The Best After Dark Locales in Amsterdam

September 22, 2017

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Even if you’ve never been to Amsterdam, you’ve still probably heard about the infamous sex and drug culture. The HUNT Amsterdam writer, Ali Rona, has lived there long enough that she actually forgets the taboos that are associated with the city because it has so much more to offer than red lights and blunts. That said, Amsterdam‘s liberal mindset has made the city a place of many pleasures, including those that tend to be a tad more adult. No matter what kind of fun you crave, she assures you that you can find it here.

Theater Tuschinski. Image courtesy of the venue.

For a low-key, G-rated evening, Ali highly recommends boating. At Sloepdelen Amsterdam, you can rent inexpensive boats that can comfortably fit 12 people (along with a fair haul of food and prosecco) by the hour. Puttering through the canals is an idyllic way to spend a warm summer evening. You could also check out Tuschinski, a stunning Art Deco-style cinema with six screens that shows a mix of English-language and Dutch films. Marvel at the throwback plush red carpets and intricately carved wooden details, and try to snag a balcony seat.

Only slightly more risqué on the Amsterdam-evening scale (a solid PG, if you will) is Kebab House, which serves up kapsalon. What is that, you ask? A greasy, heavy, so delicious dish made up of French fries topped with döner meat, melted Gouda, a sprinkle of veggies and heaps of dressing. Though kapsalon can be purchased at any kebab house in Amsterdam, this spot is open until 2am and is oh-so satisfying.

Boom Chicago. Image via sfimprovfestival.com

For a slightly less caloric time, head over to Boom Chicago, where you can watch a comedy or improv show that is sure to leave your stomach in stitches. Across the street from Boom Chicago is Café Struik, an unassuming, corner-side bar that hosts wall art that rotates regularly, pop-up food specials that range from burritos to baos, and karaoke, bingo and movie nights. Struik is often packed on weekend evenings, so be prepared to mingle.

Looking for a less tame evening? If you’re in the mood for a dance and a drink, consider spending the night grooving at Disco Dolly. Centrally located on the Handboogstraat, this spot brings in a diverse roster of DJs-in-residence and is open until 5am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Abraxas. Image via damsterdamer.com

If it’s the cliché Amsterdam high you’re after, pop by Abraxas. There’s great green and a friendly staff who are always willing to recommend the right Mary Jane for your mood and mindset. The interior is expansive and relaxed, with board games, comfortable pillows and a non-alcoholic beverage menu.

As for X-rated evenings, Bananenbar is a notorious sex club that’s earned the hype. Expect to pay about €50 (US$55) to get in, but once inside it’s all you can drink for an hour in addition to admission to the famous banana show.
No matter what you choose, a good time is sure to be had!

About The HUNT Amsterdam Writer: Born in Boston, raised in Maine, schooled in Vermont and England, and finally settled in AmsterdamAli Ronca is a roaming girl with an unshakable smile whose soul food is all things fascinating and foreign. When she’s not writing or traveling, Ali can be found cruising around Amsterdam on her ombre bicycle, absorbed in a novel, sprawled out on a yoga mat or feeding her bottomless stomach great, simple food. You can follow her daily Dutch adventures at amsterdamandbeyond.com.

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