4 Cool Party Hostels in Amsterdam – Pub Crawl in the Red Light Districts and fun Coffee Shops
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 inbetween? 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sex shops 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.
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.
Beer: €3.50 to €5
Wine: €5 to €7.50/glass (buy a bottle from a supermarket for less than €5)
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:
Check if there is an age limit? 18+ and an upper age-limit are inidcators
Check if there are Pub Crawls and Drinking Games
Check the Photos – any party pictures?
Check Reviews and search for “party”, “nightlife” and/or “drinking”
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 condoms, 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.
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.
Sex is bound to happen in hostels, especially party hostels. Amsterdam is no exception.
If you choose to take part, 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 a condom, this is why it should be on everyones packing list. Actually, some party hostels even offer free condoms for customers! Just another perk unique to hostels.
Oh, and keep in mind: many hostels have cameras. Make sure you check this before getting started…
Good to know: There are even special discount codes that we only share in this newsletter!
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.
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.
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.
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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:
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