With de Pijp being predominantly a residential area most bars and cafes shut by 2 am but for those of us who may fancy one more beer for the road then Nacht Cafe Masseltof on Ferdinand Bolstraat is the place to finish up. This bar (and it is a bar rather than a nightclub) doesn't open until 8 pm and is usually pretty quiet until the early hours when the other bars start to close. This is the time that it comes into its own.
Late at night the atmosphere is laid-back and friendly, as was the barman on my last visit. There's usually a bit of music (not too loud) and despite the beer being an extra 50 cents is well worth dropping in for if out until late.
Also useful is that Moes Falafel and Shoarma place is just down the road and stays open purely to catch us drunks with the munchies.
Dress Code: This is just a bar and so no particular dress code but the rule regarding scantily-dressed women always applies ;-)
I obviously like the theme of this club ... how could one not love "Pirates" in a port city? Professional staff and fun club, decent music, and good drink specials for the Ultimate Party Pub Crawl. Lots of fun at this bar - dancing and drinking the night away. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A nice little private club on the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat that is the first stop off of the daily Amsterdam Ultimate Party Pub Crawl. Its a cozy little bar with friendy and professional staff. Just like most of the clubs, when I ordered a Rum and Coke, I got the shot of rum in a glass and a bottle of coke for me to mix since for some reason they don't mix drinks even though they have stocked bars. Apparently its a Amsterdam club thing. The music was good and plenty of music videos. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
On the first night of my first trip to Amsterdam, Brian and Jeroen took me here for Cosmos before dinner. On my most recent trip, we stopped in just as the place had opened, for a couple before heading off to dinner. It's pretty spot with lots of different seating areas. There are small tables and large tables, mini bar-like counters w/bar stools and couches by picture windows that lead out to a really pretty garden.
This time around I tried a fun 'n fruity concoction that was a lot like Mojito and so pretty!
Dress Code: It's a Gay bar. Look your best!
By the way, their website isn't available (at least not now). I've put in a link to an alternate one that has reviews, etc. on it.
Spot for a bit of food but also great for after dinner drinks and of course after work drinks. Lots of locals come here, from the category young, working, students etc.
As the name suggests they have all sorts of spanish food and drinks. They serve an excellent wodka lime :)
Dress Code: None, but tracksuits and white trainers do not fit on
My English friends used to take me to this bar between the Dam and the Red Light District as they have 2 for 1 promotion when there's a big football game on.
Overall a decent bar: lively but not too crowded, prices are reasonable, service is ok and it's located at a central location.
It's just not 'local' enough to be a favourite of mine.
Some guys at work organized a happy hour event once and they picked this bar at the Amsterdam ArenA that is owned by some of the more famous players of Ajax's past.
On paper it looks like a good place, a bar adored with memorabilia of the owners, rich history of arguable the most successful club in Holland are put on display, a kind of like a football version of the Hard Rock Cafe.
What we found instead was a bar with poor service and somewhat cheap looking interior decoration. I can't quite put it in words but you know the feeling when you feel like you're not getting your money's worth? It was perhaps the expectation that ruined it but after everything has been said and done it was a disappointment.
One of the largest, biggest Irish pubs in Amsterdam and probably also the most famous.
It's actually a very friendly and cozy pub - a good mix of tourists, locals and British expats. Always a fun place to go see a rugby game or a FA Premiership match.
The food is decent too - Irish lamb stew was always a favourite of mine for Sunday afternoon brunch.
Zotte is one of the many 'brown' bars in Amsterdam (=pubs with wooden interior and furnitures) located just West of Leidseplein. It is very popular with locals, which I like a lot since it enables me to make new friends.
The best feature about this bar is for its wide selection of Belgian beers, a country which arguably has the best ales in the world :)
It gets busy during the weekend so be prepared to share your table, but then again it's a great way to meet new people.
Tucked away on the Rembrandtsplein in an island of neon and out-of-towners is this little club. It´s mixed gay/straight but the atmosphere is very open and friendly, and more importantly, the tunes are banging.
Dress Code: Tight t-shirts and tight jeans, if you look good in them. Otherwise, go as you please.
If expensive drinks, dulling disco/techno/house music and clubs are your thing:
There are so many clubs of all types, way too many to list here, and they are changing all the time (popularity, venue, and how you are treated by the infamous bouncers), so by the time I post a recommendation, that place will change or become unpopular.
Best recommendation is to keep checking the latest nightlife tips from VTrs, Clubzone, Let's Go Amsterdam, Yahoo, etc etc. and read online Dutch newspapers and websites. It is a dynamic & changing scene.
Dress Code: Dress codes definitely determine whether or not the goonlike and sometimes racist bouncers let you in. Dress up, or better still, go somewhere else.
having recently been or our third trip to amsterdam, we discovered the above mentioned bar. the staff are all really friendly and give an A1 service all day.
if you remember Teasers, some of the girls that worked there now work here.
great bar for weekends away with the lads or the girls, couples etc.
BEST BAR IN AMSTERDAM
Dress Code: No dress code really.
Traveling by yourself, it can be hard to go drinking/dancing by yourself. However, I discovered the ultimate solution. These pub crawl tours are a great way to meet people and just have a great time. (I saw them advertised in other cities, but this is the only one I've been on... I tried it on my last night before I headed back to the States). Everyone on these tours are travelling on vacation and here to have a good time. I found my group to include people from all over Europe as well as Canada and the U.S., but its clearly a young crowd. I think almost everyone except me on the tour was in their 20s. As the night goes on, we get more and more drinks, and we all end up just having a great time drinking and dancing.
The cost of the tour is 15 Euros, but it includes a drink at each location. The drink is typically a beer at the bar. I think you might be able to get something else, but I didn't really ask. Of course, you can buy as many additional drinks as you want from each bar. The tour guides are pretty cool too. They end up dancing and partying with you. In the end, I met some really cool people who otherwise I would have never have met in my life.
If you like techno parties, look at this website: www.partyflock.nl and go to 'agenda'. There you will find a list with a LOT of parties in the Netherlands. You can also send me an e-mail at email@example.com, and I'll be glad to give you a tip on the good parties at that moment :)
The Blarney Stone is a good, authentic, down-to-earth Irish pub. No frills, just Guinness ,
the italian on the same street is great, joselie restaurant and the schwarma shop on this street is great also
Dress Code: casual!!!
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