Feeling like going out tonight? How about meeting some friends for a drink or two? Below are some of the most popular bars and clubs for expats in the Netherlands.
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam
Bimhuis is one of the Netherlands’ biggest concert venues. It has 225 seats and 150 standing places, and hosts over 300 concerts annually.
Zeedijk 4-8, 1012 AX Amsterdam
Skek is a cozy bar tucked away near the red-light district in Amsterdam.
Marnixstraat 164-166, 1016 TG Amsterdam
Cafe Sound Garden is a true rock bar, with truly cheap drinks, located in the West of Amsterdam.
Gravenstraat 2, 1012 NM Amsterdam
Cafe Belgique is a cosy bar that offers a wide selection of speciality Belgian beers in the centre of Amsterdam.
Rozengracht 160, 1016 Amsterdam
Cafe Struik is a fun bar on Rozengracht which offers fine dining, tasty drinks and famously amazing burgers.
Lijnbaansgracht 238, 1017 RC Amsterdam
Sugarfactory is a dance hall / concert venue in Amsterdam.
Wolvenstraat 16, 1016 EP Amsterdam
Cafe Brix is a spacious and friendly bar-restaurant in the Nine Streets in Amsterdam. Its interior is cheerfully decorated and its staff are always welcoming.
Beukenplein 27, 1092 BB Amsterdam
Maxwell Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. As well as delicious food, wines and beers on tap, Maxwell Cafe offers delicious cocktails. There are weekly events ranging from pub quizzes to live music performances.
Jonge Roelensteeg 21, 1012 Amsterdam
Supperclub is, hands down, Amsterdam’s quirkiest dining experience. Having dinner at Supperclub is nothing like an ordinary meal. The club offers themed nights, from cabaret performances to "cocktail suppers," designed to push the boundaries of acceptability and stimulate all the senses.
Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam
Canvas is located on the 7th floor of the former Volkskrantgebouw building. What used to be a place to eat your lunch and discuss journalism is now a booming club, restaurant and exhibition place with a terrific view.
Eerste van der Helststraat 62 Amsterdam
Chocolate Bar is a trendy hang-out in the heart of De Pijp in Amsterdam.
Prinsengracht 411, 1016 HM Amsterdam
Vyne Bar is all about the wine!
Admiraal de Ruijterweg 56b Amsterdam
Club 8 is a spacious bar which also offers perhaps Amsterdam’s best pool-hall.
De Club Up
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 26-1 Amsterdam
De Club Up is a popular bar located just off Leidsplein in Amsterdam, which miraculously doesn’t attract the usual tourist crowd.
Klonneplein 4-6, 1014 DD Amsterdam
WesterUnie is a large dance venue in Amsterdam’s Klonneplein. Although it’s only been running since 2007, this club already has a reputation for hosting great events.
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 82 Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s Whisky Cafe L&B is the city’s most important venue for whisky aficionados.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 87, 1017 BK Amsterdam
De Duivel is the oldest venue in Amsterdam which specialises in Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop and DJ performances.
De Nieuwe Anita
Frederik Hendrikstraat 111 Amsterdam
De Nieuwe Anita is an intimate, underground bar located in the West of Amsterdam.
Cafe Pakhuis Wilhelmina
Veemkade 576, 1019 BL Amsterdam
Cafe Pakhuis Wilhelmina is a bar, cafe and concert venue in Amsterdam.
Warmoesstraat 131, 1012 JA Amsterdam
Winston offers some of Amsterdam’s rowdiest nights out!
Hard Rock Cafe
Max Euweplein 57-61, 1017 Amsterdam
In the center of Amsterdam one will find great American classic dining and a museum's worth of rock memorabilia at Hard Rock Cafe.
Amstelstraat 16, 1017 DA Amsterdam
Club Air is a high-profile club in Amsterdam. It hosts big DJs as well as supporting local events.
Roetersstraat 170, 1018 WE Amsterdam
Kriterion has a cosy, laid back atmosphere, and a "home away from home" feeling that so many of the guests enjoy every day.
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18, 1017 RC Amsterdam
Jimmy Woo is an upmarket club and bar located near Leidseplein in Amsterdam.
Lijnbaansgracht 234a, 1017 PH Amsterdam
Melkweg, located just off Leidseplein, is one of Amsterdam’s biggest club venues.
Amstel 100, 1017 AC Amsterdam
Mulligans is an Irish bar on the Amstel with an authentically friendly Irish atmosphere.
Chicago Social Club
Leidseplein 12, 1017 PT Amsterdam
Chicago Social Club is a popular bar and part-time club in Amsterdam’s Leidseplein. Despite its location, its crowd consists of not tourists but locals.
Singel 460, 1017 AW Amsterdam
Odeon is situated on one of the prime locations in Amsterdam: Singel 460, close to Leidseplein and Damrak. Odeon hosts club nights and concerts, playing music from house to pop.
Overtoom 301, 1054 HW Amsterdam
OT301 used to be a squatter's den, but now it is a multi-purpose space that hosts various art exhibitions, film and theater performances, workshops and underground parties with music ranging from reggae and dubstep till new wave and electro.
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 45, 1017 PW Amsterdam
Suzy Wong is the sister bar of Jimmy Woo, located just across the street.
Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam
Amstel 194-196, 1017 AG Amsterdam
Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam, the first ice bar in the Netherlands, opened in 2006 and as expected, (almost) everything including the walls, the bar, even the glasses, is made of ice!
Polonceaukade 23, 1014 DA Amsterdam
Pacific Parc is one of Amsterdam’s authentic rock’n’roll bars. Serving up a heavy helping of rock’n’roll, including swing hits from the fifties and anthems from the last decade, Pacific Parc keeps visitors dancing till the early hours.
Weteringschans 6-8 Amsterdam
Paradiso is one of Amsterdam’s most famous venues. Converted from an old church, it opened in 1968 as a "Cosmic Relaxation Centre."
Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam
Doka is a club from the masterminds behind Canvas - one of the most popular roof-top bars in Amsterdam.
Beestenmarkt 8, 2611 GB Delft
Cafe Belvedere occupies four buildings on the corner of the Burgwal and the Beestenmarkt.
Beestenmarkt 1, 2611 GA Delft
Kobus Kuch claims to be the cosiest cafe in Delft. It first opened in 1988 and has a charmingly rustic interior.
Brabantse Turfmarkt 67, 2611 CM Delft
Locus Publicus is an intimate beer bar. Serving over 200 bottled beers and 13 on draught, Locus Publicus has a crowd of loyal locals, as well as attracting curious tourists and passers-by.
Hellinger Geestkerkhof 4, 2611 HP Delft
Cafe De Oude Jan is an authentic and welcoming "brown cafe" in Delft. It has a beautiful terrace overlooking the Oude Kerk. The atmosphere is relaxed and , on certain days, it hosts live music.
Kleine Berg 32, 5611 JV Eindhoven
Bommel is a bar offering good music and reasonably-priced drinks in a sociable environment. Despite its "old-fashioned" feeling, Bommel attracts a mix of both young and old.
Jan van Lieshoutstraat 9, 5611 EE Eindhoven
O’Sheas is Eindhoven’s largest Irish pub. Its diary is filled with sports screenings, dance evenings and live Irish music performances.
Stratumseind 23, 5611 EN Eindhoven
Cafe Thomas is one of Eindhoven’s oldest and most successful bars. It has won the "best dance venue" award three times in the Zuiden op de Nightlife competition.
De Drie Gezusters
Grote Markt 36-39, 9711 LV Groningen
De Drie Gezusters (or "the three sisters") is technically a group of venues in Groningen.
De Negende Cirkel
Poelestraat 25, 9711 PH Groningen
De Negende Cirkel is one of Groningen’s most popular party cafes. It offers plenty of drinks, loud music and a spacious dance floor.
Peperstraat 8-2 Groningen
Het Pakhuis is a hectic and fun music venue in Groningen. It has resident DJs as well as live performances most Wednesdays, from local and international bands. Entrance is always free.
Kleine Kromme Elleboog 9, 9712 BS Groningen
De Pintelier is a cozy beer bar in Groningen. Its menu includes over 100 beers - both bottles and draughts.
Turfsingel 6, 9712 KP Groningen
De Toeter is a speciality whiskey bar in Groningen. The spacious interior is decked with beautiful brass detailing, as well as a well-stocked bar. There are over 300 single-malt whiskeys to choose from, plus 116 beers.
Oosterstraat 65, 9711 NS Groningen
Pacific is an Australian-themed pub in Groningen, located in 2 historic buildings on the Oosterstraat.
Oosterstraat 44, 9711 NV Groningen
Vera is the essential venue in Groningen to enjoy pop music. The website announces that it is the official "club for the international pop underground."
Poelestraat 53-55, 9711 PK Groningen
Enzo (&ZO) is a stylish nightclub in Groningen with a futuristic but at the same time homely atmosphere.
Waagplein 5, 9712 JZ Groningen
Groningen’s News Cafe describes itself as the centre of hospitality in the city. The Grand Cafe offers lunch, dinner and plenty of drinks, including a choice of cocktails. There is a beautiful terrace outside to sit and people watch.
Papengang 6, 9711 PA Groningen
Nachtcafe Warhol is a relaxed bar in Groningen, offering cheap beer, cocktails and all-night dancing. It attracts mostly students and young locals looking for a fun night out.
Hoogstraat 1, 2312 JA Leiden
Annie’s is a beautiful restaurant-bar located in historic vaults on Leiden’s riverbank. Annie's menu is classy and the spacious terrace is usually busy throughout the summer months.
Rapenburg 56, 2311 EX Leiden
Cafe Barrera has occupied a stately building on Rapenburg for almost half a century. It is a pub for all seasons, with an attractive sprawling terrace and cosy booths, depending on the weather.
Hogewoerd 18, 2311 HM Leiden
Odessa is a bar run for students from Leiden’s various universities and colleges. Accordingly, it has special happy hour nights and plenty of music to dance and blow off steam to.
Societeit De Burcht
Burgsteeg 14, 2312 JS Leiden
Societeit de Burcht is a beautiful cafe located in an old castle. It is both a cultural attraction and a satisfying lunch or drink stop.
Wolsteeg 4, 2311 TP Leiden
De WW is a lively pub in Leiden. Offering a variety of attractions, including live performances from local bands and vinyl evenings, De WW attracts a lively mix of people.
Breestraat 66, 2311 CS Leiden
The Duke of Oz
Oude Singel 2, 2312 RA Leiden
The Duke of Oz is an Australian-themed sports bar in Leiden.
Noordeinde 55, 2311 CB Leiden
The North End is a typical English pub - in the heart of Leiden! It serves traditional English drinks and dishes that England is famed for.
Noordeinde 28, 2311 CE Leiden
Vi-kings Sports Bar is located right by the centre of Leiden and is probably the most dedicated sports bar in the city.
Platielstraat 9a, 6211 GV Maastricht
Cafe Cliniq offers lunch, dinner and dancing right in the centre of Maastricht. The menu focuses on healthy salads and grilled fish, with a wide selection of reasonably-priced wines and beer.
Heggenstraat 3 - 6211 GW Maastricht
Edd’s has been a popular hang-out in Maastricht since its launch in the late 90s. It is open for partying until at least 2am, seven days a week. The menu is filled with wine, beer, and lots of tasty local dishes.
Avenue Ceramique 250, 6221 KX Maastricht
Ipanema is a chilled-out and sophisticated cafe located in the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. It serves breakfast and lunch, with a menu focusing on soups, salads and sandwiches.
Maastricht Music Hall
De Griend 6-7, 6221 AJ Maastricht
Maastricht Music Hall is a venue in the centre of Maastricht that hosts various events.
Coolsingel 18, 3011 AD Rotterdam
Bed is located in Rotterdam and offers all kinds of entertainment. Bed's elegant interior consists of three floors, including a roof terrace! Over this space, visitors can enjoy dancing, dining and live performances.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 17-19, 3014 GB Rotterdam
Rotown is one of the biggest clubs in Rotterdam. Rotown hosts live performances from international up-and-coming bands, as well as DJ nights and regular dance events.
Pannekoekstraat 53, 3011 LC Rotterdam
Soho Bar is a bar-club in Rotterdam which organises big dance nights and boasts a delicious cocktail menu. At Soho you can also take a workshop in cocktail-making!
Rodezand 36, 3011 AN Rotterdam
Cinema is a dance club in Rotterdam with an emphasis on popular chart music. Cinema consists of 3 spacious bars, each with its own music and atmosphere.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 11a, 3014 GA Rotterdam
Concordia is a bar / restaurant in Rotterdam with a friendly character and a spacious interior with plenty of cosy booths.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 11a, 3014 GA Rotterdam
Stalles is a friendly pub and snack bar in Rotterdam. During the day it offers delicious pizzas, gourmet dinners and plenty of bar nibbles. Then later in the evening, Stalles transforms into a bustling bar, serving a wide range of whisky and fine wines.
Spaansekade 12, 3011 ML Rotterdam
Stockholm is a bar restaurant in Rotterdam which specialises in seafood and gourmet dinner.
De Witte Aap
Witte de Withstraat 78, 3012 BE Rotterdam
De Witte Aap is a popular bar-cafe in Rotterdam. It is open seven days a week and organises small parties most days. Saturdays are usually the most popular nights, with performances from DJs (ranging from aspiring locals to bigger names).
Kruiskade 31, 3012 EE Rotterdam
Thalia Lounge is a spacious, stylish club in Rotterdam with regular DJs and delicious cocktails by specially trained bartenders.
Westersingel 50a, 3014 GV Rotterdam
Vibes is an intimate and laid-back nightclub in Rotterdam.
O'Sheas Irish Pub
Lijnbaan 37-39, 3012 EK Rotterdam
O'Sheas is a popular Irish pub in Rotterdam. It holds frequent live music nights, with an emphasis on Irish music.
Achterhaven 148, 3024 RC Rotterdam
Worm is a multidisciplinary space in Rotterdam for alternative projects.
Oostzeedijk 364, 3063 CD Rotterdam
Locus Publicus is a friendly, old-fashioned bar in Rotterdam that serves more than 200 different beers.
Pieter de Hoochstraat 20 Rotterdam
Pakhuis is a cool underground club in Rotterdam that consists of two warehouse buildings and a covered street between them.
Lange Voorhout 39a The Hague
Bodega is a cultural cafe in The Hague which is open seven days a week
Plein 14, 2511 CR The Hague
De eeuwige jachtvelden is a cafe-restaurant located on a bustling street in the downtown district of The Hague. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, all prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients.
Buitenhof 19, 2513 AG The Hague
Havana is a fun Cuban cocktail bar in The Hague. It throws frequent fiestas and dance nights where you can show off your best salsa moves!
Prinsegracht 14, 2512 GA The Hague
Club Seven is a big name on The Hague’s dance club scene. It attracts a young, cool crowd of mostly students.
Lange Houtstraat 9, 2511 CV The Hague
Danzig is a popular nightclub in The Hague that specialises in crowd-pleasing commercial music: mostly pop, R&B, hip-hop and the occasional electro tune.
Grote Markt 25, 2511 BG The Hague
The Grote Markt is a fun and unpretentious club in The Hague.
Plein 12a, 2511 CS The Hague
Cafe De Cloos is a restaurant-bar situated in The Hague’s charming Plein.
Dunne Bierkake 16a, 2512 BC The Hague
De Paas is a speciality beer cafe in The Hague that has been running since 1993.
Laan Van Poot 7, 2566 EV The Hague
Westwood is a fun and young club in The Hague that focuses is R&B, electro, hip hop and house music with frequent live DJ performances, and occasional fancy dress nights.
Bazarstraat 42, 2518 AK The Hague
Wicked Wines takes pride in serving high-quality drinks and food at reasonable prices. The menu offers a comprehensive list of affordable wines from both the "new" and "old" worlds.
Riviervismarkt 1, 2513 AM The Hague
The Fiddler is The Hague’s biggest international bar. The interior is modelled on a traditional English pub, and even includes an old red English telephone box!
Grote Markt 27, 2511 BG The Hague
Zwarte Ruiter is a bar in The Hague which is passionate about 2 things: live music & good food.
Drieharingstraat 22, 3511 BJ Utrecht
Club Poema is a busy student-orientated bar, located a mere five minute walk from Utrecht’s central station.
Voorstraat 102, 3512 Utrecht
Derrick prides itself on being "the" place for 70s, 80s and 90s music in Utrecht.
Stairway to Heaven
Mariaplaats 11-12, 3511 LJ Utrecht
Stairway to Heaven is a happy little bar in Utrecht which is open as late as 4.30am. This bar boasts a huge selection of beers, including speciality Belgian brews.
Helling 7, 3523 CB Utrecht
De Helling is a pop podium just outside of the Utrecht city centre, offering a wide variation of (inter)national bands and genres.
Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht
Tivoli Vredenburg is a unique contemporary music complex in Utrecht, consisting of five different halls.
Bemuurde Weerd, 3513 BH Utrecht
Ekko is a concert venue located in Utrecht. Its regular club nights attract an energetic young student crowd every weekend.
Oudegracht 134, 3511 AX Utrecht
Quignon is a cosy cafe located on Utrecht’s beautiful Oudegracht. The cafe has a wide selection of wines in its cabinet, as well as various local beers.
Oudegracht 36, 3511 AP Utrecht
Kargadoor is a cosy basement bar in Utrecht with a wide range of cultural and musical entertainment.
Tolsteegbrug 3, 3511 ZN Utrecht
Ledig Erf is a chilled-out bar in Utrecht with a huge terrace.