Nightlife in Amsterdam: Best discos, red light clubs and special places

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Heldhafting, vastberaden and barmhartig: valiant, decisive and merciful. It is defined as such by its citizens Amsterdam, because of its history of splendor, of scientific and cultural discovery that has made this city one European capital world famous for being a cultural, scientific and commercial center that has always stood out for its open and flexible mentality. The open mind has allowed the city to become a bulwark of modern and liberal thought, in stark contrast to the old bigoted and outdated Italian canons.
Today Amsterdam is known among young people for being there capital of fun and transgression, With its Cofee Shop, the red light venues and discotheques open until late at night, the ideal destination for those who love to let themselves be carried away by sin and the pleasures of life on vacation !. But what are the places where have fun in Amsterdam? Let's find out together ...


  1. Best Clubs and Discos
  2. Coffeeshop: how they work and which ones are the best
  3. Red light district: hot spots and shop windows
  4. Accomodation
  5. User questions and comments

Best Clubs and Discos

Every night, Dutch and non-Dutch guys pour in local, night club e discotheques to have fun, drink alcohol and dance. Like all big cities, Amsterdam is full of interesting places to party and pick up girls and boys. We suggest some particularly popular ones.

1 - Panama:

  • Contact us: Oostelijke Handelskade 4, Facebook page
  • tram number 26 (Rietlandpark stop), tram number Tram 10 (laidseplein stop). Get directions.
  • Description: It is a night club / disco that organizes events with electronic music and themed parties.

2 - Winston kingdom

  • Contact us: Warmoesstraat 131, Facebook page
  • Located in the center of the red light district. Reachable on foot or by bike from the center. Get directions
  • Description: It is a night club and hotel which mainly hosts young tourists. Organize student parties, burlesque shows and live music events with Rock, Punk, Reggae, Hip Hop, Dub and Electro musicians.

3 - Bitterzoet

  • Contact us: Spuistraat 2, Facebook page
  • Get directions
  • Description: a trendy club offers bar, disco, concert hall and theater. It is a place of entertainment but also of culture that offers a very varied program.

4 - AIR Amsterdam

  • Contact us: Amstelstraat 16, Facebook page
  • Get directions
  • Description: It is one of the most famous and largest nightclubs, offering shows with internationally renowned DJs such as Afrojack and Steve Aoki.

5 - Dolly disc

  • Contact us: Handboogstraat 11, Facebook page
  • Get directions
  • Description: Discopub mostly frequented by students. It offers well-priced alcohol and a good selection of funk, soul, boogie, house and hip-hop music

6 - Jimmy Woo

  • Contact us: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18, Facebook page
  • Get directions
  • Description: elegant and refined nightclub, with an international style and Asian inspiration, characterized by a rather extravagant design.

7 - Melkweg

  • Contact us: Lijnbaansgracht 234a, Facebook page
  • Get directions
  • Description: Since the 70s it has been an institution among nightlife venues. It has ballrooms, concert halls, a cinema, a theater and a café.

8 - Sugarfactory

  • Contact us: Lijnbaansgracht 238, Facebook page
  • Get directions
  • Description: still a disco that combines live music and dance. Around 23.00 pm there are live music concerts, the dance evening kicks off around 1 am and continues until 00 am.

9 - WesterUnie

  • Contact us: Klönneplein 4-6, Facebook page
  • Get directions
  • Description: It is a room that offers techno, house and acid evenings located inside the Westergasfabriek, a former gas production facility that has now become one of the main cultural centers of Amsterdam

10 - Escape

  • Contact us: Rembrandtplein 11, Facebook page
  • Get directions
  • Description: finally another institution in Amsterdam, one of the largest ever, capable of hosting up to 2000 people. It offers house and electronic evenings and a suggestive scenography characterized by hi-tech lights.

Coffeeshop: how they work and which ones are the best

The famous coffeeshops are places where you can buy and take soft drugs such as marijuana and hashish.

NB: The consumption of such drugs is only legal within these premises.

there strict rules to be able to enter and smoke in these places:

  1. Obviously we must be of age (therefore with an identity document that can certify it)
  2. must be respected maximum limit of 5 grams that can be purchased
  3. you cannot consume alcoholFurthermore, smoking tobacco is allowed only in limited quantities or in special rooms.

Price info: how much does it cost to smoke?

Within the premises they are provided to customers two menus:

  • Dealer menu: with prices and information on the types of weed and hashish. Prices start from € 5,00 per gram and go up to € 20,00 depending on the quality.
  • Manu Bar: with info and prices of drinks on sale.

Best coffe shop in Amsterdam

Below is a list of some famous and popular places:

  1. Greenhouse Centrum, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 191, Get directions
  2. Dampkring, Handboogstraat 29, Get Directions
  3. Barney's, Haarlemmerstraat 102, Get directions
  4. 420 Cafe, Oudebrugsteeg 27, Get directions
  5. Basjoe, Kloveniersburgwal 62, Get Directions

Red light district: hot spots and shop windows

Legal in all respects is instead the prostitution, which makes this city one of a kind! Everything is organized in the Red Light District, the red light district which includes the districts of Walletjes, Singel and Pijp. The streets of the district are full of shop windows, inside which prostitutes display, and obviously sell, their "wares".

Due to its exceptional fame, this area of ​​the city has become a real and priority cult tourist spot, and today it is frequented mainly by tourists curious to understand how this particular business works!


Amsterdam is a city of a thousand resources, ideal for exploring on foot or by bicycle. The connections are excellent, so you might as well save a little by choosing a hotel or accommodation not right in the center. Either way, the Dutch capital has the answer to every need!

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