Dranklokaal De WW: De WW
Quite pleasant, small place in one of Breestrat's sidestreets.
I particularly like the service (bartenders) which is usually very friendly and the place itself is quite cosy.
There is even a small dart board in the back of the bar.
Oloroso Grande Cantina: Go for a snack or just a drink
This is also a relatively new Restaurant/bar located on the Breestraat in central Leiden.
Red is the theme here and you have big red chairs to sit on. There are two floors, the bottom one with smaller tables and the bar and the top floor overlooking the bar area. This is where you can gather a larger group, if necessary.
They serve all kinds of "tapas", typical spanish snacks (I'm sure Spaniards might not agree on this) like chorizo, tortilla (not very good...), meatballs, etc.
They also rent boats(!) and deliver tapas.
Grand-Cafe-Diner "de Grote Beer": De Grote Beer
I have attended many private parties at this place as it is possible to rent it.
It has a dancefloor and a section with some tables to sit down and relax.
Its location is priviledged and, in the summer, you can take advantage of the fact you can sit right next to the "Witte Single", one of the nicest canals in Leiden.
The crowd seems to be mainly Dutch and slightly younger than at other places.
It is also a restaurant.
Dress Code: Casual
Societeit De Burcht: "De Burcht"
This is a very pleasant bar right next to the Burcht "monument" in the center of Leiden.
I think it is a very lively place with high ceilings and nice athmosphere. There are often concerts/show. I remember attending live a flamenco dance show.
Check the agenda on the website. Entrance is free.
It is also possible to sit outside, right underneath the Burcht and you can have an interesting evening here.
The crowd also seems quite good.
Dress Code: Casual
Café restaurant City Hall: The City Hall
This is a fairly recent restaurant/nightclub located in the city hall building (hence the name).
It also serves as a restaurant, but the nightclub/bar area is very pleasant. It is devided in 2 areas/sections, one with a bar where you stand up and have a drink. It is very modern with a blue light lighting up the bar area, with some music (not live) playing.
The other part is composed of tables where you can sit down and relax (there is no music here, but you can still hear the one being played in the other room.
The decor is also nice with brick walls and columns and large glass windows.
This is one of the most pleasant bars in Leiden, in my opinion.
Dress Code: Casual
Cafe Odessa: Odessa
This was the first bar I went to when I moved to the Netherlands. It is small and very smokey, but it has a nice feel to it.
You will have to burn your clothes when you get home (that is the case with most bars in the Netherlands, anyway) as they will stink of smoke (and so will you).
Monday is the international night here and you will be able to meet many students and expats that live and work in Leiden.
This is a bar/nightclub with no live music or dance floor. From 17.00 to 22.00 they also serve food
Dress Code: Informal
Theehuis De Leidse Hout: Acoustic music in park
Every Sunday acoustic duo Friendly Fire plays from approx. 16:00 till 21:00 in the Teahouse in park "De Leidse Hout" . Repertoire ranges from Everly Brothers to Nirvana. They have great vocal harmonies, solid acoustic guitar playing. Not too loud, you can easily have a conversation. Admisson free, plus they can do requests. Great music to listen to while sipping a drink and watching the deer in the park.
Dress Code: Whatever you want, mostly casual as it is a park and most of the audience are people taking a stroll in the park.
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THE STUDIO LIDO CINEMA: LEIDENS CINEMAS
given i avoid teeny venues whenever possible as i hate yobs in the evening,i settle for a movie where available,leiden fortunately has 2 even if they do tend to duplicate each other in both movies and price.
at time of visit entrance fee was 7 euros 50 cents for an adult.
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de Burcht (dunno why it says restaurant-it's not): cafe / bar tip
De Burcht is a nice, spaceous cafe situated in the very heart of Leiden. It's name is borrowed from the fortification on the hill right next to the cafe. It's one of the most beautiful spots in Leiden.
The cafe / bar is actually one of the activities of an art-promoting foundation which organises lectures on literature and philosophy. They give (very) small concerts as well. Quality ... ahum, it varies. But dont worry. The arty stuff is seperated from the drinking area. I'm sure it's politically incorrect statement to make, but sometimes there is no substitute for apartheid.
Dress Code: Casual dress code ... mixed public: students, graduates
Annie's Verjaardag (Annie's...
Annie's Verjaardag (Annie's Birthday in English)
This is a great spot that I went to with my cousin and one of his friends a few times. We went there for drinks but you can eat there too. This place is located right by the water and you can even sit on a terrace that's right on the water. It's a great location and many people from the university crowd hang out there at night. I really enjoyed sitting there and having a drink and relaxing. This place has got a great ambiance.
In Casa: In Casa
Being an university town, there are many places in Leiden to go to. I went to In Casa with my cousin and a bunch of his friends and they told me that this was the place to go on a Thursday or Saturday night. Because it was introduction week, the place was absolutely packed. It was a great place but just so busy. There wasn't even room to move. I had a good time though and I'd recommend it to anyone. Thursday is 70s and 80s night.
Dress Code: I would recommend that you wear closed shoes meaning no sandals or anything. I think it's like this in many clubs in Holland because I remember someone else telling me about this too. Basically what happens is that glasses are simply dropped on the ground so you're walking on pieces of glass the whole evening. Wouldn't it just make more sense to serve the drinks in plastic cups?
By the Canal: Party
Since it was Lekkenfest, there's a party at the canal. Free Live Music followed by disco after.
Seen here are Adone and Willem and Leker (I think that's her name, not so sure now).
THE LUXOR CINEMA: THE LUXOR CINEMA,LEIDEN
the second cinema in leiden,basically the same as the studio,largely the same films for 7 euros 50 cents only real difference is it's a bit further up the road towards leiden centraal station
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One of my favorites is Annies...
One of my favorites is Annies Verjaardag, a nice bar / restaurant with a great terrace on the water.
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