Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Southern Canal Ring

Door 74

You'll need to leave a voice message or, better yet, send a text for a reservation to gain entry to this speakeasy behind an unmarked door. Some of Amsterdam's most amazing cocktails are served in a classy, dark-tim…
Top Choice Bar in Southern Canal Ring

Bar Moustache

Designed by lifestyle magazine editor Stella Willing, this loft-style, exposed brick, New York–esque bar mixes up communal and private tables. It's a hotspot for hip locals, who make a beeline for the bar's window s…
Top Choice Club in Southern Canal Ring

Air

Big names like Pete Tong cut loose on the awesome sound system at it-club Air, which has interiors – including a tiered dance floor – by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Thoughtful touches include lockers and refillab…
Grand Cafe in Southern Canal Ring

Café Americain

Nicknamed 'Amsterdam's living room', this splendid art nouveau 1902 grand café is in the Amsterdam American Hotel. Its huge stained-glass windows overlook Leidseplein; within, it's all potted palms, whirring fans an…
Coffeeshop in Southern Canal Ring

The Otherside

This buzzing choice has designer chandeliers and a lively, laid-back vibe. It's on the neighbourhood's main gay street and is favoured by a mixed crowd.
Cocktail Bar in Southern Canal Ring

NJOY

Creative cocktails at this decidedly foxy bar are grouped by personality. 'Seductive' drinks are extremely creamy, with chocolate and mascarpone, 'sparkling star' drinks are champagne-based, 'dreamer' drinks are fru…
Brown Cafe in Southern Canal Ring

Eijlders

During WWII, this stained-glass-trimmed bruin café (traditional Dutch pub) was a meeting place for artists who refused to toe the cultural line imposed by the Nazis, and the spirit lingers on. It's still an artists'…
Coffeeshop in Southern Canal Ring

Bulldog Palace

Bulldog's as corporate as a coffeeshop gets, with a chain of outlets, a hotel and merchandise, but it's one of the oldest and most famous in Amsterdam. Housed in a former police station, it has two sides: one for sm…
Club in Southern Canal Ring

Escape

Running since the '90s, this huge club gets busy with a happy crowd of 20-somethings, here for the cream of local and international DJs, who rock several dance floors with a soundtrack of house, electro, techno and …
Club in Southern Canal Ring

Jimmy Woo

It's been around a while, but super-luxe Jimmy Woo is still the go-to place for a crowd of beautiful young things. Its sultry look is by designer Thijs Murré, and the lower floor has a ceiling covered in tiny lights…