Amsterdam: A city that is awake
Every tourist visiting Amsterdam should afford one crazy night. The city has something to offer to everyone, so the only problem remains the decision which of the many options to choose.
Amsterdamians say, “Café is my church.” Sometimes, going out after work for a drink to a proeflokaal (hall) ends many hours later in a disco in an adapted warehouse on the outskirts of the city. Many people start the evening with a borreltje (glass) of alcohol in a cozy place, e.g. De Drie Fleschjes (18 Gravenstraat) or Papaneiland (2 Prinsetigracht). Amsterdam Tours & Tickets
You have to be prepared for the fact that the first glass leans out in a Dutch fashion, bending over the bar with arms folded behind and sipping a drink. Alcohol experiments are favored by an extensive network of bars, numbering around 1.4 thousand premises. The only problem is choosing between a bruine kroeg (“brown cafe”) and a bar with a modern interior. In the most famous “brown cafe”, Hoppe (20 Spui), more draft beer is sold than in any other bar. The smoke-brown walls were decorated with old paintings and worn Persian rugs, but in the middle you can’t see much because crowds of students and businessmen in suits are swirling in the bar, treating the bar like a second home. Nearby is De Jaren (Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20), a classic elegant cafe with high interiors, a garden by the canal and an atmospheric, moody atmosphere.
Music and dance
A little closer to the center rises the huge Muziektheater (22 Waterlooplein) – the most controversial, very expensive and modern building, in which the National Ballet and Opera are located. Many music lovers choose evenings in slightly more modest halls, e.g. performances by the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra in Beurs van Berlage (former Stock Exchange on Damrak), organ concerts in the mysterious Oude Kerk (Old Church) or in the Engelse Kerk (in Begijnhof) emanating peace. A
msterdam also boasts a place that promotes avant-garde pop and rock musicians. The most famous rock bands and other stars perform her at Amsterdam ArenA – Ajax Stadium in the southeastern suburbs, and less-known performers perform at Theater Carre on the shore, Amstel. In the Melkweg entertainment complex (234 Lijnbaansgracht) you can listen to African bands, world music and alternative club music. In Melkweg and its rival Paradiso (6 Weteringschans) there is actually no reason to appear before 9pm, so before the main concert it is worth tasting the local, quite crazy nightlife.
Paradiso usually has mainstream bands, as well as promising little-known performers. At Mulliner’s Wijnlokaal (wine cellar; 266 Lijnbaansgracht) you can eat tapas and sometimes also listen to live music. Locals liked the bar with the pianist Maxim (35 Leidsekruisstraat). Gambling enthusiasts will have Holland Casino waiting for Max Euweplein (ID required). If someone does not like such pastimes, he can go east, towards Rembrandsplein. There is no shortage of clubs for gays, cabarets and venues with erotic (also sadomasochistic) shows, bars with a pianist and crazy discos. You have to remember that in this area the later, the more nervously. Anything can happen in a crowd filling the streets in the Rembrandt Square. You should also be careful late at night during lonely walks on deserted streets near Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, as there were attacks on tourists there. It’s best to get to the hotel by taxi and on the street be reasonable and careful: Things to do in Amsterdam
Amsterdamers make sure that they drink class, do not sit over a glass in common districts, but go to bohemian bars and eetcafes, usually located on the edge of the red light district or between them. The hallmark of such luxury bars are the shiny interiors lined with white marble. Frascati (59 Nes, after Rokin) and Blincker (7 Sint-Barberen-straat) attract theater lovers, cabaret artists and designers who hang out late in the mirror until late at night, tasting a variety of snacks. A few streets away invites Art Cafe La Strada (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal) with a name referring to the film by Fellini. Music is played in the café on Saturdays, art exhibitions, experimental performances and film screenings take place.
The farther into the night, the hotter the atmosphere becomes in jazz clubs, usually arranged in the cool interiors of old magazines. One of the most important places specializing in jazz and blues is BIMhuis (Muziekgebouw), but there are plenty of small clubs around Leidseplein. These include Cafe Alto1 (15 Korle Leidsedwaarsstraat), where jam sessions are organized on weekdays, and Bourbon St (6 Leidsedwaarsstraat). Latin American, African and Middle Eastern rhythms are very popular in Amsterdam. In Akhnaton (25 Nieuwezijdskolk) themed evenings are held throughout the month – from “Les Nuits Africains” to salsa and tango parties.
Amsterdamians fight the effects of heavy drinking with heavy meals. Someone who lives in the capital of the Netherlands for a long time may complain about the cuisine, less varied than in most major European cities, but a tourist still faces a huge choice. Among 900 restaurants there are also those that offer tasty sweet and sour dishes, e.g. exotic Indonesian dishes (especially rijsttafel). Many such venues are concentrated in the bustling Leidseplein area, but some of them are repelled by high prices and a fairly average level of cuisine.
The quiet, authentic and fashionable Kantijl en De Tijger (291 Spuistraat), specializing in dishes from Indonesia, is recommendable. There are also excellent fish restaurants in the city, e.g. Lucius (247 Spuistraat) and D’Theeboom – a French bistro based in an adapted warehouse (10 Singel). Looking for unusual culinary experiences, Amsterdam people often look into Cafe Americain (28 Leidseplein), which stands out with its beautiful Art Nouveau interior. Next to it, in Stadsschouwburg (26 Leidseplein), there are dance performances and performances in English, as well as performances of classic Dutch dramas. The stage sometimes hosts theater groups from other cities. Before or after the show, you can go to dinner at the neighboring Cafe Cox. Just go or take the tram a bit south to reach the largest concert hall in Amsterdam – Concertgebouw (98 Van Baerlestraat), where one of the greatest orchestras in the world performs.
After 24.00 the fun in discos begins for good. Escape (10 Rembrandtplein) attracts Amsterdamers of all ages and shapes, and Odeon (460 Singel, occupying a tenement house with a gable, adheres to the elegance of the yuppies style. Many people visit the disco at the Arena Hotel (51’s Gravesandsstraat). Sinners in Heaven (37 Wagenstraat) is a disco for fashionable dandy, and Dansen Bij Jansen (11 Handboogstraat) is the student kingdom. A crazy night can be ended in one of the “singing brown cafes” in Jordaan, a visit to one of them is a guarantee of good humor and wild choral singing. For real nightclubs waiting bars open until 5.00, sometimes even offering some food in the middle of the night. Recommended places of this type are Cafe De Koophandel (49 Bloemgracht) and P96 (96 Prinsengracht). Unfortunately, sometimes despite the best efforts, the night trip ends in intoxication The Amsterdam approach to the matter is best expressed by the sentence of bartenders: “Second Pi wo works only after the fourth “