There are some places in the world where it is considered OK to drink; Amsterdam in The Netherlands being one of them. The liberal attitude of Amsterdam means that anyone can feel comfortable outing after dark. But this tolerance has come at a cost: some of the rowdy establishments are not necessarily suitable places to visit.
There are lots of establishments in Amsterdam that are aimed at the younger tourist, staff who are scantily dressed and have a reputation for selling alcohol to those who cannot handle it. It’s these places that provide entertainment and pub-like atmosphere where young holiday-makers can forget their caution and drink in moderation.
Broad spectrum of perspectives
Bee gars, discreet locations, rowdy clientele…..If you ever tire of the typical museum-lined bars you’ll find it hard to define where the boundaries are for drink-driving (or, indeed, drinking) in Amsterdam.
The centerpiece of the much hyped watering hole scene in the Dutch capital is De Wallen. The baroque Allem den and De Wolk (all referring to the 1930s and 1940s) have a particular cachet, rumour and all. Though they are rather more rowdy and raunchy at times, they are perfectly enjoyable drinkserip sources. De Wolk is a beerhouse and serves both interesting food and quite capable drinks. Placed at Vandergracht, a canal near the Red Light District, De Wolk is a stone’s throw away from some of the best beaches in the country.
Other charming watering holes in Amsterdam include Scheepavaag and De Wet House. Both of these are near Amsterdam’s cultural district, the Dam Square, and both have pluses and minuses. Scheepavaag, for example, has a huge selection of Thai, German and French-inspired cocktails. De Wet House, by contrast, is so clean and tidy that it makes one wonder if it should be allowed to Laugh or laugh once in a while.
Amsterdam’s favorite oddball bars
Amsterdam is a culture-lovers’ paradise, and a favorite eater among the many college students who reside in the city. College trips to Amsterdam are no doubt filled with copious nights of clubbing and socialising with friends. But even if you don’t step inside a clubs’ toilet, you’ll still hear snarls and gasps of delight constantly. Amsterdam’s more than 200 bars and clubs will easily fill your haggling needs and exhaust you with the nightlife’s unique array of sex positive vibes.
Hot spots for celeb-spotting
Even if you’re not Greek, you’ll find plenty of celebrities flocking to Amsterdam Noordermarkt (Night Market), famed for its street fair.ione, Noordermarkt kiosks, stomping around in clown outfits and selling their goods (no onions, no garlic, no pigs, etc.) A night market built from a former gas station is not hard to fill up with tourists and locals alike. Tourists are easily won over with big names like Arndtrian and Scheepavaag, who’ve carved out niches for themselves in Noordermarkt.
For those who just want to go for a quiet, peaceful night, away from the famous clubs, Amsterdam Noordermarkt is the place. The night market is open late until morning.
conducive to festivities
Elder citizens and tourists alike enjoy the special Dutch amble that’s as unique and eclectic as the city itself. Walk along the lower Prinsengasse with Noordermarkt buzzing around you and hear a range of dialects and accents – one of the many ways the city’s unique culture is displayed. City landmarks in Dutch translation abound: st pretty blooming tulips, bridges, guttering covered in gold leaves, even canal boats.
With its excellent port, many big-name international companies have set up shop in Amsterdam. That said, the city is also a haven for hi-tech start-up businesses and concepts. Major U.S. anchors like Expedia and American Express have Sneek City (named after the street in the city with a similar name) in its branding, and many more are to be found in this start-up village, including Bizspark, a search engine specialist; Reakt, an on-site information hot spot and information hub for artists and designers; and Think, a project-seeing and brainstorming engine. Many of these companies are newcomers to Amsterdam, combining Amsterdam’s love of tradition and its love of change.
The Dutch come at the low end of the price spectrum when it comes to accommodation and food. Compared to other popular tourist destinations, they’re not so expensive especially with an auto appraisal.
Amsterdam’s culture is as varied and vibrant as can be. There’s an entire Weather Channel series.