The city of Amsterdam is a popular destination for all ages and tastes. The city has some great nightlife on offer with a mix of various bars to choose from. To find out where is good to go out in Amsterdam, we asked you to tell us about your favourite Amsterdam bars over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you had to say...
Lennard Ramone says:
Dan Murphy's on the Leidseplein. It's small but has a good atmosphere, especially in summer and when there are punk gigs on in the Melkweg, which is around the corner (literally... 30 second walk)
Patches O' Hulihan says:
Dan Murphy's by far. But I'm a big fan of the smaller hole in the wall types.
You will find Dan Murphy’s Irish bar in the heart of the entertainment district otherwise known as Leidseplein. You can sit inside the bar and enjoy the atmosphere or relax in the terrace at the front of the bar. You can order a selection of drinks here too.
Location: Leidseplein 24.
Nathan Halperin says:
Rock Planet, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 246! Should mention - it's a rock bar. Nice staff, loads of rock/metal DVDs you can watch.
This is a popular rock bar that lives and breathes all things rock music. Here you will find a huge range of rock music from AC/DC to the Rolling Stones. A must for die-hard rock music fans or even if you just have a passing interest in the genre.
Location: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 246.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-1am, Fri-Sat 10am-3am, Sun 10am-1am.
In de Wildeman
Alan Bates says:
In de Wildeman, great choice of beers
Ronald Paredes Bermúdez says:
I Love beers so, In the Wildeman! Great atmosphere, great beers and the staff is nice! I totally recommend u! Also I recommend "cuba" many young people and great mojitos!
In de Wildeman was once a distillery but today is home to a bar with an authentic atmosphere and an impressive selection of beers both old and new. This Amsterdam bar has great character with no music being played, just locals and tourists discussing the selection of drinks on offer.
Location: Kolksteeg 3.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs noon-1am, Fri-Sat 12 noon-2am, closed Sundays.
Onur Bayramoglu says:
Bourbon Street in Leidseplein
Tim Zheng says:
Bourbon Street blues club for sure! Live music + cold beer... Can't beat that!
Michelle Erhard says:
Bourbon Street... live music EVERY night and they're open until 4am!
Bourbon Street is the place to go if you are looking for live music any night of the week in Amsterdam. It's a popular bar with a great selection of drinks.
Location: Leidsekruisstraat 6-8.
Opening hours: Weekdays 10pm-4am, weekends 10pm-5am.
Claudia van Tunen says:
Pacific Parc in the Westerpark
Pacific Park is a popular restaurant, bar and club all in one. Once the site of factory buildings, the area in which you will find this bar is now a heritage area.
Location: Polonceaukade 23.
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11am-1am, Thu-Sat 11am-3am, Sun 11am-11pm.
Belushi’s @ St Christopher’s at the Winston
Carla Vitale says:
Belushis, in St Christopher’s Hostel, Warmostraat
Bob Devos says:
Belushis... I remember there was a pub crawl starting there right ? :)
Aprille Cain Oxenford says:
The one at St Christopher’s hostel is cool!
Belushi’s is the bar at St Christopher’s hostel @ the Winston. This popular bar is a favourite for people staying at the hostel as well as those just sampling the Amsterdam nightlife.
Location: Warmoesstraat 129.
Opening times: Sun-Thurs 10am-1am, Fri-Sat 10am-3am.
Marco Merechia says:
Dolphin, in Kerkstraat... Great times passed there...
This Amsterdam coffeeshop is a popular choice and can be found near to Leidseplein. Here you will find wicker chairs, pool and foosball tables, and a bar. As the name suggests the dolphin theme runs throughout the bar.
Location: Kerkstraat 39.
Opening times: Daily 10am-1am.
Lee Shuxian says:
Lux at the Marnixstraat without a doubt!! Great crowd and brilliant music
Bar Lux is one of Amsterdam’s most popular bars and it is also a busy pre-club bar for those out enjoying the city’s nightlife. Bar Lux is modern with a fashionable crowd drinking a variety of cocktails.
Location: Marnixstraat 403.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8pm-3am.
Sandra Ní Mhaolcathail says:
O' Reillys Irish bar in Amsterdam, great atmosphere and great food too :)
O’Reilly’s Irish Bar Amsterdam is close to Dam Square and is a popular stop off for a cold drink. Here you will find a great atmosphere to enjoy a drink or a meal.
Location: Paleisstraat 103.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11am – 1am, Fri – Sat 11am – 3am.
The Queen’s Head
Mark Cashman says:
The Queens Head-great music, relaxed, friendly, and architecturally charming
The Queen’s Head is a popular gay bar in Amsterdam. It’s got music, live DJs and drag bingo nights too!
Location: Zeedijk 20.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat 4pm-3am.
Hill Street Blues
Katarzyna Ślimak says:
Hill Street Blues
Miha Kosa says:
Hill Street Blues. It was our daily morning 'coffee' place :)
Deeza Neram says:
Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues coffee shop got its name because of its close proximity to the police station! Here you will find a comfy coffee shop with pool tables and arcade machines.
Location: Warmoesstraat 52 A.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-1am.
Pablo Cura says:
Flying Pig...wonderful place...
The Flying Pig are a chain of hostels located around Amsterdam and are a popular choice for travellers from all over the world. The hostels are also home to some bars where you will find cheap drinks, a great atmosphere and lots of friendly guests and staff.
The Bulldog Company
Arthur Guimarães says:
The Bulldog, best ever!
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Danny Buric says:
The Bulldog Company are a chain of coffeesshops around Amsterdam. The Bulldog Palace in Leidseplein is one of the most popular.
Location: Leidseplein 15 and Oudezijds Voorburgwal 132.
The Greenhouse Effect
Richard Jameson says:
The Greenhouse Effect
Paulo Henrique Cunha Figueiredo says:
Green house... the best
Alessandro Gioetto says:
The Greenhouse Effect is a popular hotel and bar in Amsterdam. The bar plays host to nightly DJs playing modern drum and bass, reggae, dance music and more.
Location: Warmoesstraat 53/55.
Opening hours: Daily 10am-11pm.
Cafe de Kroon
Mike O. Danyurs says:
Funny, almost everyone has posted coffee shops. How about De Kroon or a club like Escape?
’De Kroon’ originally got its name from the crowning of the new queen of The Netherlands and dates back to 1898. Today it is known as Cafe de Kroon and is a popular bar that still holds its old grandeur. Next door to here you will find the popular nightclub ‘Escape’.
Location: Rembrandtplein 17.
Cafe de Sluyswacht
Matt Jones says:
Cafe de Sluyswacht. I saw this place on my first trip to Amsterdam years ago, but didn't have time to go in for a drink. It was my mission to stop in next time I was back, and I did. Now I stop in every time I'm in Amsterdam.
This cafe was originally a watch-house for the lock (sluis) on the Sint Antoniesluis in 1695. Today it is a beautiful setting to sample some local cuisine and refreshments.
Location: Jodenbreestraat 1.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am-1am, Fri-Sat 11.30am-3am, Sun 11.30am-7pm.
Yona C. Riel says:
Susie's bar on the canal!!
Susie’s is in the centre of Amsterdam close to the red light district. You can sit inside or out on the terrace if you get a sunny day in the city. It offers a great selection of European beers and wines.
Location: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 254.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-3am.
Hard Rock Cafe
Tiganis Kostas says:
The Hard Rock is a world-renowned chain of restaurants and bars found in a lot of major cities. You will find Amsterdam’s Hard Rock Cafe close to Leidseplein, with some great views of the nearby canals from the three levels. A great selection of food and drink is on offer here along with a great atmosphere during the day and night.
Location: Max Euweplein 57- 61.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-1am.
Hugues Lavergne says:
Dampkring of course
De Dampkring is one Amsterdam’s most popular coffeeshops. It is regarded as having the best menu of cannabis in the city.
Location: Handboogstraat 29.
Opening hours: Daily 10am-1am.
Danielle Evans says:
Cafe Rouge!! The owner's name is Charlie and he is GREAT!!
Cafe Rouge is another of Amsterdam’s popular gay bars with a stylish interior. Here you can enjoy music ranging from traditional Dutch music to Europop!
Location: Amstel 60.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu & Sun 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat 4pm-3am, also open Tuesdays.
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Aline Mazzocchi says:
Leaning Bar and the Gollem! Top 2!
Bogdan Manta says:
House of Bols
Pedro Merçon says:
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Anna Gijsberts says:
De Gieter :P
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Daniel Vano says:
Sports bar without a shadow of a doubt. 10 shots for 10 euros and refillable rack of ribs and chips for 8 euros.
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Lee Shuxian says:
OT301 during ping pong nights!
So if you plan to travel to Amsterdam, make sure you sample some of these great suggestions for Amsterdam bars and nightlife for some great entertainment.