Near Amsterdam's second most important amusement area, the Leidseplein, lies this small jazz pub with a short bar and just a few tables and chairs. Dimly lit, the cafe has a rustic charm to it with its soft candles and lanterns. Alto has been entertaining jazz lovers for more than 50 years and you will find the plastered photo walls of jazz greats quite alluring. The wooden floors adds to the mystique of the place while the nightly live performances gives it an ethereal aura to it. Go there if you are a jazz enthusiast, you might just love the place.
Launched in 1990, Bourbon Street is arguably the best live music venue in Amsterdam. This place is a great choice if you're looking to experience a vibe akin to music clubs in the 1920s. Its retro ambiance is a great backdrop for blues, jazz, reggae and alternative rock. Their stage has been graced by the likes of BB King, Bruce Springsteen, and Joss Stone.
One of the oldest Irish pubs in Amsterdam, Mulligans is always alive with cheer and fun. On the menu are Irish staples like Guinness and Kilkenny on tap, as well as a large selection of regional whiskies. Live performances, mostly Celtic based, provide the background music of the night. Occasionally they host open mic sessions that are open to amateur musicians. Their staff is friendly and the atmosphere mirrors that of a lively pub in Ireland. You know you are in for a good time when you are at Mulligans.
Pacific Parc is a great place to try steak sandwich and other tasty Dutch dishes along with great music. Popular DJs play good music, tempting enough to make you get up from your seat to dance on the tune, while occasional live music will set your foot tapping. This place believes in customizing its menu according to the season. Kids have a special menu designed for them. So rest assured, when you visit this eatery, you will be served seasons best with all the freshness wrapped inside the food.
Jimmy Woo is a happening nightclub on Amsterdam’s party circuit. Named after a fictional Hong Kong triad boss, the decor at this establishment finds inspiration in Oriental brasseries of the 1960s. Replete with copper lamps, suede upholstery and unique antiques, the ambiance at this place is one-of-a-kind. Grab a cocktail at its quaint bar counter that is adorned with skulls and bones, and enjoy music by popular DJs.
In de Wildeman may just be the best beer bar in Amsterdam. It is housed in an old distillery from 1690 just off the Nieuwezijds Kolk. The clientele consists of beer lovers who come from all over the world. Roughly 18 draught beers are available at any given time, along with around 150 bottled beers. Of course, the beers are changed regularly to avoid boredom and there are special themed weeks in which certain beers are celebrated, so there's always something new to sample.