Celebrating the new year brings a fresh start full of opportunity, new leaves and blank slates. How will you celebrate? Amsterdam's list of parties is as long as the Prinsengracht. Our guide to the best parties covers the mass-scale dance parties, costume shindigs, free-for-all family fun and quirky theme parties.
New Year, new cheer
Plenty of New Year's Eve parties to suit every taste spring up across Amsterdam which can make deciding where to spend the evening tricky business.
Check out I amsterdam's NYE 2013/2014 party listing below, featuring our selection of the best events across town to give you an idea of what to expect.
The listing will be updated as soon as the 2014/2015 parties are announced later in the year.
2013/2014 New Year's events in Amsterdam
The Oosterdok area is once again the location for the city’s official celebrations, with the VOC Ship The Amsterdam and the Scheepvaartmuseum forming the backdrop for a spectacular New Year’s Eve event. Bringing the Amsterdam 2013 festivities to a spectacular finale, the event will see visitors welcome in the new year in fine voice with the New Year’s Eve Singalong before fireworks illuminate the night sky over the River IJ. 23:00, free entrance.
A beach sports location by day, The Sand morphs into a major player on Amsterdam’s nightlife scene after dark. Their Secret Affair NYE line-up is set to include a host of international and home-grown talent. 22:00-05:30, tickets: €39.50.
Billed as the largest and most bizarre New Year’s rave ever, Q-dance presents the Freaqshow at the Ziggo Dome. This twisted NYE celebration promises a night of hard-style tunes, plenty of freaky live shows and raucous entertainment. 20:00-late. SOLD OUT
Calling all Charlie Chaplins, Marlene Dietrichs, gangsters and divas! The Charleston with a Twist New Year’s Eve Party at Amsterdam’s KHL Café proves that the 1920s are still as roaring as ever. Get your glad rags on and head along for a glamorous jazzy affair with live music, dancing and performances. 21:00-04:00. SOLD OUT
As the organisers of the country's largest techno event, Awakenings is an institution in the Netherlands. Usher in the new year at the Awakenings New Year’s Eve Special at the Gashouder (Westergasfabriek), featuring an international DJ line-up and the traditional indoor fireworks display! 20:00-06:00. SOLD OUT
Not content with just one New Year’s party, Awakenings are back at the Westergasfabriek on the first day of 2014 with their Awakenings New Year’s Day Special: a 12-hour techno marathon sure to blast away any remaining bleariness from New Year’s Eve. 17:00 (on 1 January)-05:00. SOLD OUT
Hugely successful Amsterdam club night TIKTAK returns to the NYE circuit with their TIKTAK NYE event at the Heineken Music Hall. An eclectic crowd-pleaser, the night promises a cross-over mix of hip-hop, house, trap, electro, moombathon and more! 21:30-06:00. SOLD OUT
Loveland return to the spectacular location of Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ for Loveland New Year 2013! The party organisers bring an end to a successful year of events with their New Year’s Special featuring a DJ line-up including Adriatique, Carl Craig, Homework and Marcus Gehring. 21:00-06:00. SOLD OUT
Riding on the wave of success after their ADE event, glamorous house lovers Hed Kandi return to the city for a Hed Kandi New Year’s Eve special. The Ocean Diva boat plays host to the event, welcoming classy clubbers aboard for a night of blazing fireworks, champagne showers and glitter canons with Hed Kandi residents on the decks. 22:00-late. SOLD OUT
Spread across all 6 rooms of Amsterdam’s Felix Meritis, Lloyd-Arcadi returns with their themed take on New Year’s celebrations and this year it’s time for Cuba Libre NYE! Get in character as you are transported back to pre-revolutionary Havana for a thrilling combination of Tropicana, underground club exuberance, flirtatious salsa and naturally, Buena Vista Social Club vibes. 21:30-05:30, tickets: €65.
Apenkooi (Monkey Cage) whisks you off to the tropics for their New Year's Eve event this year, taking over Westerunie with their Club Tropicana event. Grab your most colourful outfit and head along for a summery blend of cocktails and sunshine tunes. 22:00-06:00, tickets: €49.50.
This year, ENCORE takes control at the Melkweg for the ENCORE New Year’s Eve Special. The popular club night brings the year to a close spinning the best hip-hop and R&B tunes, expect the whole spectrum from dubstep to dancehall and moombahton. 22:00-late, tickets: €30 (early bird), €39.75 (standard). SOLD OUT
Bring a touch of Vegas glamour to your New Year’s celebrations as F*cking Pop Queers descend on the Paradiso with their Fabulous Extra Large Las Vegas NYE! The FPQXL DJ team will be on hand with the tunes, there’ll be midnight bubbles, the Glittering Ultradisko Spectacle and plenty more. Dress code is Billionaires & Gold-diggers, Showgirls & Strippers. 21:00-late, tickets: €39 (standard), €50 (at the door).
Illuminati AMS, Patta and Mo Manager team up to bring The Happening to the Stadsschouwburg’s Rabozaal. Expect a vibrant mix of the city's best music, creative happenings and naturally, the ultimate New Year’s Eve vibe! 22:00-05:00, tickets: €45 (late bird).
What to do after celebrating New Year’s Eve? Celebrate New Year’s Day of course! The RVLVR NEW YEAR sees the Paradiso throw open its doors for a 12-hour spectacle, welcoming in 2014 in style with a host of established DJs from the Amsterdam scene. 18:00 (on 1 January)-06:00, tickets: €25 (standard).
Start 2014 with a house and techno bang with the Breakfast Club at the Melkweg! The daytime event was a runaway success at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event so expect the dance floors to be packed right through until the evening at this entire-building event. 07:00 (on 1 January)-18:00, tickets: €25.99.
It’s R&B all the way at the Rock the Boat New Year’s Eve Special at Bitterzoet, for a night of guaranteed grinding, shouting and boat rocking! 22:00-04:00, tickets: €35 (standard), €40 (at the door).
Head to Amsterdam West for Club Lite’s warm and wonderful barefoot New Year’s Party, featuring two floors of reflective celebrations including a silent concert, tantric surprises, chill-out sounds and mesmerising visuals. 20:00-04:00, tickets: €25.
Welcome in the new year with a huge line-up of DJs spinning various styles of tunes at the Escape with their New Year’s Eve party. The action is spread over the Escape Club (house), Escape deLux (urban/eclectic), the Escape Studio (tech/minimal) and the Escape Lounge (80s/90s/00s). 22:00-05:00, tickets: €60.
At BAUT, the BAUT&New party kicks off with groovy tunes and delicious snacks before the urban garden is revealed at midnight. See in 2014 from this oasis of green on the roof of the building which previously housed Dutch newspaper Het Parool. 23:00-late. SOLD OUT
Pllek teams up with Natural Yoga for a postively stimulating New Year’s event with a global vibe! GLOBALESQUE is a party with an international twist, with various cultures reflected in the performers, decor, food and of course, music. 19:00-03:00. SOLD OUT
Celebrating its 10th birthday in 2013, exclusive nightclub Jimmy Woo reflects on a decade in the business and looks forward to the next 10 years of extraordinary parties with Gold and New. The venue will be transformed into a golden temple for the night, welcoming a string of top DJs and the suggested dress code is, you guessed it... gold! 22:00-04:00, tickets: €55. (Minimum age 21).
Having risen from the ashes of the legendary club iT and been conceived by top Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, Amsterdam's Club AIR is a design-lover’s dream. In a nod of acknowledgement back to its roots, AIR’s Can You Feel iT NYE promises to be a trendy gay-friendly affair to help you see the New Year in in style. 22:00-05:00, tickets: €47.50.
Diepzinnig & Lazy Sundays take charge for the NYE party at Odeon this year, featuring a special 3-hour deep house set by Dennis Ferrer alongside a host of leading DJs. 22:00-05:00, tickets: €25.
Everything’s possible at Fissa, this year’s NYE party at Bar Italia! Head along early and tuck into a delicious 3-course dinner or just join once the dancing kicks off later in the evening. 20:00-04:00, tickets available in advance at the Bar Italia bar for €25 or on the night for €30/€35 (€55 including dinner, reservation required).
Sugarfactory presents a special New Year’s edition of successful club night Wicked Jazz Sounds – an institution in Amsterdam after 12 years in the game! DJs and live musicians take to the stage for a night of banging tunes from the past and future dance floor shakers. 00:15-06:00, tickets: €35.
This New Year's Eve, it’s an exclusive affair at the renowned Supperclub and cocktail bar Chapter 21, located under the club. SHINE partygoers looking for an additional touch of luxury can also reserve a 4, 6 or 8 person bed for the evening. Suggested dress code: black, silver, gold, glitter and sequins – basically anything sparkly and shining! 22:00-04:00, tickets: €60.
Held on New Year’s Day at the Westerunie, the Bla Bla Sjonnie & Anita Costume Party XXL is all about bad taste fancy dress. Root around the wardrobe for suitable fashion disasters, assemble your worst outfit and leave any feelings of shame at home for this 12-hour techno marathon where wrong is most certainly right! Fancy dress required, inflatable crocodile optional.16:00-04:00 (on 1 January), tickets: €25.
After a successful summer festival earlier in the year, Groen als Gras (Green as Grass) descends on the Zuiveringshal at the Westergasfabriek for a New Year’s edition of the event. Babylon NYE welcomes you to a mythical garden of plenty for a divine evening complete with a flurry of musical wonders of the world. 19:00-06:00, tickets: €37.50 (standard), €47.50 (including dinner).
Edel is back with their New Year’s Spectacle at Het Sieraad, featuring four halls with an enormous DJ line-up and the traditional unforgettable ‘midnight moment’ as 2014 dawns! 22:00-05:00. SOLD OUT
Nothing short of a once in a lifetime opportunity, TOREN NYE is the first and last time that new year’s will be celebrated at Toren before it closes mid-2014. Expect a varied programme of live music and DJs during a killer 12-hour marathon of funk, house, bass, dub, techno, disco, garage, acid and electro! Warming mulled wine and tasty treats will be available outside, on the banks of the River IJ. 22:00-10:00. SOLD OUT
Renowned for their delicious cocktails and exclusive vibe, Dvars Amsterdam celebrates New Year’s Eve with resident DJs and live artists playing disco with a modern twist. Don’t forget to try their special New Year’s cocktail! 21:00-04:00, free admission.
Go subterranean this year for the DOKA Royale NYE, held in the basement of the former Volkskrant building. Experience an eccentric fusion of underground and class, and remember: what happens in DOKA, stays in DOKA. 23:00-late, tickets: €35.
A good time institution just off the Rembrandtplein, Jantjes Verjaardag celebrates with their Happy New Year Party. It’s party tunes all the way and the first 200 arrivals will be welcomed by a free glass of bubbles. 22:00-late, tickets: 17.50 (presale), €22.50 (at the door).
The legendary Amsterdam BeatClub are in charge of the New Year’s Party at the Comedy Theater in de Nes. But with live bands, go-go dancing, burlesque shows, vintage DJs, cult visuals, champagne and cocktails, this dress-to-impress event is certainly no laughing matter! 22:00-4:00, tickets: €30 (presale), €35 (at the door).
Ahoy me hearties! Expect a wild ride as Amsterdam Roest rings in the new year with Man Overboord. With plenty of Pirate Punch on offer, it’s bound to be a stormy mix of rowdy pirates, treasure-hunting buccaneers, sea dogs and scallywags - just make sure you don’t get three sheets to the wind! 20:00-06:00, tickets: €35/€40 (group ticket for €120 – 5 for the price of 4).
Pacific Parc are on hand to help you swing into 2014 with Trailer Trash #9 at the Machinegebouw and adjoining Openbare Verlichting on the Westergasfabriek. With little time for pop or trance, this event is all about good times to the tune of snappy rock ‘n’ roll, screaming soul, kicking oldies and pumping ska. 22:00-06:00, tickets only available in advance at the Pacific Parc bar (€30) or at the door on the night (€40).
It’s an exclusive, intimate affair at Club ABE this year as they welcome you to their dazzling New Year’s Eve Bal Masque. The dress code for this event is ‘strict & sexy’ and every guest will be presented with a unique mask as they enter the world of desire, magic and seduction. 22:00-05:00, tickets: €50.
Hard//Hoofd once again team up with the Kriterion for the third edition of the Hard//Hoofd NYE Party! Simplicity is key here: a no-nonsense shindig combining a living room vibe with the tunes and energy every New Year’s party deserves. 01:00-late (last admittance 02:45), tickets (€15) only available in advance at the Kriterion bar.
One of Amsterdam’s most popular gay-friendly hot-spots, PRIK return with their Sparkling PRIK Party! The venue opens at 16:00 and the DJs start spinning the sparkling pop and dance tunes at 22:00.16:00-late, free entrance.
It’s a double whammy as R&B Legends celebrate New Year’s Eve and their fifth anniversary! Due to the raging success of previous editions, the event moves to a new, and bigger home: Hotel Arena. Expect the finest R&B from the 90s right through to the hottest new Urban tunes. 23:00-05:00, tickets: €35.
Race into 2014 with the best house beats during the Cartel NYE event at Club Up. Taking charge of the decks on the night will be Dexter, Beesmunt Soundsystem and Anil Aras. 23:00-05:00, tickets: €20 (presale), €25 (at the door).