Dinner shows and live entertainment
Amsterdam offers a brilliant range of options for live dinner entertainment, which means you won’t be rushing to put your coat back on after dessert. From cabaret clubs and jazz bars to dinner cruises and drag shows, here’s our round-up of the best venues to enjoy glitz and glamour.
Dauphine’s live stage hosts some of the finest soul, pop, funk, R&B and jazz musicians, offering a surprising evening out with the intimate atmosphere of a New York nightclub. The most popular event is Friday Night Live, where you can tuck into a four-course dinner as you watch the band. There are also regular shows on the first Sunday of every month.
The Chupitos Club
If the drinks alone won’t get you moving, the DJs will. Chupitos offers a wide range of popular clubmusic, themed nights, and renowned local and international DJs. The evening is kicked off with mellow party vibes during dinner, which descends into vibey DJ sets for cocktail hour and a full-on club night to follow. Live performances, acts and musical talent frequently take to the stage. Check the website agenda for regular nights and special events.
Bob's Boat Bash
Let yourself be carried away during an evening full of surprises at Bob's Boat Bash - on a beautiful saloon boat! With the intimacy of a living room concert, Douwe Bob treats you once a month to a carefully-curated lineup of musicians playing different styles and music from the house band, while you tuck into the delicious snacks and drinks. There are two time slots to choose from (16:30-19:30 or 20:30-00:00, with possible departure at 23:00) and the boat departs from NDSM Wharf. Once on board, you choose what you want to eat or drink; whether it's a serving platter, bitterballen, or other tasty snacks.
Pasta e Basta
Slurp spaghetti vongole as the talented waiting staff of this welcoming trattoria serenade you with arias, pop ballads and Italo disco. Pasta e Basta offers an Italian menu, beautiful wines and performances by professionally-trained waiters who will sing to you as you eat - the perfect soundtrack to a romantic dinner for two or an unforgettable group meal.
Paleis van de Weemoed
Nothing says glitz and glamour better than sequins, feather boas and some carefully-positioned tassels over a five-course a la carte meal. Paleis van de Weemoed in the heart of Amsterdam’s notorious Red Light District is one of the best-known cabaret and variety bars in the city. The venue hosts regular dinner shows with song, dance, jazz, and of course, some tantalising burlesque with a big glitzy wink.
With red velvet decor, oysters and flowing champagne, this cabaret bar and nightclub channels the lavish bohemian glamour of those notorious Nuits Parisienne. Bar Rouge is an intimate spot for groups to enjoy fantastic Asian-inspired dishes, cocktails, live entertainment and music from some of the hottest DJs in town. Check the website for their exclusive Christmas and New Year’s Eve events, bottomless brunches, Latin nights, and everything else in between.
Chin Chin Club
Inspired by Hong Kong’s vibrant nightlife, indulge in an evening of superb Asian-influenced food, provocative performances and the sound of chinking glasses at Chin Chin Club. A dinner show here includes a superb five-course menu, magical live entertainment as you eat and the option to stay on when the venue transforms into an intimate nightclub for the evening. The venue was named after the cheerful sound of clinking glasses, and we believe it’s one of the most festive hotspots in the city. Chin Chin, darling!.
Amsterdam’s most talented drag performers own the stage of this iconic theatre restaurant which promises the most reliably fabulous night out in Amsterdam. From the outside, ‘t Sluisje seems like nothing more than your average brown cafe in the Jordaan. But inside, you’ll be transported to a world of spectacular cross-dressing, side-splitting comedy, music and warm hospitality over a delicious three-course meal.