Entertainment in Amsterdam

Entertainment Galore

Amsterdam, the small city, big in its attractions and events has on offer a host of recreational facilities that include places wherein you can enjoy some great performances, marvel at wonders of history, let yourself out on a dance floor or just listen to some real Dutch music.

Forms of Entertainment

Whether you are a tourist or a local resident, if you want to treat yourself to some relaxation or have a night out on the town, take your pick from the many entertainment sources the place has to offer. You can visit the famous museums of Amsterdam, hang around at a bar, club or restaurant, dance your blues away at the discos or watch some thought provoking cinema or theatre or simply spend a night hanging around the place for a novel experience.

We’ll let in you in on details of what all does Amsterdam offer in all these entertainment categories.

Nightlife in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a typical style and manner when it comes to its nightlife. In addition to the usual bars and pubs, there are streets and lanes in Amsterdam that are especially known for a great nighttime activity. You can choose some from the below:


This wacky happening place is the heart of nightlife in Amsterdam with scores of pubs, bars, restaurants and discos. Adding to the charm, there are street performers displaying their acts right through the night. Interestingly, in the 17th century, the original function of the place was to be a wagon park for farmers to leave their carts, while going into the town.


This place is most famous for its two main attractions:
  1. The traditional Dutch pubs that have a reputation of playing some real, authentic Dutch music.
  2. The Reguliersdwarsstraat, presently famous as the hippiest nightlife street in Amsterdam. The place is home to a bizarre variety of nightclubs catering to an older crowd of media persons, businessmen and local celebrities.
Bars, Pubs and Clubs Amsterdam has a whopping number of 1200 pubs, as per records. If these records are anything to go by, many bars sell only a single beer – draught pils. In fact, 90% of beer sold in Netherlands is pils. Some of the famous ones amongst these are:
  • Café Belgique, Gravenstraat
  • Het Schuim, Spuistraat
  • In De Wildeman, Kolksteeg
  • Café’ Gollem, Ramsteeg
  • De Koe, Marnixstraat
Amsterdam also has a lot of public and tourists flocking to its various clubs for a spell of some jazzy activity. These are Chemistry at Galenstraat, Dansen Bij Jansen at Handboogstraat, Escape at Rembrandtplein, Jimmy Woo, at Korte Liedsedwarsstraat, to name a few. Music If you are a fan of action-packed live musical performances, Amsterdam is the place to be. A few names to reckon with are Akhnaton, hosting live music at weekends, AMP Studios, Bimhuis, Piet Heinkade and Melkweg, housed in a former dairy, offering music, drama, movies, a weekend disco, a bar and a restaurant. Cinema Some of the famous cinema venues include:
  • Bellevue Cinerama/Calypso
  • Cinecenter
  • Cinema De Balie
  • Rialto
Besides these, Amsterdam is also famous for its famous film festivals. A few among those worth visiting are the Amnesty International Film Festival, the International Documentary Film Festival and the Amsterdam Pink Film Festival. Museums Amsterdam boasts of some of the most famous museums of the world. A quick glance at the popular ones:
  • The Rijksmuseum
  • Anne Frank House
  • Houseboat museum
  • Jewish Historical museum
  • Allard Pierson museum
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Film museum
  • TIN-Theater museum
  • Madame Tussauds