Amsterdam Rock Bars

Amsterdam, the capitol of the Netherlands, is known for its canals, historical architecture, liberal lifestyle and eclectic nightlife. No matter people's music tastes, there are venues offering live music and DJs spinning tunes of all genres. Night owls will especially enjoy the city's ordinance, which allows clubs to remain open to 4 a.m.

Located near Vondel Park, Caffe Oslo is a local pub that serves up food and music in a retro style venue. Djs spin records, more a heavy emphasis on the eighties rock than anything else. There are sofas, chairs, bar and dinner seating. A casual atmosphere is obvious from its dark brown curtains and mounted deer antlers on the wall.

Caffe Oslo
Sloterkade 1a
1058 HD Amsterdam
+31 020 6699663

A favorite nightspot in the center of Amsterdam, the Water Hole offers up cold beers and live bands every night of the week. Pool tables are free to use during the afternoons and available for a fee in the evenings. Smoking is allowed. The club is open from 4 p.m. until 3 a.m. weekdays and until 4a.m. weekends.

The Water Hole
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 49
1017 PW
+31 206 208 904

Those who are into heavy metal/rock will find that the Excalibur Café is the place to go. Designed like a dark medieval cave-- with suits of armor displayed throughout, pigs heads, swords and shields mounted upon the walls and motorcycles displayed-- it's a biker's and metal-head's haven. The club has two pool tables and a large video screen.

Excalibur Café
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 48
+31 020 6268353

An intimate venue in Amsterdam, the Maloe Melo Blues and Rock café hosts both local and internationally known musicians who play blues, rock- a-billy, soul, funk, bluegrass, jazz and rock. The club is open until 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4a.m. Friday and Saturday, admittance is usually free.

Maloe Melo Blues and Rock Café
Lijnbaansgracht 163
1016 VX Amsterdam
+31 020 4204592

Since 1988, Korsakoff has featured live music in Amsterdam since 1988. The club consists of two levels, the upstairs offers a Dj spinning oldies--everything from the Beatles to the Beach Boys, while downstairs the music tends to be metal and alternative rock. Between both choices of music, guests can hear tunes from 1948 to the present. Tuesday and Fridays the club has live music. The cover is free on DJ nights.

Lijnbaansgracht 161
1016 VX Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 020 6257854

Approved by Jesse Anderson