Bitterzoet — Photo courtesy of BitterzoetAmsterdam nightclub Bitterzoet is celebrating its ten-year anniversary in July, and the important milestone will be marked with a fun week-long party in September. Bitterzoet, which opened in July 2003 as a place for the founder’s friends to hang out, has evolved into one of Amsterdam’s most popular nightclubs.
Bitterzoet is like a living room, says current owner Bas Louwers. The bar is softly lit and bottles line the walls which feature creative murals that rotate monthly. The worn wooden floors reflect the many good times (and long nights) this down-to-earth place has seen. The upstairs has a smoking room, as well as couches for those that want to relax and chill out. The overall vibe is very fun, intimate and creative, said Louwers.
Additionally, Bitterzoet is extremely diverse. The club offers a range of programming, featuring almost every music genre except house. Louwers mentioned, from crowd surfing to DJ battles, the club has definitely seen some crazy nights. Add to that list science lectures and television show recordings; Bitterzoet truly has it all.
With such variety and a no-guest-list policy, Bitterzoet welcomes people of all ages, races and nationalities. Louwers mentions most visitors are between the ages of 21 and 35, many of which are students, creative personalities and graffiti artists. He says there are also many regulars that come every night, regardless of the program.
"People just come for a good time," is the true message from Bas Louwers.