best outdoor places to watch the World Cup in Amsterdam

1352_fullimage_locaties terras_560x350It’s great to see the orange decorated houses, café’s, shops and complete streets. Amsterdam is fully prepared for the World Cup tournament. Tonight is the first match for the Dutch team and we will watch it together with friends, family and complete strangers, preferably outdoors.
If you are in Amsterdam the coming month and interested in football I would advise you to experience the World Cup Feeling the Dutch way.
These are the best places to do so:

Museumplein
If you like crowds, go there. Expect about 100.000 people. Expect gigantic screens. Expect music and party and no other colour than orange. The Dutch matches will be shown here, at least the first 2. After that, check beforehand, the location may have changed.
Entrance: free

Marie Heineken Plein
The international experience you’ll find over here. There’s Barça the place to be for the Spanish supporters, O’Donnell’s the Irish Pub is inviting the Britisch supporters, Café Marie says it’s offering refuge for German fans and Caffe Parma welcomes Italians. Of course all other nationalities are welcome too. These bars and most of the other bars will have several TV screens and centrally on the square there will be big screens.

North Sea Jazz Club
Pazzanistraat 1
Inside the no-nonsense approach: great quality and sound, no fuzz.
Outside it’s the opposite: they had tribunes build, for the real stadium feeling.
After party with DJ’s – even when loosing the game.

Westergasterras
Klonneplein 4-6
A screen of 7 x 7 meters! Thousands of football fans will join to watch the match here. Waiters bring trays and pitchers of beer to the public, so you don’t have to miss a second of the match.

Oranjehaven
Watch the match from your own boat or from one of the large Orange boats that you can get on for free. A fleet of boats will leave for the Oranjehaven at 18.00 from the Europarking in the Marnixstraat. If you don’t own a boat you can take the large Orange boat, it’s free. Food and drinks are for sale of course. And don’t think of leaving early: after the match the party just begins.
Admission: € 5,-

Vondeltuin
Beautiful location: terrace in the famous Vondelpark. Good equipment: 2 large and 4 smaller screens, extra beer taps and a BBQ.  All ingredients for a great experience.
Vondelpark 7

Hannekes Boom
Large screen, terrace at the waterside, waiters serving pitchers all the time.
Only the Dutch matches!
Dijksgracht 4

Roest
One large screen and 68 (!!) small TV’s to watch the matches. Extra advantage: Roest has a small city beach.
Bad weather scenario: Roest is next to a beautiful old factory hall, where the match can be watched on the large screen with hundreds of people. Czaar Peterstraat.

Pllek
Pllek is the city’s most beautiful city beach, at the IJ river. They show the Dutch matches on big screens.
TT Neveritaweg 59

Brandstof
2 large screens and a caipirihabar!
Korte Marnixstraat

Remember: wherever you go – wear orange!

New Year’s Eve parties, where to go?

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At New Year’s Eve many people party outdoors, but Amsterdam has it great fame for parties and events: here is the complete list, and this one might do as well. Prepare well, because many of the events may be sold out. Don’t know where to go? Then there is always Chinatown (Nieuwmarkt area). Have fun and stay safe. Wanne read some other relevant tips & ideas for New Year’s Eve? Read here. Happy New Year!

the worst hotel of the world is in Amsterdam…

Campaign for Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, by KesselsKramer

“It can’t get any worse, but we’ll do our best”. Hans Brinker Budget Hotel is not a normal hotel. It is a hotel which lacks everything a normal traveller appreciates. The fun part is: that is exactly what they are claiming, it is this hotel’s sweet spot. And to prove this they even have a campaign running on this lack of luxury, by famous Amsterdam ad agency KesselsKramer.

The Daily Mail wrote recently about this unique place and its smart marketing, and writes: “this honest approach is a hit”. Would you try?

temporary Baut completes Amsterdam’s Fleet Street

London has Fleet Street, Amsterdam has its Wibautstraat. In the years after WWII all national daily newspapers had their main offices on this rather ugly street. Things have changed by now: all dailies relocated leaving the premises vacant for new and hip restaurants, clubs and bars. Baut opened the other week in the former Parool building. We like it: it’s delicious, young, and temporary: just for the coming 800 days. Other clubs, in the same area are temporary as well: in the building next door Club Trouw opened two years ago, in the same cool format. On the other side of the road is Canvas, located in the old Volkskrant building. Great to see that Fleet Street is thriving again!

Baut, Wibautstraat 125, 1091 GL Amsterdam
Reservations: +31 (0)20 46 59 260
Baut is open for breakfast, lunch an dinner, 7 days a week from 09:00 to 01:00 (weekends 03:00).

door 74, a hidden cocktail bar

Door 74 is a real secret; it’s Amsterdam’s best cocktail bar, but nobody will tell you about it. It is by appointment only, and if you’re lucky you may enter. They serve wonderful cocktails, I have tried the “bodyguard” and it was great. The mood is laid back, the music is loungy and not loud. The bartenders are really nice and know their profession. And it’s pretty dark, as it should be. Call +31634045122 to get in. It’s at Reguliersdwarsstraat 74.

chinese new year

January 29, 2012 the Chines new year is celebrated in Amsterdam, at and around the Nieuwmarkt. In fact the new year is at January 23, but the 29th is chosen for the celebrations. There will be street performings, demonstrations, dragon dances, etc.  The Asian Foodfestival will be held at the same time, for the first time. It will add a great tasting experience to the special festive day.

The Chinese new year is not only a special day for Chinese people; many Amsterdam citizens and tourist join the festivities.

Nieuwmarkt, from 13.00 hours

new years eve parties around town

Nieuwmarkt after everybody has gone. Photo by ANP

Not each city is New Years eve proof, but Amsterdam is. Around town you can dance in many venues, each one having it’s own theme and format. You can find a complete list of where to dance here or here. Note that (free) outdoor parties are going on at the Dam and Rembrandtplein. For really loud Chinese fire crackers go to the Nieuwmarkt, and for the best view on all fireworks go to the roof of NEMO.