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Amsterdam Banana Bar and Other Nightlife

Nightlife in Amsterdam, Banana Bar

Amsterdam is known for its nightlife and certain spots are ones that locals swear by. Each spot has a distinct local feel to it, giving tourists a taste of the culture.

Banana Bar 

Known all over the world, the Banana Bar is a favorite among both locals and tourists. Though there is a cover charge to get in, most who frequent the venue say it is worth it. This eccentric bar is located in a house that dates back to the 18th century. The venue has two floors with a bar on each floor.

Other Nightlife in Amsterdam Venues


As a popular live music venue, Paradiso is a must see nightlife destination. Its central location makes it easy to get to from anywhere in Amsterdam. Irish bands often perform at this trendy nightclub. Set in a building that was previously used as a church, Paradiso boasts a lot of history. Younger people are drawn to the club for its atmosphere and dance floor.


Talented but unknown musicians are often discovered at the Melkweg. With two concert halls, the venue hosts thousands of bands every year. Its dance programs are what draw many locals in. Those partying at this venue never know when they may discover a talented new DJ on the scene. Many careers have been made thanks to the reputation Melkweg has earned throughout Amsterdam.

Holland Casino

Often, Holland Casino is referred to by locals as an amusement arcade. Its slot machine and table games often attract locals looking for a fun entertainment experience. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, making it a popular venue.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Amsterdam nightlife. 

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