A Lavish night in Amsterdam.

As Amsterdam is my second home base and a place I frequently visit for a good time when I’m back in Europe, I decided to dedicate a blog entry to the gems that the city has to offer outside of its bustling tourist hubs and clichéd coffee shops. Away from the standardized images of prostitutes and legalized marijuana, the liberal city leaves room for a great night out, quiet cocktails and dinners at some of Europe’s coolest lounges, bars and restaurants.

 

When I’m back in the city, I usually start my night with a late dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. The harbour club is one of the quintessential dinner-spots to visit when you’re in Amsterdam. An old industrial building, located at the harbour (surprise surprise) with dark lighting, modern-cool interior and a view that is to die for. In summer you can enjoy your dinner on the terrace overlooking the harbour. My favorite thing to eat here are the king crab claws or the tomahawk steak.

(Photo credits: www.theharbourclub.com/amsterdam/)

 

Another must- visit restaurant is Izakaya. (Japanese) Asian-fusion food at its finest and a state-of-the-art bar, combined with sleek, sophisticated interior make the place one of the cities hottest restaurants. Needless to be said, it’s more than advisable to make a reservation in advance.

(Photo credits: www.izakaya-amsterdam.com)

 

On Saturdays I usually book a table at Woo Bro’s before I go out. The restaurant is close to some of Amsterdam’s best bars and nightclubs (Leidseplein) and is a great little place to have dinner and drinks. The Asian-fusion tapas style dishes are fantastic for a pre-party dinner.

 

No need to mention, Amsterdam also has some great places to have a drink, or two (or three). One of the greatest bars in the city is the twenty third bar at hotel Okura. The interior is sleek and stylish and the drinks are fantastic. Big bonus point: The view of Amsterdam at night is fantastic.

(Photo credits: www.okura.nl)

 

If you are planning to head to the club, you can have also great pre-party drink at Suzy Wong, which is the little sister of Amsterdam’s Jimmy Woo, and located right across from the popular night-club. Suzy Wong compliments her big brother well with chic interior, a touch of oriental decoration and a state-of-the-art cocktail bar.

 

One of the cities hottest clubs and without a lie, one of the most difficult places to get into, is easily Jimmy Woo. The oriental deco, with dark lighting and edgy furniture mixed with classic hip-hop tunes gives the ambience an air of modern-cool. Since there’s absolutely always a line, it is more than recommendable to reserve ahead for table service.

(Photo credits: www.jimmywoo.com)

 

My second favorite club in Amsterdam is without a doubt club air. The Dutch interior designer, Marcel Wanders gave the place a very intimate feel, by decorating each of the small rooms in a different design scheme, making you feel like you are in a new club, with every room. The excellent attentive table-service never disappoints.

(Photo credits:www.air.nl)

 

You may think no one goes out on a Monday night. Well in Amsterdam we do. And without question the place to go on a Monday night is Supperclub. Monday nights party, “Fuck the weekend we party on Monday”, features only the best old-school R&B and Hip Hop tunes. Restaurant, gallery, bar, club whatever you want to call it, the place oozes with sex appeal.

(Photo credits: http://www.supperclub.amsterdam)

 

Not to be missed during summer: Holland’s beach parties. On Sundays the place to be is Bloemendaal. For the best summer nights, head to beach club Vroeger and enjoy some ice cold Lavish while dancing the day away to some of the best DJs the country has to offer.

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