10 Best Hip Hop Bars And Clubs In Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Maria Cristina
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Amsterdam, Netherlands’ capital city, is on every traveler’s bucket list. Ride a bike through the lovely parks and pass by the charming canals. Indulge in retail therapy at Haarlemmerstraat’s Jordaan District and Kalverstraat. Get your caffeine, candy, and cannabis fix at the local coffee shop — you’ll be surprised they are licensed to sell all these in one shop. Refresh yourself with a fresh pint of lager from the numerous microbreweries around you. Wander around the city and marvel at the narrow pathways and cobbled streets. Discover churches turned into museums, peculiar shops, and stylish cafes. As day turns to dusk, the city truly comes alive. Head over to Leidseplein Square and be amused by street performers. Check out our list of the best hip hop bars and clubs in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

1. Club Up

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The Club Up is part of Society de Kring, a group of scientists, artists, and culture lovers. Their building, called ‘The Circle’, is a huge event place with three large venues that can be rented for various purposes. The main floor called 'Society’ is a huge bar with a conservatory and balcony, ideal for concerts, book presentations, and casual drinking. The 100-seater restaurant on the top floor has a balcony with city views and serves food prepared by a professional chef. Club Up on the second floor is open on Fridays and Saturdays and occasionally on Thursday. It collaborates with the country’s hippest music organizations in various music genres, including hip hop.

De Club Up

Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 26 - I 1017 RC Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: Club Up

Opening hours: Thu: 11pm - 4am; Fri - Sat: 11pm - 5am (closed on Sun - Wed)

2. Jimmy Woo

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Back in the day, the club was used as a venue that can be rented for corporate events, presentations, and video/photo shoots. The club atmosphere is intensified by the bright neon lights illuminating a huge dance floor surrounded by padded sofas and a long, fully stocked bar. The dance floor is always full of people dancing to DJ music. VIP rooms on the upper floors are where the royalties and celebrities stay to enjoy their privacy.

Jimmy Woo

Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18 1017 RC Amsterdam

Website: Jimmy Woo

Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri - Sat: 11am - 4am; Thu: 11pm - 3am (closed on Sun & Mon)

3. Escape

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Escape was established in 1986 and has since become the largest nightspot in Amsterdam. It has a 2,000 guest capacity dominated by the young crowd, both foreigners and locals alike. It is a multi-level venue with an excellent sound system, an avant-garde design, and high-tech facilities to give you that ultimate clubbing experience. Music is played by local and international DJs, with events called Juice and Thirsty Thursdays. Due to the pandemic, club operations are temporarily closed. It is now operating as the country’s largest Spin Club, where people do exercise routines on stationary bikes to the pulsating tune of house music played by a DJ.

Escape

Address: Rembrandtplein 11 1017 CT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: Escape

Opening hours: Sun & Thu: 11am - 4am; Fri & Sat: 11am - 5am (closed on Mon - Wed)

4. Nova

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Nova is a high-end club located in the heart of Leidseplein, Amsterdam’s premier party venue. It features stylish interiors that truly impress. The ceiling is made of copper. There are Paris-inspired couches, a huge dance floor, and a global staff that’s very congenial. Dance to hip hop music until dawn. For an amazing night, book a VIP booth. Your personal host will guide you to a private booth upstairs that accommodates from 6 to 10 people. You get bottles of free Grey Goose Vodka, mixers of your choosing, and live entertainment in the form of comedy shows.

Nova

Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 14 1017 RC Amsterdam The Netherlands

Website: Nova

Opening hours: Sat: 11pm - 4am; Tue - Thu - Fri: 11pm - 12am (closed on Sun - Mon & Wed)

5. Bloemenbar

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This bar is one of the few near Kalvstraat that still accepts patrons after 3am, especially on weekdays. Bloemenbar or Flower Bar is not your ordinary hip hop bar. It’s a cozy place where you can hangout with arty interiors, lots of couches to lounge on, and a huge dance floor to strut your moves. Enjoy the latest hip hop music played by local DJs. It’s a chill place, where you can enjoy cheap drinks served by a friendly staff and a young hipster crowd. Sometimes, you might even catch a football celebrity mixed in the crowd and he’s just dropping by for a visit.

Bloemenbar

Address: Handboogstraat 15; 1012XM Amsterdam

Website: Bloemenbar

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 8pm - 5am; Sun - Thu: 8pm - 4am

6. Winston Kingdom Club

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Winston Hotel and Nightclub in Amsterdam is among the hotel chains of St. Christopher’s Inns spread all over Europe. It’s accessible by public transport. During the mid- 80s, the club started as an underground watering hole of artists, poets, musicians, and barflies. It’s a popular nightclub that is known for its live music performed by seasoned artists like Kesha, the Gaslight Anthem, and The Flatliners, just to name a few. Aside from its indoor seating area where you can watch sports events, there is also an outdoor corridor where you can enjoy al fresco dining.

Winston Kingdom Club

Address: Warmoesstraat 131, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1012 JA

Website: Winston Kingdom Club

7. AIR Amsterdam

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Air Amsterdam opened in 2010 in the party central of Amsterdam called Rembrandtplein, It easily ranked among the top 100 clubs worldwide because of its five bars, three dance floors, top-of-the-line sound system, three halls, two smoking areas, and exciting events, all under one roof. DondAIRdag, a misnomer for the Dutch lingo for Thursday, is a reoccurring nocturnal event that centers around R&B and hip hop music. The diversity of its music and offerings attracts international visitors. Techno and other dance music are played either by popular DJs or by a live band. Purchase an Air Card and use it to get free drinks; you even get access to a locker to keep your things.

AIR Amsterdam

Address: Amstelstraat 24 1017 DA Amsterdam The Netherlands

Website: AIR Amsterdam

Opening hours: Thu & Sun: 11:30pm - 4am; Fri & Sat: 11pm - 5am

8. OOSTerBAR

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Oosterbar used to be the basement of a zoological university. It was transformed into one of the famous bars Amsterdam has today, where global musical experiments are conducted. Music from all over the world is mixed, combined, produced, and played by no less than the greatest DJs and musicians. It is served to an enthusiastic crowd together with the bar’s premium beer, cocktail, and alcoholic beverages. The eclectic music matches the industrial interiors and overflowing energy of this club. For an epic night, bring your dancing shoes over to Generator Hostel’s lower ground floor.

OOSTerBAR

Address: Mauritskade 57, 1092 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: OOSTerBAR

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 10pm - 4am (closed on Sun - Thu)

9. XtraCold Icebar Amsterdam

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It is literally the coolest bar in Amsterdam. A visit to this bar is often included in the top 10 things you should do in the city. The bar is popular for its icy cold theme, with its internal temperature kept at a constant -10°C and surrounding interiors totally made of ice. Pay the admission fee and you will be given a thermal coat to wear while you are inside the bar. It also includes three tokens, which you can exchange for beverages that you will drink out of glasses created from ice. With the use of high-tech lighting, the icy interiors appear to change in different colors. You can chill out at the lounge or at the heated bar while dancing to DJ music.

XtraCold Icebar Amsterdam

Address: Amstel 194, 196, 1017 AG Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: XtraCold Icebar Amsterdam

Opening hours: Sun - Fri: 2:45pm - 10pm; Sat: 12:40pm - 10pm

10. Brasil Music Bar

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For over 20 years, Brasil Music Bar has been entertaining guests from all over the world with its diverse selection of music and relaxing Caribbean vibes. Enjoy great service, the best drinks, and music as you party the night away from their exclusive spot in Leidseplein. Here, the top DJs of Amsterdam and from other countries converge to play a wide range of music like hip hop, Latin, Reggae, R&B, and others. Dance in a nightclub with a tropical scenery and have a taste of Amsterdam’s vibrant nightlife. You can also book a reservation for a theme party. Every third Saturday of the month, they are open until 7am for an after-party.

Brasil Music Bar

Address: Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 70, 1017 NM Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: Brasil Music Bar

Opening hours: Wed - Thu - Sun: 10pm - 4am; Fri - Sat: 10pm - 5am (closed on Mon & Tue)

Party the night away in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, also known as ‘Venice of the North, boasts a lively party scene. There are many venues in the capital city where you can let your hair down and enjoy some drinks. So if you’re looking for a good time in Amsterdam, hit the hip hop bars and clubs.

Editor’s Note: Due to Covid-19, the business hours of the bars and clubs may differ from the stated timings in this article. Please be sure to check the updated hours from the websites. 

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