Clubs in Amsterdam

by Tanja
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Amsterdam is one of the best places in the world to go clubbing. In general, the nightlife in Amsterdam is centered around Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. However, some of the best clubs in Amsterdam for techno, house and trance you’ll find outside of the center. Below a map and a list of Amsterdam’s best clubs.

Check the link for an overview of the Music Festivals in Amsterdam.

The Best Clubs in Amsterdam

Around Rembrandtplein

1. Escape

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

Big name DJ’s at Escape.

2. Big Club Air

With a maximum capacity of 1300 party people, Club Air is another spacious nightclub in Amsterdam. Still, this club has an intimate feel by partitioning the space into different areas. The crowd is progressive and open-minded and that makes it one of Amsterdam best clubs.

Club Air AMsterdam
Mixed crowd at Club Air, Amsterdam.

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. Amsterdam Club NL fills up late on weekend. Weekdays entrance is free. The house music DJ’s are very good and will get you dancing.

Club NL Amsterdam
Old school party people at 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. The crowd of mostly students come here to dance and party. Dj’s spin mostly disco, soul, funk and house as long it’s danceable.

Disco Dolly late night club Amsterdam
Yep, everyone is drunk at Disco Dolly.

5. Bitterzoet

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 crowd that prefers hip hop music.

A young crowd at Bitterzoet.

Around Leidseplein

6. Jimmi Woo

Dress up fashionably to get in Jimmi Woo, because the door bitches can be a pain in the ass. If you’re not famous, just wear your new Choo’s to get in. It might not be as classy and glamourous as in the first years but Jimmi Woo is still the most international nightclub-style club there is in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam club Jimmi Woo
Feel special at Amsterdam Club Jimmi Woo.

8. Club Up

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Amsterdam artist society of De Kring opens its doors for non-members for parties. Party nights are organised in the basement under the name of Club Up. Dance music is eclectic and so are the people.

Cub Up Amsterdam
Party night at Club Up.

9. Concert venue De Melkweg

Amsterdam’s Milky Way (Melkweg) is a legendary concert venue, nightclub, cinema, café and restaurant. Generally, there’s a concert first. So the party starts late. Every Saturday night a multicultural crowd fills up the Melkweg for the popular Encore, a very popular club night loaded with hip and R ‘n B. 

10. 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. During the weekend dance, electro and techno DJ’s take the stage after bands have played.

Check programming at

12. Chicago Social Club

Chicago Social Club is a late-night bar and club at Amsterdam’s Leidseplein. The building has different areas with stairs, balcony, smoking area, two dance rooms and bars. Most club night is Super Social on 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.

A hip crowd at Chicago Social Club.

Amsterdam West

15. Westergasfabriek

Westergasfabriek lies West of Amsterdam Central Station. The converted gas plant-to-cultural hotspot is home to several clubs, bars and restaurants. The Gashouder further up the road hosts the famous Awakenings techno raves. The buildings around the Westergasterras, restaurant and bar also host club nights for different organisers. Check programming at: Westerunie.

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. In the hip and happening Amsterdam club scene, De School is The Place To Be.

14. Volkshotel / Club Canvas

Volkshotel is a hotel, a restaurant and a club blessed with a fantastic view of the city; it is located on the 7th floor. On the rooftop, there is even a hot tub and sauna. 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.

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Amsterdam Noord

15. Shelter

Shelter is Amsterdam’s latest added underground club. And some say it’s one of the best clubs in Amsterdam. The club is spacious and has a chillout room and a smoking area. Shelter takes itself very seriously as a techno-rave venue. There is a door policy, so be sure to get tickets before you arrive.

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Shelter, club in Amsterdam for techno lovers.

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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

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!

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

Walthera March 18, 2011 - 20:59

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

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.

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