You can find everything from techno to hip-hop and trance music in Amsterdam. In fact, the city is known for its nightlife, and when the sun sets, nightclubs and pubs along landmarks such as Dam Square, Rembrandtplein, Jordaan, and Leidseplein come to life. So be ready to groove, footloose to the tunes, and rock the house in any of these clubs when on Amsterdam tours.
Below are the top 8 nightlife hotspots in Amsterdam city. Note that not all these nightclubs are open on all days, so make it a point to check for schedules if you are planning to attend one. Moreover, purchasing a ticket in advance will be an added benefit.
Concentrated among some new bars and cafes around this Dutch waterfront, this spacious nightclub is one of the classiest venues for music with dining, wining, and dancing. It hosts hot ticket events from world famous DJs and up-and-coming talents, and has the vibe and ambience to keep you awake all night long. If you are looking forward to spending a night full of entertainment, this place is definitely worth a visit.
State-of-the-art décor, acoustics, lightings, and music make Escape one of the top nightclubs in the Netherlands. The floor of the club shines bright with neon light and LED décor. Moreover, you can find music of different genres, including techno and house music, which makes this a veritable nightlife hotspot to explore during your Amsterdam tours.
Club Up, Korte Leidsedwarsstraat
This nightclub is set in a two-storied building and offers an enthralling ambience for clubbing parties and live music performances. The specialty of the club is house music, but it also hosts other genres such as techno and retro. The first floor of the building is devoted to the artists’ society called De Kring, which predates the nightclub. The art society is accessible to members, but on occasions, it gives access to the public and doubles up as a 2-in-1 club. It is called Club Up, as people have to take the stairs up to reach the main venue.
Jimmy Woo, Leidsedwarsstraat
This posh nightclub has two floors, an extremely stylish ambience, an Asian-themed bar upstairs, and another bar with dance floor downstairs. The ceiling of the building is covered with thousands of light bulbs, which blink in different patterns to the music played aloud. All that and more attract a chic clientele to Jimmy Woo, which consists mostly of VIP guests, celebrities, and supermodels.
Sugerfactory doubles up as a venue where clubbing experiences, live music performances, and theater combines. Once a theater venue now a nightclub, this is a popular venue, that hosts shows from world-renowned DJs, jazz performances on the weekends, gigs from upcoming talents, and techno shows. All that and more makes it a most happening club and one that has a prominent place in the nightlife scene of Amsterdam city.
Melkweg, Lijnbaansgracht Canal
Melkweg or “Milky Way” is one of the vibrant and most happening cultural hubs situated adjacent to Leidseplein square, the tourist hub that underwent a renovation of late. It is a must-visit place if you are looking forward to catching live music programs, seated concerts, movies, and a DJ-led party named Kill All Hipsters. Further, this former dairy factory turned cultural hotspot, run by a nonprofit organization, also hosts photography exhibits at the back of the building. Generally, it hosts events at different timings, with some events held on evenings and others at midnight. Besides, Leidseplein has many other prominent nightlife spots worth visiting when on Amsterdam tours.
Jazz Café Alto, Leidseplein
This music café situated off the renovated public square is small but free to visit. If you are looking forward to listening to jazz music and saxophone shows, then this is a must-visit place when you tour Amsterdam. Its opening hours is 09:00 pm to 03:00 am on all days, but closing timings might vary slightly for weekends. People from all over the globe visit Jazz Café Alto for the love of jazz music, and to attend shows from local Saxophonists held on each Wednesday.
This nightclub, which is housed in a past church, is a divine place when it comes to live music of genres pop, rock, and more. Its acoustics and ambience are world-renowned, and alongside Melkweg, it played an important role in the revival of rock music and counterculture during the 1960’s. The former church’s stained glass windows and balconies still have grandeur to tell. While one of the balconies has unassigned seating, a small room upstairs hosts music shows from independent artists and bands, and the basement café plays host to gigs and other music events. Considering its size, it is not all that odd for Paradiso to host 4 to 5 shows in a single night.