11 BEST TECHNO CLUBS IN AMSTERDAM
If Techno is what you’re here for, we will do anything to make sure you don’t end up dancing to indecipherable Dutch classics in a local cafe. And of course, you don’t have to, because Amsterdam is home to a good number of techno clubs. Where to find the best ones? We’ll show you!
The big, mainstream clubs offer their fair share of techno but in a city that’s home to an almost endless amount of abandoned factory buildings, new underground hangouts are popping up all the time. They often offer a lot more than just music and are definitely worth a visit on other hours of the day. But when the sun sets, the real party gets started.
So grab your Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket and get ready to explore and have a good time. The list of places that are eager to show you their tricks is every growing and with your ticket, you get access to the finest bunch.
Electronic, house & techno
Your Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket gives you access to a huge selection of events during the weekend at Radion and trust us, you want to make use of that. This cultural breeding place is constantly trying to find the edge of experimental projects. It used to be a lecture hall, but nowadays ‘partying’ is the only subject they teach. Progressive club nights are the usual, on top of creative events they regularly host.
So take your pick and decide on what you’d like your dose of techno to go with because the variety is endless in this artistic juncture. Live performances? International DJ’s? You name it. Radion’s club nights will make all your techno dreams come true.
House & techno
There’s something about the Dutch capital city and turning old warehouses into nighteries. But perhaps it just makes too much sense not to. Huge spaces, great sound and lots of character. The same goes for the old peanut factory on the Elementenstraat that can be found in the industrial part of West Amsterdam.
In the early ‘90s, the warehouse was already discovered as an excellent venue to host large scale raves but closed after only a year of partying. Twenty years later the warehouse re-opened its doors for lovers of underground house and techno. Check their facebook page for upcoming events.
Claire is stylish and also happens to be one of Amsterdam’s most appreciated and less obvious techno clubs. She takes on whatever role you need to accompany you on your night out downtown and she’s hella good at it. She doesn’t shy away from colors and light, which is a rare find in the city’s underground scene. But Claire gets away with it, it makes her special and loveable and we’re sure you’ll soon fall head over heels with this special lady too. She combines house and techno with disco to create a unique blend that stands for a great night out.
The club is located right on the Rembrandtplein, surrounded by like-minded souls and music lovers. And although Claire’s interior is anything but grungy, party folks are not required to dress up fancy. Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and more important, something that allows you to move till the sun comes up. Get your Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket and check what Claire has waiting for you.
Drum, Bass, House, Techno, Electronic
It’s got the looks and the location. An old factory with two separate halls to show off your moves, right in the middle of the city at Leidseplein. Melkweg is an all-time favorite that pleases both locals and visitors and also holds a few surprises in the techno department.
Techno Tuesday is a weekly event and with a name like that, an explanation is unnecessary. Knock out techno beats all night long for you to party till you drop. Care for some drum ‘n bass too? Melkweg’s Cheeky Monday also makes a weekly comeback to guarantee a good start of the week.
Your Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket gives you access to the Melkweg on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and additional events on the weekend that you can select in the ‘extra’s’ section. Make sure to check out this city idol.
Jazz, funk, nu-disco, tech-house, electro, Italo house, pop, deep house, techno
VLLA establishes parties with organizations that know exactly what they’re doing. So whether they’re playing jazz, pop, tech house or techno, you can always expect the music selection to be of the highest standards.
This club is also a place of contradictions. Things used to be awfully quiet in this former funeral home, but nowadays it couldn’t be louder. Mourning rooms that embodied sadness are now packed with art, and creativity awakens in a spot that wasn’t much lively in the past.
VLLA’s garden is an excellent spot to chill before the party starts and meet likeminded artistic spirits who enjoy a good fiesta. And with your Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket, you get access to special club nights at this extraordinary institute that’s definitely worth checking out.
House & techno
A relatively new underground space in town that’s literally below the surface. Enter the staircase through the huge hatch door and you’ll find yourself right beneath the tall Amsterdam Tower, a new city icon.
The sound system is just as solid as the concrete interior. The space is quite dark because Shelter doesn’t allow for too many distractions from what it’s all about: music. The dress code tells visitors to dress in a way that matches their personality, so this club is definitely a place where you can be you.
Shelter’s main focus is on house and techno, but sometimes they allow room for disco and other controversial sounds to seep in through the cracks of the basement. Often they’re open till 8 am in the morning, but check their facebook page for specific info about opening hours and events.
Club John Doe
Tech-house, Urban, RnB, Dance & Afrobeats and more
Located on Rembrandt square and the spot in town where exciting things happen around the clock. Club John Doe is anything but anonymous but mysterious nonetheless. Picture dark but intensely stylish rooms with top-notch lighting technologies to set the mood.
According to John, there is ‘No Sunday Without Techno’ and he will make sure that is the case. The city’s best underground artists guarantee outstanding quality of music six nights of the week. They aim to remain undefined and that reflects in the sound they offer. So check the events at the checkout when you get your Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket and see which ones match your taste for techno
This non-profit organization located right next to the famous Vondelpark aims to give its visitors something unique, diverse and affordable. Both local and international DJ’s steal the show on weekends and on weekdays live performances are part of the program.
The big, steel door entrance gives you a sneak peek of what you’ll find on the inside. Rough around the edges, but also intimate and intense. Check their facebook page to see what’s happening during your visit, because when we say diverse that’s exactly what we mean. From karaoke to jungle dub, indietronica and techno, OT301 is literally all over the place.
By now you probably understand that Amsterdam is a creative hub, epic center of free expression and experiments and a place where art is found on every street corner. Go big or go home seems to be the motto which translates into organizations like De School. There’s a cafe, restaurant, art program, even a gym and of course a nightclub.
It has only been open for a few years, yet the club nights and line-ups have made a name for themselves and locals are eager to cycle an extra kilometer for it. De School will exceed your expectations so head over to their website to explore the program and make dinner reservations while you’re at it.
House, Techno & EBM
At Jack’s nothing is certain and that’s exactly how they like it to be. The LGBTQ-friendliest place of all techno clubs in Amsterdam, but what Jack really wants is to be close with everyone. That means the only rule they’ve set is that everyone is welcome and free to be who they are.
You are encouraged to explore your own and each other’s uniqueness and express in the way you dress! Outrageous is good so dust off your glitter pants, kinky boots or wear nothing at all. Just don’t look like a bum because those won’t make it past the entrance to make sure everyone will have an awesome time.
Select an event at the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket checkout and find out what this mysterious place is hiding behind its doors.
Bigger is better.
As becomes clear from this list, the big clubs and underground establishments are your best bet for finding the finest techno in town. These places like to mix things up, so look out for that specific blend that makes your heart skip a beat and design your perfect night out.
Dress codes are often casual, but suits, uniforms and shirt dresses are not appreciated at most venues so make sure to check first or go safe. But not too safe, as Amsterdam leaves plenty of room for expression and creativity is much appreciated.
Some sites are located outside the city center. Luckily Amsterdam is small and a few drinks are great fuel for a nice bike ride. Forget about public transport in the early hours of a new day, so make sure you have your rental all set or UBER installed. Your first ride under €10 is free with your Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket as well as access to the best techno clubs in town. A visit to this thrilling capital filled with your favorite beats is just a step away!