Magazijn is an unpretentious club without a door policy in the heart of Amsterdam. The drinks are affordable despite the stylish atmosphere and the retro interior and squishy leather sofas make for a great night out in the city. Local DJs spin a mixture of cool, chilled out tunes.
Massive electronic music festival at the beginning of July each year which transforms Amsterdam into a hub of dancing and revelry! 50 Euros for a ticket is a steal, with loads of concerts and experimental films, electronic music videos and art installation all available over five days.
This year’s highlights were Justice and Erol Alkan. Awesome performances!
Around the city
The last thing I'd thought of doing in Amsterdam was visiting a brewery, but even if you don't like beer you'll love the Heineken Experience (you don't have to drink the free samples)!
There are lots of interactive activities to take part in, you can even star in a video which you can email to your friends. Go on - no one knows you in Amsterdam! Allow at least two hours to participate in everything and don't miss seeing the advertisements from years gone by - they resurrect lots of forgotten images. Tip - go first thing in the morning.
No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a canal trip, but rather than the usual tourist boats, with their pre-recorded multi-lingual commentary, try the St. Nicolaas Boat Club.
Go to the bar of the Boom Chicago comedy club in the Leidseplein as soon as you arrive and book a place. The comedy is also excellent, and buying advance tickets will save you a few euros. Time your trip to end shortly before the show starts.
Buy drinks and snacks for the journey, then enjoy an unforgettable tour of parts of the city that many tourists never see.
A hidden restaurant/club/live floor show all in one. You are served a five course meal over a whole evening, while reclining on what can only be described as giant beds on two levels.
On the main floor there is a DJ and now and again one of the staff will get up and sing live often to music the DJ is playing. The entire place is white and has light and laser shows projected on to it. The toilets are an experience in themselves as they are labelled hetero and homo and have one way glass in them, but not the way you might anticipate. This may make it sound more depraved than it really is, my wife and I had a superb night there and would gladly go back next time we visit.
The food is very good and served on a strange ad hoc basis by even stranger people. One of the best nights I have ever had.
Jonge Roelensteeg 21, Amsterdam, it’s down a small alley, it’s easy to miss, so ask a local if you can; tel: +31 20 344 64 00; booking is recommended, this can be done at www.supperclub.nl/open/eng_index.html
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