Nightlife - Clubs & Bars
Nightlife in Amsterdam What to do and where to go for the best of Amsterdams legendary nightlife? Of course, that would be one of the first things you’ll want to know when visiting this great city of sin! The Amsterdam Agenda has selected venues for all tastes, varying from trendy clubs and lounges to live music venues and squats. Don’t forget to check the section with party organizations, which often throw the best parties on locations all over Amsterdam. For an up-to-date overview on this weeks parties, check the DJGuide or have a look at Partyscene.
The Dutch love to party!!!
Holland is home to many
styles of dance music and holds eccentric clubs located all over the country.
Especially in the big cities the club culture has grown extensively since the
90’s. Nowadays Amsterdam and Rotterdam are notorious hosts of a large number of
clubs with the greatest variety amongst them. Hits such as Escape, Club iT, Roxy
and Supperclub attained their world fame through their quality, atmosphere and
extrovertly dressed guests.
Thanks to a dedicated home
audience Dutch DJ’s have had a good opportunity
to establish them-selves in this competitive industry. Living up to the
increasing demand for quality and growing refine-ment of the clubber’s taste,
the Dutch dance indus-try was able to export its music & DJ’s successfully
around the globe. To name a few DJ’s/producers who have gained their fame and
fortune: Tiësto (trance/progressive), Sander Kleinenberg (pro-gressive), DJ Jean (club), Ferry
Corsten (trance) and Armin van Buuren (trance/progressive). Surely they haven’t forgotten about their roots and
visit Holland often to rock their homely decks. Clubs that are current top of
the list in Amsterdam are Paradiso, Melkweg, Panama and Hotel Arena
The club to be
The Hotel Arena building was once a regular house of God
but is now an after sunset night club. So for all you sinners, this will be the
place to confess your dark side. They invite many foreign acts and have a
massive sound system.
The Escape is still a breading ground for new Dutch talent. From January
onwards there will be a com-pletely new management so it’s still a surprise what
this fresh wind will bring the Escape in 2005
Another great place is Panama. This venue is both a restaurant &
club providing a stage for art, dancing, fashion, theatre and many other crazy
things. The new management has put the spotlight on Panama’s club nights by
providing performances of several amazing national and international DJ’s. Keep
an eye on this club, brilliant new initiatives are bound to follow!
But wait there’s
There’s plenty more out there than the places
men-tioned above, just check out the Music and
Dance-halls section of this paper for other great clubs! Not to mention
the festivals and parties held at vari-ous
locations all over the country attracting crowds from a 100 up to a 100.000
people. Dutchies at their best ! Lucky for us
the competition for party organisations is extremely fierce. Because of it,
there is a continuing introduction of new found concepts on this market
resulting in a huge offer of parties in any form and size. Dance Valley for instance attracted a massive number
of over a 100.000 paying customers in 2001 which madethis the biggest dance
festival in the world. You should check out their web site, (especially) since
they now have an indoors Dance Valley Winter
Edition in December!
Another huge party is called Sensation which is organized by ID&T, currently
Holland’s most famous and biggest party organisation. They have two sen-sational
editions each summer; White sensation represents the soft style, trance and club house and Black sensation features
hardstyle, hard house and techno. In 2004 both parties took place indoors in the
Amsterdam Arena which gives house to a crowd of up to 40.000 fanatics. Check out
their web site for line ups or for one of the many other good parties they
release all year ‘round.
If you prefer the smaller sized events, don’t
worry, there are still loads of parties to check out. Awakenings is a very spectacular techno party held
indoors every two months. Extrema is an
interesting organisation with the craziest locations all over Holland.
short, the best way to find out what rocks the Netherlands today is to check out
the flyers in music- and clothing stores or to check the online party