Finch: Mellow Bar
Hip neighborhood hangout in the Jordaan bordering the Noordermarkt square, the focal point of the Jordaan area. The square hosts a biological market on Saturdays and a flea market on Mondays, and during market hours Finch is packed. Other days it's a mellow bar with a cool interior, loungy tunes, and good food. Nice sidewalk terrace during summer.
Korsakoff: A good rock club
This small rock/metal club is located fairly close to Melkweg and is open late from around 11pm til 3-4am. The beer we were drinking was very cheap (around 1.5EUR a bottle) and the music was heavy and to our taste. It was pretty quiet when we walked in around opening time but I was glad we went early as it got very busy later on.
Small and cousy club with different kind of music every night. You feel like you're dancing in your own living room. Dj's, even the more famous ones, are one with the group and it's easy to meet new people by the bar. Just be sure to check what they have in each night, as some nights are GREAT and some really suck. Check out Internet pages for known dj's. Saturday's "23 and rising" is always good!
Dress Code: no running shoes, no joints! (unless you manage to get it through bouncers without them finding it)Related to:
Dancing: The Sickest Music
After spending a good day in my favorite coffee shop the dampkring, i decided to head back to my hotel and get some munchies, I had already stocked up on some at a local Dutch liquer/market. As i was walking back it was prity dark outside, in the middle of Damsquare i noticed a big crowd gathered around some corner mall watching someone spin, who ever is was i really was diggin his beats, so i decided to take a closer look and join the enourmous crowd and take a closer look at who this mystery dj may be. i walked up, joined the crowd of beautiful girls and noticed that it was Armin Van Buuren spinning live. Man i was sooooo stoned i just stood there thinking i was in another galaxy with the all so sutlle trance beats causing my mind to wonder off, thinking of a million things when i was really thinking of nothing at all. I stood there for a long time and just watched the pro spin. He was spinning some very good trance. i went in the mall, picked me up his cd (22 euros), totally worth it. Of course had to take a pic of the moment, observe the state of trance himself to your left
Dress Code: wasen't indoor but deffinatly was a rare treatRelated to:
Coffeeshops: A Headtrip
Don't worry, it's legal man.
Seriously, it's not all the sinister in Amsterdam. You don't even have to do anything (I didn't). It's just another reason to be in Amsterdam. Seeing people relaxing with friends enjoying life is what Amsterdam is about. Order a beer or a juice and rent a PC for an hour. If you want to partake ask for the cannabis menu and for some advice.
I'd stay away from the big touristy ones (bulldog). Hit ones in the quieter areas and be ready to watch people breakin the law!
Coffeeshops: Pure Bliss
First off let me tell you that the Dutch have indeed perfected the art of growing cannabis.
For you sceptical ones out there let me tell you, Dutch cannabis is soooooooo strong and so very potent. There are over 300 coffee shops in Amsterdam. Obvisley i didn't vist all 300 coffee shops but i did visit a fair amount. Not all of them are good but i did find the best ones in my opinon.
Cafe Bouwman: Typical Amsterdam Bar
Drinking is part of the Amsterdam life and beer is the most popular drink (besides Spa Rood *smile*). All over Amsterdam you can find 'local' bars that are very cozy and offer different kinds of beer.
Many people often go to such a bar after work to have a drink or two, socialize and then head home for dinner, so don't be surprized if you see lots of people wearing suits and ties when you enter such a place.
Dress Code: There is no dress code. You can wear the dress you wore at the opera or just a T-shirt and shorts and no one will even raise an eyebrow!Related to:
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Nightclubs: Amsterdam Doormen
Having a no-nonsence doorman is your assurance of a pleasant evening out, letting boneheads, slobs & thugs know to be cool or else! Show your thanks by tipping them well. It depends, sometime before going in, other times leaving. If it's 3 Euros, make it 5. They'll remember & make room for you the next night you return.
Dress Code: Doormen: Total Matrix
Black jacket, black pants, STURDY black boots
Jantje's Verjaardag: Have fun :-)
Ready to party, altough when you are the age of 19-27 I guess.
We remember old times when we go now adays.
Real dutch Party Cafe, some dutch and top 40 music to sing with and have fun.
Dress Code: Casual No sneakers and No cab, sunglasses
Dance Events in Amsterdam: get out of the mess, get into another
I have been to a few of these....pretty cool. These are big dance parties. Although The crowd seems young, I saw all kinds of people there......it get's crowded there......
((The one in the picture was pretty cool; it was one of the summer parties, but the ones at night are just as good.
For details, check........ www.id-t.com and www.q-dance.nl..............Enjoy....////
Dress Code: No offensive clothes / Use common sense
Reguliersdwarsstraat: A great street for eating and drinking
This street is full of restaurants (all budgets), bars and clubs. Most bars are gay but some like Soho cater for all. The scene is buzzy, fun and great music is played at most of them.
As long as you dont have attitude you will have a great time here in the evening.
Dress Code: What ever you wantRelated to:
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Rode Baron: Old Dutch bar
The Rode Baron is a somewhat typical Dutch bar, but then without the typical Dutch Bar music! Good combination in my opinion ;-) The place is quite dark and very very small. There are a few tables with chairs in here so the area on which you can stand is very limited. On the walls are many typical dutch paintings!
The hostess is a very nice lady who happens to be thai! She is very small and it is great to see her tap some beer with her hands and arms high in the air in order to be able to do the trick! Drinks are put on an account so you can pay when you leave! Your drinks even get served here, so just sit down and wait to give your order! Drinks are fairly cheap too, so it's great to start your night here before hitting town!
This bar is a favourite among me and my colleages, because after work we regularly go for a drink here!
Robodock: Fire&theater&music show
I had an opportunity to see the Robodock party in september 2002. Amazing.. Lasts for 3 days, takes place in some kind of hangar in the field,some parts are inside,some outside. Great people - not tourists but rather Amsterdammers and other Dutch, or people living longer in the Netherlands as me. Fire show - magnificent. Music- electronic - trance,techno and similar. Before the concert - incredible live theatre shows - brilliant..Related to:
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18TWINTIG: Watch and be watched!
This is a recently opened bar/ restaurant again in the hip part of the city: De Pijp. The interior is looking really great. You can have really good food here altough it is a bit pricey. It's also a great place to have a drink later in the evening. On weekend nights it can be so crowded that you'll have to wait in line to get in!
This is a new place to be in Amsterdam and therefore pretty popular with the hippest people of the city!
Dress Code: Hip and trendy!
Those 'trendy' places
Amsterdam nightlife sucks. True, there are many places to go out. But many of these are disco's (called 'clubs' here for obscure reasons) aimed at 'trendy' people (which means people without a taste of their own who are willing to let other people tell them what to wear, what to drink and what drugs to take). These places are so trendy that you're only allowed to like them for a limited time, 'cause after a few months they'll become untrendy again for reasons unknown. People actually come here to be stared at by others. Pathetic, isn't it?
OK, I admit it. I have been to such a place once. Not completely voluntarily, mind you, friends dragged me to it even though I begged them not to. And I was extremely bored. First you'll have to get pass a gorilla who decides whether you're good enough to get in. You could be too old, you could be too black or you could be too white. Your clothes could be wrong. You could look too much of a heterosexual. The gorilla, always an extremely ugly person, will even judge you on your looks. Amsterdam tolerant? Yeah right. Unfortunately I was allowed to enter. Looking back, it feels like an insult to me.
If you're 'lucky' enough to pass this ordeal you have the great honour of being allowed to pay a ridiculous price to actually enter the place. Inside you can dance on crappy music and drink expensive but tasteless drinks (Heineken rules in Amsterdam, but you can also get the even worse Bud and Corona) in a smelly place full of people who look like they wish they were made of plastic. You're not going to have a conversation, definitely not an intelligent one. And you're going to pay a big extra fee for going to the toilet., which probably is even filthier than those at the GUM department store in Moscow. Why waste your time and money on a place like that? That is, unless you like this sort of thing of course. Obviously some people do.
Dress Code: Yes, they have dress codes. Ask the gorilla of your choice about the latest trends. Then pay him a few extra bucks to let you in because by asking you revealed yourself as being untrendy.
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