Housed in the Marcanti Building, the name ‘Marktkantine’ is a nod to the building’s former function. Constructed in 1936, the building served as a canteen for the wholesale traders who work at the market next door. After falling into disuse as a canteen, it housed everything from a concert hall to a night club before remaining empty for years. Now, it’s well-loved once again in this current but temporary incarnation and one of Amsterdam's favourite night clubs.
Music: disco, house, techno.
De Marktkantine // Jan van Galenstraat 6
Shelter is the name of the subterranean nightclub and exhibition space located in the basement of the landmark A'DAM Tower on Amsterdam's northern waterfront. Shelter’s programming is set on curating sounds from all types of electronic music, showcasing electronica from the defining outreaches of the industry. Underground clubbing at its finest.
Shelter // Overhoeksplein 1
From hosting the first illegal gabber raves in Amsterdam to becoming a highly regarded spot for cutting edge electronic music in the Netherlands, Elementenstraat is living proof of the power and resilience of club culture. With its modular, multi-roomed interior Warehouse Elementenstraat captures the intimacy of a nightclub, combined with an indoor festival feeling. Expect parties like Hyte, Welcome to the Future, Luciano & Friends and Reaktor.
Warehouse Elementenstraat // Elementenstraat 25
Rising from the ashes of the famous EXIT club on the Reguliersdwarsstraat, NYX is a gay club that’s open to all sexual persuasions – encouraging LGBTQ+ clubbers to take their straight friends with them. The club is spread over three floors and hosts performances and club nights catering to a range of musical tastes, from the (in)famous drag shows to grinding your way through the nineties and naughties. All your favourite guilty pleasures are played.
Music: all round.
Club Nyx // Reguliersdwarsstraat
From a yoga class to booming techno nights: this former office block is now a multidisciplinary creative haven. RADION is hosting exhibitions, cinema nights, workshops, club nights and many other events. In May 2015 RADION was granted a 24-hours permit, so stay hydrated.
RADION // Louwesweg
Risen from the ashes of the legendary club iT in Amsterdam's city centre, AIR is a house and dance club with an interior designed by Marcel Wanders and featuring impressive VOID systems, state-of-the-art lighting and a mind-boggling LED wall. The night club is featured mulitple times in DJ MAG's prestigious top 100 clubs in the world.
Music: all round.
AIR Amsterdam // Amstelstraat 24
This luxurious night club at Amsterdam's Leidseplein "Entertainment Area" gained worldwide fame because of its many celebrated guests and strict door policy - though not totally clear what the criteria is. Jimmy Woo is also famous for its interior and sound system, winning the ‘Dutch Design’ price and honoured for ‘best club sound in the Netherlands’.
Music: all round.
Jimmy Woo // Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18
Rembrandtplein is one of Amsterdam’s most popular areas for going out, and Escape is its centre with revellers flocking to the club for dancing through the night. Amsterdam's finest hit the decks at the club alongside world-famous DJs including Tiësto, David Guetta, Paul van Dyk and Todd Terry. For more intimate events check out the Escape Lounge, equipped with an LED-lit ceiling and a view of the Rembrandtplein.
Music: dance, pop.
Escape // Rembrandtplein 11
Of course, Amsterdam night life isn't all about the house and techno heavyweights. One of the musical thrills in Amsterdam is that you can find a wide array of pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, electronic and singer-songwriters performing on any given day. Check out some smaller venues like Bitterzoet, Het Sieraad, Tolhuistuin, Depot and Chin Chin Club to find a bit of everything.
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