Amsterdam is a Dutch city well-known for its vibrant nightlife, offering unique experiences to travelers every night of the week. At night, strolling through Amsterdam is particularly enjoyable, with the city lights reflected in canal waters below and locals socializing late into the evening.

    You’ll find a wide variety of things to do after dinner in Amsterdam, from a relaxing evening under the stars to an orchestra performance in a historic hall and raucous parties where you can dance the night away. Learn about some of the best spots to visit in Amsterdam at night for a memorable evening.



    See a show at a famed concert venue

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    Concertgebouw is considered one of the finest historic concert halls in the world due to its superb acoustics. The famed concert hall is located in Amsterdam and prized as an example of Neoclassical architecture.

    Performances at the Concertgebouw range from classical shows with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to world music, jazz and pop vocalists, and family-friendly concerts. Everyone is sure to find a show to enjoy. The Concertgebouw also hosts special events after some concerts and also houses a cafe and restaurant.

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    Location: Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Open: Hours vary by event

    Phone: +31 (0)20 671 8345



    Enjoy lively nightlife in a historic church

    Paradiso is a unique concert venue inside a historic Dutch church in Amsterdam, with original features like ornate stained glass windows remaining in the venue. It is located near the Leidseplein in de Weteringschans, a central hub for lively nightlife within the city.

    Paradiso has hosted various concerts for many well-known musicians and bands, including Beastie Boys, The Killers, Madonna, Nirvana and U2. Evening events at Paradiso range from high energy raves to classical music events, concert performances, plays and lectures.

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    Location: Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Open: Hours vary by event

    Phone: +31 (0)20 626 4521


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    See a traditional performing-arts show

    Melkweg, which translates to Milky Way, is a Dutch music venue and performance hall in the city of Amsterdam. The venue is housed in a former dairy and is located near Leidseplein on Lijnbaansgracht, known for colorful nightlife in Amsterdam.

    Notable performances at Melkweg have included The Arctic Monkeys, Prince, Nirvana, U2, and even an unscheduled performance by Grateful Dead. The venue’s 6 halls host various events ranging from live music concerts and theater plays to movie theater movies and art exhibitions.

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    Location: Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 1017 PH Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Open: Hours vary by event

    Phone: +31 (0)20 531 8181


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    Door 74

    Sip cocktails in a speakeasy-style haunt

    Door 74 is a speakeasy-style bar hidden away in the center of Amsterdam, known for vintage charm and a relaxed atmosphere. This hidden gem is just that, disguised behind an unmarked all-black door on a busy urban street, so first-time visitors may have to hunt to find the bar’s entrance.

    Inside Door 74 is a classy Art Deco venue in dark woods and rich hues, serving a mix of classic beverages and mixed modern creations. If you don’t drink alcohol, the bar also offers a range of signature handcrafted nonalcoholic beverages that look and feel just as fancy.

    Location: Reguliersdwarsstraat 74, 1017 BN Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Open: Sunday—Thursday from 5 pm to midnight, Friday—Saturday from 5 pm to 3 am

    Phone: +31 (0)63 404 5122


    Madam Skybar

    See city views as you dance the night away

    Madam Skybar is perched at the top of A’DAM Tower, an evening hotspot with fantastic views over a starlit Amsterdam. You’ll find this unique venue on the 20th floor of A’DAM Tower, which can be easily reached on public transportation and the free ferry F3.

    Madam’s evening atmosphere is sultry, with low lighting, energetic music, and well-dressed patrons dancing and socializing. Locals advise that the Skybar maintains an evening dress code, and the venue does not accept cash, only card payments.

    Location: Overhoeksplein 3, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Open: Daily from 9 pm until “late”

    Phone: +31 (0)20 237 6310


    Club NYX

    Enjoy an inclusive party atmosphere

    Club NYX is a high energy gay club that’s open to partygoers of any sexuality and gender, an unpretentious atmosphere that’s all about having a good time and enjoying life. The club is on the Reguliersdwarsstraat in Amsterdam, known for its friendly staff, quirky decor and wild parties.

    Club NYX is composed of 3-floors offering unique musical experiences and atmospheres across each one. The club offers themed nights and regular events, with music ranging from pop and dance to hip hop and 90’s guilty pleasure anthems.

    Location: Reguliersdwarsstraat 42, 1017 BM Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 5.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +31 (0)68 236 3649


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    Try diverse nightlife experiences in one venue

    Escape is a large nightclub complex housing a variety of different nightlife experiences in Amsterdam. The club is located in Rembrandt Square in central Amsterdam, in an area popular for local nightlife.

    Escape plays popular music ranging from techno and pop to house, R&B and electric across multiple dance floors. The space includes a lounge, cafe and restaurant, and numerous smaller club spaces that often host V.I.P. or special events. V.I.P. Table Service is available, and the club maintains a strict dress code, so dress to impress.

    Location: Rembrandtplein 11, 1017 CT Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Open: Hours vary by event

    Phone: +31 20 622 1111


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    Night Canal Cruise

    Have a romantic twilight canal cruise

    An extended network of canals crisscrosses the city of Amsterdam, and taking a romantic night canal cruise is one of the great ways you can enjoy the city. You can take in this historic city lit up at night, with the lights reflected in the water below you as you float under the evening sky.

    >Local companies offer a range of different evening canal cruises, from sightseeing tours to romantic candlelit cruises under the stars. It’s recommended to book canal cruises in advance to ensure you get the experience you’re seeking.


    The Bulldog The First

    Sample cannabis coffee

    The Bulldog Coffee Shop is a well-known cannabis coffee shop company that originated in Amsterdam in the ’70s. The company offers multiple Amsterdam locations, including The Bulldog The First Coffee Shop location on Oudezijds Voorburgwal.

    At The Bulldog Coffee Shop you’ll find a variety of cannabis products, as well as hot and cold beverages and plenty of munchies. The original location also offers a multi-storey shop and lounge, along with a canal-side patio where you can sit by the water and chill.

    Location: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 90, 1012 GJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Open: Daily from 8 pm to 1 am

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    See canal views from the terrace

    Waterkant is a modern bar that embraces its canal-side location through a lively tropical atmosphere and a menu inspired by Suriname. Located on Marnixstraat, this popular spot offers beautiful terrace views overlooking the Singelgracht canal.

    Waterkant’s drink menu includes flavorful mixed beverages and a range of beers on draft and in bottles and wine and non-alcoholic options. If you're not sure what to order, the staff is always willing to offer suggestions. Locals recommend this bar as a hidden gem, especially popular on warm evenings to enjoy beverages on the terrace.

    Location: Marnixstraat 246, 1016 TL Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Open: Daily from noon to 9 pm

    Phone: +31 (0)20 737 1126


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