Nightlife in Amsterdam

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it won’t come as a surprise to you that Amsterdam is a pretty good place to go if you fancy a drink, or something more…mellow. Amsterdam is not just about staying out until the early hours, but it certainly does nightlife well. If a spot of evening culture is your thing, Amsterdam is no slouch on that front either.


For those looking to keep the party going, there are plenty of clubs to head on to. Looking for cocktails and disco with a side order of a panoramic view? Head up to the SkyLounge on the 11th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel near Centraal Station.

There is also no shortage of dance clubs and other nightspots, particularly around Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, but also scattered around the city. The large multipurpose Melkweg is an offbeat arts centre/club, with live music, a dance club, a disco, experimental plays (some in English) and art exhibitions. On the far side of Vondelpark, the smaller OCCII is great for live music in a grungier, cutting-edge vein. A popular central dive is the Winston, a nightclub and live music venue on the edge of the Red Light District. 

Don’t forget to check out what’s on at Westergas for major club nights or for a post-industrial, warehouse party feel, hit up Depot Amsterdam in Amsterdam-Noord. 


Amsterdam has some stellar cultural offerings, with over 40 different performances taking place every evening of the year in Amsterdam, details of which can be found on the excellent tourist office website

Concert halls and theatres are found all across the city with ballet, opera, rock, jazz and classical performances all featured regularly. There are also plenty of venues staging more risqué or avant-garde performances. The main venues for orchestral and chamber concerts are the Concertgebouw, home to the renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; and the Dutch National Opera & Ballet on the banks of the Amstel.  

The city’s newest large musical venue is the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, which stages performances of modern, world and experimental music. In an annexe is the renowned Bimhuis jazz and blues club. 

Explore Amsterdam

This picturesque, hip city has something for everyone, from beautiful canals and architecture to fascinating museums and galleries. Enjoy coffee and culture with a city break in Amsterdam.


Fancy something a bit more chilled of an evening? The EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam-Noord holds regular film showings and during the day films can be watched free of charge from specially-designed pods in the basement. As a bonus, you’ll experience one of the city’s most spectacular new buildings close up. 

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