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Bars & Clubs

Whether you're looking for a wild night out in the thick of Amsterdam's club scene, or a calmer evening spent sipping handcrafted beers in a local brown café, you'll find that Amsterdam's nightlife scene caters to a wide range of visitors.

Best Venues for Live Music in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a hotspot for live music, from classical to rock, world to jazz. And the venues for live music in Amsterdam are just as varied. These are my top picks.

De Nieuwe Anita
De Nieuwe Anita (The New Anita) is equal parts bar, club and cultural center in Amsterdam West.

SkyLounge - A Bar with a View
For drinks with a view, visitors can turn to the SkyLounge at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Oosterdokseiland.

Door 74 Cocktail Bar in Amsterdam
A swanky cocktail bar that's purposely hard to find and only accepts patrons with reservations, Door 74 recalls a time when ladies and gentlemen sipped spirits in a chic, civilized setting. The service here is as spectacular as the skillfully mixed drinks made with ingredients that will surprise you and leave you bored with lesser liquors for life.

Visit Wynand Fockink Tasting House in Amsterdam
Visit this tucked-away tasting house to sample traditional Dutch liqueurs in a 17th-century setting.

Amsterdam for Beer Lovers
You don't have to go to neighboring Belgium to find great beer; there's plenty in Amsterdam! Find a local brewery, tasting pubs and unique beer shops in Amsterdam.

Best Amsterdam Clubs for Non-Clubbers
For those of you who bristle at the thought of clubbing, don't rule out a visit to one of these Amsterdam clubs during your time here. Live music, unique location, unorthodox interior décor, Remember, these are still clubs, so dress accordingly.

Amsterdam Bars off the Beaten Path
If you're not interested in following the crowds of fellow visitors into the most touristy Amsterdam bars, have a look at my picks for Amsterdam bars off the beaten path.

Top Three Amsterdam Coffeeshops
These three classic Amsterdam coffeeshops, with a total of ten locations between them, are solid favorites for their product, atmosphere, customer service and extras.

Barney's Coffeeshop - Amsterdam Coffeeshop Review
Barney's Coffeeshop, on the cannabis-filled Haarlemmerstraat, has hands-down some of the best weed and hash in Amsterdam -- with a laid-back atmosphere and decent coffee to boot.

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