Around the Leidseplein you will find the biggest gathering of eateries and cafes. There are a lot of exotic restaurants here. In the evening you will find most people on the square or in one of the two sidestreets: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat or Lange Leidsedwarsstraat. It is always very crowded.
Directions: South of Prinsengracht, near Vondelpark
The Leidseplein area is packed with great restaurants and British style pubs, most serving the typical Heineken, Grolsch or Amstel brews. But if you can, find a brown cafe, which is a Dutch beer hall where you can sample some more creative brews.
My favorite area to wander at night was Spui, where you'll find great bars and restaurants to hang out.
The Leidseplein is the focul point of the Amsterdam vibrant nightlife This square is virtually surrounded by bars of all kinds. Each with bar or pub seems to have a patio make the Leidesplein is wonderful place to people watch. More importantly you can then observe the score of street entertainers that seem to congregate here. Many of these huskers are quite talented and its lots of fun watch. Nearby in the off shoot streets from the square, there are numerous restaurants were you can eat before you go for a bar hop around the square itself.
Dress Code: Casual
Directions: On the south end of the Canal Belt. At the south end of Leidsestraat. Best approach by Tram 20 if you are using public transportation.
Ultimate Party is every Sunday to Friday / 6 Nights a week * Starting : between 08:30 pm and 09:00 pm @ The News Cafe - 4 doors down from the Burger King Leidseplein ( Korte Leidse dwarsstraat 77) * Transportation: Tram 1,2,5,6,7,10 to the Leidseplein *
· 6 Dance Bars & Clubs
· 6 Free drinks ( beer,wine or soda)
· Vodka shots on the road
· Unlimited Free house shots between 08:30 and 09:00 pm
· Drink specials at each venue
· No cover charges for the Bars and Club
· Professional Guides
ALL FOR ONLY 15 EURO
I have to admit, I've never done a pub crawl like this before. Very well thought out, organized, social, and a great way to introduce tourists to a city's night life. I almost want to start up my own. I've been on many alternative themed pub crawls like the SantaCon's, the Pirate hunts, and the Zombie crawls ... but this was quite nice, a normal one for international tourists - partying in the big cities around the world. Apparently they have them for London, Madrid, Berlin, etc. I had a blast. The guides were fantastic and made sure we got drunk and kept safe. One of the best parties I've attended while travelling abroad. You pay your 15 Euro (we paid 14 as we had a coupon from Stacey from New Amsterdam Tours), they give you a bracelet, and unlimited vodka drinks/shots from 8:30-9:30. Friends were made and we headed to 6 different bars and clubs, at each cover was free, VIP entrance in, and you were greeted at the door with a vodka shot and a token for a free drink at the bar. For each and every bar: The News, The Pirates Cafe, Amsterdamned, The Royalty, Club Smokeys, Club JV, Jantjes Verjaardag, Cooldown Cafe, and Surprise Bar. Dancing, drinking, and drunken-ness ensued. Wild times. Thank you Ultimate Party! Rating 5 stars out of 5.
The Leidseplein is a major square in central Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Lying in the southwest of the central (canal) district of Amsterdam, the Leidseplein is immediately northeast of the Singelgracht canal. The Leidseplein is one of the busiest centres for nightlife in the city. The square and the surrounding streets are full of bars, restaurants, outdoor cafes, theaters, dance clubs, etc. Street performers are often found on the square. It is very popular with tourists and locals alike, although some locals find it overcrowded during high season.
Stand in the middle of Leidseplein square and picka direction to walk. Any direction you go you will be able to find a drinking establishment that suits your needs, whatever they may be. There are Irish pubs, clubs, coffe shops, and bars of all sorts. It is a great place to bar hop and get a taste of the Amsterdam night life. Whatever time of night (or morning) you choose to get there, is a good time because Amsterdam never sleeps. Don't try to close down the bar, trust me, they won't shut down unless there is no one to serve.
Dress Code: All types of dress accepted.
Address: Leidseplein Square
Directions: Tram 1 2 5 6 7 10 11
*It's THE square
If you want to have a drink or an alternative experience, Leidseplein is where you want to be. There are many bars and coffeehouses in this neighbourhood. There are also several restaurants, although they felt more like tourist traps. Great area to bar-hop and people watch. I felt very safe and comfortable walking around this area (but I stayed on well-lighted streets).
Dress Code: Casual: usually jeans, t-shirts or Business Casual.
Directions: Westside of the Southern Canal
Tram 1, 2, 5, 7, 10. Nightbus 348, 352, 353, 354, 358
Located at the corner of Leidseplein this little bar is very touristy, expensive, serves mediocre food and always super noisy. So why bother you might ask?
Well it was the only bar that had regular feeds for American sports, and being a basketball fan this was my only option to watch the playoff and the March madness.
It does get lively when there's a big British football match on - but go elsewhere for a taste of real Dutch nightlife.
Address: Leidseplein 11
Directions: Take tram 1, 2 or 5 and get off at Leidseplein
Phone: +31 20 4272529
Leiseplein square and the area around the casino is a nice area to spend one night. That's not the crazy centrum, but there are thousands of lil restaurants from every country in the world (argentin, italian, chinese, indian, greek, etc) to have a dinner. After that a lot of bars and pubs to have a drink, and some little clubs, too. Of course, some coffeshops around there.
Dress Code: I did no find any requirement. It isnt a sophisticated area (even being next to casino).
Address: Tram stop: Leidseplein.Add to your Trip Planner
The Leidseplein area is the main hub of nightlife, packed with bars and restaurants, its the exciting area of the city by night. Although some bars have restrictions on the numbers of men/women they admit (to try and keep an even balance), they're all very friendly and the perfect opportunity to enjoy a Heineken.
I'm sure you know that there are lots and lots and lots of HIP clubs here in Amsterdam dishing out House Music, Techno, Trance et al at all these joints. The Leidseplein district is THE center for nightlife. And heading the list of cool joints are the famous Paradiso and Melkweg. You'd NEVER be bored in this city!
Around the Leidseplein, there are several small clubs. Most of them have free entrance until midnight, then it is around 5 Euros. The clubs I have been to, were very (!) small and the music was very diverse. It was a mixture of House, Techno, R&B, Rock, Pop and Dutch Folk Music... ;-) I was there with my friends, so I can unfortunately not tell, if it is easy to get in touch with the Dutch party people (even though I think, that most of them are even not Dutch at all...).
I didn't find a special club which I liked so much, that I would recommend it here - but some were nice to have fun and dance a little bit.
Amsterdam is the centre of nightlife in The Netherlands. Best places to be are the Leidse Plein or the Rembrandt Plein, where big concentrations of cafés, bars, dancings and discotheques are. During the day and warm sumerevenings the terraces are booming and the atmosphere is the best in the world.
Amsterdam might be called the house-capitol in the world (although I personally would choose to give that name to Rotterdam). However, parties are around the weekend in numerous places, clubs and (secret)places.
Restaurant with menus from all natioanlities are throughout the town. Call out the country, there is a restaurant in town that serves the dishes of it.
Amsterdam has many theatres, concerthalls and cinema's. This way of entertainment is thus also easy to do.
You will especially enjoy the nightlife at Leidsesquare and Spui. You can find everything here: clubs, discos, bars, pubs.
Dress Code: When you go to a club or disco: dress hip! When you go to a bar or pub: it doesn't matter!
Leidse square is always busy not in the least because of its various tram stops but also because of its cafe´s and pubs. There are also a few major cinema theaters here showing the current mainstream films.
Dress Code: What you want, that counts for all of Amsterdam.
Directions: Between Leidsestraat, Vondelpark and Museum square
Amsterdam is known as one of the entertainment capitals of Europe. There is an abundance of bars with live entertainment, classy casino's, trendy nightspots, theatre productions and of course the eye-opening entertainment in the red-light district.
Most of the cafés, restaurants, nightclubs and discos seem to be located around the Leidseplein and the Rembrandtplein areas and are still lively in the early hours of the morning.