What are the Party Hostels in Amsterdam like?
- Best Party hostels in Amsterdam: Flying Pig Downtown Hostel; St Christopher's Inn at the Winston
- Party hostels style: Fun hostels with bars and activities
- Craziness level: Fairly crazy, but mainly in the bar
- Parties on-site: Some live music at their on-site bars
- Pub Crawls: yes
As we have mentioned, Amsterdam is very popular destination for people looking to party and have fun, so it is not strange that the best party hostels of the city are also the best hostels overall. Choosing the best party hostel for you is easy. We recommend here hostels that are both great options if you want your hostel to be your party basecamp or if you want more comfort but meeting people to go out and party. Most hostels on the list have on-site bars and are always busy and lively with travellers having a good time and organising night outs.
Best Area to Stay in Amsterdam for Nightlife
Amsterdam is a perfect city for nightlife lovers, so there are a lot of areas for that. There are 2 major areas, that offer best nightclubs and bars of Amsterdam: the Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. The Rembrandtplein's nightclubs are conveniently located close to each other. Leidseplein's clubs, and bars are open until early morning (3-5 AM). If you want to listen to live music, then Leidseplein is a perfect option. Both areas are great for partying and will not leave you disappointed!
- 📍Best Party Hostel in Rembrandtplein: - St Christopher's Inn at the Winston
- 📍Best Party Hostel in Leidseplein: - Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
Nightlife in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most famous destinations for party seekers, mainly thanks to the exciting clubbing scene, the high number of hip bars and the friendly legal status of marijuana. Amsterdam is the electronic dance music (EDM) capital of the world, and it’s home to some of the top EMD DJs, so if you like EDM, you are in the right city! Of course, in Amsterdam’s party scene you can easily find other genres as well, whatever suits your taste. From techno, dub step and trance, to hip-hop or funk clubs, passing from rock bars and coffee shops with reggae music. The city attracts also tons of tourists as well, and hostels are always filled with people, both travelling solo and in groups, looking to meet other people and discover what the night has to offer in Amsterdam.
We have prepared this epic party guide for you so you get to know all the secrets that Amsterdam’s nightlife has to offer and all the best bars and clubs.
Basic information about nightlife in Amsterdam:
- Pubs and clubs closing times:
- Bars and pubs: Monday to Thursday until 01:00am – Weekends at 03:00am
- Clubs: Monday to Thursday until 04:00am – Weekends at 05:00am
- Average cover charge for clubs: from €5 to €20 (without drink)
- Average price of pint of beer: €4.50
- Famous neighbourhoods for partying: Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein and the areas of the Red Light District and Dam Square
- Famous events or parties: Koningsdag (King's Day) on the 27 th of April
Best Party Areas in Amsterdam
The big clubs in Amsterdam are in the outskirts of the city, but there are 4 areas near the city centre where you can find anything from coffee shops to pubs and clubs. The Red Light District, Dam Square (just besides), Leidseplein y Rembrandtplein. Another interesting area for a more chill day time going out, is Jordaan, an alternative area full of cool cafés.
If you are interested in clubbing, as the clubs are far from the city centre and you might need to plan a bit in advance, we recommend you to check Partyflock to find the hottest club and music parties in town. This site offers a comprehensive list of events, with info about the genre of music in the club that night. That way you can make sure your long trip to the club is for a party you will enjoy!
Party in Dam Square
Right at the back of Dam Square, Amsterdam’s Red Light District is famous for the streets filled with windows showcasing prostitutes and strip clubs. But this neighbourhood also have a wide offer of unique and interesting shops, Dutch brown cafes and bars with a quirky atmosphere.
For a more ordinary atmosphere, head to the St Christopher's at the Winston hostel’s bar Belushi’s or to the Red Light Bar . The area around Dam Square, even though a bit more touristy, has also quite a few cool bars.
Party in Leidseplein district
Leidseplein is the most popular party area of Amsterdam, and not only for tourists. Both tourists and locals crawl its streets full of pubs, small clubs and big venues. Some of the best clubs in Amsterdam are in this area, and here is where you will find the clubs that stay open until 5 am.
But the neighbourhood also have more options than just crazy party. It offers a few good international restaurants, some chill bars where you can enjoy a quiet beer, as well as the regular Amsterdam coffee shop where you can find all types of marijuana products.
- Cafe Amsterdamned is a great option for pub, with happy hours and special offers on beer.
- The Bulldog Palace grand café is also a very popular destination for party-goers in the area and it’s busy pretty much every night.
- Melkweg (Milky Way) is one of the most famous venues of Amsterdam. Located in an old dairy factory, the Melkweg was an important part of the counterculture movement in Amsterdam on the 1960s
- Paradiso is another classic in Amsterdam’s nightlife. Housed in a former church building, this club venue offers concerts from internationally famous artists and DJs, as well as organise regular parties every weekend.
Other cool pubs in Leidseplein are Hoopman Irish Bar and Dan Murphy’s Irish pub .
Party in Rembrandtplein district
Another famous and lively party area right between the Dam Square and Leidseplein, only 10 minutes walking distance from each of them. It was normally an area to hang-out in the afternoon before going clubbing to the other areas, but this little square has lately gained its own reputation for a party centre and numerous pubs, coffee shops and clubs are always bustling and busy with people having a good time.
Some time ago, Rembrandtplein was where you could find Amsterdam's gay scene, with many gay clubs around the street Reguliersdwarsstraat. Today, has a more varied offering and, although the gay scene is quite alive in Rembrandtplein, you can find many other gay clubs around other parts of the city the city, like Fuxx on Warmoesstraat.
- Escape is one of the biggest and most famous clubs in Amsterdam, it features different floors offering different styles: house, electro, techno and pop. Hosting some of the most famous local DJs as well as world-famous DJs including Tiësto, David Guetta, etc.
- Studio 80 is one of the most famous clubs for underground electronica, house and techno. With a 24h license, they organised several times a year 24 hours parties, where great DJs from all over the world come for uninterrupted 24 hours of partying.
Other cool clubs in Rembrandtplein are Club Air , Feestcafe and St James’s Gate.
Dress codes & age restrictions
Amsterdam is a very relaxed and casual city in general, and this is visible as well in the door policies of the nightlife venues. Most bars, pubs and clubs allow you to enter dressing casual, with jeans and sneakers being accepted as long as you look cool, clean and not too drunk or stoned. Arriving in big groups might give you some troubles in some places, especially if you are mostly guys. Breaking up into various smaller groups could be a good idea. There are a few clubs that enforce strict dress code though, like Escape. Check the website or ask the staff in your hostel for tips and recommendations depending on the clubs you are going to hit.