Music & Nightlife

Discover the best Amsterdam clubs, cabaret and places to see live music



Best cabaret and alternative nightlife

Bitterzoet

  • Critics choice

This busy, comfy and casual bar triples as a venue for theatre and music. Both bands and DJs tend to embrace the jazzy, world and urban side of sound, as demonstrated by once-a-monther Crime Jazz: words, poetry and beyond. DJ Maestro has set up camp, sampling Blue Note

  1. Spuistraat 2
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Nachttheater Sugar Factory

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This 'night theatre' has found its niche as a place where performance meets clubbing. Every night brings a show of some kind, be it photos, classical dancers, MCs in various shapes and sizes, or actors mixing with the crowds. Monthly Vreemd ('Weird') nights see

  1. Lijnbaansgracht 238
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De Kleine Komedie

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Amsterdam's oldest theatre (built in 1786) and one of its most important, De Kleine Komedie is the nation's premier cabaret stage, though it also offers a wide range of musical acts. Extremely popular with locals, it's one of the more characterful theatrical venues in

  1. Amstel 56-58
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Meervaart

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Its modern architecture and peripheral location do nothing for its ambience, but the Meervaart does offer an interesting mix of cabaret and theatre shows, along with a mish-mash of musical styles.

  1. Meer en Vaart 300
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Amsterdam’s best LGBT clubs

Queen's Head

  • Critics choice

The Queen’s is a fun and attitude-free gay bar with a similarly minded clientele, plus a great view over a canal at the back. It holds regular special nights, with drag acts and DJs. It also hosts parties on King’s Day, plus bear nights, football nights (during the

  1. Zeedijk 20
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Club NYX

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Critics choice

Gay Street stalwart Club Exit has been reborn as mixed Club NYX, named for the Greek Goddess of the Night. Three floors offer distinct vibes – making liberal use of graffiti, glitter and concrete – and a toilet DJ keeps the party going while you wash your hands at

  1. Reguliersdwarsstraat 42
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Church

  • Critics choice

The more extrovert end of the gay spectrum is well represented by cruising club Church. It has it all plus more: a bar with Greek-style columns, a stage perfect for drag-queen acts, a great sound and light system and various dark, dark chambers... Cheeky theme nights

  1. Kerkstraat 52
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Where to see live music

  1. ArenA Boulevard 1
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Paradiso

  • Critics choice
  1. Weteringschans 6-8
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Heineken Music Hall

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  1. ArenA Boulevard 590
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Ziggo Dome

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  1. De Passage 100
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De Nieuwe Anita

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  1. Frederik Hendrikstraat 111
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Concertgebouw

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  1. Concertgebouwplein 2-6
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Melkweg

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  1. Lijnbaansgracht 234a
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Muziektheater

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