4 Cool Party Hostels in Amsterdam – Pub Crawl in the Red Light Districts and fun Coffee Shops

Coolest Party Hostels in Amsterdam Netherlands

Amsterdam is renowned as Europe’s liberal hub of coffee shops, red lights, and some of the best bars and clubs on the continent. In fact, Amsterdam is one of our favourite places to party! Whether you’re into techno, house, EDM… Drinking or 420… Amsterdam really does have something for everyone.  Just check what party hostels in Amsterdam offer the best facilities and tours for you.

So, where to stay in between? We’ve pulled together our favourite party hostels Amsterdam has to offer. Stay at one of our top picks and you’ll be in for a fun time during your stay.

Continue reading for our favorite four best party hostels in Amsterdam!

Good to know: We also wrote a detailed guide on the Best Hostels in Amsterdam, and a full guide to the absolute best party hostels in Europe!

4 COOLEST Party Hostels? Your shortcut:

  1. The Bulldog – The Legendary Hostel!!!
  2. Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam
  3. St Christopher’s at The Winston
  4. Flying Pig Downtown Hostel

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Quick Introduction to Amsterdam

Average price for a bed: The hostel rates will vary depending on location, amenities, and time of year. On average, the price of a hostel in Amsterdam is €23 to €99 per night.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelz.com, Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Hostel Location: Be sure to research the location of hostels compared to major attractions and areas in the city. Spend your night around Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein for the best nightlife spots the city has to offer. We talk about places to see in Amsterdam here. Check our map with all hostels here.

Tourism Tax: All hostels within the city limits of Amsterdam are required to have visitors pay a Tourism Tax. The tax is 7% of the accommodation costs (excluding breakfast costs) + $3 per person per night.

Safety: There is no doubt that Amsterdam is a safe place for travelers in general. In any major city, you should keep your wits about you to avoid being taken advantage of. When it comes to assault or physical abuse, this isn’t very common at all. Keep in mind, when traveling, it is important to be smart; trust your gut, be aware of your surroundings and if something seems off, it probably is.

Budget: Check out our Amsterdam Budget Travel Guide.

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Best Party Hostels in Amsterdam 

These hostels are EPIC! Get ready to party and have a good time at these kickass party hostels in Amsterdam. This guide is just what you need to find your way to the greatest spots in Amsterdam – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Let’s take a look at top hostels in Amsterdam for partying.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

😎 Legendary Hostel:The Bulldog
🍺 Underground Club:Hans Brinker Hostel
🥂 On-site Bar and Beer Garden:St. Christopher’s at The Winston
📍 Top Location:Flying Pig Downtown

1. The Bulldog

The Bulldog takes our top spot not just for Amsterdam’s best hostel, but Amsterdam’s best party hostel, too. This iconic hostel is in the heart of Amsterdam city center, featuring its famous Lounge Bar, and lively atmosphere. You really can’t get a more authentic Amsterdam experience than staying at The Bulldog, and you certainly won’t be bored. This is also one of the Best Backpacker Hostels in Amsterdam!

The accommodation is basic but the location is outstanding. Just meters away from Dam Square, the red light district, and an array of bars and restaurants, you are on the doorstep of some of the city’s best spots.

The Bulldog is buzzing with a really upbeat atmosphere. It’s whole vibe is to be social and relish Amsterdam’s party scenes, so you can expect a 420-friendly bar serving happy hour drinks, with a pool table, games, and more.

Dorm beds start from €23/night and private rooms start from €98/night. This is really good value in Amsterdam, particularly for such a popular and vibrant spot.

The Bulldog is around 14-minute walk to Anne Frank House. 

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The Bulldog

Room at The Bulldog Hotel Amsterdam

2. Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam

Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam is another party hostel Amsterdam has to offer that prides itself on providing “no luxury”. If you’re looking for a no frills, straight up good time, Hans Brinker is the best party hostel in Amsterdam.

Start your night with happy hour at the on-site bar, kitted out with bright & funky decor to get those party vibes flowing. Hans Brinker also has an underground club that stays open until 3am, so if you want to end your night somewhere you can literally roll into bed, then you’ve got it here!

Hans Brinker is also the perfect location for exploring Amsterdam’s nightlife. At just a short walk, you’ll find yourself in Leidseplein, Amsterdam’s no.1 nightlife area (which we’ll talk about more later).

You will find yourself a dorm bed at Hans Brinker for just €35/night and a private room for just under €100. Oh, and you’ll also get free breakfast!

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Room at Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam Bar and restaurant at Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam

Hangout place at Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam

3. St Christopher’s at The Winston

St. Christopher’s at The Winston is our final pick of the best party hostels in Amsterdam. With a bar and beer garden that offers 25% discount to all staying guests, and shots from as little as €1, St. Christopher’s at The Winston is a great choice if you’re on a budget.

Get ready for your night out at St. Christopher’s at The Winston on-site bar, Belushi’s Bar, where you’ll find a pool table, amazing food and drink promos, TV with sports, and good music to get you in the mood for the night ahead.

Enjoy 2-for-1 drinks deals as you get to know fellow travelers, before (quite literally) stumbling out of the garden into the Red Light District. To make the most of Amsterdam’s nightlife around Dam Square, you can’t get closer than St. Christopher’s at The Winston.

Dorm beds at St. Christopher’s at The Winston start from around €65/night.

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St Christopher’s at The Winston Amsterdam

Shot and party all night at St Christopher's at The Winston

St Christopher’s at The Winston Dorm Room

4. Flying Pig Downtown

At the Flying Pig Downtown, you will have a comfortable place to crash at the end of your day, but with a sociable bar that serves happy hour deals, an outdoor decking area, a smoking area, and a fully functioning kitchen to satisfy your late night munchies.

Flying Pig Downtown is in an exceptional location. Just a 10-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station, you’re on the doorstep of buzzing bars and pubs.

This hostel is particularly good for solo travelers and those looking to party. Flying Pig Amsterdam Downtown is a really sociable place, with friendly staff and plenty of hangout areas like the indoor smoking area to meet new people during your stay. 

Prices range from €40 to €60 for a bunk bed, and you can choose from dorms with just four beds scaling up to a 32-bed dorm. We also included this hostel in our guide to the Best Backpacker Hostels in Amsterdam.

Good to know: They have other branches that you can check – Flying Pig Uptown and The Flying Pig Beach Hostel.

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The Flying Pig Downtown Dormitory for Backpackers The Flying Pig Downtown Bar

More Hostels Worth a Mention

Of course, what we have listed above are the best hostels in Amsterdam for partying, but if you think you need more of them, who are we to stand your way. Take a look at some more hostels worth a mention. 

Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark is located right in the middle of the famous Vondelpark, a few minutes walk to Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum.

They are also walking distance to Leidseplein, with its famous nightlife and clubs like Paradiso, Melkweg and Jimmy Woo!

The youth hostel has spacious dormitories with a total of more than 570 available beds.

They have a vibrant on site bar and they offer live music and TV broadcasting sports. You’ll make loads of new friends at this place. They provide hearty and nutritious meals at reasonable price, and their beer is the most affordable you’ll find anywhere in town.

Large discounts are available at the front desk for the purchase of admission tickets to a variety of Amsterdam attractions, including museums, canal tours, the Heineken Experience, and Madame Tussauds.

They provide free walking tours, as well as free comprehensive maps of Amsterdam and our own bike rental service.

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Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark Dorm room for backpackers Amsterdam backpacker hostels - Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

Durty Nelly’s Inn

The legendary Irish legend Durty Nelly, famous for their friendliness, kindness, and generosity, which has clean and comfortable accommodations, an amazing staff, and a fantastic location.

This is the perfect location if you are looking forward to sightseeing during the day and going out partying in the evening.

Staff can assist you in organising your stay, including but not limited to providing free city walking tours, discounted tickets for tours and attractions, canal cruises, pub crawls, and bike rentals.

Durty Nelly’s Inn is 7 minutes from Central Station and 1 minute from Dam Square. Several famous sights are nearby. Guests may get meal and drink discounts at the bar.

Good to know: They only accept guests between the ages of 18 and 50.

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Meet new friends at Durty Nelly's Bar

Amsterdam Nightlife: Where To Go Out In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s best spots to enjoy after dark. Spend your night around Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein for the best nightlife spots the city has to offer. Of course, Dam Square & the Red Light District are bouncing after sunset, with a great choice of bars and clubs to enjoy.

P.S. Sadly, Winston Kingdom Nightclub has closed its door permanently. 


Leidesplein is a trendy area of Amsterdam with some of the city’s best pubs, clubs, and bars that will entertain you until the early hours of the morning.

There’s a fun choice of Irish bars often playing sports, Belgian beer bars for a top-quality pint, and famous cafes’ including Cafe Amsterdamned and The Bulldog. Leidesplein also boasts the famous Paradiso – the iconic music venue renovated from a 19th-century church.
You’ll not have to walk far before you find somewhere that draws you in, and there are plenty of happy hour deals and special beer offers to entice you.


Nightlife in Rembrandtplein is really diverse with a good choice of bars and clubs. Home to Amsterdam’s famous Club Rain and Escape, to name a couple, a night out in the Rembrandtplein district is guaranteed to be a lot of fun.

Rembrandtplein is located in the city centre, just south of the Red Light District, so you can jump from place to place without needing to travel far.

Dam Square and the Red Light District

You can’t go to Amsterdam without spending time between Dam Square and the Red Light District. It goes without saying that this area is a tourist hub, but it also has a lot to offer and is a must-see for everyone visiting Amsterdam.

On top of the abundance of Love Gear Stores and erotic shows, there’s also a cool selection of bars to rehydrate after a wander through the glowing red streets.

If you’re in the mood for a fancy cocktail, try Bar The Tailor, an award-winning cocktail bar with historic quirks, and Bar TwentySeven, a chilled cocktail lounge with good music. For a more casual scene, head to Drink N Sink for pub food and a fun atmosphere.

De Pijp (Tip From A Local) 

If you’re looking for a cool place that is more hidden from the main tourist hotspots, head to De Pijp. Here, you’re still really close to Amsterdam centre, but there’s more of a relaxed, hipster vibe with loads of old-school pubs to enjoy a drink.

De Pijp neighbourhood takes around 15-minutes by Metro to get to from Central Station. Head there in the early afternoon to bar hop down the narrow streets, before heading back to Leidesplein to continue your evening.

Amstrerdam Red Lights

How To Budget For Amsterdam

Amsterdam is an amazing city, but it isn’t a cheap one. You should be able to see most of Amsterdam’s main attractions in just a few days, but it’s important to budget well (especially if you become more generous after a few Heinekens!).

To help you budget for your upcoming trip, we’ve pulled together the kind of costs you can expect when partying in Amsterdam. The following prices are based on mid-range venues in tourist-centric areas.
Average Prices

  • Beer: €3.50 to €5
  • Wine: €5 to €7.50/glass (buy a bottle from a supermarket for less than €5)
  • Cocktail: €10
  • Club Entry: €10+

To make your money go further, make the most of your hostel bar where prices will be cheaper than other city centre bars. Amsterdam also embraces happy hour, so plan your night around the best drink deals in each location!

Be savvy and ask the staff at your hostel on the cheapest places or where does the best deals. With a bit of planning, you’ll be able to avoid high prices and party on a budget.

Fun Tips for Party Hostels in Amsterdam

As you have come to realize, staying at a party hostel is a little different than staying at a regular hostel. Here are some tips to make your stay go a little smoother, and how to be prepared:

Identifying a Party Hostel

The most obvious hint to know if you are about to book a party place is the name…is it called Josés Epic Party Backpacker place…yeah, that’s quite a hint. But, besides that, there are more ways to check.

The best place to start when trying to figure out whether or not a hostel is a party hostel is to read reviews. Other backpackers will often leave feedback for other travelers on websites like Hostelworld and Hostelz.com. Of course, you already know what reviews are…You can filter reviews by keywords. Type in “party”, “Pub Crawl, “or “nightlife” here.

The photos are also a big give-away.

In addition, check out what they offer in terms of amenities and facilities. If there is a bar or pub crawl offered, more often then not it is a party hostel.

How to identify a party Hostel? 4 Simple indicators:

  1. Check if there is an age limit? 18+ and an upper age-limit are inidcators
  2. Check if there are Pub Crawls and Drinking Games
  3. Check the Photos – any party pictures?
  4. Check Reviews and search for “party”, “nightlife” and/or “drinking”

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Things to Bring

There are a few things backpackers should be sure to bring when staying at a party hostel specifically.

These items include earplugs, for early mornings and loud roomates, a padlock (lock up your valuables BEFORE going out for the night), headache medicine, whatever works best for you to cure a hangover, and love gloves, better safe than sorry. 

Especially for the bigger European cities where pickpocketing is common we recommend wearing trousers with zippers. This limits the chances of stealing from your pockets.

Read: 23 best items to pack for staying in a hostel

Be Sociable

One of the best things about a hostel is being able to meet new people from all around the world. Be sure to talk to people. Barcelona is great, but enjoying it with new friends is even better. Locals especially, can show you hidden secret and some of the best spots in the city. 

Read: 18 Rules for Hostels and how to build life-time friendships in Hostels

Netflix and Chill in Amsterdam Hostels

Situationship is bound to happen in hostels, especially party hostels. Amsterdam is no exception.

If you choose to have some fun, be respectful and try to do it in the right way. Avoid small rooms and common areas, and opt for laundry rooms or rooftops. Be sure to use protection, this is why it should be on everyone’s hostel packing list. Actually, some party hostels even offer free raincoats for customers! Just another unique perk to hostels. 

Read: Netflix and Chill – The 10 Do’s and Dont’s

What about the cheapest hostels in Amsterdam?

Looking for a cheap hostel in Amsterdam? Of course, there are always cheap hostels in Amsterdam.

When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Amsterdam

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Amsterdam
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tell you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Our Tip: Check exactly what is included, and what is excluded. Check as well the location. A further location might mean more costs for transport.

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How to book?

The two most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. They list both numerous hostels and cheap accommodations. We wrote here a detailed guide on the best booking sites for hostels.

The coolest App for Hostels comes as well from Hostelworld. It comes with super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together.

Read: Hostelworld App in review

All that being said, we highly recommend checking out Hostelz.com before making your final reservation. It is a hostel price comparison. Add your destination and dates, and it will tell you the cheapest places to book your hostel.

We wrote a guide with our 15 best tips to book hostels.

46 Things that tell you: This hostel is gonna be awesome! (incl. booking tips!)

Our Favorite Hostels in Amsterdam put on a map + sights

Let us have a look at the map. As promised, below, we list all best Amsterdam hostels for partying hostels on a map. Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We’ve marked them as follows:

  • TOP Sights: Blue
  • Top 3 CoffeeshopsBrown
  • ParksPurple
  • Neighborhoods: Yellow
  • Cheap Hostels: Black
  • More Awesome Hostels: Orange
  • Best Amsterdam Hostels: Pink
  • Cool Party Hostels: Green

(View full sized map here)

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Our Insider Tips

There you have it! If you’re looking for some fun in Amsterdam, our best rated Amsterdam party hostels are guaranteed to show you a good time.

Amsterdam is the perfect spot for a party trip, with a wide variety of places to choose from during all hours of the day. It’s the perfect pub crawl location as you wander down the canal lined streets, as well as having a great choice of bars and clubs.

During the week, Amsterdam’s bars still open until around 1am. Then, you can head to a night pub which keeps their doors open until around 4am.

On the weekend, you can party through to the early hours. Bars stay open until around 3am, night pubs until around 5am, and clubs that are open til sunrise.

Our recommendations of the best party hostels in Amsterdam will definitely amplify your visit. Meet fellow travellers at the hostel bars before making your way out to Leidesplein, Rembrandtplein, Dam Square, and more!

As mentioned in the beginning, this guide is an extension of our article “best hostels in Amsterdam“. Here we share the absolute best ones:

Your Shortcut:

  1. Cocomama – 5 Star Hostel
  2. Ecomama – Best Hostel for Solo-Traveller
  3. ClinkNOORD – best for couples and families

In this article, we go more into detail about

  1. Secrets to Amsterdam
  2. Fun Things to Do in Amsterdam


What are the best party hostels in Amsterdam?

What is the best cheap party hostels in Amsterdam?

The cheapest party hostel in Amsterdam is The Bulldog.

How much do party hostels in Amsterdam cost?

On average, the price of a hostel in Amsterdam costs €23 to €99 per night.

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