infamous city, has sometimes a less than well groomed reputation for
it's red-light district and sex shops and liberal tolerance of all drugs.
Over the last decade, Amsterdamís reputation as a clubbing center has
moved on from the topless bar and strip joint. The seedier side is now
taking back stage to new clubs cropping up all over the city pulling
big name DJís from across the globe.
Club More: [Rozengracht 133, Amsterdam, Tel: 020-528-7459] Techno, soul and hard house are banging all night at this hip an cool club. With a white and pink interior, it appeals to young hetro and gay club-goers who know they can count on great DJ mixes and plenty of other attractive singles. Dress to impress if you stand any chgance of getting past the bouncers.
Escape: [Rembrandtplein 11-15, Amsterdam, Tel: 020-622-1111] The Escape is a monster of a club and has been one of the major clubs in Amsterdam since the 80's. Here you'll listen to world renowned DJ's and get mesmorised by the fantastic light and video shows. Saturday nights, "Chemistry" is an insitution in it's own right. Arrive early and queue less.
iT: [Amstelstraat 24, Amsterdam, Tel: 020-489-7285] Still going strong, iT is one of Amsterdam's most famous clubs. Gay night is on Saturday and Friday is devoted to straight club-goers. No matter your persuasion, be prepared for awesome music and one of the most freewheeling, exciting ambiences in Amsterdam.
Mazzo: [Rozengracht 114, Amsterdam, Tel: 020-626-7500] Small and definitely inviting, Mazzo's is still one of the best clubs in Amsterdam. With an With a relax door policy and a progressive desire to please the clientele, Mazzo offers a variety of musical styles throughout the week, including house, jazz, and more.
Odeon: [Singel 460, Amsterdam, Tel: 020-624-9711] Definitely lacking in attitude, the Odeon is spread across three floors of a 17th century canal house. You'll find a varied clientele who are there just to have fun. Each of the floors, in fact, plays a different style, whether it's jazz, rock, funk, hiphop, R&B, or '70s and '80s retro.
Paradiso: [Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam, Tel: 020-626-4521] A former church that's been converted into one of the coolest venues in Amsterdam. Paradiso's terrific acoustics appeal to both the audience and to performers, who range from the up-and-coming to the well-known. On weekend evenings, top DJs are booked, and club-goers dance to house, jazz, and disco beneath the old balcony and amid the architecture of the past.