Don't bother! If you can find your way to the Liedesplein (very easy on the tram), then you've done 99% of the work of the so-called guides yourself. All the bars they take you to are within 5 minutes of each other, basically all either on or just off the same street. None of the bars charge a cover anyway, and all are empty until you go in (even on a Saturday night when we went). Your free drink at each bar is a small beer. The 'unlimited vodka shots' are just a guide walking around the bar pouring a small amount of god knows what into your mouth. You'll be lucky to get two shots and its not vodka. The 'professional' guides are just students who are looking for work in Amsterdam, do not expect any level of customer service or local knowledge.
All this for only 20Euros each! A complete joke and utter rip-off!
If you want to have a drink or an alternative experience, Leidseplein is where you want to be. There are many bars and coffeehouses in this neighbourhood. There are also several restaurants, although they felt more like tourist traps. Great area to bar-hop and people watch. I felt very safe and comfortable walking around this area (but I stayed on well-lighted streets).
Dress Code: Casual: usually jeans, t-shirts or Business Casual.
In the Leidseplein Square at night, they bring around these huge urinals and plop them down in the middle of the square for us guys when we gotta go....you just step up to it and go---sorry girls---just for us!
Dress Code: zippers or buttons
Ultimate Party is every Sunday to Friday / 6 Nights a week * Starting : between 08:30 pm and 09:00 pm @ The News Cafe - 4 doors down from the Burger King Leidseplein ( Korte Leidse dwarsstraat 77) * Transportation: Tram 1,2,5,6,7,10 to the Leidseplein *
· 6 Dance Bars & Clubs
· 6 Free drinks ( beer,wine or soda)
· Vodka shots on the road
· Unlimited Free house shots between 08:30 and 09:00 pm
· Drink specials at each venue
· No cover charges for the Bars and Club
· Professional Guides
ALL FOR ONLY 15 EURO
I have to admit, I've never done a pub crawl like this before. Very well thought out, organized, social, and a great way to introduce tourists to a city's night life. I almost want to start up my own. I've been on many alternative themed pub crawls like the SantaCon's, the Pirate hunts, and the Zombie crawls ... but this was quite nice, a normal one for international tourists - partying in the big cities around the world. Apparently they have them for London, Madrid, Berlin, etc. I had a blast. The guides were fantastic and made sure we got drunk and kept safe. One of the best parties I've attended while travelling abroad. You pay your 15 Euro (we paid 14 as we had a coupon from Stacey from New Amsterdam Tours), they give you a bracelet, and unlimited vodka drinks/shots from 8:30-9:30. Friends were made and we headed to 6 different bars and clubs, at each cover was free, VIP entrance in, and you were greeted at the door with a vodka shot and a token for a free drink at the bar. For each and every bar: The News, The Pirates Cafe, Amsterdamned, The Royalty, Club Smokeys, Club JV, Jantjes Verjaardag, Cooldown Cafe, and Surprise Bar. Dancing, drinking, and drunken-ness ensued. Wild times. Thank you Ultimate Party! Rating 5 stars out of 5.
Located at the corner of Leidseplein this little bar is very touristy, expensive, serves mediocre food and always super noisy. So why bother you might ask?
Well it was the only bar that had regular feeds for American sports, and being a basketball fan this was my only option to watch the playoff and the March madness.
It does get lively when there's a big British football match on - but go elsewhere for a taste of real Dutch nightlife.
The Leidseplein is a major square in central Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Lying in the southwest of the central (canal) district of Amsterdam, the Leidseplein is immediately northeast of the Singelgracht canal. The Leidseplein is one of the busiest centres for nightlife in the city. The square and the surrounding streets are full of bars, restaurants, outdoor cafes, theaters, dance clubs, etc. Street performers are often found on the square. It is very popular with tourists and locals alike, although some locals find it overcrowded during high season.
Stand in the middle of Leidseplein square and picka direction to walk. Any direction you go you will be able to find a drinking establishment that suits your needs, whatever they may be. There are Irish pubs, clubs, coffe shops, and bars of all sorts. It is a great place to bar hop and get a taste of the Amsterdam night life. Whatever time of night (or morning) you choose to get there, is a good time because Amsterdam never sleeps. Don't try to close down the bar, trust me, they won't shut down unless there is no one to serve.
Dress Code: All types of dress accepted.
Palladium is very favourite amongst youngs. It is just off the Leidseplein and is a very nice bar, disco type place.
Weekends are full and you may not find a place even to stand, the bar is another elegant example of Amsterdams nightlife and you can see very nice smart people all night long..
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Amsterdam is known as one of the entertainment capitals of Europe. There is an abundance of bars with live entertainment, classy casino's, trendy nightspots, theatre productions and of course the eye-opening entertainment in the red-light district.
Most of the cafés, restaurants, nightclubs and discos seem to be located around the Leidseplein and the Rembrandtplein areas and are still lively in the early hours of the morning.
Amsterdam is the centre of nightlife in The Netherlands. Best places to be are the Leidse Plein or the Rembrandt Plein, where big concentrations of cafés, bars, dancings and discotheques are. During the day and warm sumerevenings the terraces are booming and the atmosphere is the best in the world.
Amsterdam might be called the house-capitol in the world (although I personally would choose to give that name to Rotterdam). However, parties are around the weekend in numerous places, clubs and (secret)places.
Restaurant with menus from all natioanlities are throughout the town. Call out the country, there is a restaurant in town that serves the dishes of it.
Amsterdam has many theatres, concerthalls and cinema's. This way of entertainment is thus also easy to do.
Liedseplien area is considered to be the best night life spot for me.
its full with resurants and coffee shops and smart shops too.
many people are there and making some shows for money but its really interessting.
Leidse square is always busy not in the least because of its various tram stops but also because of its cafe´s and pubs. There are also a few major cinema theaters here showing the current mainstream films.
Dress Code: What you want, that counts for all of Amsterdam.
The Leidseplein, a very popular location for the Nightlife. Boom Chicago, the Melkweg, and a lot of bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and 'coffeeshops'are located here.
During the warmer months you'll find lots of street entertainers here also.
Dress Code: Depends on where you plan on going, but generally no dress code.
Around the Leidseplein, there are several small clubs. Most of them have free entrance until midnight, then it is around 5 Euros. The clubs I have been to, were very (!) small and the music was very diverse. It was a mixture of House, Techno, R&B, Rock, Pop and Dutch Folk Music... ;-) I was there with my friends, so I can unfortunately not tell, if it is easy to get in touch with the Dutch party people (even though I think, that most of them are even not Dutch at all...).
I didn't find a special club which I liked so much, that I would recommend it here - but some were nice to have fun and dance a little bit.
Around the Leidseplein you will find the biggest gathering of eateries and cafes. There are a lot of exotic restaurants here. In the evening you will find most people on the square or in one of the two sidestreets: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat or Lange Leidsedwarsstraat. It is always very crowded.
The Leidseplein area is packed with great restaurants and British style pubs, most serving the typical Heineken, Grolsch or Amstel brews. But if you can, find a brown cafe, which is a Dutch beer hall where you can sample some more creative brews.
My favorite area to wander at night was Spui, where you'll find great bars and restaurants to hang out.