Best party hostels in Amsterdam
If you’re looking for the best hostels to have fun in Amsterdam, meet other fellow travellers, with sociable staff and organised events, these are the party hostels for you.
Amsterdam is a city famous for its beautiful houses, bicycles and waterways, but the city also offers an exciting party scene for those looking to have fun between sightseeing sessions. Thanks to the legal status of marijuana, the city is one of the world’s top destinations, especially among young travellers and students. The Red Lights district is definitely the most visited party area, but large clubs and bars can also be found in other parts of the city. Traveling alone or in a group, the hostels we recommend here are the perfect place for those looking to meet like-minded people, with a fun atmosphere and plenty of organized activities to encourage guests to socialize. Book now and get ready to unleash the fun in beautiful Amsterdam.
How are Party Hostels in Amsterdam?
- Best Party Hostels in Amsterdam: Flying Pig City Centre Hostel; St Christopher’s Inn al Winston
- Party style hostels: Funny hostels with bars and activities
- Level of madness: Pretty crazy, but especially at the bar.
- On-site parties: Live music in their on-site bars
- Pub Crawls: yes
Amsterdam is a party city, so it’s not strange that the best party hostels are also the best hostels on the whole. Choosing the best party hostel is easy, as the hostels we recommend here are both great options if you want your hostel to be your party base camp. Both hostels have bars on site and are always crowded and lively with travelers having fun.
How is the nightlife in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for party-lovers, especially thanks to its Red Light District, exciting clubbing scene, number of trendy bars and friendly marijuana legal status. In Amsterdam’s party scene you can easily find anything to suit your taste, from DJs playing techno, dub step and trance, to hip-hop or fuck clubs, to rock bars and cafes with reggae music. The city also attracts tons of tourists, and the hostels are always full of people, whether travelling alone or in groups, trying to meet other people and discover what the night has to offer in Amsterdam.
Basic information about nightlife in Amsterdam:
- Closing times of pubs and clubs:
- Bars and pubs: Monday to Thursday until 01:00am – Weekend at 03:00am
- Clubs: Monday to Thursday until 04:00am – Weekend at 05:00am
- Average cost of coverage for clubs: €5 to €20 (without drinks)
- Average price of a pint of beer: € 4.46
- Party districts: Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein and the areas of the Red Light District and Dam Square.
- Famous events or festivals: Koningsdag (King’s Day) on April 27.
So what are the best party areas in Amsterdam and the area?
Amsterdam’s big clubs are located on the outskirts of the city, but near the centre there are 4 main areas where you can find everything from cafes to pubs and clubs. The red light district, Dam Square (just beyond), Leidseplein y Rembrandtplein. Another interesting area, but for the day, is Jordaan, an alternative area full of cool coffee.
Red Light District and Dam Square
Right at the back of Dam Square, Amsterdam’s red light district is famous for its prostitution and its streets full of shop windows showing prostitutes trying to lure you in to let you in. But this district also offers a wide range of unique and interesting shops, peep shows, strip clubs, clubs, clubs and Dutch brown cafes. If you are brave enough, there are also some famous live sex shows at the Casa Rosso and Moulin Rouge theaters. For a more normal atmosphere, go to St Christopher’s at Winston Belushi’s hostel bar or Red Light Bar. The area around Dam Square, although a bit more touristy, also has some cool bars.
Leidseplein is the most popular festive area in Amsterdam, and not just for tourists. Both tourists and locals crawl its streets full of pubs, small clubs and large clubs in Amsterdam. Some of the best clubs in Amsterdam are located in this area, and it is here that you will find clubs that stay open until 5am. But the neighborhood also has more options than a crazy party. It offers some good international restaurants, some chill bars where you can enjoy a quiet beer, as well as the Amsterdam café where you can find all kinds of marijuana products. Cafe Amsterdamned is an excellent option for the bar, with happy hour and special offers on beer, or the Bulldog Palace grand café, which is a very popular destination for lovers of parties. For clubs, head to the internationally renowned Melkweg or Paradise.
Another lively area right between the Red Light District and Leidseplein, just a 10-minute walk from each of them. It is the perfect area to relax in the afternoon before going to the disco in other areas. But this small square has recently earned its reputation as a party centre, and many pubs, cafes and clubs are always lively and crowded with people having fun. Some time ago, Rembrandtplein was where you could find the gay scene in Amsterdam, with many gay venues around the street Reguliersdwarsstraat. Today, even if the scene is quite alive, you can also find many other gay clubs around the city, such as Fuxx on Warmoesstraat. Escape and Studio 80 are the most popular bars in Rembrandtplein. The first has several floors that offer different styles: the rooms Lounge, Studio, Caffe, Club and deLux. Studio 80 is one of the most famous clubs for underground, house and techno electronics. With a 24-hour license, they have organized several times a year 24-hour parties, where great DJs from around the world come for 24 hours of uninterrupted celebration.
How is the dresscode and what are age restrictions for going out and drinking?
Amsterdam is a very relaxed and informal city in general, and this is also visible in the policies of the nightclubs. Most bars, pubs and clubs allow you to enter dressed informally, with jeans and sneakers that are accepted as long as you look fresh, clean and not too drunk or stoned. Arriving in large groups may give you some trouble in some places, especially if you are mostly kids. Dividing into several smaller groups might be a good idea. There are some clubs that apply a strict dress code, like Escape. Check the website or ask your hostel staff for tips and recommendations depending on the clubs you’re about to hit.