Take a Walk Through the Red Light District
Amsterdam is known the world over for its Red Light District which comprises of 3 main areas; De Wallen, Singelgebied and Ruysdaelkade. Its history dates back to the 1300s during a time when women looking to attract customers at night would carry red lanterns.
Nowadays there are plenty of brothels where sex workers display themselves behind large, red-lit windows. You can find most of them in smaller alleys in the area and at night you will see a big stream of people, curious to experience what this place is all about. The area is also well supplied with sex shops, bars, a sex museum, peep shows, and coffee shops. Where in other countries a coffee shop is just a location to drink a hot cup of caffeine, in the Netherlands this name is exclusively reserved for places that sell and allow you to smoke weed.
You simply cannot miss the Oude Kerk, the oldest building in Amsterdam, which serves as a church built in the 1400s. Walk around and take in the unimaginable atmosphere. When you’re in need of a pit stop, make sure to walk past Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket hotspots Delirium for a double-up on your beer.
Some locals used to think the Ij lake is a hot, boiling pot of lava and wouldn’t risk their lives crossing it to ‘the other side’ in a million years. But times have changed, Amsterdam North has changed. Nowadays locals actually love going there for the industrial vibe and growing range of entertainment.
Accessibility has greatly improved with the opening of the North-South metro line, but we would still recommend taking the (free!) ferry and enjoy the view as you quickly make your way across.
A’DAM Toren, Amsterdam Tower, provides the views. It re-opened in 2016 and houses a lookout, revolving restaurant, bar, nightclub and (quite literally) on top of that; Europe’s highest swing. You didn’t think smoking weed was the only way to get high in Amsterdam, did you?
Visit the Eye Filmmuseum, even if it’s just to see that remarkable building up close or appreciate the stunning views while enjoying a drink. There’s always an interesting exhibition on and when it closes at 7 pm you can stick around to watch a movie in this ‘house of film’.
Beat your Friends at Game Night
Also, one of the best things to do in Amsterdam. A small detour on your way back brings you to theAloha Amsterdam, just a few minutes’ walk from Central Station where the ferry docks. Let this indoor game-hall bring out your competitive side and challenge your friends for a round of bowling, mini-golf or laser tag.
All game areas have their own theme. Michiel de Ruyter, who was a Dutch admiral, rules the mini-golf course. Laser tag is all about underground and the white bowling alleys are brought to life with LED-lighting. Ready to play? The loser pays the next round!
Reserve your group time in advance and get 2 for 1 for golf and laser tag and 2 hours bowling for the price of 1 with your Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket.
Take a Shot at Fortune
What’s in the cards for you tonight? A bit of luck at the gambling table perhaps? Holland Casino is the only legal place in the Netherlands to get in the game and we’ve teamed up with them to get you acquainted. Your Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket gives you free entrance, a cocktail or beverage of choice and free entry to the casino’s club Lido.
American Roulette, Black Jack, poker, bingo and a variety of slot machines are among the many options you have for a night of opportunities. So get ready to try your luck, choose your game and play. Maybe you’ll leave Amsterdam as a millionaire.