Canal Belt Nightlife, Amsterdam

A major cosmopolitan city with an absolutely electrifying nightlife scene, Amsterdam offers a variety of entertainment, from live music to underground house music, including ultra-chic to casual hangouts. Amsterdam is also home to variety of bars and clubs located inside historic buildings, allowing some of these former establishments to live on thematically, including the industrial chic of a former printing house, the heavenly theme of a converted church with large stained glass windows still intact, and more. Take this Nightlife Tour of Amsterdam's Canal Belt and discover what this great city is all about.
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Canal Belt Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Canal Belt Nightlife
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: Xena
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Paradiso

1) Paradiso

Located on de Weteringschans, adjacent to Leidseplein, a center for tourism and nightlife in the city, Paradiso is converted from a 19th century church. Opening its doors in 1968, Paradiso has become one of Amsterdam's most popular concert venues, boasting a large stage equipped with two balconies and three large lighted church windows. In addition to being a concert venue, Paradiso also hosts DJ gigs equipped with plenty of dance floor and bars throughout the club. Two smaller stages are located in the basement and on the upper level of the club. The main hall holds a capacity of 1500 occupants while a smaller hall can hold up to 250 guests.

Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday: 7 pm – 3 am
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Club Up

2) Club Up

Set apart from the touristy crowds of nearby Leidseplein, this discreet club is sponsored by the De Kring society of artists. Normally closed to non-members, on particular nights Club Up opens its doors to the general public and the venue hosts guest DJs on its two floors that play a blend of underground hip-hop, deep house and soul to go along with the laid-back and intimate feel of this small club. Hosting parties with an artistic edge, Club Up regularly attracts a hip and eccentric crowd, including fashionable and trend-setting crowds of all ages. This venue also hosts after parties for major events such as the Fringe Festival and the Amsterdam Dance Event.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Friday: 11 pm – 4 am, Saturday: 11 pm – 5.30 am
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Chicago Social Club

3) Chicago Social Club

A hip little venue offering both a club experience as well as a trendy bar scene, the Chicago Social club features a diverse lineup of entertainment from techno to hip hop. Located in the center of Amsterdam’s Leidsesquare the Chicago Social Club has become a notable hangout for many locals since its opening in 2011. If you’re looking for the intimacy of a bar, the Chicago Social Club can be a good low-key place to drink with friends, as well as the only place around to buy a drink any day of the week until 4 AM. Its two floors offer and balcony area feature lots of cozy corners with couches to relax on.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8 pm – 4 am; Friday – Saturday: 8 pm – 5 am; Sunday: 8 pm – 4 am
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Jimmy Woo

4) Jimmy Woo

Offering an international allure, Jimmy Woo opened up in 2003 and is the place one might spot a celebrity or two. Offering two floors with distinguished decor, upstairs features an Asian style bar complete with Indonesian tables and Japanese screens. Jimmy Woo's stunning blend of traditional and modern design cues give it a certain distinction not found in many other Amsterdam nightclubs. Downstairs offers another bar as well as a spacious dance floor. The ceiling is adorned with over 11,000 bulbs that that synch in various patterns to the music. Although the requirements for getting into this exclusive club are not well-known, Jimmy Woo enforces a strict door policy.

Operation Hours: Thursday: 11 pm – 3 am; Friday – Saturday: 11 pm - 4 am; Sunday: 8 pm - 1 am
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Sugar Factory

5) Sugar Factory

Labeling itself as a “cutting-edge multi-disciplinary night theatre”, the Sugar Factory blurs the boundaries between clubbing and performance art. Situated in the center of the city near Leidseplein, the Sugar Factory holds a capacity of 550 guests and usually features performance artists alongside its assortment of guest DJs. These elements add a unique air to this great nightclub. Located inside a former theater, it is equipped with a large stage looking over the main dancefloor which features enticingly-dressed dancers to get the crowd going. Weekly parties are sponsored by Wicked Jazz Sounds and include DJs, live musicians, and improv actors. Electronation night features some of Amsterdam’s most promising talent, including the sounds of Max Cooper and Mason providing regular entertainment. Other entertainment comes in a variety of sounds including an eclectic blend of local talent.

Operation Hours: Thursday and Sunday: 9 pm — 4 am; Friday – Saturday: 9 pm — 5 am
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Melkweg

6) Melkweg

Nearby Leidseplein in the center of Amsterdam, Melkweg, which translates into Milky Way, is one of most popular nightclubs in the city. Open since the 70s, Melkweg was converted from a dairy factory to include a number of multi-purpose rooms. The bottom floor features two performances spaces. The Max holds a capacity of 1500 occupants and the Oude Zaal holds up to 700 guests. The club also includes a gallery and a restaurant. Upstairs features several smaller rooms including two theaters. Opened in 2009, the Rabozaal features large-scale theater performances throughout the year. Offering events involving music, dance, theater, film, photograph, and multimedia art, Melkweg has become a cultural center for Amsterdam and the surrounding region since its birth out of the 1960s counterculture movement. Melkweg is also a popular place for both locals and tourists to go dancing, attracting a young and eclectic crowd.

Operation Hours: Open till 5 am
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OT301

7) OT301

Located in an old building that was previously used for squatting by a group of artists, as well as the headquarters for the environmental group European Youth for Action, OT301 is now considered a cultural center in the city. Hosting parties, concerts, and even film nights, as this location also once served as a film school, OT301 also houses De Peper, a vegan restaurant. OT301 is also hosts art workshops and houses music studios and a small non-profit shop. Playing a mix of underground sounds, guests will be entertained a by a mix of drum and bass, acid house, and dubstep music. Drink prices are affordable and the décor is decidedly anarchic, as its roots have helped to define.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 6 pm – 1 am; Friday – Saturday: 6 pm – 3 am; Sunday: 6 pm – 1 am

Walking Tours in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Amsterdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old Side Walking Tour

Old Side Walking Tour

Amsterdam's Old Side or Oude Zijde in Dutch is a neighborhood of true contrast. On one side we have centuries old medieval buildings, churches and landmarks, and on the other hand we have the Red Light District, which is not in fact a district, but an area within the Oude Zijde of Amsterdam.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Jordaan Walking Tour

Jordaan Walking Tour

The Jordaan is a district of the city of Amsterdam. It was originally a working class neighborhood, but in recent years it has become quite upscale and home to many museums and art galleries, particularly those focused on modern art. The district is also dotted with specialty shops, markets and restaurants. This tour is a perfect opportunity to see the main attractions of the district of Jordaan.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Old Center Gay Nightlife

Old Center Gay Nightlife

Amsterdam is second to none when it comes to tolerance and respect for individual uniqueness. This intimate city is an iconic gay destination and offers a wide range of gay bars and clubs. Follow this tour to visit some of the best rated gay venues in Amsterdam's Old Center.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
New Side (Dam Square) Walking Tour

New Side (Dam Square) Walking Tour

This walking tour takes you to and around New Side (Dam Square) in the historic center of Amsterdam whose notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most popular and important locations in the city, much as the whole of the Netherlands. The tour's highlights include the Centraal Station, the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century Gothic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, and the National Monument.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Old Center Museums Walk

Old Center Museums Walk

Amsterdam is home to more than 50 museums and galleries reflecting the city's cultural diversity and appealing to a wide range of visitors. This self-guided tour is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the most attractive museums located in Amsterdam's Old Center, such as the Maritime Museum and the NEMO science center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Amsterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Amsterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km

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