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Amsterdam’s best clubs by neighborhood

Published On 02/18/2014 Published On 02/18/2014
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1. Melkweg Lijnbaansgracht 234A, Amsterdam, 1017 PH (Leidseplein)

This former factory is now one of Amsterdam's most famous clubs, and not only can you come and rock out to live music, this place also serves as a theater, dance venue, and art/photo gallery.

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2. Paradiso Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam, 1017 SG (Leidseplein)

This former church now holds a different kind of congregation. They may attend services religiously, but that consists of a lot of loud music, plenty of dancing, and a sweaty night of frivolity.

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3. Sugarfactory Lijnbaansgracht 238, Amsterdam, 1017 PH (Leidseplein)

Although this isn't an actual sugar factory, it's still pretty sweet. It's a dynamic and fascinating place where club, live music, and theater all come together in one super-fun venue.

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4. Club Up Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 26-1, Amsterdam, 1017 RC (Leidseplein)

This Leidseplein club knows how to show its patrons a good time. If you're 18 or older, hit them up for a night (or three) of high-energy dancing and bass-pounding music.

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5. Chicago Social Club Leidseplein 12, Amsterdam, 1017 PT (Leidseplein)

The Chicago Social Club is one part nightclub, one part comedy club (Boom Chicago, located in the back), with a distinctly international vibe. Once the laughs end, the music and dancing begins.

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6. Studio 80 Rembrandtplein 17, Amsterdam, 1017 CT (Rembrandtplein)

Practically a dance Mecca, Studio 80 rocks contemporary electronic dance music on most nights. And they're always tinkering with their concepts, so don't be surprised to see showcases for regular dance music developments including DJs and other live acts.

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7. AIR Amstelstraat 16, Amsterdam, 1017 DA (Rembrandtplein)

The name might be very unassuming, but you'll probably find that there's not much air inside the this award-winning club, only because it's one of the hottest (i.e. most popular) clubs in all of Amsterdam.

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8. Club ABE Amstelstraat 30, Amsterdam, 1017 DA (Rembrandtplein)

This high-end club is not for those expecting a cheap, quiet evening. Prepare for a pricey, but quality time at this music venue that also features a spectacular bar and lounge area.

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9. BARKODE Wagenstraat 3, Amsterdam, 1017 CZ (Rembrandtplein)

This Rembrandtplein club's motto is "Back to basics", which apparently means that they focus exclusively on techno, deep house, and tech-house tunes.

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10. Doka Wibautstraat 150, Amsterdam, 1091 GR (East)

Located in the basement of the Volkskrant building, this Wibautstraat club is always cycling through an endless list of the hottest DJs providing the back drop for a seriously good time in Amsterdam.

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11. Canvas Wibautstraat 150, Amsterdam, 1091 GR (East)

Canvas is a pleasant and relaxing scene, overlooking the city from the roof deck of the Volkskrant building and serving drinks and food for a perfect evening.

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12. Trouw Wibautstraat 127, Amsterdam, 1091 GL (East)

Often touted as one of the best clubs in the city, Trouw was the first venue of its kind to get a 24hr license to operate 'round the clock. That means on the weekends, the party literally doesn't stop.

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13. Club SoHo Reguliersdwarsstraat 36, Amsterdam, 1017 BM

SoHo can offer up a few different scenes, depending on the time of week. Stop by for a more quiet after-work drink during the week, or hit them up on a weekend to enjoy DJs spinning and an electric atmosphere.

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14. Club NYX Reguliersdwarsstraat 42, Amsterdam, 1017 BM

This unique party spot features three levels of action, with each floor representing a different style of music. Not digging the tunes on the third floor? Hop down to the other two. These options basically ensure you'll have a good time no matter what.

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15. Disco Dolly Handboogstraat 11, Amsterdam, 1012 XM (Medieval Center)

You never quite know what to expect at this Medieval Center nightclub. They feature DJs, live music, exhibitions, dance, rock, and even opera (?!), so you're pretty much guaranteed and eclectic time.

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16. Winston Kingdom Warmoesstraat 131, Amsterdam, 1012 JA

The Winston Kingdom is owned by The Winston Hotel, and is a club and bar featuring live music throughout the week.

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17. Club NL Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 169A, Amsterdam, 1012 RK (Medieval Center)

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, this stylish and modern club is open six nights a week and always features the hottest DJs the city has to offer.

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18. Bitterzoet Spuistraat 2, Amsterdam, 1012 TS (Medieval Center)

This multifaceted club is more than a space with music and drinks. They draw large crowds through a number of exhibitions, projects, concerts, and shows other than their club nights.

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19. Amsterdam Roest 213 Czaar Peterstraat, Amsterdam, 1018 PL

This events space features its own bar with food and drink, and it's also the home of the 2013 Cannabis Cup. There's a good selection of cheap beer here as well, but make sure you go on a sunny day since the majority of the space is outdoors.

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20. Tolhuistuin Tolhuisweg 5, Amsterdam, 1031 CL (North)

Tolhuistuin is a popular garden and performing arts venue located on the on the IJ'.

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21. Westergasfabriek Gosschalklaan, Amsterdam, 1014 DA (Westerpark)

This cultural hot spot is multidimensional, featuring various galleries, shops, restaurants, a cinema, and a theater.

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22. WesterUnie Klönneplein 4-6, Amsterdam, 1014 DD (Westerpark)

Located in the Westerpark, this industrial club space is full of concrete, steel, and a crazy-fun nightlife.

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23. Pacific Parc Polonceaukade 23, Amsterdam, 1014 DA (Westerpark)

This bar/club/bistro offers plenty to do, whether you want to drop by and lounge on the sunny terrace, grab a casual dinner, or rock out to their superior DJs at night.

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24. OT301 Overtoom 301, Amsterdam, 1054 HW (West)

This multipurpose event venue is a jack of all trades... well three trades, acting as a music venue, movie theater, and vegetarian/vegan resto.

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25. OCCII Amstelveenseweg 134, Amsterdam, 1075 XL (West)

OCCII is an independent and alternative music spot in Amsterdam, which features various live shows throughout the week and weekend.

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26. De Nieuwe Anita Frederik Hendrikstraat 111-115, Amsterdam, 1052 HN (West)

Here at De Nieuwe Anita, you might find anything from live bands rocking out, to barbers offering haircuts. Seriously. Head there and prepare for the mystery.

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27. Club Lite Jan van Galenstraat 24, Amsterdam, 1051 (West)

This western Amsterdam club is a bit of a free spirit, offering folks the opportunity to party barefoot and partake in tantric dance. Yep.

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28. Amsterdam ArenA Arena Boulevard 1, Amsterdam, 1101 AX (South East)

This massive stadium plays host to sports (soccer), concerts, and other events needing a large venue format.

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29. Heineken Music Hall Arena Blvd 590, Amsterdam, 1101 DS (South East)

Opened in 2001, this concert and events venue draws more than 600,000 visitors a year who drop by for various live shows and music.

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30. Ziggo Dome De Passage 100, Amsterdam, 1101 AX (South East)

The Ziggo Dome is a 17,000-seat indoor arena, which hosts various concerts throughout the year. It draws some of the biggest names in music from MUSE to Lady Gaga to Madonna.