Flying Pig Downtown Hostel
Fun hostel with friendly atmosphere and great location very close to Dam Square. Common areas are always busy with travellers hanging out and meeting each other. Chilling lounge with pillows in the smoking area, vibrant hostel bar with cheap drinks and local DJs playing every weekend. Regular events like beer pong, pool competition, karaoke nights and more. Great place to meet people.
Average dorm price: 29.9 €
St Christopher's Inn at the Winston
Perfectly located fun hostel, just 5-minutes’ walk from the Red Light District. Their on-site bar restaurant has great food and drinks promotions, and it is always lively with both travellers and locals. The hostel also offers a large beer garden, an indoor smoking area and a pool table. Nightly free walking tour and pub crawl. Right besides a fun nightclub, Winston Kingdom Club.
Average dorm price: 30.9 €
Clink NOORD Hostel
Perfectly located, just a short walk away from downtown. Common areas are hosting regular activities like table tennis tournaments, game nights, movie marathons, quiz nights, etc. Buzzing on-site bar is always crowded with locals and travellers. Daily happy hours and great discounts on drinks are a perfect way to start the night
Average dorm price: 25.02 €
Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
Fun party hostel with amazing vibes and nice atmosphere. The guests can enjoy free breakfast served every morning. The afternoons and evenings are when most of the activities are happening like daily parties and games nights. On-site bar with nice music is always crowded with people.
Average dorm price: 24.15 €
Meininger Hostel Amsterdam
Modern social hostel with original décor and amazing staff. Well-located, just a few minutes from the party center of Amsterdam, with plenty of pubs and club. Vibrant on-site café and bar offer the best coffee and cocktails in the city. Games area is a great social spot for bonding with other travellers.
Average dorm price: 17.0 €
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
Amsterdam is a party city, so it is not strange that the best party hostels are also the best hostels overall. Choosing the best party hostel is easy, as the hostels we recommend here are both great options if you want your hostel to be your party basecamp. Both hostels have on-site bars and are always busy and lively with travellers having a good time.
Nightlife in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most famous destinations for party seekers, mainly thanks to its Red Light District, the exciting clubbing scene, the number of hip bars and the friendly legal status of marijuana. In Amsterdam’s party scene you can easily find whatever suits your taste, from DJs playing techno, dub step and trance, to hip-hop or fuck clubs, or rock bars and coffee shops with reggae music. The city attracts tons of tourists as well, and hostels are always filled with people, both solo travelling and in groups, looking to meet other people and discover what the night has to offer in Amsterdam.
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: €4.46
- 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 near the centre there is 4 main areas 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, but for day time, is Jordaan, an alternative area full of cool cafés.
Red Light district and Dam Square
Right at the back of Dam Square, Amsterdam’s Red Light District is famous for the prostitution and the streets filled with windows showcasing prostitutes that will try to lure you to get in. But this neighbourhood also have a wide offer of unique and interesting shops, peep shows, strip clubs, clubs and Dutch brown cafes. If you are brave enough, there is even a few very famous live sex shows at the Theatres Casa Rosso and Moulin Rouge. For a more normal 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.
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 of Amsterdam. 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 bar, with happy hours and special offers on beer, or the Bulldog Palace grand café, which is a very popular destination for party-goers. For clubs, head to the internationally famous Melkweg or Paradiso.
Another lively area right between the Red Light District and Leidseplein, only 10 minutes walking distance from each of them. It is the perfect 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, although the scene is quite alive, you can also find many other gay clubs around the city, like Fuxx on Warmoesstraat. Escape and Studio 80 are the most famous bars in Rembrandtplein. The first features different floors offering different styles: the Lounge, Studio, Caffe, Club and deLux rooms. 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.
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.