Leiseplein square and the area around the casino is a nice area to spend one night. That's not the crazy centrum, but there are thousands of lil restaurants from every country in the world (argentin, italian, chinese, indian, greek, etc) to have a dinner. After that a lot of bars and pubs to have a drink, and some little clubs, too. Of course, some coffeshops around there.
Dress Code: I did no find any requirement. It isnt a sophisticated area (even being next to casino).
The Leidseplein is the focul point of the Amsterdam vibrant nightlife This square is virtually surrounded by bars of all kinds. Each with bar or pub seems to have a patio make the Leidesplein is wonderful place to people watch. More importantly you can then observe the score of street entertainers that seem to congregate here. Many of these huskers are quite talented and its lots of fun watch. Nearby in the off shoot streets from the square, there are numerous restaurants were you can eat before you go for a bar hop around the square itself.
Dress Code: Casual
The Leidseplein area is the main hub of nightlife, packed with bars and restaurants, its the exciting area of the city by night. Although some bars have restrictions on the numbers of men/women they admit (to try and keep an even balance), they're all very friendly and the perfect opportunity to enjoy a Heineken.
The Leidseplein with all the bars and restaurants around it is the busiest nightlife area of Amsterdam I think.
I've only been to one of the really busy pubs directly at Leidsplein - an Irish pub called hmmm I forgot the name. There's a lot of restaurants around there as well. Be careful, a lot of them look like tourist traps. I have been to an Italian and it was ok - but I have seen better restaurants around town!
There's a nice Belgian pub just around the corner from Leidsplein, it's called De Zotte. They served loooooooooooads of different delicious Belgian beers :-), I didn't try the food but I heard it's nice. It was really busy when I was there so I guess it's really popular with locals - always a good sign!
I'm sure you know that there are lots and lots and lots of HIP clubs here in Amsterdam dishing out House Music, Techno, Trance et al at all these joints. The Leidseplein district is THE center for nightlife. And heading the list of cool joints are the famous Paradiso and Melkweg. You'd NEVER be bored in this city!
You will especially enjoy the nightlife at Leidsesquare and Spui. You can find everything here: clubs, discos, bars, pubs.
Dress Code: When you go to a club or disco: dress hip! When you go to a bar or pub: it doesn't matter!
The whole city is buzzing during the night! If your going for the culture, then get yourself over the the Dutch part of the city (I know that sounds silly, but believe me, there is a place where the Dutch head for!).
Only now will you sample the finest beers in the land!
Unique in the fact that the Dutch aren't surrounded by Hen Night/Stag Do's! They really appreciate this part of the city, and so will you!
Sometimes the best secrets are just around the corner. I stepped about a block away from the popular Leidesplein district filled with tourists and wandered into one of the brown bars where the residents spend their nights. I spent the night trading travel tales for soccer tales with a former pro Dutch soccer player over some Heinekens.
Everything from romantic restaurants to crazy nightclubs. You choose.
Dress Code: In general, fairly informal. The Dutch like to enjoy themselves and dress for comfort rather than fashion. Unless protocol dictates, but that is rare.
The best places to go to a bar is around the Leidseplein and the Rembrandsplein!
Around those square are a lot of different bar's/cafe's/pub's and disco's. So there is something to do for every one and if you don't like it in one bar you can go visit the one next door!
Dress Code: Going out in Amsterdam is very relaxed! you can wear what you want, there's is no particulairy dresscode. the only thing that they check in allmost every place are you're shoes, if you wear sport/gym shoe's they sometimes refuse to let you in.
Amsterdam is very much a nightlife city.You dont have to look very hard to find a rowdy place to party.thats not my thing this decade;-) but I remember on earlier trips simply wandering around and'or word of mouth reaped great rewards.
We never really strayed from the bars and clubs around the Leidesplein, during the whole week!!!! It was because they were so near to us, and also there were so many! I really liked the cosy intimate feel of the bars......and the way you could sit on a bar stool and make your way through the various strengths of lager!!! It was very nice!
I cant remember any specific names, but that doesnt matter because they were all equally good! I also felt really safe in the area (apart from the trams when you've had one too many drinks!!!)
Bars around the Leidseplein area.
Amsterdam is full of nice bars. There are a lot around Leidseplein, Rembrandtsplein and there is also a nice Irish Pub in the Paleisstraat (near Dam Square). It's called O'Reilley's. Examples of nice bar-dancings around Leidseplein are The News, Royalties and Old Town.
Dress Code: as yourself
On saturday nights a visit to the bars and bars and bars down at Leidersplien is a must..but beware you will forget how to return home on sunday !
The local people are great and the bar staff are all from another planet...great entertainers
Dress Code: your choise
Might seem a bit of an odd recomendation, but that is the way it seems while walking about Amsterdam city centre at night. There always seems to be something on for somenody.
Dress Code: Wear whatever you like - if some place is too snobby to let you in then just walk to the next, they will I can guanrantee it :-)