Leiden Nightlife

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  • Vi-kings Bar: Sports, Karaoke, and Good Fun!

    by wieisjort Written Sep 2, 2013
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    Vi-kings, a cozy sports bar located at the Noordeinde 28, Leiden.
    This is the right place for the true sports enthusiast, they have multiple TVs and two big screens. With Dutch Digital Television. and Sky TV they try to show as much sport as possible! There is always a very friendly international atmosphere present at Vi-kings.

    For the Karaoke-enthusiasts amoung us, Karaoke evenings can be organized, there is a selection of English and Dutch songs. You don't have to be a great singer to have a great time! There are also several board games and a pool table available.

    On Tap they have Guinness, Heineken, Strongbow (cider) and Murphy's Irish Red. On bottle, for the true beer lover, we have several Belgian beers, Westmalle Dubbel, Gouden Carolus, Hapkin and many others beer like Corona and Carlsberg.

    If you love food you can order the most delicous garlic saturated pizza from the Pizza Restaurant next door. There is a selection of 20 different pizza's and calzones's you can order and they delivery the pizza to the pub once its ready!

    Dress Code: The Dress Code is Casual

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    Cafe de Joker: The Bar With My Name On It!

    by johngayton Written Jul 30, 2013

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    On my way into the centre from the railway station this sign on the doorway caught my attention - "...It's ALWAYS BEER O'CLOCK!"

    Unfortunately at 10.30 am it wasn't :-(

    De Joker looks like my sort of pub tho' and checking out reviews and pics it seems like a lively night spot with live music and open from 1700 until ?? Reviews warn ?? means LATE!

    That's why my next visit will be an overnighter - maybe I won't even need to bother with a hotel ;-)

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  • LVC Leiden: Solo gig

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The LVC is a small gig venue in the city centre. We went to see the Dutch band, Solo - a two man acoustic/singer song writer and keyboard player. I had heard that they were good - and they were! It was a great night and they signed CDs and chatted to us afterwards!

    The venue has free coat and bag check - but to buy drinks you must use tokens - two tokens per drink - get them from the kiosk on the door.

    It was 12E for a ticket but this would vary according to the gig!

    Dress Code: Anything

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    Einstein: Einstein

    by rsilva Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is another traditional bar/restaurant, although not one of my favorites.

    During the day and evening, food is served and you can have a regular meal, in the evening it is open as bar.

    What I don't like is the service, I know you are not supposed to expect good service in a nightclub, but still... Once we were the only people in the bar and there were about 5-6 waitresses walking around and not one of them came to our table, when I asked if we could order, I was told that you have to order at the bar. Well, they could have told me this half an hour before.

    In any case, it is international night on Wednesday and is a popular spot in Leiden.

    In the summer, you can sit outside on the street or on a floating platform on the canal, which is nice.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    La Gare - Restaurant Grand-Cafe: La Gare

    by rsilva Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a nice place just a few meters from the train station.

    It has a quite classic look and feel to it, and there is a lot of space, which I like. On top of this, there is table service. It is good if you want to talk as music seems not to be as loud as in other places.

    I don't remember ever having listened to live music here.

    It's a good spot to spend an evening, or just while you are waiting for the train.

    It also serves lunch and dinner.

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    Jazzcafe the Duke: Live music 364 days a year!

    by rsilva Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In my opinion this is the most enjoyable spot in Leiden.

    Jazzcafe the Duke offers live music every day of the year (except 1st January, I think) and although it is crowded and smokey, it definetly has a unique atmosphere with old musical instruments hanging from the ceiling and the walls covered in old pictures and posters.
    It is also a place where the staff is quite friendly and there are no intimidating bouncers at the door. The crowd is also usually quite good, with a lot of foreigners (well, this is the case everywhere in Leiden) and generally speaking somewhat older people (over 30).

    But the best part is obviously the music, you will be surprised to see how good some of the bands are and if you are lucky enough to catch the Soulcatchers & Mr Green (they play quite often and are very popular) you will be in for a fun evening.

    It's not to be missed.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Einsteins: Wednesday Nights in Leiden

    by Erica25 Written Jul 27, 2007

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    This is a great spot on Wednesday nights. It is international student night so many of the international students from all the universities in Leiden go to this bar. There is no dancing but it is still a lot of fun just to talk with everyone from all around the world.

    Dress Code: No dress requirements

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    Cafe Barrera: Barrera

    by rsilva Updated Aug 10, 2005

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    Located on one of the nicest streets/canals in Leiden (the Rapenburg) this is a quite popular place.

    You will often see groups of students, many coming from graduations or presentations as one of the University buildings is right in front.

    In the summer you can sit on the street right next to the canal and it is a very beautiful sight.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Mas Y Mas: Mas Y Mas

    by rsilva Written Jul 11, 2005

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    This is a relatively well-known nightspot in Leiden although it is not open every day. The website mentions Thursday-Saturday from 21.00 until very late.
    Thursday is to be the "International night" here, so you can expect a lot of people, it has even happened a few times that I had to wait a while outside as there were too many people inside. However, it is no disco-style waiting line where people get in ahead of you, you just have to wait for someone to leave, then you can enter.
    It is very long and narrow, so you have 3 sections: the entrance, the very crowded dancefloor and at the end the bar.

    It is a bit too smokey and crowded for my taste, but is still very lively and usually the crowd is nice.

    Dress Code: Casual

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  • Club In Casa: Clubbing the night away

    by sillie Updated Jul 1, 2005

    Club In Casa is the only place in the city that looks like a club.. From the outside and also on the inside.

    Thursday is student night with cheesy pop and 70s/80s music. Saturday is more Techno orientated ussually.

    The audience is not the best though. Very young (under 20) and on Saturdays sometimes a bit tacky.

    The door closes VERY early - you have to be in before a certain time (I think 12.30)

    Dress Code: Casual or as dressed up as you like.

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  • Nexus Student's Swinghouse: Clubbing with fratboys (and girls)

    by sillie Written Jul 1, 2005

    This place is a small scale club with a nice interior and bar. It is all about cheesy music here.

    Club Nexus is known to be the place where all the fratboys (and girls) come. This means lots of ralph lauren polo shirts.

    Personally it is not my scene.

    Dress Code: Casual but posh.

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  • LVC: Good clubnights

    by sillie Written Jul 1, 2005

    If you are twentysomething there are only a few places in this city where you can go dance (if you are not in a fraternity that is..). In my opinion, the LVC is the best place to go.

    It is an alternative club venue which offers different clubnights and concerts.

    The clubnights are different: R'nB, Drum 'n Bass, 70s, Techno, Rock, Pop...
    In this place it means that the theme of the night really defines the music - so you should only go here if you are into the music.

    I find thursdays the best nights, and saturdays are the worst. Thursdays are ussually pop/rock/70s/mainstream, twentysomething audience and entrance is one euro. Saturdays are ussually R'nB/Drum 'n Bass/Techno, teens mixed with twentysomething audience and entrance ussually around 10 euros.

    Dress Code: Very casual. Comfortable shoes:-)

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    Everywhere in Leiden: Leiden Blues and Jazz Week

    by rsilva Updated Apr 16, 2005

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    Every year in January, Leiden comes to life with the Blues and Jazz Week. There are live concerts virtually everywhere and the atmosphere is great. There are even buses that take people around the city to the different venues with bands actually playing in the bus.

    It is great fun and a welcome change in a usually cold a wet time of year.

    Unfortunately this year the festival was cancelled as the "chairman" of the organization (Mr. Dick Wansink), was seriously ill. He is the owner of Jazzcafe the Duke.

    I hope they bring it back this January.

    UPDATE: It has been confirmed for 2005! It will take place all over Leiden 21-31 January

    Source: (http://www.hollandrijnland.nl/hollandrijnland.php?mod=evenementen&act=view&pid=668)

    For more information on the 2005 event, take a look at this site (in Dutch only, but easy to navigate):

    http://www.leidenswingt.nl

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    English Pub North End: North End

    by rsilva Written Apr 13, 2005

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    Although this place is really close to my place, I tend not to go there often. Not because it is bad, just because I tend to prefer the Dutch bars/cafes instead.

    It is a typical English pub, the kind you find in all countries, with a TV that is always on (I personally find that annoying), it is also one of the few places where you can find many (30+) kinds of whisky.

    They also serve food and the one time I was going to try it, we were told that the cook was very busy and that it would take a LONG time before we got our order. We ended up leaving as we were in a hurry. At least they warned us right away.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Cocktailbar Fandango - Tapasbar Cantina: Cocktails!

    by rsilva Written Apr 13, 2005

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    This is one of the few places that I know of in Leiden that serves cocktails.

    It has a very lively crowd and loud music, the volume is gradually increased as people start arriving until it gets to a point you can forget about having a conversation. Still it is nice if you just want to have a cocktail or some "tapas" (snacks).

    Dress Code: Casual

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