The 7 Best Clubs in Amsterdam
If we had to describe the nightlife in Amsterdam in one word - it would be EPIC. However it’s always a bit risky clubbing on foreign turf (as you never know what to expect). A club could either make or break a night, depending on how good it is. So, we thought we’d help you make the selection process easier. These are rockin’ clubs where you’ll find plenty of locals and a great vibe - plus the young Dutch sure know how to party hard. Let them show you the time of your life at our 7 tried and tested spots...
1) AIR Amsterdam
Amstelstraat 16, 1017 DA Amsterdam, Netherlands
AIR Amsterdam is an epic nightclub boasting 5 funky bars and a multi-tiered dance floor. It’s always filled with cool people (and such a diverse mix, too). If you like electronic music and House, then you’ll love it here - but they also have Hip Hop and RnB nights so it’s a club suited to all tastes. With an awesome sound system and guest DJs, be sure to check what’s on when you’re in the city.
2) Chicago Social Club
Leidseplein 12, 1017 PT Amsterdam, Netherlands
This two storey club is located in the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam’s Leidseplein Square, a perfect location for bar-hopping and a crazy night out. The vibe here is nice and intimate with awesome parties taking place on most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (and a decent dance floor). Not much of a clubber? Then Chicago Social Club is also great for drinks. They serve delicious cocktails at the bar here, which opens till late most days of the week. Different rooms host different music and it’s cosy atmosphere makes it a local favourite. A little bit pricey but worth it.
3) Winston Kingdom
Warmoesstraat 131, 1012 JA Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Winston Kingdom is the hostels’ on-site underground nightclub and the perfect place to party and meet other backpackers. Located on the bustling Red Light District, it’s one of a few clubs on the stretch that stays open till late! Hosting crazy parties and live music of different genres, it’s a popular spot in town for locals and tourists alike. And the best bit is, it’s perfect for our guests because their comfy bed is waiting upstairs (handy after a few too many shots!) If you’re staying with The Winston, entry to the club is half price and you get happy hour deals! Tip: pre-drink at Belushi's next door where you’ll benefit from daily drink deals, then head here!
Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam, Netherlands
An amazing live music venue in Amsterdam. You must try and see a gig at Paradiso while you’re in the city. The sound system is killer, the atmosphere is electric and the artists that play there range from well-known bands to more underground acts. For sure a music lovers paradise. One of the best things about Paradiso is that it’s not massive so it feels very intimate - you’re standing in close proximity to the artists on stage and it makes the whole experience much better. The venue is also in a beautiful 18th century historic Church. See what’s on at Paradiso while you’re in the Dam.
5) Sugar Factory
Lijnbaansgracht 238, 1017 PH Amsterdam, Netherlands
If you like techno music, you’ll love Sugar Factory. It’s a pretty small venue but hosts some incredible deep house parties. It also has a smoking area if you need a break from dancing and fancy a puff.
Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 1017 PH Amsterdam, Netherlands
Another popular live music venue, right in the midst of Amsterdam’s nightlife on Leidseplein Square. The club nights are great fun and offer the best in electro - try the Techno Tuesday’s where locals and tourists flock every week to rave and immerse themselves in the Dutch underground music scene. Melkweg also hosts live acts and DJs - as well as festivals!
Spuistraat 2 HS, 1012 TS Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bitterzoet is a really hip venue in Spuistraat, a cool area in Amsterdam covered in street art. Playing all sorts of music from hip-hop to reggae, the club nights are really worth testing out to witness some seriously good, easy-going vibes (and the awesome stained glass windows). Plus, it hosts great DJs and alternative live bands and solo artists in a small, cosy setting. Drinks are a reasonable price.
Article by Shereen Sagoo