10 Best Places to Admire Amsterdam at Night and Enjoy an Evening Out

At night, Amsterdam transforms into something totally different than in daytime. Many will stroll along the canals, admiring the elegance and peacefulness of the city. However, inside the numerous cafes, bars and clubs, Amsterdam is teeming with excitement. Whether you’re a frequent visitor to the nightlife scene or are just visiting, Amsterdam will make you feel at home.

Nightlife is not confined to one spot. While the main areas are Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, you can also find other great places scattered around the city. Amsterdam provides music of all types, various performances, places that you can let loose, as well as comedy clubs and low-key establishments. No matter what you’re looking for or the mood that you’re in, the city caters to everyone.

At Boom Chicago, you will not stop laughing. Catch a performance, show or concert at the Concertgebouw, Melkweg or Bimhuis; your ears will thank you. Or take the free ferry to Amsterdam Noord for a low-key evening out at Café Noorderlicht. If musical talent is more your thing, definitely check out Jimmy Woos, Paradiso or Studio 80.

The trams stop around 00:30, but there are also night buses that go every half hour to various parts of the city. So at the end of the night, keep the time in mind when you’re contemplating walking back or finding alternative transportation.



Jazz up your night at the Bimhuis – one of the best jazz clubs in the city. Located on the IJ River in the Muziekgebouw, the Bimhuis is known for its focus on music since 1974. Attend one of the many shows and see jazz music at it's finest....  Read More



If you love electronic music, Studio 80 is the place in Amsterdam to dance the night away. Listen to a variety of DJs, from seasoned veterans and renowned artists to new talent and experimental initiatives. However, this club is more than just a...  Read More

Cafe Weber Lux
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Cafe Lux and Cafe Weber, both located near Leidseplein, provide an intimate and cozy atmosphere for a fun evening out. Whether you're looking for a place to have a few drinks before going dancing or want to wind down after a long night, Cafe Lux...  Read More

Bo Cinq
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Bo Cinq is one of Amsterdam's best-kept secrets, tucked away near Leidseplein. The second you walk in, you'll feel at home. The space offers a restaurant and two lounges, one of which is a smoking lounge. The restaurant serves a fusion of French...  Read More



Head to the Melkweg and experience five different disciplines in one place. It doesn't matter what you find fantastic – photography, music, dance, theatre, films or something else art related – Melkweg has a little something for everyone....  Read More

Amsterdam - North
Café Noorderlicht
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Take the free ferry to the NDSM-werf in Amsterdam Noord, and you will find Cafe Noorderlicht. Admire Amsterdam from the "other" side of the IJ River. Cafe Noorderlicht is like no other place in the city; you walk into another world when you're...  Read More

Jimmy Woo
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At Jimmy Woo, a luxurious night club located near Leidseplein, you'll be dazzled by the design and blown away by the sound; the club won the "Dutch Design" prize and was awarded the "best club sound in the Netherlands." Come for one of the...  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



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



If you're looking for something that will make you laugh, or if you simply want an entertaining evening out, look no further than Boom Chicago. This comedy club, founded by American expatriates, will make you laugh so hard that it'll knock your...  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