Nightlife in Amsterdam encompasses everything from beer pubs to night clubs to restaurants that double as discos. On the Leidseplein, there's something to suit every preference. Simply strolling down the sidewalk in the evenings could bring you encounters with street performers of all kinds. In the general vicinity, you'll find energetic clubs and discos as well as restaurants and plenty of souvenir shops selling trinkets, art, and antiques.
If clubs are your thing, be sure to dress smart. Similar to clubs in Las Vegas, getting past the bouncer will often mean looking your best. The biggest disco in the city, Escape, is among the most popular clubs for its dance music, huge dance floor, and hi-tech décor. The club hosts exclusive parties, including "Chemistry Night" on Saturdays.
Akhnaton is a nightclub that focuses on world flavours, showcasing music from various countries. Music nights could include Latino, Salsa, or African sounds. They also feature hip hop and jazz sessions. The club atmosphere is relaxed, but it's still one of those places that people visit to see and be seen.
Jazz lovers should head out to Bimhuis. Everything from contemporary jazz to blues or Latino music plays here. The club has hosted numerous bands and seen performances from jazz musicians such as Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Bourbon Street is another jazz and blues bar with great live music. The atmosphere is fun and unpredictable, rather like a jazz tune.
Korsakoff was once popular for its alternative scene. It has since broadened its scope to include rock, gothic, grunge, metal, hip-hop, and punk rock. A bar with a pool table and balcony overlooks the busy dance floor.
Mulligan's Irish Music Bar is one of several Irish bars in the city. Its artsy patrons have gained it a reputation as an artistic meeting place. The music could be Irish, country and western, or even Greek. The bar prides itself on being a mixed bag that's open and welcoming to everyone.
For a more upscale experience, head out to Palladium. A restaurant by day, most people find it easier to get past the bouncers by coming in for a late lunch and staying until the discotheque opens. The prices are on the high side due to the location and upscale exclusive nature of the nightclub.
Ladies traveling alone have a special bar all to themselves. You II in the city center caters only to women and is open four nights a week. Live performances are usually scheduled twice a month.