightly more expensive then in cafés.
Dressing up is not necessary at most places, although at some smaller venues the bouncers have carte blanche about who they let in.
As far as drugs go, smoking joints is generally fine in the smoking areas but if you have your doubts, just ask the barman. All other drugs are illegal.
It’s best to turn up around midnight, before that there won’t be much happening. Places are open till 4:00 during the week, 5:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Winston Kingdom @ Warmoesstraat 131 The cooles underground club in the city and the only bar in the Red Light District area open till late (ok ok and the San Fransisco, but that's a different calibre). Every day different music styles from drum’n’bass to electro to rock! Live bands, acts, dj’s, vj’s and more.
Piggy guests get in for free, just by showing your keycard at the door.
Winston Kingdom Amsterdam
Located in a former church, and known as the ‘pop-temple’ of Amsterdam, this notorious stage has hosted many famous bands already, and has a clubbier program on Friday & Saturday.
Another live-stage with a great variety in bands, but they also have Hip-Hop, Reggae, club nights & cultural events.
Formally a theatre, the Sugar Factory has a well stocked bar and a diverse range of club nights, performances, and a hip, intimate atmosphere.
Sugar Factory Amsterdam
The name means ‘bittersweet’, it has a relaxed atmosphere and a special program every night, with live music or DJ’s, but also film and theatre.
If you want to experience luxury, style and glamour, this is the place to be, according to them. The club and lounge have an orient touch and their feeling for newest trends in music and design are portrayed in the style of the club.
Jimmy Woo Amsterdam
This small, stylish bar set over two floors attracts a lively, younger crowd than the neighbouring Jimmy Woo, possibly owing to its less picky door staff.
Zebra Lounge Amsterdam
This intimate club plays a mix of house, R&B and club classics to a well-dressed crowed. Choosy door staff.
The Escape has been a fact in the Dutch nightlife since 1987. It's one of the larger clubs in town, and offers many exclusive parties. New club nights like Framebusters, Franchise and Shape have replaced previous popular Chemistry nights.
The Escape Amsterdam
Studio 80 is a breeding ground for all new live acts, DJ’s, music producers and party organizers related to dance music. With this effort, they are giving this industry a chance to improve. Very easy going atmosphere.
Studio 80 Amsterdam
This stylish nightclub is located in an 17th century brewery. The restaurant downstairs has a different feel compared to the club, cozier but also very trendy.
This smal venue hosts a wide-ranging program of events, from salsa nights to Turkish dance parties to house.
This popular club overlooks the ‘IJ’ and is host to loads of international dj’s. There is also a restaurant which might be handy since the location isn’t too central.
This place hosts big concerts and famous dj’s. The capacity us huge (for Amsterdam standards), up to 6000 people. Everything at this place works smoothly since it’s purpose-built. You have to take a tube though to get there (get off at station ‘Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA).
Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam
Situated near Amstel station, southeast of the city (take a tube to ‘Spaklerweg), this is a massive Saturday-night party zone, with good trance and techno DJ’s.