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Amsterdam Nightlife Guide



Let’s sit crooked and talk straight Amsterdam Nightlife Guide; Ok, Amsterdam is famous for Van Gogh’s works, beautiful canals, cheese and tulips, but nobody goes there to smell flowers now. Of course, the vases in the house are filled with tulips and the tables with cheese on the way back, but let’s see what happened in Amsterdam. I gave up, don’t ask, what happens in Amsterdam stays in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is the city of distractions, wearing shoes with dancing and legal sins. If Hangover had been filmed in Europe, it would probably have taken place in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is to Europe what Las Vegas is to America. Based on the authority vested in us by living in the Netherlands, we present to you our Amsterdam nightlife guide that makes the wolves shed.


$ – 100 Euros (Accommodation (22-35 Euros) : In the guest house / Hostel, Food: supermarket or street food (15 Euros), Transportation: public transport (6-7 Euros), Entertainment: museum or event (11-17) Euro) )

$$ – 100-200 Euros (Accommodation: at the hotel (125 Euros), Food: in restaurants (30 Euros), Transportation: guided tour (10-15 Euros), Arts and Entertainment: show or concert (40 Euro) )

$$$ – Over 200 Euros (Accommodation: In 4-Star Hotel (230 Euros), Food: Fine Dining Restaurants (50 Euro), Transportation: Taxi (20 Euro), Entertainment: Canal Tour or Cabaret/Shows 50-90 Euro)



One of the Biggest Capitals of Electronic Music in the World Amsterdam

Instead of dancing in clubs, the types who keep their drink in their hands but keep the tempo with their feet are killing you too, and if you miss the environments where everyone dances freely, without macho, red and white, in Amsterdam! you will say. In fact, they usually put their nightclubs outside the city so that people can shed their wolves easily. The Dutch really know how to party, and they show it to the world with maybe 30 electronic music festivals throughout the year.

World Famous Dutch DJs

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It is no coincidence that many of the world’s most famous DJs are Dutch: Tiesto, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, Hardwell and at least 5 more world-famous DJs are from here. Parties and DJ performances that last until the morning are all over the city. Amsterdam usually has nightclubs in a more mainstream style than in Berlin. In other words, you can put all the stylish clothes you left behind while going to Berlin, but generally people prefer sports-elegant clothes. No matter how fashionable it is from ripped jeans, it does not break in Amsterdam bars, keep in mind.

Legal Elements 

We must admit that; Although it is not directly related to nightlife, there are also the Red Light District, where prostitution is legal, and coffee shops , where cannabis is legal, among those that make Amsterdam world famous . Of course, we should not forget the places that sell magic mushrooms. I guess we don’t need to say that there is an 18-year-old limit, right?

City Famous for its Beer 

It is one of the world’s beer centers such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, which is also known for being the hometown of the Heineken brand. It is an ideal city to taste a variety of beers. There are many other types of beer brands such as Amstel, Grolsch, Dommelsch, Brouwerij ‘t IJ  and La Trappe made by the monks . It would not be a lie to say that they are all at the same price as water. 😀 By the way, we said beer, but Amsterdam’s cocktail bars are also very famous!

City Festivals

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Amsterdam Pride, where the canals turn into rainbow colors, and King’s Day (Koningsdag) on April 27, in honor of King Willem-Alexander’s birthday, are among the  most colorful city festivals. Its former name was Queen’s Day. On King’s Day, which is also a national holiday, the entire city of Holland turns orange and parties are partying all over the city until the evening of the next day.


Electronic Music Festivals

Neonspash Festival. Photo: wikipedia

If you like electronic music festivals, there are plenty of festivals from the beginning to the end of summer… Even on Kings Day alone, there are 4-5 festivals. Nassau, Thuishaven, DSM Vrijhaven King’s Day, VOLTT Koningsdag, Bakermat & Friends, Oranjebloesem, Loveland van Oranje, Kroongetuige Kingsday 8 festivals take place on the same day. One of the most important electronic music festivals is the Amsterdam Dance Event, which takes place in many clubs of the city. There are also festivals in the winter, just less often. The most entertaining festival of winter is Neonsplash, the largest paint festival in the country. The most famous festivals of the country are Pink Pop and Lowlands, which coincide with the summer. am



Paradiso, Melkweg, Sugarfactory, Panama Club, Canvas, Jimmy Woo, AIR, Pacific Parc, De School, Studio80, Escape, Chicago Social Club, Bitterzoet are the most popular nightclubs. We have listed the most popular ones below. 😉


Paradiso ☆

This is a former church building now one of the most popular alternative music scene and nightclubs. In fact, it is one of the 2 stars of Amsterdam nightlife.  In fact, it is a place that opened its doors not for such a purpose in the first place, but as a place where artists can collectively do creative work under the name of “Cosmic Relaxation Center Paradiso” in 1968. But over time, it has turned into a concert venue where local and international bands take the stage. Since the venue is an old church with 1500 seats, you can guess that its acoustics are excellent.

Address:  Weteringschans 6-8 1017 SG Amsterdam Tel:  31 20 626 8790 Website:  Click for location .


Melkweg ☆

Melkweg, the Milky Way, is the other star of Amsterdam nightlife. It was conceived as both a music/entertainment venue and a cultural centre. Our İKSV style is managed by a non-profit organization. A place converted from an old dairy factory. Its four halls function as a stage with different styles of music concerts, a cinema, an exhibition space and a restaurant.

Address: Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 1017 PH Tel:  31 20 531 8181 Website: Click for location . 




Although it is slightly overshadowed by Paradiso and Melkweg, Sugarfactory is one of the gems of Amsterdam nightlife. Combining nightlife with performance and art, the venue does not host international artists like the other two, but it also hosts performances from neighboring countries and local talents. There are also special DJ parties on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays for different music genres, from techno to jazz.

Address:  Lijnbaansgracht 238, 1017 PH Tel : 31 20 627 0008 Website:  Click for location .


Panama Club

This is a huge nightclub with a quality sound system, House & Techno performances by world-famous DJs, and a capacity of more than 1000 people. The building in which it is located is one of the historical and nostalgic warehouse buildings in the harbor area of ​​Amsterdam.

Address: Oostelijke Handelskade 4, 1019 BM Tel:  +31 20 311 8686 Website: Click for location .



Let’s take you to Canvas for a classier party. Canvas, a rooftop bar with 360-degree views of the city, located on the 7th floor of an old newspaper building, which is now a hotel, is the address for locals and foreigners who want to party on Friday and Saturday nights. After 23.00, the tables leave and take their place in the DJ booth.

Address: Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Tel:  31 20 261 2110 Website: Click for location .


AIR Amsterdam

Address: Amstelstraat 16, 1017 DA Tel:  31 20 820 0670 Website:  Click for location .

It is one of the most popular venues of the electronic music scene in the city. The Air Card system is used to buy drinks from the bar in the nightclub with a high quality sound system, a capacity of 1300, 5 bars, divided from room to room. There are also lockers inside for those who want to have fun more safely and comfortably.


Jimmy Woo

Attracting attention with its shining ceiling, the nightclub is frequented by celebrities. The upper floor is an Asian style lounge bar, and the lower floor is the dance floor. But getting into this club is not as easy as other places. There is a strict door policy.
Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18 1017 RC Tel: 31 20 626 3150 Website: Click for location .


Pacific Park

If you’re the type who doesn’t like to dance and hang out at the bar corner with a drink, we say don’t even go near Pacific Parc. Because this is Amsterdam’s most rock & roll place. In the place where there is a place to spend time and eat during the day, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the tables are set aside, rock ‘n’ roll starts with DJ or live music.

Address: Polonceaukade 23, 1014 DA Tel:  31 20 488 7778 Website:  Click for location


Closing Hours

Restaurants are open until 01:00.
Amsterdam nightclubs close at 03:00 on weekdays and at 04:00 on weekends.
Those who can’t get up to speed can continue to have fun in places known as night cafe. They close at 04:00 on weekdays and at 05:00 on weekends.

Entrance fee

It varies between 5 and 20 Euros. They may ask for more for live DJ performances, if you can find tickets at the door because these types of tickets sell out in advance. Especially if you want to watch a DJ in Melkweg and Paradiso, you need to buy your tickets early. Some clubs may also ask for a membership fee of 4 Euros. Membership is for one month, so you only pay for the event ticket when you go again in the same.

What where?

The most central places of nightlife in Amsterdam in the Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein neighborhoods. It consists mostly of places where students hang out. Especially in Leidseplein there are Irish pubs and music venues.


We would love for you to catch the atmosphere and the party at King’s Day 👉 April 27th.

Since winter and autumn are very cold in Amsterdam, the best time is between April and October.


In the city: Since the city is small, cycling is the most practical option, but it is not very convenient for nightlife. Don’t drink & drive, albeit a bike. 🙂 There is a developed tram network in Amsterdam, but it does not run after midnight. There are also night buses. Getting an Amsterdam Card is the smartest way to use public transport.



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How to adopt a pet in the Netherlands?



How to adopt a pet in the Netherlands?

How to adopt a pet in the Netherlands? How to find a pet in the Netherlands? What are the pet rules in the Netherlands? In this article, we tell you how you can own a pet in the Netherlands and what you need to know.

How to adopt a pet in the Netherlands?

Owning a pet is a big responsibility. There are many issues that you need to sit down and think about before you buy toys and do a name research for the animal you are going to buy.

The first will be whether your landlord allows you to keep pets if you are renting. Another question to ask is whether you or another family member has an allergy to the animal. Is there a living space in the house for the animal? Is your budget suitable for keeping animals? Do you have time to take care of your pet? These are questions that should be asked before adopting a pet.

In addition to all this, you must comply with the Dutch government’s rules for keeping pets.  

Animals allowed to be kept in the Netherlands

Some of the animals allowed to be kept in the Netherlands are: Dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, ferret, turtle, fish, bird and brown cat. Click for more information .

The most owned animal in the Netherlands is the cat. Due to the lack of space, the ease of cleaning and care of the cats, the first choice of the Dutch was the cat. The dog is usually the second choice. It is possible to see many different breeds of dogs roaming with their owners in parks and gardens.

Where to adopt a pet in the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands you can adopt a pet from an adoption agency or a shelter ( dierenasiel) . There is a pet adoption process in place in the Netherlands and at this point it is not always possible to find suitable pets (especially cats). For this reason, it is recommended that those who want to adopt animals frequently check the social media accounts of the shelters.

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What is Pride Month? Pride Month’s History Around the World



What is Pride Month Pride Months History Around the World

Pride Parade is a series of events and ceremonies with the participation of LGBTI individuals and those who support LGBTI individuals, which are celebrated around the world at the end of June every year and held on the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. A series of events and parades are held to commemorate the Stonewall riots.

Story of the Pride Month

On June 28, 1969, the police raided the nightclub “Stonewall Inn” in New York, USA. The bosses, employees and guests of the nightclub started a resistance against this raid. Among those who came to enjoy the Stonewall Inn that night was Marsha Johnson, a transgender, black, and bisexual woman. Marsha was one of the activists who led the uprising to start and continue for several days. A year after this uprising, on June 28, 1970, the first Pride Parade, as it is used today, was held in New York, led by bisexual activist Brenda Howard. Simultaneously with New York, people held celebrations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Representing LGBTIQ+ individuals and their rights, The flag with rainbow colors used in marches and celebrations was designed by American Artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 . Each of the eight colors on the flag reflects the symbolic feelings the artist has observed in the LGBTIQ+ community.

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Pink, sexy; red, life; orange, healing; yellow, sunlight; green, nature; turquoise, art; Blue symbolizes peace and purple symbolizes the soul. The flag was first used that year at the Pride Parade in San Francisco. The Pride Parade and Pride Month were first officially recognized by then-US President Bill Clinton in 1999 . Stonewall Inn, which was closed shortly after the events, was repaired and reopened in 2007. US President Barrack Obama, who took office in 2009, recognized June as Pride Month during his term from 2009 to 2016 .

Also in 2016, He included the Stonewall Inn, the site of the uprising, in the status of a national monument. From June 1968 until today, celebrations and marches continue to be organized in many countries of the world in June. The word of honor given to these celebrations emphasizes the personal dignity of individuals and that sexual orientation is nothing to be ashamed of or concealed.

Who Does LGBTIQ+ Represent?

Pride Month is the month where LGBTIQ+ individuals come together against the problems they experience, the difficulties they face and the problems caused by marginalization. Each letter of this abbreviation represents different orientations. It consists of the initials of the words lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex person, queer (pronounced “queer”).

Lesbian: Represents gay women.

Gay (gay): Represents gay men.

Bisexual: Represents individuals whose sexual orientation is against both men and women.

Transgender person: Represents individuals who do not feel like they belong to the gender they were born with.

Intersex individual 1 : Individuals who do not meet any gender definition and have different anatomical sex characteristics (chromosomes, glands, genitals and/or reproductive organs) from the common one.

Queer : While it was used as an insult in the beginning, it is now preferred by people who state that they are gay.

The “+” symbol at the end of the abbreviation covers other orientations.

In the most general sense, the demands of LGBTIQ+ individuals are the recognition of their human rights. LGBTIQ+ communities coming together from different parts of the world organize events, marches and celebrations during Pride Month. They commemorate the Stonewall Inn riots, their loved ones lost due to hate crimes, and their relatives lost to AIDS caused by HIV. Although the LGBTIQ+ community is a community that has existed for a very long time, it was able to show its first major reactions to police raids, persecution and insults in New York in 1969. Pride Parades, which started in America where LGBTIQ+ communities came together, spread to Western Europe and then to Eastern Europe.

Pride Month and It’s History in European Countries

Artifacts written by men for each other were found in the ruins of the Ancient Greek period, where homosexual relations were freely practiced. These works were met with astonishment by the Romans. The associations of homosexuality with too much sex and nudity in the works they read were condemned by the Romans. From the Middle Ages to the modern age, homosexuality was punished by law for religious, political and social reasons and was considered a crime. For Catholics, the penalty for homosexual intercourse is death. In the period until the French Revolution, stigmatization, exclusion from society and punishment continued. With the French Revolution of 1791, homosexual relations were decriminalized from French laws . Italy, one of the countries that followed France, in 1890, Poland decriminalized homosexuality in 1932 and Denmark in 1933.

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An important development took place in Germany. Dr., a psychiatrist in Germany, who has a law that punishes male homosexuals with imprisonment. Magnus Hirschfeld collected some 6,000 signatures to repeal this law. Similarly, women tried to prevent the punishment of homosexuals. Dr. Magnus, a psychiatrist like himself, Dr. He co-founded the Institute for Sex Studies with Arthur Kronfeld. One of the most well-known topics that the institute dealt with was the process of the first successful gender reassignment surgery. Similarly, women tried to prevent the punishment of homosexuals. Dr. Magnus, a psychiatrist like himself, Dr. He co-founded the Institute for Sex Studies with Arthur Kronfeld .

One of the most well-known topics that the institute dealt with was the process of the first successful gender reassignment surgery.

Similarly, women tried to prevent the punishment of homosexuals. Dr. Magnus, a psychiatrist like himself, Dr. He co-founded the Institute for Sex Studies with Arthur Kronfeld. One of the most well-known topics that the institute dealt with was the process of the first successful gender reassignment surgery. The Sex Research Institute, which continues to work in areas such as decriminalizing homosexuality, individual freedom, and sexual orientation, was stopped with the Second World War. In Nazi-era Germany, homosexuals became one of the discriminated groups. They were taken to concentration camps, subjected to torture, killed. On the other hand, Iceland in 1940; Switzerland in 1942; In 1944, Sweden decriminalized homosexuality. With the end of the war, the mobility of LGBTIQ+ groups started slowly.

At clubs, outings, and at conferences, gays came together and continued to advocate for equality. In 1951, the International Committee for Sexual Equality was established in Amsterdam. The committee organized events to improve the equal rights that gays and lesbians should have. He also demanded that the United Nations include homosexual rights in the Declaration of Human Rights. The committee in Amsterdam received support from many European countries. With the uprising in America in 1969, LGBTIQ+ groups started to take action around the world. Pride Marches were also held in many European countries, especially in London, Berlin and Paris. In 1993, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the category of psychological disorders. He acknowledged that it is a sexual orientation, not a disease that needs to be treated. In the 21st century, LGBTIQ+ rights have become more universal.

They had legal rights such as marriage within the scope of civil rights in about 18 countries in Europe. Against these countries, Poland, which is also a European country, shows an attitude that does not recognize LGBTIQ+ groups and strongly opposes them.



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Amsterdam Weekend Guide: 29, 30 & 31 July 2022




In this Amsterdam Weekend Guide we have listed our favorite weekend tips for 29, 30 & 31 July. Lots of fun!



In Amsterdam, we celebrate Pride, through the annual event Pride Amsterdam. Pride Amsterdam will take place this year from  July 30 to August 7  and this year the theme is; ‘ My Gender, My Pride’ central. When you think of Pride Amsterdam, there is a good chance that you can imagine the colorful boats. A true spectacle to see every year! For the best spot, you have to be at the canals on time or even better; arrange a boat on the side to admire everything as best as possible. But there is so much more to do! Check out our overview so that you are fully informed. For example, Het Volkshotel is also completely devoted to Pride from 31 July to 7 August. All kinds of Pride-related activities take place under and on the roof of the hotel on Wibautstraat for a week. Whether you feel like a sweaty club night, are ready for a new love, or want to watch movies at a height of 30 meters; During Pride Week in Volkshotel you can experience all kinds of things.

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Believe us, this is a new spot that hardly anyone knows about, but where you want to join this weekend anyway. Road restaurant Zacht Staal on the Rorik estate is located in Beverwijk and was created by Kasper Hoex (founder of De Groente Amsterdammer) and chefs Kees Elfring (known from Marius and Wijncafé Worst) & Lenny Ylstra (former chef of restaurant De School). From the countless varieties of lettuce to the chickens in the yard, as soon as you park your car here and walk onto the property you know you are in a special place. You sit at long tables at Zacht Staal in a newly built greenhouse, while the chefs are preparing all the good things in the country. It doesn’t get more ‘farm to table’ than this! Reservations for dinner can be made here from Thursday afternoon to Sunday evening and on Friday.

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A favorite with many! This mega flea market/trunk sale on the square near the Olympic Stadium is always a must. On Sunday 31 July from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can shop here among all second-hand items, curiosities, antiques and collectibles. We’ve never gone home empty-handed here, so get your treasure hunt on and don’t forget to bring an empty bag. Entrance is free.

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Europe’s biggest sneaker festival comes to Amsterdam after its huge success in the UK. There will be a huge selection of Dutch and other European brands, as well as limited edition sneakers from brands such as Air Jordan, Nike and Yeezy. Other streetwear brands such as Stussy and Supreme will also be found under the roof of the NDSM Loods. Crepe City Festival is a unique opportunity for sneaker and streetwear lovers to get the rarest and most exclusive shoes and street fashion. Head here to browse the stalls and enjoy interesting panel discussions with experts and famous faces from the sneaker industry. Industry leaders will chat about the hottest trends and make predictions about the sneaker and streetwear world. In addition to these discussions, there will also be live shows, DJs, street food stalls and drinks, so never a quiet moment! Tickets can be bought with prices from €12.

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Sunday it’s time again for one of the nicest markets in the city. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Pure Markt will settle in the beautiful Frankendael park. On the site of the former city nursery of Amsterdam, you will find this beautiful green oasis, the largest and most important ecological park in the city. Large lawns and the Slingerpad make this location extremely suitable for the Pure Markt. Of course, very easy to combine with a visit to restaurant De Kas!

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These weekend tips are always a good idea in July: 


The ARTIS Zoomer Evenings are back as usual this year with the nineteenth edition. From July 9 to September 3, ARTIS is open every Saturday until sunset. During the golden evening hours, between the blooming beds of the edible garden, up-and-coming Dutch musical talent takes the stage every Saturday in the ARTIS Music Museum. In addition, there is a daily varied day program with activities for young and old. During the Zoomer evenings you really experience Artis in a new way.

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Because an ice cream is ALWAYS a good idea! Miuz’s gelato is wonderfully creamy and is made fresh daily by Carlo and his experienced (Italian) gelato chefs. Because the flavors and gelato are created from scratch, Carlo can continue to adapt and experiment. For example, burratagelato is on the menu, and apple juice gelato, in addition to the more classic flavors such as stracciatella and pistachio. You can find Miuz at the Overtoom 117, on the corner of the Vondelpark.

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Currently only open on Saturdays, but if successful they will expand. And we dare to predict that this shop full of unique delicacies will be a hit. Harness van de Tichel can be found at Tichelstraat 25.

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REM has now opened its doors! This new food destination led by chef Bobby Rust (who you may know from Ron Gastrobar, De Librije and Envy Amsterdam), looks great and has a unique view over the IJ.

Check out their Insta here >>



The pop-up restaurant will be open for eight weeks between 12:00 and 20:00 at Raampoortstraat 16 in Rotterdam. The restaurant serves classic meat dishes, from hacked meatballs to burgers, made from what De Slager calls ‘the new meat’. Perfect moment for a trip to Rotterdam?

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Here they work with organic and sustainable beef and the sandwiches look a bit like flying saucers, because they are completely closed. We can’t wait to taste it.

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The successful vegan food concept Wild & the Moon from Paris has opened its doors for the first time in the Netherlands, at 138 Van Woustraat in Amsterdam. The range is 100% vegan, gluten-free and homemade and all packaging is plastic-free. Definitely fun to cycle along this weekend!

Discover everything about this new concept here >>


Whether you are vegan or not. There are plenty of restaurants that you should also like to go to as a non-vegan.

Check out these 39 tips >>


Perhaps one of the tastiest cuisines from the Middle East. Most of the things on this list are not hip. But believe us that you can eat very tasty Lebanese.

Check out the tips here >>


Pop-up restaurant SMELT , a collaboration between De Doffer and De Kaaskamer , has delicious summer cheese fondue on the menu!

Check their Instagram here for opening times >>


Coffee, wine, beer, baguettes and snacks… let that be the way to our hearts! Open seven days a week and located on the cozy Prinsenstraat. They don’t work with reservations here, so check their Insta for more info >>

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