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Places to eat and drink • Critics’ choice

Places to see art and culture • Critics’ choice


Clubbing • Critics’ choice

Jimmy Woo's

  • Critics choice

Amsterdam has never seen anything quite so luxuriously cosmopolitan as Jimmy Woo's. You, too, can marvel at the lounge area filled with a mixture of modern and antique furniture and then confirm for yourself the merits of its bootylicious light design and sound system.

  1. Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18
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Air

  • Critics choice

Like a phoenix from the ashes, a new large club has risen in the same location as now-defunct Club It. Musically, the offerings are varied. Thursdays have tended to be creative, arty, interactive nights where house prevails, whereas Fridays have a more techno feel. On

  1. Amstelstraat 16
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Melkweg

  • Critics choice

A former dairy (the name translates as 'Milky Way'), the Melkweg acts as a home away from home for music of all styles, and thus draws a suitably eclectic crowd. Its two decent-sized concert halls offer a full programme year-round; after a refit in 2007, which brought

  1. Lijnbaansgracht 234a
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Bars and pubs • Critics’ choice

Hiding in Plain Sight

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

On a corner in the north-eastern outskirts of the Jodenbuurt, cocktail gem HPS lives up to its name. Upon entry, the small ground-level bar and cramped seating area don’t seem to offer much more than the staff’s smiles. Up a flight of steps, however, a luxuriantly

  1. Rapenburg 18
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't Arendsnest

  • Critics choice

A temple to the humble hop, the 'Eagle's Nest', in a lovely canal house, sells only Dutch beer. Many of the customers are real-ale types, but even amateurs will enjoy the 350 standard brews and 250 seasonal, from cheeky house ale Herengracht 90 to Texelse Skuumkoppe.

  1. Herengracht 90
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Prik

  • Critics choice

Queer or not - Prik is hot. Indeed, true to the bar's slogan this venue attracts a diverse crowd who enjoy its delicious snacks, groovy sounds and special events such as the After Shopping Cocktail Sale and Speeddate evenings.

  1. Spuistraat 109
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