Rainy Day Activities 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.

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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.

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.

What to do in Amsterdam when it’s pouring down? The Dutch capital is one of the most rainy cities in Europe, however showers and storms still allow you to do a lot of activities.

Although the weather is often quite good during the summer months in Amsterdam, it is pretty unpredictable and during the long Dutch winters, rainy days are extremely common. Don’t despair though! If you’re not keen to get wet, there are plenty of great things to do when it rains in Amsterdam. Here are some of our favourites!


Just because it’s raining that’s no reason not to get out on a boat and enjoy a crazy booze cruise! Getting soaked to the skin isn’t much fun but there’s no need to worry – we’re prepared for the weather come rain or shine! Our boats have covers for bad weather and heated cushions, blankets and enough booze to (almost) sink a ship so you’ll be kept warm and cosy. Are you visiting during December or Januari? Then you are lucky enough to experience the yearly Amsterdam light festival.

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Amsterdam West’s Foodhallen is a great place to hang out when the weather turns. This cultural hub is in one of the coolest parts of the city (Oud-West) and is based in an old factory. Nowadays, De Hallen are home to cinemas, bars and restaurants – its Foodhallen is a like a covered market where innumerable little eateries serve up fresh food in a street food style from all around the world. It’s definitely worth exploring on a rainy day, or come to that, in any weather!


Been exploring and got caught in a downpour? You’ll need somewhere to dry off and get comfy. Luckily the city is full of so-called Brown Cafés, local neighbourhood bars which are incredibly cosy old places (often dating back several centuries) where you can grab a drink and wait for the weather to pass. They almost always serve local bar snacks, including bitterballen, the perfect treat for a rainy day. If you’re feeling a bit chilly, be sure to order a Jenever – this Dutch precursor to Gin is the perfect warming drink when the weather turns!


If you want to know where all the beer that you’ve been enjoying on (previously) sunny terraces came from, why not head over to an Amsterdam Brewery to check it out! Although the best-known beer-themed attraction is the Heineken Experience, there are a number of smaller, more special breweries in the city where you can find out about the brewing process and even try some samples!


Rainy Days and Museums go hand in hand. But don’t let memories of being dragged around some dusty, boring museum by your parents put you off. Amsterdam has some of the most interesting and unusual museums in the world. As well as the famous Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum (both well worth visiting for art enthusiasts), Amsterdam has some more out-there options. The Cannabis Museum is a popular spot in the Red-Light District, or if you’d like to understand more about the history and life of sex-workers in this part of town, head over to the Prostitution Museum! There’s something for every interest!