Nightlife: Amsterdam’s the hottest clubs

Nightlife: Amsterdam’s the hottest clubs

Blow off steam, have a great time with friends and relatives or do something entirely unique in Amsterdam. When it’s time to strap on your dancing shoes and hit the dance floor, Amsterdam is the place to be. Surrender to the rhythm, move to the music and dance your heart out. Let loose, shine and release that energy. Clubs to go to for a night you won’t forget:

Paradiso is one of Amsterdam’s most famous venues. Its acoustics are spectacular – the best in Amsterdam and probably The Netherlands, if not Europe. It is housed in a former church and hosts live music concerts as well as special club nights. Pink Floyd, Prince, Nirvana and many other rock legends have performed here. With Melkweg, Paradiso dominates the music scene in Amsterdam. Whereas most Amsterdam clubs allow you to pay at the door, make sure you book tickets beforehand when you venture out to Paradiso. This establishment also charges membership fees before they will let you in – this amounts usually to around €4 and the membership lasts for one month. Even though this is one of Amsterdam’s most famous venues, the place has a capacity of just over 1400, so you won’t join an impersonal, crowded out mass. 

The Melkweg (Milky Way) comprises two halls, a cinema, a theatre and a cafe – and there is always something cool happening here. The club is located in a former dairy factory and already was a beehive for members of the 1960s-counterculture of Amsterdam, when hippies, referred to as ‘nozems’, enjoyed their iconic heydays at the Melkweg. Alongside live music, the venue currently hosts theatre productions, films, exhibitions and regular dance events. Go here on any weekend night and you’ll have a good time. Always check the website beforehand.

ABE Club & Lounge
ABE Club & Lounge caters to the sophisticated clubber. Located a stone’s throw from the Rembrandt museum in the Rembrandtplein (number 30), this venue is housed in a former bank, so it’s not surprising the more mature yupi-types arrive here in their droves. The club’s owners say its design has been inspired by the nightlife of New York, Dubai and Tel Aviv. An evening at ABE means old fashioned [they mean ‘90s] socialising, service and pure pampering in a cosmopolitan setting, combined with elements of the typical Dutch ‘gezelligheid’ (cosiness). The Club section is characterised by the words high energy, dynamism, fun, dance music and  entertainment.  Door Policy and dresscode – mature behaviour please, party chique (no caps).

Club NL
This nightclub is known especially for its opulent design. Amid a splendid décor, you will find ecstatic crowds at tech-house, underground vibes or dirty dancing sounds. A night at Club NL with friends and incrowd will be unforgettable. 
ClubAIR became one of Amsterdam’s most highly reputable clubs almost overnight, having risen from the ashes of the legendary club iT on the Amstelstraat. It attracts a hip and trendy international crowd and when you arrive, you will immediately understand why the club is so successful; the theatrical interior is at once lively and surprising and the product of the imaginative mind of Marcel Wanders, one of the Netherlands’ most famous designers at the moment.  

One of the best things about this club is that it has placed electronic lockers in the lobby, which means that you won’t have to worry about your personal belongings and can give it all you’ve got all night long. Plus there’s two smoking areas and three toilet facilities as well as five generously laid out bars.

If you are looking for an evening of 80’s and 90’s music, head straight to Escape, a club at Rembrandtplein. It is hugely popular and caters to people who dress up to the nines. Most clubs in Amsterdam are nowhere near being populated by midnight, but Escape is an exception. Arrive here early unless you want to queue. It is not a good idea to show up drunk or visibly stoned because the bouncers won’t take a shine to you if you do. Also, you can easily get lost in the labyrinth of interconnected dance floors, lounges, stages and bars, so make sure you meet your friends at a predetermined spot as your phones won’t work. 

Club Panama
Club Panama at the Oostelijke Handelskade 4, is a nightclub and event space, which hosts live music events and club evenings. Frequently the likes of DJ Tiesto spin here, so if you are in town when one of these world famous DJ performs, you will have an unforgettable night at this venue. You can start out your evening in the club by having dinner in the lovely café-restaurant or snack on tapas, before heading to the trendy dance floor, which is laid out in a former industrial factory. The place is not too hard to get to, even though it is not centrally located. Definitely worth the trouble. 

Amsterdam’s dance clubs tend to stay open until 03:00 during the week and until 04:00 during the weekend. So-called night bars, ‘nachtcafés’, are allowed to stay open until 04:00 during the week and until 05:00 during the weekend.