Nightlife: Bars & Clubs in the Netherlands

Nightlife: Bars & Clubs in the Netherlands

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.

  • 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.

  • Frederik Hendrikstraat 111 Amsterdam

    De Nieuwe Anita is an intimate, underground bar located in the West of Amsterdam.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Grote Markt 36-39, 9711 LV Groningen

    De Drie Gezusters (or "the three sisters") is technically a group of venues in Groningen.

  • 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.

  • 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

    LVC is a busy music venue in Leiden. LVC serves as a platform for local talent, as well as hosting gigs by national and international acts and DJs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

The Hague

  • 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.

  • 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.