Casablanca Variety and Jazz Club: Dutch, Down and Dirty. Uniek in Nederland.
In Amsterdam, Casablanca is one of the great hidden treasures. Close to the Red Light District. It was incredible fun. There's more to it than meets the eye, literally. I didn't get to see the entire club because it was so crowded. It's one of the most eclectic nightlife spots I've ever been to. Dancing, Dining, Drinking, Karaoke (which is a blast :)), live jazz and other types of music, people watching, circus acts, multi-ethnic, diverse crowd. Ages ranging from 20's to 50's. I danced my butt off. Good DJ and videos. Extremely friendly people. Lots of fun and laughter.
If you ladies want to meet men, this is the place to go in Amsterdam. I was "hit on" so many times I lost count. It was almost ridiculous. It was all good clean fun, but in Amsterdam, the men are not shy ;).
It is also a Circus Cafe and Restaurant. Lively, lively crowd.....
Dress Code: Wear what you are comfortable in. My friends and I wore very nice casual attire, yet still in our comfortable shoes. Hey, we had to deal with those cobblestone streets.Related to:
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Café Taveerne De Kluis: HOT Brasilian Fun in Amsterdam.
Wow! What can't I say about De Kluis, The Brasilian Music Bar?
Well, for starters, just too much fun. Every Saturday night, they have a Brasilian Dance Party. You will dance your ass off here. You just can't help it! The Brazilian Samba beats will drive you wild. The people are fun, nice and gorgeous. Tastey food and good drinks. They also sell some cool T-Shirts as souvenirs. (US$15.00 or so) Great service.
I loved the live Brazilian band. I call them the band with no name. They just played as if their lives depended on it. Lots of feeling in this club.
Here's a special number if you speak Portuguese (em português pergunta para Matthieu: 06 24879333
Dress Code: No special dress requirements. Funky casual.Related to:
De Kluis Brazilian Music Bar: Just adding another De Kluis picture
I wanted to add this photo of De Kluis, so you could see what the building looks like when trying to find it while in Amsterdam.
All other details on the Dutch, Down and Dirty. Uniek in Nederlands nightlife page.Related to:
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Amsterdam's reputation as a capital of liberalism may be most famously embodied by its coffeeshops but its nightlife provides ample opportunity to do anything you want. There are clubs cater to the gay or straight, to just the scenesters and for the dancers alike. Amsterdam boasts a world class nightclub scene and one that is refreshingly focused on dancing and having a good time.
Dress Code: Anything goes in this wild town!
O' Reilly's: The Irish Pub of Amsterdam
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.
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!
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. "
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.
Kwakoe Festival: Surinamese multicultural festival
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.Related to:
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De Magere Brug (The Skinny Bridge): Pints on the Amstel
This became "our" pub 'cause it was just a block away from our hotel and you couldn't beat it for the location. De Magere Brug faces the Amstel River and is right on the corner of De Magere Brug: the famous Skinny Bridge. From your table on the terrace, you can watch the bridge in action as the barges go by, and observe the tourists. They have food but who needs it when you can just hang out with a cold (cheap) pint? We heard a lot of Dutch here so it appeared to be a favorite with the locals too. Lively, friendly and very casual.
Bonus: they're open late so you can admire the bridge lit up at night too.
Monday / Thursday 12.00 - 01.00
Friday / Saturday 12.00 - 03.00
Sunday 12.00 - 01.00
Very close to The Bridge Hotel so a good stop for a nightcap and short stumble to bed.Related to:
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Barca: After dinner drinks
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
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
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!
Wynand Fockink: Gin Tasting
In 1679,'Wynand Fockink' opened this spirits and liqueur distillery on the 'Pijlsteeg' in the city centre.In those days distilleries usually included a tasting house and a shop,this one was no exception.Nearly three centuries later the distillery contains an extraordinary collection of antique bottles in premises still furnished in the style of the seventeenth century.Join one of the guided tours,learn about how the products are made and choose your favorite from the superb range on offer.Or you can just pop in and purchase a drink and sample it for yourself.I tried the Apple Gin which was very yummy but very high in alchohol content.This cost me 3 Euros,a great little place,well worth a visit.
Dress Code: Casual.Related to:
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Nightclubs: If you like techno parties..
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 :)
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