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13 x the best spots for live music in Amsterdam

9 January 2019

These are the spots for live music in amsterdam!

Catching up with your friends while bands are playing in the background, sounds fun right? Or just gaze at the stage for the whole night, we love it! Artists that show their musical talents just create an extra special atmosphere. A tasty drink with it and you sure will have a good night! There are a lot of spots with live music in Amsterdam. Nice to bring a date or your friends of course. These are the 15 spots with live music in Amsterdam for having a fun night! 

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Of course Pacific Parc can not be missed in this list. Because every day of the weekend there are live performances here. Then you can watch the best known and unknown bands and dance on some rock & roll music. And with the summer temperatures from the past days, you can stay on their huge terrace for hours!
Polonceaukade 23 – west – pacificparc.nl

>> PLLEK >> LIVE MUsic in amsterdam

Nowadays there’s almost nothing that Pllek doesn’t offer. Because here you can do way more than just eating and drinking. You can also go here for lectures, yoga and theatrale talkshows. AND live music every now and then. Go go go!
Tt. Neveritaweg 59 – noord – pllek.nl

live muziek in amsterdam

>> jazz cafe alto >> LIVE MUsic IN AMSTERDAM >>

It doesn’t matter which day it is, at Jazz Cafe Alto there’s live jazz en blues everyday! This cafe in the centre of Amsterdam is opened every day from 21:00 hrs and is openend till very late/early ;-)
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115 – centrum – jazz-cafe-alto.nl

>> maloe melo >> LIVE MUsIc IN AMSTERDAM >>

Do you love blues & rock? Maloe Melo is the place to be. Check the website to found out who’s playing. There are also accoustic sessions! Maloe Melo is opened 7 days a week. On weekdays, the entrance is free. In the weekends you’ll pay 5 euros.
Lijnbaansgracht 163 – centrum – maloemelo.com


Of course Paradiso aka the pop temple of the Netherlands can not be missed in this list. Have you never see a live performance here? That’s something that has to change. Because Paradiso a must for everyone who lives in Amsterdam. So, when are you going?
Weteringschans 6-8 – centrum – paradiso.nl


If you say Paradiso, then the Melkweg will follow in the same sentence. Because also the Melkweg has become legendary in the meantime. And located in the middel of the city centre, this is the perfect start of every evening.
Lijnbaansgracht 234A – centrum – melkweg.nl

>> cafe nel >> LIVE MUsic IN AMSTERDAM >>

Every Monday there’s live jazz music at Cafe Nel on the Amstelveld. The performances start at 20:30 hrs and play until 01:00 hrs. So stop with your boring Monday and make it a fun one at Cafe Nel!
Amstelveld 12 – centrum – nelamstelveld.nl

>> the waterhole >> LIVE MUsic IN AMSTERDAM >>

There are so many spots with live music around Leidseplein! The Waterhole is one of them. Here you’ll find people from Amsterdam, but also tourists. This makes the crowd super mixed! Every day there’s live music. During the week there are jam sessions and from Thursday to Sunday there are concerts.
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 49 – centrum – waterhole.nl

>> sofar sounds >> LIVE MUsic IN AMSTERDAM >>

Do you want to listen to live music at a special location? Sign up for Sofar Sounds! This organisation is across the world (so also in Amsterdam) and everyone can sign up for host, artist or public. This way you can see cool concerts on the most unthinkable locations. Sign up here.

Bitterzoet in AmsterdamPhotocredits: facebook.com/Bitterzoet/Amsterdam

>> bitterzoet >> LIVE MUsic IN AMSTERDAM >>

What’s fun about Bitterzoet is that every day is different. The programme differs from rock, punk, hip hop, ska, funk and soul. Dj’s, bands and musicians are given the chance to show their new concepts and performances! Check the programme to make you sure they’ll play your kind of music.
Spuistraat 2 – centrum – bitterzoet.com

>> concerto >> LIVE MUsic IN AMSTERDAM >>

Concerto is not a bar, but a cd, dvd and record shop. On the stage in the super big shop are often performances. It gives an intimate and special feeling! Visit the website for the line-up.
Utrechtsestraat 52 – centrum – concerto.amsterdam

>> q-factory >> LIVE MUsic IN AMSTERDAM >>

Q- Factory is the biggest music maker centre of Europe. Dancers, musicians and actors can rehearse and of course perform here! The offer is diverse. Do you feel like dinner after the concert? At the Q-Cafe they serve special beers, snacks and meals.
Atlantisplein 1 – oost – q-factory-amsterdam.nl

Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>

Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

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