Amsterdam Nightlife

Amsterdam has the name as one of Europe's main party cities but gone are the days when it was a seven night party town, since the introduction of the Euro back in 2002, going out more than once a week has become so expensive people cannot afford it. Even the once huge seven nights a week gay scene has gone from a seven night thing to  just the weekends, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Thursdays start the ball rolling now , not a real busy night but ok but once you are in Amsterdam you are nearly guaranteed to meet all sorts of weird and wonderful people. You never know who you'll meet in Amsterdam as it's a city which has an amazing mix of people and seems to attract nutters, weirdo's, crack pots and all sorts of other interesting people.

Amsterdam's night life has something for everyone, weather you are on a romantic getaway weekend or a group on a stag or hen party the city is sure to have something for you.

A couple can go on a real romantic walk along the canals which at night with the lights surrounding the arch of each bridge all lit up and the lights from the houses reflected in the canals can be very romantic indeed. Amsterdammers do not use curtains so you can clearly see into the houses some of which you will drool over.

Stags and Hens can spend at least one night bar hopping, hopping from bar to bar as Amsterdam boasts  over 1000 of them dotted all over the city  before heading for one of the many night clubs around town to party until dawn.

Live Music

If you wish to hear live music while dancing through the night, then head to Rembrantsplein and Leidseplein areas or there are also a few in and around the red-light/  Walletjes area.

Amsterdam also has a number of ‘grand cafes’, a mixture of bar and café, where you can enjoy a drink, food or just sit and read or just watch the world go by over a coffee. Cafe Grand on Rembrantsplein is one of the best, good food, good coffee and an amazing view as well as all the staff (male and female) being model or cat-walk material.

Amsterdam’s clubs usually open at 10pm - 11pm and, must close at 4am (by law) week nights and 5am at weekends.  The trendier clubs want smart-casual looking dressed clientele and as with clubs the world over , no trainers or jeans. Any dress goes at the more down to earth venues. Persons aged 18 years or older are allowed to purchase alcohol anywhere in Amsterdam..

Amsterdam Drugs

The sale of soft drugs is allowed in Amsterdam and mainly centre's around the coffee shops which are easy to recognise as you walk around from the smell wafting from the shops and they are usually named after something or some association with drugs, like High Times,  The Doors, The Grey Area, Free, happy times, All coffeeshops have a drugs ‘menu’, with is usually on the counter
and sells weed and hash in 1 gram deals. Maximum by law is 5 grams at any one time.

Most if not all night clubs let you smoke joints but the regular bars will ask you to "Put out the joint"

Clubs:
Amsterdam has a number of good clubs and new ones are opening all the time. Some of the most famous are  The Paradiso located at Weteringschans 6–8, and The Melkweg located at Lijnbaansgracht 234 are always a good spot at weekends. Amsterdam biggest and most famous club is  Escape which is located on Rembrandtplein which runs different nights each month as well as it's regular Saturday ‘Chemistry’ night which is very famous and hugely popular, attracting some big names in the  international DJ world. The queues outside can be huge and getting in is not guaranteed. A group of guys together will NOT get in. Best ask a girl in the queue if you can go in with her.

A few other regular hot spots are Sinners / Heaven located at Wagenstraat 3–7, and the now famous Panama located at Oostelijke Handelskade 4 in the docks area of the city at the back of central station a new up-and-coming warehouse district. Club More located at Rozengracht 133 is an exclusive club operated by the owners of the really famous  Supper Club restaurant chain, with the same chic feel about it and attracting the  "It" crowd.
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