Skip to content

Bars and nightlife in Amsterdam

Top bars

Brewery
“Modern brewery next to a windmill producing delicious organic blonde & dark beers & running short tours. ”
  • 704 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Super relax cafe/restaurant to hang out. They even have a fire place and their own little beach. Beautiful view of Amsterdam”
  • 628 locals recommend
Join us for chicken and burgers!
“One of the most popular bars of Amsterdam East, located opposite of the Oosterpark. It's always busy here. Sit down on the wooden benches and before you know it you will be chatting a whole evening with a group of pleasant strangers. Regarding the menu: you do come here for the specialty beer and the fried chicken.”
  • 347 locals recommend
Music Venue
“There is a lot to see and do in Amsterdam, all depending on your taste. If we were in the neighborhood, you could run into us and other locals at Roest. If the weather is nice, nothing beats Amsterdam Roest (5-10 min walk) at Jacob Bontiusplaats. At an old factory location, Roest has a pseudo beach area, a rough edged arty atmosphere and plenty of cold drinks.”
  • 327 locals recommend
Bar
“nice place to have lunch, or go for a beer in the evening. Very nice terrace!”
  • 308 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Reachable via a couple of pedestrian/bike bridges from the NEMO Science Museum, this cool, laid-back waterside cafe is built from recycled materials and has a fantastic leafy beer garden. Join the arty crowd enjoying the sunshine at brightly coloured picnic tables under the trees. If the weather's no good, cosy into a vintage armchair by the fire inside.”
  • 362 locals recommend
Café
“Apple pie of cafe Winkel 43 is to die for... best in whole Amsterdam! Taste it and scrap it from your bucketlist! ”
  • 336 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Great location when it is a sunny day: sit at the waterside at the back of a parking garage and enjoy the Surinam inspired food and drinks”
  • 283 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Nightclub
“Both club and restaurant. Best line up in Amsterdam for electronic music (well, according to my taste). Proper clubbing. Only for the more experienced people. Dresscode: early nineties or what you would wear to berghain but a bit less sexy. It’s also advisable to know who’s playing otherwise you might not get in. ”
  • 206 locals recommend
Bar
“Verry nice for a good lunch after walking in the park. Also verry nice in the evening with good music. ”
  • 313 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
“With wow-factor views whatever the weather, this bar offers a 360-degree panorama of Amsterdam from the 11th floor of the DoubleTree Amsterdam Centraal Station hotel – and it gets better when you head out to its vast SkyTerrace, with an outdoor bar. Toast the view with a huge range of cocktails, craft beers and spirits. DJs regularly hit the decks from 9pm.”
  • 145 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Just right after the south entrance of Vondelpark, playground and lounge cafe.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Night Club
“Nice club, around the corner. House, techno, electronica...and a nice atmosphere 🕺🏽💃🏼”
  • 96 locals recommend
Nightclub
“It's been around a while, but super-luxe Jimmy Woo is still the go-to place for a crowd of beautiful young things. Its sultry look is by designer Thijs Murré, and the lower floor has a ceiling covered in tiny lights that pulsate to the music. Queues are extremely long, and the door policy strict – you have to look the part.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“This famous Jazz concert hall offers over 300 concerts per year. They also have a nice restaurant. Afterhours a DJ plays jazzy tunes. Beautiful views over the IJ-lake. Reservations: bimhuis.nl”
  • 73 locals recommend
Pool Hall
“For a game of pool, a beer, or a really decent Burger, go to club 8. On Fridays they often have Drum'n'Bass parties.”
  • 53 locals recommend

Music venues

Music Venue
“One of the most famous and definitely the most iconic nightclubs of Amsterdam, iconic place with iconic history! Live music, bands, solo artists, dj's, (silent) disco, you name it. Great variety of programming, check it out!”
  • 544 locals recommend
Music Venue
“There is a lot to see and do in Amsterdam, all depending on your taste. If we were in the neighborhood, you could run into us and other locals at Roest. If the weather is nice, nothing beats Amsterdam Roest (5-10 min walk) at Jacob Bontiusplaats. At an old factory location, Roest has a pseudo beach area, a rough edged arty atmosphere and plenty of cold drinks.”
  • 327 locals recommend
Music Venue
“The Melkweg is a pop venue and cultural center with live music, club nights, photography, film and festivals. It is located in a former sugar refinery and milk factory on the Lijnbaansgracht in Amsterdam, behind the Leidseplein and next to the Stadsschouwburg.”
  • 211 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Concertgebouw is a landmark 19th-century concert hall with renowned acoustics for orchestral, chamber & pop music. Located at 2-6 Concertgebouwplein. www.concertgebouw.nl/en/”
  • 179 locals recommend
Music Venue
“This restaurant has a very nice terrace and serve some special vegetarian dishes. Recommended to go here in summer!”
  • 254 locals recommend
Theater
“Carré is closely connected to the family Carré. This family group gave their first performances by the end of the 18th century and in 1863 they came to the Netherlands for the first time. In 1866 Oscar Carré finally got permission to build his first stone theatre, and on 3 December 1887 this building was officially opened. It was immediately a big success. At first Carré was only used during the winter, the winter circus of Oscar Carré then performed but during the rest of the year this group travelled and the theatre was empty. However, in 1893 the theatre was rented during the summer, which meant that there were performances during the entire year. Carré turned form a circus into a variété theatre (Dutch version of a Music Hall). After the dead of Oscar Carré in 1911 the theatre had a bad period. No profits were made even though several directors tried new things. Max Gabriël rebuilt the theatre, but this didn't work so he left only a year later. Boekholt brought a new program and new sorts of amusements, but this didn't work either. A business company whom brought back the circus entertainment went bankrupt. Finally (in 1924) two gentlemen named Benjamin and Content were able to make a profit with Carré. After Benjamin and Content, Alex Wunnink became the director. He was successful and brought many new shows, as well as a big profit.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Soccer Stadium
“Several events, direct bus from our street in 20 minutes to Amsterdam Arena. Here you can walk right into the Johan Cruijff Arena. Amsterdam Arena is a hub for local transport by metro, train or bus. Don't bother if you have to wait a bit for your connection: at the boulevard you will find several shops, bars and restaurants.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Get the Turkish brunch on weekend days and you won't need food for the rest of the day :)”
  • 124 locals recommend