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  • 1. 't Smalle

    Jordaan | Bars/Pubs

    Set with Golden Age chandeliers, leaded-glass windows, and the patina of centuries, this charmer is one of Amsterdam's most glorious spots....Read More

  • 2. Alto

    Leidseplein | Bars/Pubs

    Hear top notch local ensembles in the jam-packed and ultraintimate environment of one of Amsterdam's oldest jazz joints. A little Latin can...Read More

  • 3. Bimhuis

    Oosterdok | Music Clubs

    The best-known jazz place in town occupies the utterly awesome Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Everyone from fans of the old legends to those of the...Read More

  • 4. Café Krom

    Rembrandtplein | Bars/Pubs

    Bruno the bartender is as much a fixture at this local café as its lovingly restored Art Deco features. High ceilings give a more spacious feel...Read More

  • 5. Café Tabac

    Jordaan | Cafes–Nightlife

    One of the best modern cafés in the Jordaan commands a charming corner between Brouwersgracht and Prinsengracht. The staff are friendly and...Read More

  • 6. De Nieuwe Anita

    Music Clubs

    The quirky Nieuwe Anita, darling of the alternative crowd, is home to screenings of cult classics, spoken-word nights, and live gigs put on...Read More

  • 7. Hannekes Boom

    Oosterdok | Cafes–Nightlife

    This hippie hot spot offers a waterfront terrace, boat access, and live music some nights. ...Read More

  • 8. Hiding in Plain Sight (HPS)

    Plantage | Bars/Pubs

    The speakeasy-esqe HPS is a properly indie cocktail mecca whose infamous rum-based concoction, "The Walking Dead," has indeed left many locals...Read More

  • 9. PRIK

    Centrum | Bars/Pubs

    This highly popular bar is situated rather off-the-beaten-path—which was exactly the intention of its founding gay couple, as they aim to be...Read More

  • 10. The College Hotel

    Museum District | Cafes–Nightlife

    Looking for a little New Amsterdam in Old Amsterdam? Stop by the lounge-bar of this hotel, where dark oak floors, a fireplace, sleek black tables...Read More

  • 11. Wynand Fockink

    Centrum | Bars/Pubs

    This is Amsterdam's most famous—and miraculously its least hyped— proeflokaal (tasting room). Opened in 1679, this dimly lighted, blithely...Read More

  • 12. Abraxas

    Centrum | Cafes–Nightlife

    Down a small alley, just a stone's throw from the Dam, you'll come upon what would seem to be the multilevel home of a family of hip hobbits...Read More

  • 13. Air

    Rembrandtplein | Dance Clubs

    Although spacious, Air aims for an intimate vibe, with loads of dimly lighted nooks and multiple bars. If you're traveling with a crowd, know...Read More

  • 14. Amnesia

    Jordaan | Cafes–Nightlife

    The dark interior is more than compensated for by the canalside terrace, where you can smoke your weed while watching the boats pass by. Off...Read More

  • 15. Amstel Fifty Four

    Rembrandtplein | Bars/Pubs

    Formerly known as Amstel Taveerne, this is still a gay-friendly bruine kroeg . Tankards and brass pots hanging from the ceiling reflect the...Read More

  • 16. Amstelhoeck

    Nieuwmarkt | Cafes–Nightlife

    Jutting out of the music theater Stopera, this grand café is the perfect point for a pre- or post-performance drink or meal. The staff are as...Read More

  • 17. Bar Bukowski

    Amsterdam-Oost | Bars/Pubs

    This local hot spot in the up-and-coming East has a sunny corner terrace facing the Oosterpark and a weekend cocktail spot, Henry's Bar, in...Read More

  • 18. Bitterzoet

    Centrum | Dance Clubs

    An adventurous and diverse program of entertainment includes DJs, live bands, and even theater. When it comes to music, hip-hop, funk, and soul...Read More

  • 19. Bourbon Street Jazz & Blues Club

    Leidseplein | Music Clubs

    Mainstream blues and jazz are served up to a largely out-of-town clientele, but it does the job—and a late one at that, open until 5 in the...Read More

  • 20. Brouwerij 't IJ

    Amsterdam-Oost | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Perched under a windmill on the eastern outskirts of the city is an evocative, if out-of-the-way, microbrewery where Kasper Peterson offers...Read More

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