Movies Set In Amsterdam

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.

Itching to be in Amsterdam but locked down at home? Explore the Dutch capital from your sofa by watching these classic movies set in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam has been a popular location for a number of famous films over the years. From Hollywood blockbusters to lesser known arts films, Amsterdam’s canal belt has formed the backdrop to a wide variety of great movies over the years. Here are some of the films where you’ll see scenes featuring Amsterdam’s canal belt centre. Try and spot them whilst you’re on the Leidseplein Pub Crawl! Here are our favourite Movies set in Amsterdam!

Diamonds are Forever

During this classic 1971 Bond film starring Sean Connery, there are quite a few scenes in and around the Amsterdam canal belt. The film’s Bond girl lives at Reguliersgracht – just opposite Barney’s Coffeeshop. Unfortunately, it wasn’t there when the film was made, otherwise Bond himself may have indulged in a joint rather than his usual vodka martini. Also, in the film is the famous Magere Brug – or Skinny Bridge – if you want to see more of the Amsterdam canal belt, check out one of our Booze Cruises!

Oceans 12

Oceans 12 has a number of scenes shot in stunning Amsterdam locations but, perhaps the most famous, takes place in Coffee Shop Dampkring where the main characters meet to discuss business. This coffeeshop is a popular place to visit for fans of the film and you can pop in and sit at the very same table as George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt did whilst you enjoy a joint!


Amsterdamned is a classic thriller about a murderer who hides in the canals, occasionally jumping out to murder people and drag them to a watery grave. It was an extremely popular film upon its release and received rave reviews. Although it has aged a little, it’s still a classic and shows the sights of Amsterdam in a wonderful grainy 80s light. From the Rijksmuseum to Waterlooplein, the Red Light District to the Ij harbour, Amsterdamned shows all the city’s most famous views! It’s free to view on Youtube so the perfect film to watch if you’re waiting around in an airport lounge! There’s even a bar named after this classic movie on the Leidseplein Pub Crawl (but we promise that the bar is much less scary than its namesake)!

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

One of the newest international films set in Amsterdam is The Hitman’s Bodyguard which stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. This 2017 film has some brilliant action scenes, mostly shot in the eastern part of the city centre (but also in the Jordaan). When you walk along these narrow city streets, you’ll be impressed by how difficult it must’ve been to film a high-speed car chase in them!

Want to watch a film in an Amsterdam Cinema whilst visiting the city? Check out Pathe Tuchinski – one of the most unique, historical and beautiful cinemas in the world and the perfect date! Find out more ideas here.