Throbbing music and flashing lights provide indication of the abundant energy this hip club evokes. Its interior, a bold experiment in white and pink, appeals to young club-goers, who know they can count on great DJ mixes and plenty of other attractive singles. The latter are guaranteed, given that the door staff employs a strict policy based on visual appeal: In short, if you don't look amazing, you're not going in. Throughout the week, you'll find nights devoted to techno, soul, and the like.
Able to accommodate 2500 eager clubbers, this monstrous venue has been a nighttime draw since the late '80s. With a recent renovation and plenty of appeal, its star shows no sign of fading. Fantastic DJs from around the world play to crowds, who also revel in the spectacle of light and video shows. 'Chemistry,' a Saturday night standard, is practically a city event, well-attended and ever-popular. On some nights, dance parties are sponsored by outside promoters. Expect to wait in line whenever you go.
Amstelstraat 24, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017 DA · 020-489-7285
This famous club has been a city legend for years, and following renovations, it's as spectacular as ever. Saturday is set aside for gay patrons, while Friday is devoted to straight club-goers. No matter your persuasion, be prepared for awesome music and one of the most freewheeling, exciting ambiences in Amsterdam. Patrons dress for style and sex appeal, and there's even a touch of the exotic in clubwear. Come to dance, to be seen, to check out the scene...you'll find it all here.
Thanks to a progressive attitude towards music and a genuine desire to please patrons, this small, inviting venue has been around for years. It's still a favorite destination for those who want something more personable than a mega-club and who don't want to don an outrageous outfit just to be able to enter. Mazzo offers a variety of musical styles throughout the week, including house, jazz, and more. As a result, you're certain to find something you can dance to, guaranteed.
Singel 460, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017 AW · 020-624-9711
Spread across three floors of a 17th century canal house, this club isn't considered the trendiest place in town, but it does a brisk business with those more interested in music than in scene. A clientele composed largely of students appreciates its affordable cover charges and the ability to shift between types of music. Each of the floors, in fact, plays a different style, whether it's jazz, rock, funk, hiphop, R&B, or '70s and '80s retro. When you go, make sure to note the elaborately painted ceilings above.
This upscale entertainment complex takes care of a host of nighttime needs, including dining, dancing, and even theater-going. Its appealing decor sets the scene for all kinds of activities, including weekly nights of Latin American dancing. On weekend evenings, DJs regale patrons with great music, and the atmosphere resonates with energy and merriment. Panama's clientele has a tendency to be a bit older than the college age norm, a boon for those who've passed the quarter century mark.
In its former life, this live music venue was a beautiful church. These days, Christian hymns have been supplanted by more energetic rhythms, and the striking space welcomes bands from around the world. Paradiso's terrific acoustics appeal to both the audience and to performers, who range from the up-and-coming to the well-known. On weekend evenings, top DJs are booked, and club-goers dance to house, jazz, and disco beneath the old balcony and amid the architecture of the past.
Boasting a celebrity clientele from the entertainment and athletic industries, this chic club is one of Amsterdam's hottest. The plush interior boasts mirrors and sensuous furnishings, and you've got to fit the environment to get in. Three individual dance floors and as many bars ensure that patrons are well-supplied with music, lights, and alcohol, and DJs spin music ranging from house to hip-hop. If you don't have a membership, dress to the nines and come early if you hope to get in. A bonus to this tactic is that covers are cheaper (even free) before midnight.
Set in a former gas factory, this bar-cafe-restaurant is a gathering spot for folks of all types. During the day, lunch and dinner menus suit hungry appetites, both youth and adult. About 11pm, though, the mood changes, DJs take to their turntables, and fashion-conscious young people come to dance the night away. Weekends are especially busy, and in the summer, an outdoor terrace is a great place to catch your breath. Alcohol of all sorts is available, but you'll probably want to come early for the best chance of getting in.
10. 36 Club
Waarmondstraat: (1/2 way between Amsterdam Central Station & Dam Square)
The best "little" club in Amsterdam & it is very easy to get to. When you leave Amsterdam Central Station just walk toward Dam Square, it is about 1/2 way between the two landmarks. Waarmondstrat is a pretty wild place but when you see a sign with a frog & the number 36 then you found the right place. It is not to far from another famous location, The Grasshopper. At the 36 club if you go to the back of the club then there is a view of the Amsterdam canal.
Amsterdam After Dark
De Wallen, also known as Walletjes, is the largest and best-known red-light district in Amsterdam, a major tourist attraction. It is located in the heart of the oldest part of Amsterdam, covering several blocks south of the church Oude Kerk and crossed by several canals. De Wallen is a network of alleys containing several hundred tiny one-room apartments rented by female prostitutes (and some ladyboys) who offer their services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights. The area also has a number of sex shops, sex theatres, peep shows, a sex museum, a cannabis museum, and a number of coffee shops that sell marijuana. De Wallen, together with the prostitution areas Singelgebied and Ruysdaelkade, form the Rosse Buurt (red light areas) of Amsterdam.
The total area is approximately 6500 square meters, limited by the Niezel in the north, the sea dike/Nieuwmarkt in the east, the Saint Jansstraat in the south and the Warmoesstraat in the west. Prostitution takes place within this area in the following streets: Barndesteeg, Bethlehemsteeg, Bloedstraat, Boomsteeg, Dollebegijnensteeg, Enge Kerksteeg, Goldbergersteeg, Gordijnensteeg, Molensteeg, Monnikenstraat, Oudekerksplein, Oudekennissteeg, Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Sint Annendwarsstraat, Sint Annenstraat, Stoofsteeg and Trompettersteeg.
The red light district has existed since the 14th century and formerly contained many distilleries, mainly catering to sailors. The name Wallen (walls) refers to the medieval retaining dam walls in the old center of Amsterdam.
Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, with the exception of streetwalking. However, only EU citizens can work legally in the sex industry, since no working permits are given for prostitution. While health and social services are readily available, sex workers are not required to undergo regular health checks. A study conducted before 2006 found that about 7 percent of all Dutch prostitutes (including street prostitutes) have HIV/AIDS.
The women in De Wallen are self-employed and rent the rooms from private owners for some €100-150 per 8 hour shift, which includes closed-circuit security. Condoms are generally used for sexual contact, although not always with oral sex. Twenty minutes of sex typically costs about €40 to €50, sometimes with a €20 surcharge for the girl to take off her top. There are women of most nationalities offering services.
To counter negative publicity Mariska Majoor, founder of the Prostitution Information Center has organized 2 "open days" in February 2006 and March 2007, allowing visitors access to some window brothels and peep shows and informing them about the working conditions there. Majoor was also instrumental in having the world's first monument to Sex workers installed in the red light district. The bronze statue was unveiled on the Oudekerksplein in front of the Oude Kerk at the open day in March 2007 and shows a woman standing in a doorway.
In September 2007, the city council of Amsterdam at the behest of mayor Job Cohen, concerned about trafficking and pimping in the area, forced the owner Charlie Geerts to close 51 prostitution windows, reducing the total number of windows in De Wallen by a third. Amsterdam authorities bought 18 properties from Geerts, with the aim of developing the area with fashion designers and other up scale businesses. Mariska Majoor of the Prostitution Information Centre and representatives of the sex worker rights group De Rode Draad have decried the decision, claiming it would not reduce crime but would only lead to higher rent and more competition for the remaining windows.
In January 2008 the city council announced plans to close the Casa Rosso live sex theatre and the Banana bar strip club in the area. Local business owners have formed the group "Platform 1012" (named after the postcode of the area) to oppose the efforts of the Amsterdam government.
The Vondelpark is a public urban park of 47 hectares (120 acres) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is located in the stadsdeel Amsterdam Oud-Zuid, west from the Leidseplein and the Museumplein. The park was opened in 1865 and originally named the "Nieuwe Park", but later renamed to "Vondelpark", after the 17th century author Joost van den Vondel. Yearly, the park has around 10 million visitors. In the park are a film museum, an open air theatre, a playground, and several horeca facilities.
During the 1960's Vondelpark became known as a place where anything can & does happen. It was at the center of the hippie community in Amsterdam. In more recent years when I was there you could see both gold & silver robot man in different parts of the park. You will see some of the wildest looking people in Vondelpark so it is well worth a stroll. Make sure to make a walk around the big lake while you are there. As you walk around the lake you will see a hugh tree overhanging the lake. It is big enough to have a party on! If it's not to crowded I sugest that you do.
Vondelpark is South of Amsterdam Centrum but you can easily catch a tram there from Amsterdam Central Station or Dam Square. A day in Vondelpark is truely a trip to the park.
On Friday nights & just about anytime really, you can see skateboarders at Vondelpark. They have a nice half-pipe ramp there for anyone interested in really flying high at Vondelpark.