Amsterdam is rightly known as something of a hedonist’s playground. But forget the clichés – this city has so much more to offer than just pub crawls, coffeeshop culture, and the debauchery of the Red Light District. Its club scene is one of the best in Europe, thanks in no small part to the decision in 2014 to appoint a nachtburgemeester – a night mayor. With a remit to protect and grow the night-time economy, the emphasis shifted to quality, not quantity, and alongside the introduction of several long-overdue policy changes, such as the introduction of 24-hour licences, the city’s clubbers have never had it so good. Serious heads now come from all over to experience big-name DJs in brutalist bunkers and former squats. So if you want to dance the night away in style, steer clear of the tacky, overpriced mega-clubs around Rembrantplein and Leidseplein and head instead to one of these hip hangouts.
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