Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Amsterdam

Panama
A major force in Amsterdam's club land, don't let the retro industrial exterior fool you, Panama is a slick, polished experience.
NL
A club that attracts the beautiful and famous, including some actors, musicians and Dutch football players. Good-looking crowd at a good-looking venue.
Jimmy Woo’s
East meets West at Jimmy's with a whole load of style. Beautiful, classy, and maybe just a tad smug.
Melkweg
One of the best-known venues in Amsterdam and a great place to mix raving to a visiting band and then dancing wildly to the club tunes.
De Duivel
This club celebrates everything to do with hip-hop, from Dutch Nederhop, to beats from around the rest of the world. A different rhythm from the rest of the city's clubs.
Club Home
Themed around a home, with a living room and bedroom and a basement where all the action happens. A place for clubbers who like to dance.
Club 8
You get a slightly younger, less polished feel from Club 8 than some of the other, bigger clubs.
Casa Rosso
If you must see a sex show in Amsterdam (and why else are you there really?) than Casa Rosso offers the least seedy and best-known location.
Bitterzoet
A place for people who love to dance, it gets quite sweaty in the club area. Plays an eclectic and intriguing range of music that will, eventually, suit all tastes.
Barney’s Coffeeshop
If you are going to try puffing on a spliff in Amsterdam than the venues that Barney's runs are the best place to crash and get the munchies.
Morlang
A slightly trendier eatery that has spent some time concentrating on its aesthetic appeal. Usually quite busy.
Foodware
Good takeaway food that changes with whatever fresh ingredients the shop has got in that morning.
Foodism
A snack place that morphs into serving dinner when the sun goes down, Foodism has a brash, artsy style that is very welcoming.
De Vergulde Gaper
Not just a good place to grab a snack, De Vergulde Gaper can rustle up a proper dinner for those who want to spend some more time lounging in the sun.
De Drie Graefjes
In the shadow of the looming Nieuwe Kerk, De Drie Graefjes offers the usual lunch fare but allows you to escape the crowds of Dam Square.
De Bakkerswinkel
Cake! And scones and pastries and anything else that has to be baked, this place is worth fighting through the Red Light District for.
Da Portare Via
A pizza place, to put it at its most blunt, but a place that makes very very good pizza, bursting with flavour and reasonably priced.
Cote Ouest
The best place to eat on the Dam Square, which means you should certainly give it a try, especially if you are hankering for some mussels.
Burgermeester
A burger-shaped delight, with meats from tuna to deer and an unhealthy slathering of sauces. Burger making done by people who clearly love burgers.
Brasserie de Pereboom
Your average Dutch café, a good place to sit on the terrace and people watch. Nothing very surprising here, either good or bad.
Bern
There are few pleasures quite so indulgent as melting up a big pot of cheese and dipping bread into it - and Bern is one of the few places in Amsterdam that does a good fondue.
Barney’s Uptown
Something of a smoker's joint, so don't be surprised if someone blazes up next to you, but also has surprisingly good food and drinks on offer.
Bagels & Beans
Delicious bagels and coffee beans basically, though the beans are usually in the form of a drink by the time you pay for them. Better than your average coffee joint.
G-Spot
It might be tricky to find, but when you do, you are guaranteed a good time at the G-Spot. The main action happens in a hot little box of a room.
Gollem
Go on a hops-flavoured taste adventure at Gollem, which is stocked with hundreds of different ales. For people who really appreciate beers.
Het Schuim
A chance to look cultured and enjoy a sip of your favourite alcohol, Het Schuim is a combination of art gallery and bar.
Kingfisher
A mainstay of the hip and fashionable area of De Pijp, Kingfisher doesn't get wrapped up in its own coolness that mixes a good cocktail.
Lime
A change from most of the other Red Light District offerings, Lime is modern and perfectly pleasant.
Nel
Though the leafy, laid-back square might suggest a more garden-like atmosphere, Nel is a slick bar that plays and hosts good music.
Suzy Wong
Unashamedly chic, but managing to avoid pretentiousness, Suzy Wong is a place for hedonist's to let their true colours show.
Vyne
Not surprisingly at all given the name, Vyne serves a fabulous selection of fine wines from around the world.
Werck
If you've ever wanted to make a Dutch friend, then Werck is the place to go, where the crowding on the wooden tables means you're likely to end up next to a convivial stranger.
Wolvenstraat 23
This unnamed bar has a retro, bright style and is a quirky, fun place to spend an evening as you try to remember the lyrics to the 70s tunes being played.
Classico
There's been a mediterranen menu update for a much loved relaxed foodie venue.
Door 74
This is an appointment only bar dedicated to late night drinking and the perfection of the art of cocktail making and consumption.
De Nieuwe Anita
Hard to describe, De Neiuwe Anita is not just an anarchic bar, but also a cinema and a performance space. Something very different.
De Engelbewaarder
This a delightful old gem of a brown café, with an air of literary charm. A chance to get away from the bustle of the more touristy spots.
Bubbles & Wines
This tucked away little bar that is dedicated to the fruit of the vine is an excellent place to kick off the evening, with an excellent selection that can be accompanied with a tasty range of snacks.
Arc
A bar going through something of an identity crisis, Arc still manages to serve some of the freshest and most delicious cocktails in Amsterdam.
Yamazato
The only Asian restaurant in the Netherlands to have a Michelin star. A refined and classy Japanese eating experience in the heart of Amsterdam.

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