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Twenty Third Bar

Twenty Third Bar

This is the late-opening cocktail bar at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Ideally, your bar snacks here are oysters prepared in the Michelin-starred Ciel Bleu restaurant next door, the perfect accompaniments to a starlit view with the... Read More

St James Gate

St James Gate

The most popular Irish/expat pub in town, partly thanks to its huge terrace right on the Rembrantplein. Pleasant and efficient Irish staff also help, as do live-on-the-big-screen sports (check the schedule on the website) and massive... Read More

Quinto

Quinto

With its bare floorboards and old clock over the bar, this quirky but sympathetic corner bar/eaterie in the Pijp has a definite timeless quality. Entertainment runs to occasional DJs at weekends and Ajax games on the big screen, but... Read More

Prik

Prik

Of Amsterdam’s many gay venues, the wantonly pink Prik is perhaps the most accessible – and popular. In fact, it was voted Best Gay Bar in the Netherlands 2010 and 2011. Celebrating its seventh anniversary in July 2013 with... Read More

Panama

Panama

A classy, upscale nightclub, which, in 10 years of operation, has seen most of Holland’s top DJs – Ferry Corsten, Sander Kleinenberg – work the decks here. Panama also hosts October’s five-day Amsterdam Dance Event. VIP tables... Read More

Kapitein Zeppos

Kapitein Zeppos

A favourite with visitors and locals alike, the Captain is a late-opening chanson café where co-owners Bob van Buren and Jan Robijns might pick up the sax and mike, and have the crowd dancing to an old Italian standard. Bigger... Read More

De Koophandel

De Koophandel

Described as a “pub, bar and speakeasy”, this is a past-midnight spot for anyone who isn’t ready to retire to bed just yet. The typical customer is bohemian and wouldn’t dream of setting foot in the place until many other bars... Read More

De Bekeerde Suster

De Bekeerde Suster

Featuring three house beers – including powerful De Manke Monnik – this particular outlet of the Amsterdam Steambrewery Company is set in what was once a medieval brothel. There’s a directory of Belgian beers – Dikke Mathile,... Read More

Jimmy Woo

Jimmy Woo

Jimmy Woo’s makes a point of attracting Amsterdam’s movers and shakers from music, media and fashion, who are invited to schmooze over quality cocktails amid the high-spec disco lighting. There are regular ladies’ nights and... Read More

Hotel Arena

Hotel Arena

The Arena is all things to everyone: four-star hotel, bar, restaurant, gallery and, in the chapel of an old church, nightclub. Revamped in the late spring of 2013, it reopened with Friday nights of deep house, a new video LED system,... Read More

Gollem

Gollem

The first of many bars to specialise in Belgian beers, Gollem itself now has three venues in town. At the Raamsteeg branch, open until 3am weekends and 1am during the week, there are 14 on tap, half changed regularly for variety. If... Read More

Escape

Escape

A huge club right in the centre of town, Escape recently celebrated its quarter-century, during which time it has hosted the likes of Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk and David Guetta. Running from 11pm Thursday through Sunday, the club is... Read More

Dansen bij Jansen

Dansen bij Jansen

This is an open-till-4am (5am weekends) rite-of-passage venue for students and youth to dance and intermingle. Drinks are kept laughably cheap, the music (rock, house, disco) pounds every night to motivate two heaving floors and there... Read More

Café Wildschut

Café Wildschut

A simply gorgeous grand café that attracts discerning drinkers from opening time (9am weekdays, 10am weekends) until late. It’s a huge space to fill too, the so-called Small Bar capable of accommodating 100 customers very comfortably... Read More

Café Soundgarden

Café Soundgarden

It’s seen it all, this gruff, music-obsessed mess of a bar whose canal-side location actually allows barges to pull up outside and get in the beers. Music is guitar-driven but not limited to rock or metal – jangly indie sounds get a... Read More

Café de Pijp

Café de Pijp

Occupying a prominent corner of De Pijp, this attractive, laid-back café-restaurant-DJ bar does a steady trade by day with its Mediterranean menu, then lets rip after dark when there’ll be someone on the decks ramping up the mood... Read More

Café de Jaren

Café de Jaren

With a lovely terrace and balcony overlooking the canal, this two-floor café makes best use of its location late on the last Friday of every month, which is the occasion of its “Big Night Out” – DJs spin regular dance tunes to a... Read More

Café  Chris

Café Chris

Calling it just a pub would be doing this near 400-year-old monument a disservice. It’s been a stalwart of the drinking scene around the Jordaan ever since workers began dropping in here in the early 17th century. By day, you’ll... Read More

Bitterzoet

Bitterzoet

There’s different sounds every night – either live or DJ-provided – tending towards the urban and jazzy at this laid-back spot also occasionally used as a theatre venue. Admission is charged but the quality of music on offer... Read More


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