What to Do in Amsterdam at Night

By: Leah Shoup

Walk through the famous Red Light District.

It’s famous for its labyrinthine alleyways, coffee shops, and distinctive red-lit windows that beckon curious onlookers.

Take an evening canal cruise.

The best way to see the city and its main attractions is via a canal cruise! You can even find some options that include wine and cheese.

Visit museums that are open late.

The Van Gogh Museum closes at 6 p.m., while the Eye Film Museum is open until 7 p.m., and the Anne Frank House doesn't close until 10 p.m.

See a concert at the Concertgebouw.

Home to the world-renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, this illustrious venue is ranked among the finest concert halls in the world.

Experience Amsterdam’s nightlife.

If it's your first time, consider going on an Amsterdam pub crawl or purchasing an Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket to make the most of your vacation.

Live music at Paradiso or the Melkweg.

Whether it's hip hop or dance music, don't miss these famous music venues, well-known across the Netherlands and the world.

See the Amsterdam Light Festival.

This event lights up the city with 20 light art installations during December and January. The theme is different every year!

Watch the sunset from A’DAM Tower.

Perched 22 stories high, the A’dam Lookout offers a panoramic view of the city, from its historic center to the bustling port and iconic canals.

Grab cocktails at a speakeasy.

Tucked away behind unassuming facades, bars like Door 74, Bar Oldenhof, and Hiding in Plain Sight transport you to a bygone era of clandestine indulgence.

See a movie at Pathé Tuschinski.

If you want to see a movie in the most famous theater room, choose a showtime in the Grote Zaal, also called Zaal 1.