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Amstelveenseweg 134 (671 77 78).
A large former squat - now legalized - with a laid-back, friendly atmosphere and regular live alternative music, cabarets and other performances. Located at the far end of the Vondelpark.
Open 9.30pm-2am (3am weekends).
[4 reviews, avg 9/10]
Weteringschans 6-8 (626 45 21).
In the sixties Paradiso was the hub of all things flower power; nowadays it's the number one venue for big acts. The former neo-gothic church has an impressive interior, with a towering ceiling and a high balcony overlooking the stage and dancefloor. There's also a upstairs bar with a smaller stage that is sometimes used for performances after the main event. The Paradiso public has in the past enjoyed some really big names, kicking off their European tour or just enjoying the intimacy of the venue. Over the past decade or so the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, the Artist Formerly Known As Prince and Lenny Kravitz all played Paradiso, which at its best houses all of 1200. Though Paradiso is home to all kinds of musical styles, municipal funding has been cut back, so there's a tendency towards programming crowd pullers.
Times & admission varies, compulsory membership €3 per month.
[8 reviews, avg 10/10]
Vondelpark (428 33 60).
During the summer season (Jun-Aug) the Vondelpark Openlucht Theater is the venue for open air performances in the city's largest and most famous park. The theater stages a wide variety of music: pop, rock, world music, Latin and classical music. A very nice way to spend a sunny summer afternoon, as you can tell by the crowds.
Times vary, admission free.
[5 reviews, avg 9/10]
Warmoesstraat 123-129 (623 13 80).
This club in the middle of the Red Light District is part of the Winston Hotel, so it attracts a mixed crowd of travelers and locals. The Kingdom stages live music and other performances for most of the days, usually featuring local talent.
Open daily 9pm-3am (4am weekends).
[2 reviews, avg 9/10]
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