Amsterdam is best for...

Unusual bars: Try the local beers at a one of the eight windmills found throughout Amsterdam

Great club venues: From glitzy clubs to industrial buildings, Amsterdam has many places where you can dance the night away

Leidseplein This area of Amsterdam is a real entertainment hub and home to many theatres, restaurants and gig venues

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Amsterdam is Dutch

Currency: The currency used in Amsterdam is the Euro

Local time: Amsterdam is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Amsterdam's main airport is Amsterdam Airport Schipho

Want to party in a church, drink beer on a bike, or eat dinner in a restaurant while you lie in bed? In Amsterdam, anything goes. The city may be famous for its liberal approach, but Amsterdam has a seriously sophisticated side to explore, too. On holidays to Amsterdam, you’ll discover some of the best nightlife in Europe, from traditional cosy brown cafés to sleek cocktail lounges, clubs and live music venues. We’ve got a few insider tips to help you make the most of Amsterdam nightlife, whatever your tastes.

Party until dawn, every night of the week

Every night is party night in Amsterdam, whether it’s a sunny summer evening or the middle of winter. The city’s best clubs can be found around Leidseplein and Rembrantplein, including De School, a nightclub based in a former school, Sugarfactory, where you can often catch live music and theatre performances, and AIR, one of the city’s best house and dance clubs.

Start the weekend early at Noodlanding, popular with a young crowd thanks to its eclectic mix of dance, hip-hop, rock and electro tunes. Or if you’re into jazz music, why not check out Wicked Jazz Sounds at Sugarfactory every Sunday night? Running since 2002, this popular club night fuses live jazz performances with dance music.

If your night out tastes are a little more on the laid-back side, Amsterdam nightlife has plenty of options to suit, from late-night cafés to wine bars. De Tuin serves up craft beers and house wines in a relaxed retro setting with outdoor seats, while De Jaren is the perfect place for happy hour cocktails. With windows overlooking the Amstel and a sunny terrace, it’s the ideal spot on summer evenings.

For something a little grander, the Grand Café le Klas (once the first class waiting room at Central Station) was designed in 1882 and has high ceilings, potted palms and William Morris wallpaper; it’s the ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine on a sophisticated evening out. It’s super-hip and very Steampunk, so if you love your cogs and corsets it’s a great spot to check out.

On Amsterdam holidays, checking out the local nightlife is a must, and Amsterdam nightlife won’t disappoint. From wild weekend club nights and house boat parties to sophisticated wine bars and jazz nights, there’s plenty going on here to ensure you’re never bored.