Is Amsterdam Safe?

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.

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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.

Our tips for staying safe as a tourist in Amsterdam.

For many people, especially solo female travellers, safety is a concern when abroad. With Amsterdam’s reputation for drugs and prostitution, this is a question that can be found in numerous forums and online discussions and is something that should be cleared up.

Amsterdam is, largely, a perfectly safe city (in fact it often ranks very highly on the world’s safest capitals) and if you take the same precautions as you would in any other major city, you will be absolutely fine. This is not to say that Amsterdam is totally crime-free and the city is home to the same low-life petty criminals that can be found anywhere in the world – pickpockets have been known to prey on tourists (particularly around the centre of the city and the Red Light District) but most of the crime that hits the headlines takes place outside of areas that tourists are likely to inhabit.

By taking a few simple steps, you’ll be sure to have a safe and enjoyable stay in the Dutch capital.


Amsterdam is well known for its liberal drugs policies but you should bear in mind that this tolerance only extends as far as ‘soft drugs’. If you do wish to partake, head to a coffee shop where the staff will be able to give you advice and ensure that you enjoy yourself in a safe environment. Harder stuff is illegal in Amsterdam as it is in most countries and buying cocaine or xtc from street dealers is not without its risks. Although most of the time these ‘drugs’ are simply sugar, cafeine or dental numbing agent, there have been incidents where tourists have been deliberately sold white heroin before overdosing. Stay safe and don’t take the risk.


The Dutch people have one of the highest rates of trust and faith in the police in the world. Police in Amsterdam, in particular, are extremely used to dealing with tourists and there won’t be a language barrier – all the police in the city will be able to speak perfectly in English (and often in German, French or Spanish as well). If you need help, don’t be afraid of them – they’re here to keep us all safe.


Pickpocketing can be an issue in Amsterdam just like in other European capitals but this can be avoided by using a bit of common sense. Don’t walk with your phone in your hand and keep your valuables in inside pockets – never on the back pocket of your jeans. Avoid advertising the fact that you have a large amount of cash on you, especially in the Red Light district or the area around central station (two major pickpocketing hubs).


This must be the cause of the majority of tourist-related minor injuries in Amsterdam. It may seem unnatural if you’re from a country without much of a cycling culture but you must look carefully before crossing a bike path. For visitors from Britain or Commonwealth countries, you will also need to remember that the Dutch drive on the right!


Imagine the scene. After a few drinks, you start the long walk (or stagger) back home. It’s 3am and you’re so desperate for a piss that you’re about to have an unfortunate accident – you don’t have a 50c coin to use the nearest café toilet but have an idea… the canals are just like giant urinals, right? Well don’t. 15 people, on average, die each year after falling into a canal whilst pissing. In addition to the danger, it’s quite disgusting and you risk a hefty fine. Better to use one of the many public urinals (you can recognise them by their green paint and distinct aroma) or shell out the fifty cents.

In the unlikely instance that you do find yourself in need of help, you can call the emergency number 112 or simply go to the nearest police station. If you’re looking to keep safe on a night out, why not consider joining a group of others on a Pub Crawl – our guides will be sure to make sure that you all have the best and safest night possible!