Is The Red Light District 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wanting to visit the Red Light District but concerned about safety? Relieve your worries and read on…

The Red Light District is Amsterdam’s most notrious neighbourhood. De Wallen, as it is known to locals, is often cited as offering a shocking view of the city’s famous liberalism like no other, when it comes to the policies of tolerance for prostitution and soft drugs. Given its reputation for vice, it’s no surprise that this part of town has become such a popular destination for tourists – but is the Red Light District safe? Find out more below.

The Red Light District is the based in the heart of Amsterdam, in the cit’ys most historic quarter and is one of the best known neighbourhoods for tourists who come to see the city’s naughty side.

Although in many cities around the world, areas that are known Red Light Districts can be extremely dodgy, the Amsterdam Red Light District is actually pretty safe. Although there are some problems with pickpocketing, petty theft and drug-dealing, the area has a constant police presence (there are also a number of undercover cops) and you will see everyone from tourists to elderly couples and families walking around at all times. Although issues with antisocial behaviour have increasingly been a topic of contention in recent years, the area is pretty safe. As long as you keep your valuables hidden, avoid interaction with dodgy characters and ignore street dealers, you’re unlikely to come across trouble in the Red Light District.

Some people expect the area to be hidden away and a bit lawless but this couldn’t be further from the truth – Amsterdam’s Red Light District is right in the centre of the city, just a stone’s throw from central station. Yes, there are drugs, yes there are prostitutes, sex clubs and everything that goes with it but there is no reason to be scared of visiting this part of town – just take the same sensible precautions as you would in any city at night. For more information on staying safe in Amsterdam, check out our blog, ‘Is Amsterdam Safe’ for all our top tips to make sure your trip is as fun and safe as possible.

And if you are concerned about safety but do wish to check out this fascinating and infamous part of the city, consider joining a Pub Crawl. You’ll be able to meet plenty of drinking buddies (safety in numbers, after all!) and our staff will be on hand if you have any issues.