A Guide To The Nightlife In Amsterdam

There is such diversity to the Nightlife in Amsterdam, and in this beautiful city, there really is something to suit every single one of you.
Whether your thing is a chilled out dinner by the canal, a few cocktails in a rooftop bar, or throwing shapes in a nightclub until early hours of the morning, Amsterdam caters beyond your expectations with every option.
I know that before I came to Amsterdam for the first time last year, all i could imagine about the social side of the city and the nightlife was Marajuana and getting high. Because let’s face it, we all have friends, or know people, that come to do exactly that. And of that, yes, there is a lot.

But there is also so much to Amsterdam beyond that.

If ‘happy lazy days’ are your kinda thing, there are more than enough coffee shops to keep you occupied here in Amsterdam, but it’s not my kinda thing {i tried it once, had too much, felt sick and went to bed HAHA} so i’m going to focus this post on the alternate nightlife options in Amsterdam.
During my 4 day visit to Amsterdam last weekend, we had a bit of a mad one and managed to try out a fair few bars and clubs in that time. I believe it was necessary action to conduct my research. HAHA. Justified?

Here are the findings from my… research, and some recommendations you should check out if you find yourself in this gorgeous city:

HOSTEL NIGHTLIFE IN AMSTERDAM

We stayed in hostels during our stay in Amsterdam and, as always, the nightlife that comes with them is a popular choice of mine. As they go, hostels will usually have an in house bar filled with travellers alike from all over the world, ready to share stories and line up the shots. If you’re looking for a wild one, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find an accomplice in a hostel. It’s all about the yolo and the social in hostels.
Most hostels open their bar up to the public, barre The Flying Pig Hostel {where we stayed for 2 nights} whose bar was totally epic, but for residents only.
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 St Christopher’s Inn at the Winston however, where we also stayed for 2 nights, is open to the public and you are all welcome to come down and join the fun.
The hostel bar is actually named Belushis {that’s the sign to look out for when walking down Warmoesstraat} and doubles up as a restaurant too, showing all the sport you could wish for on big TV’s {boys take note} alongside a delicious international menu.
{The Nachos and Half Chicken were my FAVS}

 St Christopher’s Inn at the Winston is a perfect place for a few bevvy’s to warm the night up and to grab some food to line the stomach!

They have an outdoor terrace if the sun is shining, plus an abundance of indoor seating and even a nightclub {The Winston Kingdom} to continue the party as the city turns to twilight. There were queues every night to get into the club so it is definitely a popular choice centrally.

Hostels are either your thing or not – but you have to try it at least once!

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RED LIGHT DISTRICT

Whilst we rested our heads in The Winston Hostel, we were pretty much located right in the Red Light District and so of course, we had a wander through. The Red Light District is right in the centre of the city and is lined with red lights, ladies in doorways and theres no other way to put it… sleazy sex shows, coffee shops and strip clubs.

The Red Light district is something that Amsterdam is known/famous for, and whilst you may not want to hang around all evening {unless you like groups of drunk tourists and seedy sex shows} it’s definitely worth an observation. New experiences and all.

If you couldn’t think of anything worse than the above, i’d stay well clear of the centre in the evenings!

COCKTAIL NIGHTLIFE IN AMSTERDAM

One of my absolute favourite things to do when I visit a new city is to enjoy a few beverages over a beautiful view of the city {or the ocean should there be one nearby}.
The centre of Amsterdam however, isn’t quite on the ocean front, and it lays pretty flat so there are no raised parks, areas or peaks to enjoy the view upon. The options in Amsterdam lie within the rooftop bars, which Amsterdam, to my delight, has a wonderful selection of.
My favourites are Sky Lounge {which served up one of the best Mojitos i’ve set my tastebuds on} which is perfect combined with the sunset and Mr.Porter {part of the W Hotel collection}.
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Another cocktail bar and restaurant actually that I absolutely HAVE to mention is Bo Cinq.
Bo Cinq is located on Prisengracht, over near Vondelpark, so if you’re staying central like we were, hope on one of the taxi bike things, and take a scenic taxi along the canals.

The cocktails and the dining menu are honestly OUT OF THIS WORLD.

It definitely holds a more sophisticated atmosphere than the likes of a hostel, and is the kind of place you could pop on a dress and heels to go to.
{P.s. if you have a date, 100% get him to take you here}
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Door 74 is another more sophisticated option, offering exclusive cocktails behind a hidden door which you can only find and enter through by messaging the number. Naughty.

NIGHTCLUBS IN AMSTERDAM

 Aside from embracing the backpacker vibes at The Flying Pig Hostel and The Winston we headed, with my friend who lives here in Amsterdam, to some of her favourite spots.
Apparently made for Friday nights, and not so much Saturdays, first up of my friends choices was Elephant du Congo where we honestly had THE best time dancing to old school classics.
Elephant du Congo is located just outside of the centre on Amsterdam’s most famous gay street {Reguliersdwarsstraat}, which is lined with other bars and clubs that are buzzing by night also.
Second up was Jimmy Woo‘s which, on first impressions, was a little pretentious and not my choice of scene. The upstairs has a ‘book your tables and buy your belvedere vodka’ kinda vibe, but head downstairs and the live DJ’s are playing and the all night boogeyer’s are boogying! We managed to slide in with a group of guys who had a table, but otherwise entry is €15.

Rumour has it, other clubs hot on trend and worth checking out are:

Studio 80, Sugar Factory, AIR + Warehouse.
If you beat me to them – let me know what you think! 🙂

Amsterdam, I have a feeling i’ll be seeing you again very soon 🙂

Have you guys got any other nightlife hotspots to share?

Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Mollie x

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