Nightclubs and bars in Amsterdam

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    Kwakoe Festival: Surinamese multicultural festival

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    KWAKOE FESTIVALThe festival of the Surinamese community, every Saturday and Sunday from 5 July until 10 August.
    From the website:
    The Kwaku Summer Festival is the biggest multicultural festival in the Netherlands and is held every Saturday and Sunday in the months July and August. It takes place in the Bijlmerpark in Amsterdam Southeast. For six weekends long, the organization offers a very extensive program containing (live) music, movies, sports, food, dancing, information and meetings. The Festival has a different theme every year which is noticeable in the music, performances, art, literature and several elections.

    Traditionally, the Festival functions as a platform for ethnic-cultural societies from all over the Netherlands. Thus the Kwaku Festival contributes in a special way to the (multicultural) society; a society in which acceptation and harmony between different communities and individuals is of essential importance. *

    Dress Code: Happy !

    I'm going this year (2008) and hope to add my own photo's then.

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    De Beiaard: Nice bar for the summer

    by heryanta Updated Apr 4, 2011

    It's hard to miss this bar as it is located at a turn that is passed by the #5 tram going to Leidseplein and Museumplein. Also at night the large Grolsch neon sign is hard to miss.

    It is a nice place to visit during the summer as you can sit outside in the sun. The patrons are mostly made up by tourists so it does lack the 'homey' feel a bit.
    I would come here for a bit either on my way somewhere or to start the night.

    Food is decent - stick to the 'regular' bar stuff like chicken wings.

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    SOY: Smart new town bar.

    by geoffboxer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This place is now in its 4th re-invention that I am aware of. Was La Jardine , then The Pup, something else and now SOY.

    It has been completely gutted and re-decorated. Nice clean bar with plenty of room and some nice leather seats up the end.

    Open from around 11am till late.

    Dress Code: no special dress code.

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    Lord Mikes English Pub.: Different !!!!

    by geoffboxer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Strooling along Zeedike one night and a voice rang out "hello, why dont you come in and have a drink". I promptly ignored it. Then I thought, Im going to have a drink, so why not here. I turned and saw a rather large black man. He directed me into what I later discovered to be his bar. The pub was empty!!!. Before I could say anything, he offered me his hand and said," My name is Mike , they call me Lord Mike. Please sit down, what would you like to drink, here is the "mouse" you can select your own music, wait Ill get you some peanuts". Slightly taken aback I retorted, Ill have a whiskey.L M.. Let me get you a large one!!! I asked what he was charging but he didnt answer!!! We chated and he said he was from Bristol UK. I played my Jerry Lee Lewis and Freddy Fender on his jukebox. Then a few customes came in.A nice couple from Liverpool.Barry and Rachel, and some boys from Bury St Edmunds. They bought some drinks , I likewise and we had a hell of a night. The whiskey by the way, was about normal price. The next night I went and saw this character again with my Dutch friends Chi Chi and Cor, who knew him anyway. Another nice night.

    Dress Code: He not too bothered.!!!

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    The Old Sailor: The Old Sailor

    by kenbac Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is my absolute favourite place to hang out, in Amsterdam. Don’t know anywhere or haven’t found anywhere like it, in all my travels. It’s not very big and gets very crowded and the music is loud but you are at the heart of the lively bit. The barmen are a great lot, especially Rene. He can be really entertaining.
    You really have to go here. An absolute must.
    And its a great place during the day also.

    Dress Code: Not an issue

    The Old ailor - Rene and Ken

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    Little Buddha: Classic Cocktail Bar

    by Designerartgirl Written Mar 19, 2011

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    Little buddha is probably more a female orientated bar rather than towards men due to the rather good looking lads creating the cocktails behind the bar. Prices are about average for Amsterdam, beers around 3-4 Euros and then Cocktails beginning at 8- 12 Euros. Music is not too loud but tends to be very similar in style. Sofas are lining the sides of the walls and in the middle there is small tables and places to sit but these tend to fill up quickly and many people simply stand by the bar. No space for dancing though, but it is a good place to end the day with after a long day in the office or a place to start before a heavier drinking/dancing evening.

    There is a food restaurant upstairs where i heard the food is pretty good (never tried myself) also but for that you need a reservation so best call ahead.

    Dress Code: none as far as i am aware. Some of the people in the group i was in, was wearing light coloured jeans ( a bit scruffy) with casual shoes and they let him in :) but in general most people were wearing smart casual inside...

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    Theater: Drag Show

    by jo104 Updated Sep 22, 2010

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    If you want something different to do while in Amsterdam I would recommend booking a table at the Sluisje for dinner cabaret act with some fabulous drag queens. The restuarant is small and intimate, there are 2 artists who perform songs and circulate the room so you can have a picture taken with them.

    The menu is a 3 course menu and the bar is very reasonable with helpful and handsome staff serving.

    This is a great experience and not to be missed. There are 2 slots 6pm and 9pm we chose the earlier slot

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    Nacht Cafe Mazzeltof: When The Other Bars Shut!

    by johngayton Updated Oct 5, 2009

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    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 ;-)

    Night Cafe in The Harsh Light of Day!
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    Pirates Cafe: Pirates Cafe

    by leafmcgowan Written May 2, 2009

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    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.

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    News Cafe: News Cafe

    by leafmcgowan Written May 2, 2009

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    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.

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    Arc Bar: Pre Dinner Drinks

    by garridogal Updated Feb 3, 2009

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    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.

    Check out the garden! Cheers! My Dutch boys and I Refreshing!
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    Barca: After dinner drinks

    by Igraine Written Aug 16, 2008

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    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

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    Susie's Saloon: 2 for 1 and football

    by heryanta Written Jul 28, 2007

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    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.

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    Soccer World: Soulless

    by heryanta Written Jul 28, 2007

    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.

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    O' Reilly's: The Irish Pub of Amsterdam

    by heryanta Written Jul 25, 2007

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    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.

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