The Old Bell: Comfortable pub at Rembrandtplein: The Old Bell
Too early for dinner, but needing some refreshment, we stopped in at the Old Bell pub in Rembrandtplein. It's a Brit-syle pub, serving Dutch,Irish and English beer & ale. The bar has a nice padded edge for your elbows. The service was "relaxed" to say the least, but we enjoyed our beer & coffee and the warmth of the place,
Dress Code: Come as you are.
Now seriously. Nice bars.
Now seriously. There are a few nice bars not aimed at shallow people who will go to extremes in order to be noticed by others. Just the normal 'have a beer and talk' sort of places. But I forgot their names (I really did!). Sorry. But you can recognize them by the complete absence of gorilla's near the door and the civilized volume of the music inside.
Nothing unique to Amsterdam, though, as there are many nice bars throughout the entire country. Except for the prices which are often ridiculously high in Amsterdam. But it's definitely a good thing that these tragically unhip places are even there. Just go out and have a look. Or go straight to Utrecht or Haarlem, where these places are much easier to find. The general atmosphere is more relaxed there too.
Trance Buddha: Nighttime activites
There are many good nightclubs in central Amsterdam and Trance Buddha was one of the best in terms of atmosphere & music.
Review from dooyoo.com:
"Beside a peaceful canal on the western edge of the red light district, this two-room club was the perfect place to finish off an evening of debauchery.
Amsterdam is the home of artificial energy and the chilled nature of the Trance Buddha's punters was a welcome relief after years of having to put up with moody ego-stroking London clubbers. At about half the cost of UK clubs, Trance Buddha doesn't really kick off until after midnight and goes on until 5am on Sunday morning. A great night will be had by all. "
Too many to tell: Coffeeshops do not only serve coffee
Coffeeshops, Amsterdam has many and is worldfamous for them. By the way, this year it was a jubilee-year for these specific type of cafés. It was 30 years ago that "Mellow Yellow" opened it's doors as ... you never guess ... TEAhouse!
Anyway, as no doubt already knows, coffeehouses do serve coffee, but are mostly famous for the selling of various kinds of softdrugs in "personal amounts". That means that one can get a joint, but not a kilo of marihuana. Most famous in Holland is our own "Nederwiet" (Canabis Satifa Hollandica). Some people make a big deal out of the fact that the Dutch have such liberal drugpolicy, but never forget that it's about softdrugs NOT harddrugs. Just go inside and try a joint ... you should try at least anything once!
Don't remember: Small Pubs
This was a littel pub that you can find almost anywhere throughout Amsterdam (I am going back in 12-02 so I will get the name). Very intimate and the people are always nice. Don't forget to try some bitterbalen with your beer!
Dress Code: This is a picture of me and some friends, I am in the blue shirt
any of the shopping districts: the nights in amsterdam are amazing
one thing i loved about amsterdam was the night time, people seem to come out of the woodwork to shop, eat, whatever . the night time is the best time to be out walking around exploring the vast amsterdam night. i really enjoyed the area around spuistraat near caffe chocolata.
Dress Code: there is no dress code in amsterdam, just don't look like a obvious tourist i.e white tennis shoes.. seriously my fiance and i watched a bunch of american tourists in the airport and 90% of them had on white nikes or reeboks..hehe. but seriously i noticed that people in amsterdam dress fairly conservitive, lot's of jeans. the girls wear more skirts than u.s girls, and i only saw one guy in clogs.
Afterhours in Amsterdam??? yes, of course!
I think drop some lines about night life in Amsterdam will be impossible!there' so many palces to go that you can't immagine! SO enjoy the night! But pay attention when you quit the disco..in many places the security guys asks you money..say that you have drink all your money!
Just walk in a bar.
Just walk in a bar. Amsterdam has many fine bars.
Filip and i caught up with my brother Rob, who is still living in Amsterdam. Rob took us to ´de Heuvel´.
A nice bar with the following motto:
Als ik sneuvel, dan liever bij de Heuvel!
(If i perish, i prefer it being in ´de Heuvel´)
Katsu: Katsu Coffeeshop
A bit far out from the centrum and quite tricky to find. Also the place is very small and stuffy with very few seats. Another downfall is they only sell prepackaged weed and hash and it is very overpriced. There is a cool pinball machine which is the best thing about the place
Dress Code: Casual
Kooy Wine and Cheese: Tour the Canals at night
Amsterdam is an entirely different city at night. One of the best ways to see it is on one of ships that cruise the canals. A truly magical experience.
Dress Code: European flair, so skip the jeans and athletic shoes at night.
You must check out their ...
You must check out their 'brown cafes' here in Amsterdam.
I didn't realize what brown cafes mean until a Dutch friend educated me on the real meaning of it. :-))
So, let me now try and explain it to you... and you can see if I've paid attention to what I was being taught/ told!
Brown Cafes are actually a warm, comfortable meeting and drinking place(s) for the Dutch and their cool friends. They mentioned that they are called 'Brown' because of the walls that were stained by centuries of tobacco smoke wafting through the air! And they like to use the term 'gezellig' because that's the Dutch word for cozy or comfortable. So, order a glass of gin and Heinekin (Dutch beer), my friends! I hope I've explained the above term correctly.
Dress Code: Smart Casuals; hip dressing only, please. The Dutch people DO dress very fashionably... although some of them look grungy - but in a hip way, ya know?
For culture vultures (ahem!),...
For culture vultures (ahem!), don't forget to pop by the Muziektheater to catch a 'live' ballet or opera performance. If you want to know what's currently showing, DO check with your hotel concierge. He'd be able to help.
We hit The Odeon and met 2...
We hit The Odeon and met 2 wonderful local Amsterdam girls. Very friendly and gave us some great info.
Then we hit the Supper Club - This placed rocked! Be liberal though. The DJ was spinning nutty music, and it seemed that everyone's drugs kicked in at the same time... Very nice!
On Sunday night we went to a place called the DJ CO. Cool joint, had a very sexy DJ INGRID!
Dress Code: Always dress to impress!
One of my favorite cafe's is...
One of my favorite cafe's is cafe 'De Buurvrouw'. It is located behind Damsquare. The play good (alternative, rock) music overthere and the atmosphere is very relaxed. You can play pool while zipping your beer and once in a while there is a DJ playing there.
A tip for the ones who like to drink more than one drink during a night out. In the popular places such as the Leidsesquare and the Rembrandtsquare you pay a lot more for your drink than elsewhere.
Club More crazy people, good...
Club More crazy people, good atmosphere and perfect lounge space, where you can also eat lovely food at night..music is house (but no hardcore or trance!!) address Rozengracht Dresscode is trendy for the guys no sneakers..but that is a tip for a lot of places in amsterdam...with sneakers there is a posibility you will be not allowed to get in.. (and with sneakers I mean sleazy ones or the old NIke version)
Hotel Arena, backpackhotel and disco in one..every friday night you have here 80's and 90's music
dresscode whatever you like, all sorts of people
For lazy sunday afternoons you really have to go to De Club, www.declub.nl , held in Cubicfrom 17.00 till 01.00 you can dance, relax eat something and watch people here also a lot of famous actors, singers you can find here...Music style is disco, funk and freestyle. After 19.00 only entrance with clubcard!!!
Address: Jan van Gaalen straat, its a bit out of the city but every taxidriver knows where to drive you. Its almost 10 to 15 minutes from citycenter.
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