There is no shortage of tourist attractions in Amsterdam. From the moving experience of a visit to the Anne Frank House to the beautifully landscaped Vondelpark, there is something for everyone. For art lovers, both the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseuman are a must-see. If you’re short on time, you might want to take in as many sights as possible with a walking tour, perhaps hop on a boat to see all that Amsterdam has to offer via its network of canals – or do as the locals do and opt for a cycling tour. When the sun goes down, you will also have a chance to sample Amsterdam’s famous nightlife, which offers something for everyone.
For the connoisseur, Wynand Fockink is the bar to visit
Established in 1679, the Wynand Fockink spirits and liqueur distillery in the centre of the city includes a collection of antique bottles in premises still furnished as they were in the 17th century. This is not a museum, however. Liqueurs and jeneyers are still made in the distillery, and you can not only taste the products but also take a guided tour and watch them being made.
For the whisky drinker, Whiskycafe L&B has a wide selection
The leading whisky bar in the Netherlands, Whiskeycafe L&B, is home to a collection of over 2100 different choices so make sure you have enough time to decide. The largest selection comes from Scotland, as you might expect, with a wide range of malt whiskys. There are also bottlings from Ireland, America, Canada and Japan as well as about 100 different whiskys from across Europe.
For Instagrammers, the Katsu Coffee Shop and Gallery is a colourful experience
Located close to the Albert Cuyp Market, Katsu Coffee Shop is a friendly venue with a beautiful storefront. It combines the traditional Amsterdam coffee-shop experience with gourmet coffee, a range of herbal teas and fresh juices. As well as the friendly atmosphere and a variety of music, you can also enjoy the range of artwork on display.
For big kids, the Da Ton Ton Club has a range of retro games
The Da Ton Ton Club and bar has two venues, both catering to the inner child. They offer wine, beers, spirits and even boozy shakes with flavours on offer including the Strawberry Oreo and the Jawbreaker, which combines fireball whisky with the retro sweet. In the central venue, patrons can challenge each other to a range of games including jenga, flipper and air hockey. The venue in the west of the city has a Japanese theme which is extended to the food on offer as well as the wealth of retro arcade games. From pinball to old school classics such as mega-tetris and pac-man there is something for everyone – and perhaps for later in the evening, you can even try your hand at Dance Dance Revolution.
For live music lovers, a number of bars and venues to suit all tastes
If you’re looking for live music, there are many venues to choose from. Paradiso is one of the larger venues; recent acts playing there have included Leftfield, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Gizmo Varillas as well as local talent and world class DJs. The Waterhole Live Music Bar promises live music every night and is open until 3am. Mulligans Irish Music Bar combines the Irish craic with a more laid-back Netherlands flavour.
Wherever you decide to go, from the quiet pleasure of a rare malt whisky to a boozy shake whilst battling the pinball machine or dancing the night away, Amsterdam is likely to live up to its reputation for excellent nightlife.
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