10 Best Venues in Amsterdam to Listen to Live Music

Nothing beats live music. The performers fill the room with energy and beautiful melodic sounds, which creates a fun and lively atmosphere. The audience feeds off the band, adding to the overall experience. The drinks are flowing, and everyone is having a great time.

Amsterdam is definitely home to its fair share of fun nightlife venues. From classical and rock to jazz, underground and indie, the city is filled with an abundance of live music. For the best jazz in town, make your way to Jazz Café Alto or the Bimhuis. Casablanca Café is also a good find. It is one of the oldest jazz clubs in the city. The Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw offer a wide range of performances, including jazz and classical music. You will certainly surround yourself with sweet sounds. Places like Paradiso, Winston Kingdom, Melkweg and CC Muziek Café offer a little taste of everything. Make sure to check the agenda in advance, so you go on a day that hosts your favorite genre or band. Maloe Melo is Amsterdam’s “Home of the Blues,” while The Waterhole is known for its high-energy rock ‘n roll. If you love the alternative or independent music scene, OCCII is the place to be. Amsterdam has live music for everyone.

Oud Zuid

It is hard to be disappointed when the main focus of a venue is the music. At the OCCII in Amsterdam, that is the case; the music is truly the center of attention. OCCII, which stands for Onafhankelijk Cultureel Centrum In It, is a venue popular...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District

Winston Kingdom, an underground club situated in the infamous Amsterdam Red Light District, always offers a diverse and mixed agenda. The club boasts a variety of beats to move to, from indie, rock and electro to hip-hop, dub-reggae and...  Read More

Head down to The Waterhole and nourish your soul with a little live music. At this local establishment, you will certainly get your fill. The Waterhole offers live entertainment seven days a week, usually featuring blues, rock 'n roll or funk...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District

Casablanca Café, located in the heart of Amsterdam on the Zeedijk, is one of the city's oldest jazz clubs. The cafe, which features jazz artists and big band performers, welcomes a variety of visitors every night. The café is also quite...  Read More

The Muziekgebouw provides the perfect setting for an enchanting evening. Start with a sensational seafood dinner at restaurant Zouthaven, which overlooks the IJ River. Then, listen to melodic music at one of the Muziekgebouw concerts. The...  Read More

Make your way down to Bourbon Street and brace yourself for a night filled with good music, good beer and good fun. The venue offers live music seven nights a week, which is often difficult to find in Amsterdam. The program presents both local...  Read More

If you are looking for the best blues music in Amsterdam, head to Maloe Melo, "Home of the Blues." This small, intimate place, which is actually located off the beaten path in a residential neighborhood, definitely presents a wide range of...  Read More

Café Alto, a jazz café located near Leidseplein, is definitely an Amsterdam favorite. This cozy little café has some of the best jazz music around. Alto offers live music every single night. Therefore, it doesn't matter if you're looking to...  Read More

Attend one of the many concerts at the Concertgebouw and lose yourself in the sound of sweet, classical music and modern compositions. Internationally renowned for being one of three halls with the best acoustics in the world, the Concertgebouw...  Read More


Since 1968, Paradiso has been a location for creative talent. Now, Paradiso, once a church, has evolved into a concert hall, club and cultural center, attracting people of all ages. World famous musicians, such as Al Green and Lady Gaga, have...  Read More


Meet Jessica Lipowski

Jessica has fallen in love with the Netherlands. She moved in 2011, seizing an opportunity to live abroad, a long-time dream.

In May 2016, she published a non-fiction book, "Flavors of...  More About Jessica

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