Having bred some of the most famous DJs worldwide, the Netherlands are known as a go-to destination for clubbers, and the capital is where the party’s at. From alternative gigs to electronic parties, Amsterdam is guaranteed to please all likings. We compiled a little list of our go-to clubs in Amsterdam; check it out and watch out for the bikes on your way home!
Paradiso is without a doubt one of the most magical venues in Amsterdam’s music scene. Located around the corner from Leidseplein, this old church has been turned into one of the most famous clubs in the Netherlands. Windows, balcony, ceiling; the visible remains of the old church give the club a surreal vibe. From techno to indie rock, Paradiso hosts a variety of events and parties and is definitely worth the hype.
The Chicago Social Club, on Leidseplein, counts as one of the newest hype clubs in Amsterdam. Be prepared to lose at least one of your friends in this maze-like club layout of four rooms and as many bars, but be ready to fall in love with the vibe. Right on Leidseplein this club hosts big events and parties (usually electronic music) that usually require purchasing tickets in advance. Check the agenda for more information.
If you’re looking for ‘different’, NYX is the place to check out! This club’s unique decor showcases a mix of burlesque wallpaper and graffitied walls. Built on multiple floors, a suite of rooms, bars and dance floors give NYX a very unique atmosphere. NYX is predominantly a gay club, but Thursdays are visited by a very diverse audience.
NYX’s unique selling point: the (mixed) bathroom also happens to sub as a dance floor. Don’t be surprised to discover a DJ mixing on a pink penis-shaped table running through the bathroom.
How often can you party and play table tennis at the same time? Not that it is what the club revolves around at all, but it is the feature that excited us the most. Like most big clubs in Amsterdam, the Sugar Factory offers a variety of electronic events that we recommend checking and purchasing in advance for discounts and reduced waiting time at the door. Let us remind you of the Sugar Factory’s unique selling point though; take a break from the dancing and challenge your friends at a game of table tennis in the upstairs smoking area.
5. Disco Dolly
Disco Dolly is your cheap but crowded alternative. Open every night (you heard us, Sunday nights are busy at Dolly’s), this small venue mainly showcases mainstream music but is also known for its themed parties. Weekend nights are extremely crowded, but weeknights offer just the right balance of personal space and fun.
Let’s close this list with the biggest and most renown club in Amsterdam: Melkweg. If you’re after bigger acts in the clubbing scene, it’s Melkweg’s agenda you’ll need to check out. From Tiesto to David Guetta, this is the clubbing Mecca of Amsterdam.
Now go out, enjoy the night and check out our top tips for your first visit to the Dutch capital to make the best out of your trip.