Best Nightlife spots in Amsterdam

Locals are used to having the Amsterdam nightlife associated with red lights and adult content. Although not entirely incorrect, Amsterdam distinguishes itself from others through its liberal attitude and rules, but has much more to offer than meets the typical tourist’s eye! Get to know the nightlife with a Heineken beer!

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Nightlife spots in Amsterdam

  • Pub crawling in Leidseplein

Leidseplein square is one of the main hotspots of the Amsterdam nightlife, and it’s commonly known for its “pub crawling” (trying out several cafes in one night) activities. While attractive to some, it is far from the experience of visiting Leidseplein’s endless cafes with your local guide.

Pub crawling is almost as common in Amsterdam nightlife as clubbing, and more appealing to those who enjoy beer tasting, trying out different music styles, or exploring different cafe crowds. Local guides will be able to recommend the best local beer, including Heineken, an Amsterdam original. On work nights (Monday-Thursday) most cafes are open until 1:00am, and until 3:00am on weekends.

  • Dancing the night away at Rembrandtplein

While also offering a vast array of cafes and pubs, Rembrandtplein is commonly known as the clubbing hotspot of the Amsterdam nightlife, offering both fancier, high-end clubs (with a stricter dress code) such as Escape, as well as more casual clubs with music styles for all tastes.

Generally, unless the club is commonly known for being fancy (local guides are able to inform you), the Amsterdam nightlife calls for a more casual dress code. Clubs are 18+, but some specific events require visitors to be 21. Unlike cafes, clubs are open until 3:00am on work nights, and 4:00am on weekends. Let your host know what types of clubs you’re into and he’ll bring you to the perfect ones!

  • Exploring the Right Light District

The Red Light District is one of the world’s most recognised streets and showcases one of the world’s oldest professions. Your local guide will be able to provide you with a tour of this street and endless amounts of fun facts which are not commonly known by typical tourists. The area is far more interesting than meets the eye! Visiting it is probably one of the most popular things to do in Amsterdam!

This street leaves very little to the imagination, it’s true, but don't'’ take pictures. They don't like it and it's illegal . Despite being the hotspot of it’s business type, most people visit this street out of curiosity, and we highly recommend a visit as it is one of Amsterdam’s nightlife must-sees.

  • Eventful Nights at Paradiso & Melkweg

While in Amsterdam, we highly recommend you check out Paradiso’s and Melkweg’s agendas, as these two venues are Amsterdam’s nightlifes event hotspots, having hosted some of the world’s most famous singers and DJs. They often host world renown DJs, as most of the world’s top DJs are actually Dutch.

Commonly known for it’s live acts, these venues turn into nightclubs on occasion and make for incredible floors to dance the night away! Your local guide will be able to find out more information about upcoming events, as well as recommend any local artists which may be playing on dates during your stay. These venues are very central and easy to access using Amsterdam’s tram system.

  • The gay bars of Reguliersdwarsstraat

Both for the curious and for the interested, Reguliersdwarsstraat is famously known for being the gar bar hotspot of the Amsterdam nightlife. Your local guide can show you around and tell you more about the place.

This street, like many others, perfectly showcases Amsterdam’s liberal mindset, as Amsterdam is known for being one of the very first places to accept and generate an LGBT community (starting in World War II but most predominantly in 1970). Make sure to ask your private guide, who can tell you many more historical facts about the origin of streets like this one.

Top Nightlife offers in Amsterdam

Old Amsterdam & Red Light District Tour


€30.00 p.p.

Red Light District by Night Tour


€30.00 p.p.

Family Day in Magical Zaanse Schans



€38.00 p.p.

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