Leiden Nightlife

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    Cafe Odessa: Odessa

    by rsilva Written Apr 13, 2005

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    Delivery service?

    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

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    Café restaurant City Hall: The City Hall

    by rsilva Written Apr 13, 2005

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    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

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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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    Societeit De Burcht: "De Burcht"

    by rsilva Written Apr 13, 2005

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    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

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    Grand-Cafe-Diner "de Grote Beer": De Grote Beer

    by rsilva Written Apr 13, 2005

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    As seen from the Witte Singel

    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

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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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    Oloroso Grande Cantina: Go for a snack or just a drink

    by rsilva Written Apr 13, 2005

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    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.

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    Dranklokaal De WW: De WW

    by rsilva Written Apr 13, 2005

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    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.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 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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