Top things to do in Amsterdam at night
Step away from the clichéd notions about Amsterdam nightlife and discover the coolest bars, top restaurants and night-time events with our guide to the best things to do in Amsterdam at night
A boat ride around Amsterdam’s network of canals is an unmissable experience and a great way of seeing a different, calmer side to the city. An excursion is arguably even more impressive at night, with lanterns adorning many arches and the city lights beautifully reflected in the water. There are a few tour operators that offer candlelight tours through the canals, with a variety of meal and cocktail options.
Find a speakeasy: Door 74
Amsterdam has a great range of cocktail bars, and those looking for an exclusive escape from the crowds should seek out Door 74. One of the first speakeasy-style cocktail bars in the Netherlands, Door 74 exudes sophistication and is the ideal place for discerning cocktail lovers. With antique barware and a menu of perfectly balanced cocktails, this is an ideal place for an evening out.
Door 74, Reguliersdwarsstraat 741, 1017 BN Amsterdam, +31 (0)6 3404 5122
Enjoy Amsterdam’s best food hotspots: Rotisserie East
Those looking for a fun dinner spot serving top cocktails and delicious food should head to Brooklyn-style restaurant Rotisserie East. Burgers are the speciality and top choices include the fried chicken bun, royale with cheese, and double beef patty, as well as a monthly special. American-style starters, such as hot wings, cheese fries and pork ribs, complete the delicious menu and there is a range of sides to satisfy every taste. Cocktails are also a major draw here and the extensive drinks menu offers an ideal way to while away an evening.
Rotisserie East, Beukenplein 17, 1092 BA Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 235 8700
Dance by the water: Hannekes Boom
Make the most of Amsterdam’s stunning waterside location and dance the night away at Hannekes Boom. The riverfront venue, constructed from reclaimed wood and salvaged materials, is a popular spot with Amsterdam’s cool crowd looking for an alternative to the city centre bars. The huge outdoor beer garden is a great place to soak up the sunshine, while the terrace and regular live music from DJs make this one of Amsterdam’s finest after-dark summer hotspots.
Hannekes Boom, Dijksgracht 4, 1019 BS Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 419 9820
See the city lights: SkyLounge
The award-winning rooftop SkyLounge bar is one of the best places to enjoy panoramic views of Amsterdam, and the 11th-floor venue really comes into its own at night when it turns into an energetic lounge club complete with top cocktails, DJs and spectacular views of the city lights. Come with friends and dance until the early hours of the morning.
SkyLounge, Oosterdoksstraat 4, 1011 DK Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 530 0875
Whether you are looking for a great date-night location, somewhere for drinks with friends or a nightcap after a day of exploring the city, Vesper Bar is one of the best cocktail bars in Amsterdam. The cosy setting makes it a great place to spend the evening and its extensive menu offers an impressive selection of classic drinks and unique cocktails. Those feeling adventurous should try the Green Smoke, made with Fujikai single malt whisky, sake, lime, smoked black tea and ginger syrup.
Vesper Bar, Vinkenstraat 57, 1013 JM Amsterdam
Visit the city’s attractions: Amsterdam Cheese Museum
Some of Amsterdam’s top attractions stay open after dark, including the popular Amsterdam Cheese Museum on Prinsengracht, which is a must-visit destination during your stay in the city. Step inside to discover the history of cheese making and enjoy free cheese tasting. Be sure to shop for delicious world-renowned and lesser-known Dutch cheeses – as the food here is vacuum-packed, this would make an ideal souvenir from Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Cheese Museum, Prinsengracht 112, 1015 EA Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 331 6605