Clubs in Amsterdam

by Tanja
Amsterdam Club Air

Amsterdam is one of the best places in the world to go clubbing. In general, the night life in Amsterdam is centred around Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. However, some of the best clubs in Amsterdam for techno, house and trance you’ll find outside of the centre.

The last 10 years, the underground club scene moved mostly to Amsterdam West. Clubs like De School, Radion and VLLA are so popular, people are willing to cycle the extra mile to party all night long.

Let’s take a look at the most popular places to go clubbing in Amsterdam.See also for the best summer festivals: Amsterdam music festivals 2017

Around Rembrandtplein

1. Discotheque Escape

One of the biggest and more commercial clubs of Amsterdam, with big international DJ’s is Escape. Escape has been playing a major role in Amsterdam night life since 1986. This is the place where Dutch trance DJ’s like  DJ’s Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and house legends like Bob Sinclair, Kevin Saunderson, Marco V.,  Todd Terry and David Guetta all stood behind the decks.

Saturday nights is Brainwash, prepare some serious visual effects. Expect a queue and a dress code where trainers and jeans are not appreciated.The programming is largely dependent on party organisers. Club Escape is an Amsterdam night club where it’s likely that you will have to queue. Dress code: no jeans or trainers

2. Big Club Air

Years went by, possible investors came and went, and finally, the home to the once renowned gay Amsterdam club IT has opened its doors again. The new name is Club Air. In the couple of years it’s been open, Amsterdam Club Air has become one of the best clubs in Amsterdam.

With a maximum capacity of 1300 party people, this is another spacious club, but the new owners have tried their best to give this Amsterdam night club an intimate feel by partitioning the space into different areas. If you want a decent night of Amsterdam clubbing, Club Air is recommended.

Around Dam square

3. Club NL

Don’t let the stylish interior full of red velvet walls fool ya, Club NL, just around the corner of Amsterdam’s Dam Square, is an easy going club with a nice vibe and friendly staff. Because of its long lasting status and out of the ordinary (and slightly older) crowd the club has a bit of a cult status.

Amsterdam Club NL fills up late on weekends and on weekdays it sometimes doesn’t fill up at all. It doesn’t matter though, the house music dj’s are very good and will get you dancing. Drinks are pricey. Open on Mondays as well.

Club NL

4. Disco Dolly

Disco Dolly is the place where you will end up when you have no more place to go. The later you arrive, the longer the queue. It’s open every day of the week and people mostly come to dance. Because of the late hour, people tend to be rather drunk. On the web you can read about there being Persian carpets and velveteen, but honestly I’ve never even noticed. Dj’s spin mostly disco, soul, funk and house as long it’s danceable.

Disco Dolly
Handboogstraat 11, Amsterdam

Bitterzoet Amsterdam club5. Bittersweet

A bar with nice, intimate dance area with a stage that occasionally is used for bands at Bittersweet (Bitterzoet). Amsterdam nightclub Bitterzoet attracts a young, alternative crowd. Check out the website for the programming, which ranges from rock, punk tot hip hop, funk and soul. Upstairs there is a bar and smoking room.


6. Nightclub Winston Kingdom

Nightclub with a history, Winston Kingdom has gone through some changes in the last year. Though it used to be frequented by a strange mix of students, artsy weirdo’s and party people, it now seems tourists are the main attraction.

On Sunday night Amsterdam Winston Kingdom presents dubstep, dub & jungle antics hosted by the Cheeky Monday crew. Every Monday it’s drum ‘n bass. Tuesday Winston has an open mic night with hip hop, R ‘n B, Soul & Dancehall. Thursdays is for house music.

Entrance is from €3 to €7,50.



Around Leidseplein

During weekend the small bars that line up in the side-streets of Leidsestraat, are crowded with a local, young crowd that drink a lot and eventually behave badly as a result of that. Music is Euro pop music, or Euro trash as some call it and Dutch sing-a-long. For dancing and a more night life feeling, some of the best clubs of Amsterdam are around as well.

Jimmi Woo Amsterdam flyer

Fantastic, a weekly Sunday night in Jimmi Woo, Amsterdam.

7. Jimmi Woo

Dress up fashionably to get in Jimmi Woo, because the door bitches can be pain in the ass. If you’re not famous, but you are staying in a nice hotel, ask the hotel if they can arrange to put you on the guest list.

Expect a modern Japanese style lounge area and a dance floor downstairs. The audience can be a bit posh, but it’s still an excellent club to dance the night away.

Jimmi Woo

8. Club Up – De Kring

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Amsterdam artist society of De Kring opens its doors for non-members for parties. The Amsterdam society had been suffering from an elitist attitude, but now welcomes all kinds of people, no dress code. Party nights are organised under the name of Club Up. Dance music is eclectic and so are the people.

Club Up, Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 7-9. Doors open sometimes at Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 26 I.

9. Concert venue De Melkweg

Amsterdam’s Milky Way (Melkweg) is a legendary concerts hall, night club, cinema, café, restaurant and it even hosts (modern) dance performances.  Generally there’s a concert first, after which dj’s play records. Every Saturday night a multicultural crowd fills up the Melkweg for the popular Encore, a club night loaded with hip and R ‘n B.  Till 5 am.

Check out programming at


10. Sugar factory

Sugar Factory, located opposite of Melkweg, calls itself  ‘a cutting edge multi-disciplinary night theatre’. Apart from just a dance club, Sugar Factory intends to ‘integrate art, music and poetry’ into their club nights. Sunday night has for years been Amsterdam’s own Wicked Jazz Sounds-night, a mix of jazzy live music with lounge beats.

Sugar Factory, Entrance €6-€10. No dresscode.


11. Concerts venue Paradiso

Paradiso club in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Paradiso

Famously called the pop temple of The Netherlands, squatted in the sixties by hippies, Paradiso was the first place where smoking weed was tolerated.

The popular club is now Amsterdam most important and legendary concert hall. All the main pop, rock and punk icons have performed in this old church. For the last 16 years, every Thursday night swarms of students invade Paradiso for the popular tunes of Noodlanding.  During the weekend dance, electro and techno DJ’s take the stage after bands have played.

Check programming at

12. Chicago Social Club

Late night bar and club at the Leidseplein with a varied musical taste. The low profile interior (with wooden floors) and different areas with stairs, balcony, smoking area, two dance rooms and bars the crowd can walk around. Most popular are Super Social every Thursday night (free entrance before 12) and Backstage, every first Saturday of the Month. Backstage is a classic house music club night in Amsterdam, with a casual (hip) crowd.

Chicago Social Club

Out of the centre

Amstedam club Trouw

Former club Trouw

13. De School

De school is the continuation of legendary clubs Amsterdam Club 11 (11th floor of a former Post office) and Club Trouw (in former newspaper Trouw building) but in a different location. Again the name refers back to the building that it once served. This time, it’s an old school. It’s located rather outside the centre in Amsterdam West.

The building is quite big and holds a concert venue, a café, a restaurant, an exhibition space and a gym. Dj’s are mostly local. In the hip and happening, cool Amsterdam club scene, De School is the place to be. Restaurant also gets very good reviews. Open 7 days a week.

De School. Entrance: around € 15

14. Volkshotel / Club Canvas

Volkshotel is a hotel, a restaurant and a club blessed with a fantastic view over the city; it is located on the 7th floor. On the rooftop there is even a hot tub and sauna. But let’s talk about the club. Volkshotel started known as Canvas on the 7th. It had an artistic smell. After a while the huge building (old newspaper building) got renovated on a rather grand scale, turning the artists workplaces into hotel rooms. Luckily, the diversity in the crowd didn’t get a make-over. Hipsters, locals, tourists and students mix really well at Club Canvas. Music is funky, but you will find no big techno dj’s here. It’s just a lot of fun.

Canvas has friendly prices (€6 for the club), friendly crowd.

Azarius Smartshop Headshop Cannabis Seeds

15. Westergasfabriek

Westergasfabriek lies West of Amsterdam Central Station. For tourists without a bicycle it might not be easy to reach, but in fact, it is not far from the centre of Amsterdam. The converted gas plant-to-cultural hotspot is home to several clubs, bars and restaurants. Pacific Park serves breakfast lunch and dinner and turns into a light club during weekends. High flirt level. The Gashouder further up the road hosts the famous Awakenings techno raves. The buildings around the Westergasterras, restaurant and bar also host many club nights of different organisers.

Check calender of event of Amsterdam Club


You might also like...

Leave a Comment


Richard March 15, 2011 - 02:50

Trouw is an excellent club! You can also grab a dinner there and the techno line-up is very good.

Walthera March 18, 2011 - 20:59

What a nice website. Hope to read more of you.

Dave Blue August 18, 2011 - 00:02

Hey There

I’m the creator of a new AMS/global clubbing event guide called GEOclubbing. Thought you and your audience might be interested in checking it out before the general release next week: … Hopefully it can be a useful resource for you to hear about parties, clubs, promoters, etc that may be worthy of featuring. The site is 100% events focused – no editorializing going on. And all event info is synced straight from Facebook – so no extra work for promoters, and guaranteed quality content for clubbers.

Would be keen to hear any of your thoughts about GEOclubbing.


Dave Blue

Tanja August 19, 2011 - 16:20

I like it. Good luck with your great initiative!

alex November 29, 2011 - 11:08

hey where can i find trance clubs in amsterdam. i dont want dub step or house. just trance. would you know???? thanks.

Tanja November 29, 2011 - 11:42

Hi Alex. I can’t think of many clubs in Amsterdam that play trance on a regular basis. Maybe Korsakoff on Thursdays: According to DJguide website there is a special winter solstice edition there 23-12 that could be what you are looking for: Good luck.

Ruigoord November 15, 2012 - 12:45

In the church of Ruigoord are trance events on regular basis, see

Cazadorez October 12, 2011 - 12:05

Great website….I have a question. I have a 22hr. layover on a Monday in the month of December 2011. I would like to check out the Amsterdam nightlife for one night while I am there. What place can you recommmend I go to….even knowing Monday is not a ideal party night….I really would like to feel the Amsterdam vibe! thanks in advance!

alex November 29, 2011 - 11:37

hey it me again let me say that again i mean PROGRESSIVE trance not hard core trance. there has to be somewhere in amsterdam

Jade Wilson April 21, 2012 - 18:28

is there any rnb clubs in amsterdam and also what music does club winston kingdom and milky way play on a thursday night.


Tanja April 21, 2012 - 18:38

Hi Jade,
You’d best check the programming of the clubs. The links to the websites are in the article.

Ian 'iB' Brandon July 12, 2012 - 15:58


I’m a dj and producer looking for agencies in Amsterdam to book me, playing house, electro, breakbeat and tech-house, with a little techno when the vibe hits me!

I’d like some contacts if possible so I can get my ass over there and tear up clubs with my beats!!!

One love,


stergios July 17, 2012 - 10:01

hello.i am from greece dj producer and i look for a job
in amsterdam if someone interested contact with me.i play progressive house,trance and general electronic music.

Andy C August 17, 2012 - 01:06

Thanks, frank and informative,
Visiting Amsterdam from the UK next weekend (24th to 26th) instead of Creamfields for another year(!), anything you would recommend, Jeans and trainers for 35+ers who have an open mind view and love for House music and electronica, Sankeys stylee u know,

gemma September 10, 2012 - 23:35

what club is best for music similar to tiesto/armin van buuren? i just want to dance ALL night long..preferably a saturday night in Amsterdam 🙂

Mike G September 14, 2012 - 15:10

I also what to know the answer to this question! I have similar taste

Tanja September 14, 2012 - 15:18

Well, the clubs named here are pretty good. (Escape, Trouw etc.)

Nico November 20, 2012 - 23:49

There are some clubs missing I see which are absolutely worth a visit!

Hotel Arena:
the Sand:
Club Odeon:
Club Panama:

eugenio May 12, 2017 - 12:52

hi, I have a question about ADE: which are the most important clubs and parties? And it is allowed or forbidden to smoke inside the club?

Tanja May 13, 2017 - 10:17

Hi! Almost all clubs in Amsterdam are part of ADE and they have different line-ups and parties each year. Check the website of ADE when the programming is listed. Almost all clubs have a smoking area. It’s not allowed to smoke anywhere inside public buildings in The Netherlands, and this includes clubs.