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June 3, 2007updated Jan 11, 2018

The 7 Best Things to do at Night in Amsterdam

By Chris Boyle

It’s no surprise to learn that liberal Amsterdam has a wild nightlife. The Red Light District is world famous and people often visit the city just to see this infamous area, but Amsterdam is a great place for a party, cocktail or quiet drink, with the Concertgebouw concert hall and late night cafes to seek out too. These are the best things to do at night in Amsterdam.

Jimmy Woo

It doesn’t matter how many people are inside Jimmy Woo; there’s always a line. Easily one of Amsterdam’s hottest clubs (and one of the hardest to get into), Jimmy Woo attracts the famous and the wealthy. The decor is very oriental, a mixture of ancient Hong Kong and modern cool, with dark lighting and black tables. The music varies nightly and visitors can expect to hear anything from hip-hop to house to electronic and soul pumping out of the impressive sound system. Chic and trendy, Jimmy Woo is easily accessible from all the top hotels in Amsterdam. The party doesn’t get going until well after midnight and carries on into the early hours of the morning.


Concertgebouw - Best Things to do at Night in AmsterdamConsidered one of the finest concert halls in the world, thanks to its exceptional acoustics, Concertgebouw is one of the great prides of Amsterdam. The incredible sound quality means that catching a concert here is a unique and highly enjoyable experience; you really will struggle to find the same richness of tone elsewhere. Originally opened in 1881, the hall was designed by A. L. van Gendt, and has benefited from many successful renovations over the years. The Concertgebouw is among the most visited concert halls in the world, so it’s always best to ring ahead to make sure that you get a seat. You can expect performances of the highest caliber from world-renowned performers.

AIR Amsterdam

AIR Amsterdam - Best Things to do at Night in AmsterdamAir opened in 2011 to widespread acclaim. The club has an intimate feel despite its large size, with interiors by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. The music spans house, electronic, urban and techno, and is blasted out of the state-of-the-art Void Acoustics sound system. The atmosphere here is always lively. The team behind Air are all experienced members of the social scene who know exactly what guests want from a night out. Ring ahead to secure table service and enjoy excellent attentive service from your own personal waitress.

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Suzy Wong

Suzy Wong - Best Things to do at Night in AmsterdamThe little sister to one of Amsterdam’s hottest clubs, Jimmy Woo, lies just across the street.
Suzy Wong complements her big brother well; trendy yet sophisticated, the bar is a hotspot for Dutch celebrities and the movers and shakers on the Amsterdam scene. Stylish and modern, the interior was created by well-known designer Eric Kuster and mixes various cinematic styles to create a glamorous setting. The bar serves an extensive selection of delicious cocktails and the atmosphere is relaxed; the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks before heading over to Jimmy Woo.


Supperclub - Best Things to do at Night in AmsterdamSupperclub guarantees a unique mix of food, drink, music, performance and dance, and more than delivers on its promise. While reclining on mattresses amid glamorous décor, guests are served Mediterranean food that will appeal to those who enjoy trying something new. Performances from famous Dutch art schools like the Rietveld Academy and the Theaterschool provide the entertainment and once the show’s over, top international DJs provide the beats till late into the night. Drinks include delicious cocktails, and the crowd is always super trendy, super cool and very beautiful.

Twenty Third Bar

Twenty Third Bar - Best Things to do at Night in AmsterdamLocated next door to the two-Michelin-starred Ciel Bleu restaurant, Twenty Third Bar boasts an unrivaled view over Amsterdam.
In a city with relatively few high-rise buildings, the chance to sip some delicious drinks and enjoy the sparkling beauty of Amsterdam at night is one that should not be missed. The drinks selected by sommelier Noël Vanwittenbergh include 17 different champagnes and a range of stylish cocktails, while the decor is sleek and stylish. Popular with the city’s wealthy elite, the bar has a lively atmosphere, and if you get hungry there’s a range of delectable snacks on offer from the Ciel Bleu kitchen.

Red Light District

Amsterdam’s Red Light District is undoubtedly one of the city’s most iconic attractions. The simple fact is that the Red Light District is actually a fun place for a stroll. After all, it would be a shame to come all the way to Amsterdam and not visit the landmark. With its famous red lights, unique architecture and lively atmosphere, the area attracts plenty of curious onlookers who are merely there to soak up the ambiance, from parties of tourists to curious couples.

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