For salsa-lovers I can highly recommend Tuesday and Thursday evening.
DJ Valeriano plays salsa tunes. It's very busy during Tuesday and Thursday because these are salsa dance nights.
If you like to dance, or just like to drink something at the bar and take a look at all the nice dance couples feel free to enter. You can go there with a dance partner, but you don't neccesairily have to. Just ask someone to dance.
I think the other evenings at Kokonoches Caf? are not so special because there are not so many people and the music and public is different.
Tuesday: Salsa Cafe 21.00 - 00:30
(bar open till 2.00)
Thursday:Salsa Cafe 20.00 - 00.00
(bar open til 4.00)
Friday: 20.00 - 04.00
Saturday: 20.00 - 04.00
Sunday: 20.00 - 02.00
Dress Code: Dress casual, no Sneakers, no trainingssuit.
Fri & Sat 00.00 - 4.00 Dj's dance, techno, d&b and so on...
Rest of the week 21.00 - 11.30 live performances.
BEWARE: This place is not open every evening. Check their website http://www.patronaat.nl for the actual programme.
Entrance: This depends on what live performance or dj plays that evening. Check their website or call: 023 - 5326010 for information about this.
Most of the time the music is very nice here. Unfortunately the visitors are sometimes very young (17, 18 years old). Despite of that, this place is worth to pay a visit to.
Dress Code: No dressode.
Mo- Fri 21.00 - 2.00
Sat & Sun 21.00- 4.00
Live music by diverse artists during weekdays (except for Friday) and on Sunday. Music: Jazz, blues, soul, r&b, funk but also wellknown hits.
Friday and Saturday a mix of soul, funk, r&b, disco (70's and 80's) and recent hits.
You can drink something at the bar or dance in the back. The dancefloor is small but used by many people. Friday and Saturday you'll find me on the dancefloor most of the time.
During the weekend (Friday and Saturday evening) it's very buzzy and hot here. It's worthwhile to take a look though, because the people are very nice and the atmosphere is excellent.
The bartenders are very friendly and work hard and quickly.
A securityguard is at the door during Friday and Saturday evening, to prefend annoying people from entering.
Dress Code: You can dress casual. The only things you shouldn't wear are sneakers and a trainingssuit.
A securityguard is at the door. He won't let you in when you wear these cloths.
Tue - Thu and Sun 16.00-02.00
Fri and Sat 16.00-04.00
Closed on Monday
Cocktails, cigars, tapas and salsa. This is a real cantina Cubana.
For only 5 euro they will serve you nice cocktails like mojito's, carpariñas en Cuba libres. Do you like another cocktail? Just ask them and they'll make it for you. Of course they also serve the good old beer (for example heineken).
The tapas are nice as well: Chicken legs, stiffed meat, salad, artichoke etc. All served with bread.
The music is nice, the people are friendly.
On Friday and Saterday evening there's a safetyguard at the door. This is to prefend annoying people from entering the bar.
Dress Code: On Friday and Saterday evening there's a safetyguard at the door. Don't wear sneakers or a trainingssuit, otherwise he won't let you enter. Dress casual.
I've been here a few times and although nothing spectacular the atmosphere is good. In the middle there is a big round bar, seperated in 2 parts and differnt heights and the side of the bar is covered with a zebra print. In the corner is a nice place where you can show your dancemoves. The music played varies a lot.
Haarlem has two cinema's that are centrally located in the shopping district.
You'll find Cinema Palace only a few minutes walk from the Houtplein in the shopping street Grote Houtstraat. This Palace only has 1 big theater so there are not many films shown here. Usually they do have the biggest movies of the moment.
Brinkmann Bioscopen (Dutch for cinema's) is located on the Grote Markt. It is bigger than the Cinema. but it is not my preferred one. I always check for the movies in Palace first. Reason is that Brinkmann is not very clean compared to Palace, and the screens are quite small too. Ususally I go to Amsterdam if my favourite movie is not shown in Palace.
This place describes itself as Heaven in Haarlem. It's a place you can experience some of the nightlife of Haarlem. Patronaat is used for concerts and parties. If you want to know what's on tonight, just check out their site.
Nice pub with live music various nights in the week. Also sports are broadcasted when there is an interesting game on. The selction of beers is ok, and the prices are not bad at all. The pub is quite large and you can even eat something here. Good atmosphere!!!
Dress Code: Whatever....
The Willie Wortel Sinsemilla is a great nightlife spot to hang out. On certain weekends there is a live DJ slamming out tunes and sometimes they contests on DJing to win money, weed, and pipes or bongs.
Dress Code: Casual
Enjoy a concert in the Concert building behind Bavo church in the center of town. Most of the time there all classical concerts, but sometimes you can also see local and international stars playing here. The concertbuilding has at the cashregister guides where you can find which concert is played when.
Don't forget Haarlems popstadium 'Patronaat' , a lot of local bands have their show here. They most of the time sing in english. You can also discodance here as much as you like. Usually the bands start at 9pm and play till 12 pm and after 1 am it's dancing all night long!
Do you like playing snooker, pool or biljart? Then you must go to one of the poolrooms in Haarlem. The best one is the Snooker Academy at Wagenweg (Wagonroad). It is very big and has about 15 tables to play your favourite pool/snooker game. Second best is the Purple Pool at the Gedempte Oude Gracht. Here are about 7 pooltables in the center of town. The Happy Pool is a place for very young people (14-17 year old). They have three pooltables and one airhockey table.
Some people like smoking joints in coffeeshops like 'Maximiliaan' at the Gedempte Oude Gracht in Haarlem. I am not very fond of it and personally I dislike drugaddicts. A lot of Dutch people are against drugaddicts/junkies, but find that ocassionaly smoking a joint is possible.
In summer when some people celebrate their birthday for example, they give a gardenparty in the evening. Don't have doubts when you are invited, just go! It is a lot of fun, there is music, snacks and drinks. Lights hang everywhere and in summer it's nice and warm.
Dress Code: Dress informal
Every 5th of may, when people celebrate freedom of World War II there are big festivals in every big town. Towns like Amsterdam, Haarlem, Den Haag, Middelburg, Zwolle, Den Bosch, Maastricht, Arnhem, Assen, Leeuwarden, Lelystad, Utrecht and Groningen give big popconcerts with national and international celebraties in their mainparks. This festival is called 'Bevrijdingspop' (Pop of Freedom) and takes place from 10 am till 12 pm. Also at the festival T-shirts, necklaces, snacks and drinks are sold.
The atmosphere is wonderful especially when the weather is good. You can see celebraties like 'Boyzone' (you can see them on the picture).
Dress Code: Dress informal.