Launched in 1990, Bourbon Street is arguably one of the best live music venues 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.
Bitterzoet is a multifaceted bar and club where rotating DJs and touring bands rock the house with alternative rock, funk, electronic, and fusion beats. The two-floor venue features a balcony overlooking the stage and a lounge area furnished with chic seating. Two bars keep the lines short and the drinks flowing all night.
There's something always happening at this boisterous pub and nightspot located in Leideseplein. A perennial haunt of the city's young and restless, the bi-level Cafe Candela is home of some of the most happening parties in the area. Club nights attract talented DJs and an energetic crowd for a night of dancing. For those not into dancing, there's karaoke, open mic nights, and live music sessions every week. Regular drink specials keep the party going.
Gashouder is one of the most beautiful marvels of the Amsterdam city. This building is made of iron and steel and is often used as a backdrop for several commercial shootings and movies. Gashouder was formerly the biggest gasometer in all of Europe. However, now the place is used as a party venue and is well known for a lot of hip parties that the venue hosts. If you are looking to explore the city and have some fun times, this is the place to go.
This charming cafe in the De Jordaan district offers a wide range of drinks and food in a comfortable setting. The interior is dark and roomy, with several tables and bar stools arranged on a checkered floor. There is also space on a floating platform outside that is ideal during nice weather. In addition to the wide selection of beers, wines, coffees, and teas, the cafe has a full menu of snacks. You can choose from soups, salads or sandwiches to go with your drink.
A very well known destination among the gay community, Prik was founded by a gay couple. Located behind the Magna Plaza, this eatery and bar has welcoming interiors and decor. The service is good and the atmosphere cheerful, hence adding to the light mood of the place. The bar serves delicious cocktails and snacks and features DJs on weekends. As each day of the week is dedicated to a specific event at the Prik, a call before visiting would help.
Dating back to 1679, Wynand Fockink Proeflokaal & Liquor Store has been serving a variery of gins and liquors. Tucked away on a side alley, the small tasting room and liquor store is full of distilled beverages in its 17th-century ambiance. Considered to be among the oldest bars in Amsterdam, its vintage tasting room replete with antique bottles and period furnishing is a fabulous place to sip on age old Dutch liqueurs, genevers and draft beers. You can buy these artisan genevers and brandies from their store. They also give guided tours of the distillery and get a glimpse of how these liqueurs are crafted.
Amsterdam has quite a few Irish pubs and The Tara is one of the best. Located in Centrum, the Tara is a trendy pub frequented mainly by tourists and Brits who call Amsterdam their home. The interior is lovely with the highlight being an authentic fireplace to sit by during those long winter months. You can take the opportunity to play pool or watch premiership football matches on the TV. Musically, the Tara is a mixed bag. The live music is generally folk-sy American or Irish, whilst on other nights you are at the mercy of the bar personnel. The food is good, and drinks are slightly more expensive than at other places, but with a friendly atmosphere and charming interiors, the price does seem justified.
This is allegedly the first bar in Amsterdam that served imported beer. They now serve a huge collection of beers. There is a special list with short descriptions of every beer for the real enthusiast. Gollem is a small but popular place, and can not help but get crowded. The clientèle is diverse but the atmosphere is very nice and bubbly. The interior isn't too impressive - but then, they do not have a lot of space to work with. They serve somewhere around 8 draught beers and about 200 bottled beers, some of which pack a real punch. You'll find a nice selection of Belgian, Dutch, German, and British beers, but there are always options from the more obscure countries.
The Bulldog Mack is one of those places that has aged and grown with the people who frequent it and gets richer as it matures. Considered an important part of the local culture, it started serving a good variety of liquor, thus becoming one of the neighborhoods favorite watering holes. Still frequented by locals and tourists alike, it really is great sitting over the bar and having a lively conversation with the friendly folks around. If you're looking for more than food and conversations, you can watch the football matches on the big screen, take a few shots at the pool table or make use of the internet. Authentic Dutch food is cooked up in the kitchen below on certain days, check website for details.