Top 7 Best Nightclubs in Amsterdam, AMS [2020 GUIDE]

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Here's the list of the best clubs in Amsterdam that you should definitely check out.

De Marktkantine

Best nightclub in Amsterdam!
De Marktkantine

Built in 1936 as a canteen for Dutch market traders, De Marktkantine has a dynamic history in music, theatre and food within Amsterdam. It was restructured in 1950 as a theatre and functioned as a club in the 90’s when the dance scene began to evolve in The Netherlands. After a period of vacancy a group of Amsterdam local entrepeneurs re-opened the venue in 2014.

  • Jan van Galenstraat 6 Amsterdam, AMS 1051 Netherlands
  • West
  • Varies depending on events
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Shelter

Shelter

Across the IJ river, at a stone’s throw from its historic city center, lies Shelter, a new Amsterdam haven for quality dance music. Built around the idea of creating a home away from home for veteran clubbers and enthusiastic newcomers alike, Shelter Amsterdam provides a diverse clubbing experience in the Dutch capital - with design, experience and sound quality continually in mind.

  • Overhoeksplein 3 Amsterdam, AMS 1031KS Netherlands
  • Noord
  • Varies depending on events
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Melkweg

Melkweg

Melkweg stands for pop culture in the most broad of senses. Each year, hundreds of concerts, club nights, films and music films, theatre performances, expositions and multidisciplinary events together attract almost 474,000 visitors.

  • Lijnbaansgracht 234/a Amsterdam, AMS 1017 Netherlands
  • Centrum
  • Varies depending on events
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Paradiso

Paradiso

Built out of an 18th century church located in de Weteringschans near the Leidseplein and opened in 1968, Paradiso is one of Amsterdam's most well-known concert venues, with a large stage overlooked by two balconies and large glass church windows. Despite its origins as a concert venue, Paradiso is well-suited for DJ gigs, with the DJ situated at the centre of the dance floor and the perimetre of the venue dotted with bars. The venue is split into the 1500-capacity main hall and the 250-capacity small hall.

  • Weteringschans 6 Amsterdam, AMS 1017 Netherlands
  • Centrum
  • Varies depending on events
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Warehouse Elementenstraat

Warehouse Elementenstraat

Hidden in the industrial West of Amsterdam lies a dark and legendary street, home to one of the most influential party locations of the Netherlands: The Warehouse Elementenstraat. Its industrial halls already wrote music history in the beginning of the 90’s, when some of the first bigger-scale house raves called ‘Multigroove’ set a milestone in the Dutch underground scene.

  • Elementenstraat 25 Amsterdam, AMS 1014 Netherlands
  • West
  • Varies depending on events
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Jack

Jack

ACK, the new nightclub in town, celebrates diversity, creativity and forward thinking electronic dance music. The programming is non-pretentious with plenty of room for local heroes and daring international headliners that stand for quality.

  • Hogehilweg 20 Amsterdam, AMS 1101 Netherlands
  • Zuidoost
  • Varies depending on events
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Claire

Claire

Claire is located in the midst of Amsterdam's city centre on Rembrandt square. The club distinguishes itself by providing a warm, colourful and obscure venue in which people can immerse themselves in rooms filled with vibrant patterns and sounds.

  • Rembrandtplein 17 Amsterdam, AMS 1017 Netherlands
  • Centrum
  • Varies depending on events
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

There are many other clubs available in Amsterdam like

Check out the venues section for the full list of nightclubs.

Amsterdam Nightclubs FAQ

What time does the headlining DJ usually start performing in Amsterdam clubs?

The headlining DJ will usually start performing around 12:00 AM.

How long do DJs play in Amsterdam?

The headlining DJ or artist usually plays a 1 to 2 hour set.

What is the dress code like at Amsterdam nightclubs?

Guys can wear nice jeans and a form fitting plain t-shirt or a nice button down shirt. Girls can wear jeans or a comfortable but stylish dress if they prefer. Of course guys and girls can never go wrong with dressing up even more – there is no such thing as overdressing when it comes to clubs.

How can I get into Amsterdam nightclubs for free?

Some Amsterdam nightclubs have a free ladies guest list, and have a free even ratio guest list – free if you have the same number of girls (or more) in your party.

Keep in mind that many Amsterdam nightclubs are more exclusive and require bottle service to get in. You can sign up for the guest list on our events page.

How can I book bottle service for Amsterdam nightclubs?

You can book bottle service directly on Discotech by visiting the Amsterdam page.

How much is bottle service at Amsterdam clubs?

Bottle service and table minimums at nightclubs can get pretty expensive in Amsterdam, but every nightclub is different.

The best way to find out is to visit the events page and choose the event you're thinking of going.

Should I buy tickets to get into Amsterdam nightclubs?

If the nightclub has tickets, we recommend buying tickets during holiday weekends and for big name artists. The ticket line is generally faster and shorter than the guest list.

Many nightclubs in Amsterdam are bottle service only – meaning you must book a table reservation in order to get inside.

Which Amsterdam nightclubs play EDM and electronic music?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best EDM nightclubs in Amsterdam.

Which Amsterdam nightclubs play hip-hop?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best hip hop nightclubs in Amsterdam.

Upcoming Events

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