If dreadlocks, piercing and tribal tattoos are your style, there’s Soundgarden. It boasts a surprisingly civilized terrace overlooking the daily ebb and flow of boats and barges, but the inside is almost painstakingly run-down and graffitied, with a buckled pool table and a dartboard pocked with scars. Not as intimidating as it sounds, but hardly appropriate for the blue-rinse brigade. Grungy DJs and live music three times a week.
Marnixstraat 164-166, out west near Rozentheater
+31 (0)20 620 28 53
Anyone going to Amsterdam shouldn't miss out on Supperclub, which is a restaurant and bar and even has it's own nightclub downstairs. The setting is fantastic; make sure you ask for a bed on one of the raised balconies so you can relax and watch the weird and wonderful entertainment going on beneath you.
You should definitely book in advance though, as much as two weeks before you leave. The food is great - it's rich, unusual and they have lots of small portions, so you can try most of the menu. And don't miss the cocktails! Then, for the more adventurous, dance the night away in the club with the beautiful people of Amsterdam!
One must-do is to attend Ontfronts' new party concept, Fêtefresh, which is held at different clubs throughout Amsterdam.
The Ontfront boys have thrown some legendary parties in the past and got a Prix de Nuit nomination for their efforts.
I came to Amsterdam, a cynic of all things jazz and bohemian. I left 'Cafe Eijlders' with great memories of friendly locals, attentive barstaff, nice beer, good music and a promise to return
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 47
1017 PW Amsterdam
telefoon: 020 - 624 2704.
Every clubber and late-night drinker is well aware of the evils of the post-party munchies and the many horrific solutions. But Amsterdam takes nocturnal junk food to a new level.
Find a FEBO outlet, stick your change in the slot, pull back the little glass door and, hey presto, there's your snack. Piping hot and stuffed to the rafters with cholestorol. It's automatic - no need to interact with a human being - and they never close.
But do be careful not to burn yourself. And don't ask: a) what that unidentified fried object you're eating actually IS; or b) just how long it's been there...
All over the city centre - look for the yellow shopfronts;
It may seem rather strange to be drinking Belgian beers in Holland but this little bar is just fantastic.
The bar area is tiny and with wooden tables, stone floor and tan walls covered in old-fashioned advertisements for many of the beers they sell. It has eight Belgian beers on tap and 30 in bottles. The beer menu is very well written, informative but also very amusing, giving you background on where the beer was brewed and also the percentage alcohol content, very important if you intend to stay for more that one or two.
The girl behind the bar was extremely friendly and also knowledgeable about the beers on sale. You can also order bar snacks such as toasties, cheese and mustard (perfect with beer) and extremely spicy sausages.
Gravenstraat 2, just behind the Nieuwe Kerk and Dam Square
In de Wildeman certainly justifies its label as a bierproeflokal (beer tasting house) with its choice of 200 bottled beers and another 18 or so on tap.
Kolksteeg 3 (an alleyway not far away from the Centraal Station/Dam Square); www.indewildeman.nl
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