The Waterhole was one place recommended to us by a friendly barman in our local cafe. It is just off Leidseplein, south of the Jordaan area. Leidseplein has a sort of 'happening' feel about it at night, full of bright neon lights, outdoor bars, take-away food joints.
There was no entrance charge on a busy Saturday night. The drinks were inexpensive, and the usual good Amsterdam standard. It had a live band, doing very passable cover-versions of British and American rock/pop.
It also has an area around the band used as a dance floor. Everyone from 16 to 62 by the looks of it :-)
We eventually left at 2am and it was clear that the night was still young!!
Dress Code Complete mixture, mainly very casual.
We go to Amsterdam for a few days each year...the first time we went we stumbled (and of course I mean stumbled) upon this bar....once we got over the fact that we were the only "non-locals"in the place and the music started, it was time to kick back and chill. Seven nights a week they offer live music and there is never a cover, ever. Some really great jam sessions and an eclectic mix of people.....the beer is cold and frothy and smoking is acceptable of course. The last two yrs we have seen some of the same musicians perform...and they are excellent....each yr this is a must place to go...its very laid back of course, not crowded, and has sort of a home like feel. Sorta like Rookies Cafe (for those who have been there) but a bit bigger and less emphasis on the smoke. This ones in the red light district but off the beaten path of the red lights. Enjoy and Cheers!
I wanted to update this quickly.....the location in the red light district has actualy closed down or moved. The new location is a little further away from the train station or dam square....but not too far.....its actualy across the stret from a pretty well know dinner show called "Boom Chicago"...so look for ads for that....again, it is right nexr door...you cant miss it.
It is quite easy to walk to OR take the tram.....go up to Leidersplien (a square about a 15 minute walk from the dam square)...its right there....one of my fav places to hang out at night...or just simply swing by for a beer.
Dress Code Anything Goes.....Dont over dress or you'll stick out for sure.....Jeans and a tshirt.
When I first visited The Waterhole with my friend Eric it was at it's old location near Centraal Station. It has now moved to the more popular Leidseplein down the street from the Boom Chicago Theatre. This is one of the few bars in Amsterdam that reminds me of home. The walls are covered with old posters and other knick knacks. There are 3 pool tables in the back to the left of the small stage where a variety of local bands play. Rumor is that it's owned or was owned by the Amsterdam Hell's Angels. These guys tend to work the door so this is not a place to be an obnoxious tourist unless you want to end up exiting on your head. If you keep your cool and want to have a good time with some great locals on the other hand then this place cannot be beat. I end up in Amsterdam a couple of times a year and I always end up here with my friend Eric for a couple of games and some beer till 3am.
Dress Code Casual. Member's of the Hell's Angels are more than welcome here.
This live music bar, situated on the leidseplein, has a realy friendly and international environment, with real friendly staff. It's a great place to meet people, listen to music and enjoy a beer or a smoke. It's open seven days a week with happy hours between 18.00 and 21.00 and live music on every night. It's quite quiet during the afternoon (they're open from 16.00) , but they offer free pool on one of the three pool tables.
Dont ever go to this place!! A complete rude staff at night in the door, the doormen pushes everyone around, the coat lady yells and throws the coats at people when leaving or collecting, and they literally INSULT! and the worst part of my night that A THIEF STOLE MY PHONE from my bag which I always carried with me. It becomes so crowded that you dont even feel whether you get robbed. The place looks cool, music is cool, but it really doesnt worth taking that risk. I do not suggest this place at all. Again, rudest door staff ever...
Dress Code no dress code
The last waterhole is a great bar, with lovely ladies behind the counter. A live band features every day, every night. And they have a cool pin special during happy hour. And last not least, they also have pool tables.
Dress Code Casual
Not a hash bar. Not a Brown cafe. A nightclub with live music and a Texan feel about it. I'm not sure what it looks like now but in 1984 it had sports pennants, college memoribillia and the like for decorations.
Dress Code Your genitals must be covered. Other than that, anything is OK.
One of my favorites is based under a youth hostel in the red light district. It's called the Last Waterhole and every friday an saturday there are performing amature life bands. some of them pretty good, but sometimes ...
you can play pool, dance, get jugs, and be yourself. Cause it's under a hostel there are lots of other travellers to meet.