Capital city of Kingdom of Netherlands, Amsterdam, has one of the most glorious and sizzling nightlife scene in the world. From techno, dubstep and trance to hip-hop, funk and deep house; the post sunset hours in Amsterdam dazzle with nightclubs, cafes and discotheques. Exploring areas like Dam Square, Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein and Jordan will lead you to the hippest pubs and clubs in the Capital.
Scroll down for the most amazing clubs, which are just the right spots to get a true vibe of the happening nightlife in Amsterdam.
1. Panama – The Classy Venue
Nestled among some new cafes and bars in Handelskade, this spacious club is one of the most happening classics in Amsterdam. Nightlife at Panama is packed with the performances of techno DJs and top deep house spinners. This club combines superb wining, classy dining and rock dances together. The subtle neon lights, music playing to the senses, sizzling crowd and colourful vibrancy keeps the overall ambience up and active!
What’s Special: Bests of the international DJs of the town like Tiesto, Danny Tenaglia, Mark Knight and Chuckie
Opening Hours: From midnight to 5 am
For tickets and other information watch out this space
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2. Club Up – Lift your Soul and Senses
Located in Korte Leidsedwarsstraat, this not-so-swanky, two storied building offers ample space and more than enthralling environment for a spectacular night clubbing experience. Club Up is a reputed and one of the most happening nightclubs in the town, offering a variety of events and a wide array of music. If you’re here, get set to tap your feet to every genre – from hip hop to classy house, funk to rocking retro disco and soul to sizzling techno. One can even host private parties from Sunday through Wednesday and Thursday while Fridays and Saturdays are for music lovers and dance freaks.
What’s special: The first floor of the club building houses an exclusive artists’ society — De Kring. On special event nights, De Kring opens its doors to the public and the venue turns out to be a two-in-one club.
Opening Hours: 11 pm to 5 am
Entry charges: INR 760
Stay tuned to upcoming musical bonanzas at Club Up
3. Escape – A Perfect Retreat after a Mundane Work Day
Escape is one of the most riveting and classic nightclubs of Amsterdam for 25 years. State of the art décor, lights, music and acoustics have made it one of the most innovative nightclubs in Netherlands. The club floor shines bright with creative LED and neon lights. Besides, the 360 degree fabulous visuals, luxurious VIP decks and top class DJs have made it one of the best hotspots of nightlife in Amsterdam.
What’s special: The LED wall behind DJ deck is the largest in Europe. Innovative events like Brainwash on weekends showcase splendid and out-of-the-box light and sound show.
Opening Hours: For Thursdays it is 11 pm to 4:00 am; for Fridays and Saturdays it is 11 pm to 5:00 am.
Entry charges: INR 750
Keep an eye on their website for latest updates and events.
4. Club Air – Where Music is always in the Air
Club Air is a cutting-edge night club with multi-tiered dance floor and five jazzy bars located in Amstelstraat area. This club dazzles with buzzing music from techno to hip hop, fascinating crowd, world class food and global look and feel. The stunning audio-visual setup, VOID acoustics sound system, electronic lockers and colourful interior enhance the overall charm of this space.
What’s special: Apart from the music and dance varieties that all clubs offer, Club Air has introduced AIR Card to make transactions easy and hassle-free.
Opening Hours: 11 pm to 5 am
Entry charges: INR 1115
For more info on latest events and offers visit the website
5. Studio 80 – Welcoming the new talent
One of the most luxurious hangout hubs of Amsterdam nightlife, Studio 80 is a favorite among fans of all genres. This classic underground bar, boasting of custom built sound system and neon-lit exquisite décor, was the Dutch National Radio Station till 2005. It is, now, one of the hippest clubs of the town. And the crowd here is just amazing for the serious music enthusiasts.
What’s special: Studio 80 stands out as the most promising place for upcoming electro talent like new age musicians, DJ, radio broadcasters, designers and promoters of contemporary electronic music. If you have talent, Studio 80 can be your first performance ground. Wednesdays at Studio 80 are exclusive and open for gay and lesbian couples.
Opening Hours: 11:30 pm to 1:30 am
Entry charges: INR 1115
For updates, keep checking their official FB page
6. Jimmy Woo – Swanky is the Word
Jimmy Woo is one of the hottest and most posh clubs of Amsterdam, located in Leidsedwarsstraat. The ritzy ambience and classy Asian themed décor with fashionable black couches, and cozy cubicles attract a wave of chic clientele every evening. To sum up, Jimmy Woo is one of the best picks to drink the best champagne in the town and dance to the beats of fascinating music.
What’s special: The décor of the club is amazing and stands out with the room’s centrepiece. This area is usually bustling with skinny supermodels, Dutch celebrities and other upscale visitors and VIPs.
Opening Hours: 11 pm to 4 am
Entry charges: On request
For details about these club nights and their tickets; check out their website
7. Sugar Factory – Sizzling night theatre
A state-of-the-art night theatre located in Lijnbaansgracht, Sugar Factory is a dynamic, creative and happening name in the nocturnal scene of Amsterdam. It is an ideal place where performances merge with the clubbing experience. As a former theatre venue, Sugar Factory is popular for hosting live performances of internationally reputed DJs like Andre Crom, Lunice and Black Coffee. Live jazz performances on weekends, large stage for hosting novice gigs and live techno events have made it one of the heavily buzzing space for music enthusiasts.
What’s special: This place is a breeding ground for upcoming talent, novice singers, live bands, songwriters and music composers.
Opening Hours: From midnight to 5 am
Entry charges: The tickets vary such as INR 225 for Kuma performances and INR 705 for weekend jazz. Free entry on Tuesdays.
8. Bourbon Street – Party with your Pocket Money
The most friendly, informal and cozy set up with unending music (read jazz, blues, soul and funk), lively and vibrant crowd and decent ambience makes Bourbon Street a place worth spending a night in the Dutch capital. Bourbon Street started in 1990 and since then well-known musicians like Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Joss Stone, Jeff Healey, Bobby Kimball (Toto), and Rolling Stones have performed here. Bourbon Street plays music on all days of the week and bustles with jazz, band performances and live salsa and Latin music.
What’s special: The wide list of craft beer, rum, vodka, house brews and plethora of cocktails served at unbelievably low prices has made the venue a hot favourite among young crowd.
Opening Hours: 10 pm to 4 am on Sundays, 10 pm to 4 am on Thursdays
Entry charges: To avail free entry, reach Bourbon Street before 10:30 pm; one needs to pay INR 372 post that.
9. Melkweg – The Cultural Galaxy
Melkweg or Milky Way in English is among the most vibrant and popular music venues and cultural hubs of Amsterdam. Formerly a dairy factory, the property at Melkweg is run and managed by a non-profit organisation which organises enthralling live performances featuring internationally famous DJs, Dutch artists, hip hop musicians and Kill All Hipsters party.
What’s special: Melkweg offers separate space for different forms of art like music, dance, movies and so in. Movies play at the attic housed cinema screen at the top of the building, whereas media and photography exhibitions take place at Melkweg Café at the back of the venue.
Opening Hours: Different events have different timings. Stay updated from their Facebook page.
Entry charges: Tickets price vary with different concerts. But over and above the ticket process, Melkweg charges an additional membership fee of INR 260. This membership is valid for a month.
10. Jazz Café Alto – The Jazzy Affair
Located off Leidseplein, Café Alto is a small, but
popular music café. Nestled away from the hustles of tourist areas, Café Jaz Alto is a walk-in bar and attracts Jazz enthusiasts from all over the world. If you are a jazz music lover and plan to visit Amsterdam, do visit this small piece of heaven.
What’s special: It is famous for some great gigs like Dutch saxophonist Hans Dilfer’s performances, every Wednesday
Opening Hours: 9 pm to 3 am on weekdays and 9 pm to 4 am on weekends
Entry charges: Free
Watch out www.jazz-cafe-alto.nl for gig schedules and more.
Clubbing and music, hip hop and jazz, chic crowd and fine dining – all these sum up nightlife scene of Amsterdam. Take your pick and dance the night away while you are in Amsterdam.
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