De School

Many of you will have heard of De School as the successor of legendary Amsterdam club Trouw. But it’s much more than just a nightclub. The former school building way out in Amsterdam West is also a restaurant, bar, cafe, concert venue, exhibition space and a gym. The 700 capacity subterranean club is located in the…

Ton Ton Club West

Calling all arcade nerds! Ton Ton Club is one of Amsterdam’s funnest (is that a word?) places to spend an evening, with good food, good music and all of those retro arcade games you remember from childhood. There are two locations – one in the Red Light District and a bigger one in the Westergasfabriek…

Waterkant

Tucked under a multi-storey car park on the outer edge of the Jordaan, this tropical little waterside shack has one of the best terraces in Amsterdam, as well as great beers from local Amsterdam breweries, yummy Surinamese food and fun party vibes late into the evening. The huge terrace is partly covered by the car…

Edel

Housed in a magnificent 1920s building called Het Sieraad on the border of Oud-West and De Baarsjes, Edel is a charming restaurant bar with a beautiful wraparound terrace and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We used to live just around the corner so would come here a lot – especially on sunny days when the terrace…

Dum Dum Palace

This is a new little eatery on the lively Zeedijk in the Red Light District, and it’s absolutely brilliant. Serving small plates of contemporary Asian street food as well as a few larger plates if you don’t like to share (what’s wrong with you), it’s a fun, friendly and ever-so-trendy-but-not-intimidatingly-so  choice for a lively evening…

Bloemenbar

Open until 5am at weekends (4am during the week), this lively bar from the same team behind Hannekes Boom guarantees a brilliant night out with excellent DJs and a fun, friendly crowd. Decorated with floral wallpaper and chintzy furniture, it’s a great spot for late night drinks and a bit of a boogie. Bloemenbar’s sister…

Tripel

No two ways about it – Tripel will get you drunk. Located by a canal on the edge of the Jordaan, this huge Belgian beer cafe serves 200 delicious Belgian beers, and will make you feel very naughty indeed. It’s open until 4am to give you time to get through all of those beers, so…

Amsterdam Roest

Located in the Eastern Docklands, Roest is a complex of disused industrial buildings converted into a bar, restaurant, event space and huge city beach – and it’s totally brilliant. The big brick building in the middle is where you’ll find the excellent bar – an eclectic space which serves a top range of beers, cocktails…