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!
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.
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!!!)
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!
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 :-)
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
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
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!
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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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.
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