Amsterdam Hostels

Amsterdam’s nightlife is as diverse as the city itself, offering everything from vibrant clubs to cozy bars where the party never stops. Whether you’re a solo traveler, part of a group, or simply looking to experience the best of what Amsterdam has to offer after dark, we’ve got you covered. Ultimate Party Amsterdam presents our curated list of the top 5 must-visit bars in the city, each with its unique charm and appeal. From lively DJ sets to cozy corners perfect for a chat, these spots are where unforgettable nights begin.

1. St Christopher's at The Winston (Belushi's)

St Christopher’s at The Winston, also known as Belushi’s, is more than just a hostel; it’s a vibrant bar and restaurant where the atmosphere ramps up as the night progresses. With a DJ spinning tracks that keep the energy high, Belushi’s offers a lively and international vibe perfect for starting your night. It’s a place where travelers and locals mingle, making it an ideal spot for solo visitors looking to make new friends.

Join our Red Light District Pub Crawl to kickstart your evening at Belushi’s with a bang.

2. Red Light Bar

Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District, the Red Light Bar offers three floors of entertainment. Shoot some pool on the first floor, relax in the seating area on the second, or dance the night away in the small club on the top floor, which opens its doors for the weekend crowd. The Red Light Bar is a must-visit for those looking to dive deep into the Red Light District’s unique nightlife.

Discover our Red Light District adventures and make the Red Light Bar a highlight of your night.

3. Bar Twenty Two

Bar Twenty Two, nestled in the bustling Leidseplein, is a cozy yet vibrant spot to enjoy a drink. With a DJ setting the mood in the evening and an inviting outdoor area, it’s the perfect place to either start your night or wind down after an evening of exploration. The atmosphere here manages to strike a delightful balance between energetic and relaxed, making it a favorite among both locals and visitors.

Explore our Leidseplein Pub Crawl and include Bar Twenty Two in your Amsterdam nightlife experience.

4. Big Ben Bar

Big Ben Bar is a staple in the Red Light District, known for its sports-centric vibe with plenty of screens displaying football and other games. Beyond sports, the bar boasts music, unique paintings on the walls, and a welcoming atmosphere. It’s a fantastic spot to catch a game, enjoy some tunes, and soak in the local culture.

Experience the Red Light District with us and don’t miss out on the vibrant ambiance of Big Ben Bar.

5. Cafe De Buurvrouw

Tucked away in a small, hidden street of the Red Light District, Cafe De Buurvrouw offers a cozy escape from the hustle and bustle. Known for its friendly bartenders and intimate setting, this bar is perfect for those looking to enjoy a quiet drink while picking up some insider tips about Amsterdam. It’s small, charming, and epitomizes the warmth of Dutch hospitality.

Join our Pub Crawl and let Cafe De Buurvrouw be one of your cozy stops.

Hostels are the best places to meet people and stay in great locations on a budget. Find out more about Amsterdam hostels here!

Staying in a Hostel is a rite of passage for many younger travellers visiting Amsterdam. The days of budget bed-bug ridden dorms with 40 impoverished hippies are long gone in Amsterdam and a new generation of modern, comfortable hostels have sprung up across the city. Whilst hostels aren’t as cheap as they used to be and you’re more likely to find yourself enjoying a cocktail at the bar than a can of cheap lager in a cramped room, hostels still have a wonderfully social atmosphere which make them perfect for groups or solo travellers alike.

Here, we take you through 5 reasons why you should stay at a Hostel in Amsterdam!

1) Affordability

Amsterdam ain’t cheap. The city is one of the pricier capitals in Europe and although it’s perfectly possible to enjoy the city on a budget, accommodation can easily eat up your partying fund. And with many of the city’s hostels being home to some of Amsterdam’s cheapest bars (think beer pong, happy hour deals and resident discounts!), they’re the perfect places to get the party started.

By staying in a dorm room in one of the city’s best hostels, you can save plenty of money which we promise you will be much better spent in the city’s bars! For more tips on saving money in Amsterdam, check out this blog here!

2) Meeting New People

Perhaps the best part of staying in a hostel is all the new friends you’ll make! Many people prefer to stay in hostels because of their social nature – travelling solo can be a bit lonely if you’re staying in hotels, but in hostels you’re sure to make mates from all over the world every night! With an almost unlimited number of new drinking buddies, you’re never alone in a hostel!

3) Sustainability

With many young travellers becoming increasingly aware of the carbon footprint of their adventures, sustainability is a word on everyone’s lips! With their more *ahem* basic facilities, shared rooms, communal kitchens and laidback vibe, hostels are some of the most environmentally sustainable places to stay.

4) Safety in numbers!

Many people travelling alone enjoy the security that comes from staying in a hostel. Whether you’re looking for buddies to go out drinking with or the reassurance of being surrounded by likeminded travellers, hostels can give a feeling of security that you wouldn’t get in a cheap airbnb (which can often be found in the dodgier neighbourhoods). And there are always hostel staff who are happy to help if you feel unsafe.

5) Perfect group accommodation in Amsterdam!

If you are visiting as a group, it can be difficult to keep the cost down to the point where it’s affordable for everyone in the group – that’s where hostels come in! Most hostels have a selection of large dormitory-style rooms that can be booked privately. It’ll be just like the sleepovers of the old days but you’re in Amsterdam, not your mother’s house.

If you’re convinced and want to know more about which hostel is right for you, why not check out the ‘Top 5 Hostels in Amsterdam’ on our friends at When in Amsterdam’s website here!