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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Amp Up in Amsterdam


3. What to Do

Party at hot spot TrouwAmsterdam, which features both a club and restaurant.  

Disappear behind a door painted like a bookcase to join the dance party at De Nieuwe Anita ($3.40 to $9.60 cover), an avant-garde club packed with vintage furniture, model airplanes, and an alternative crowd. The five-year-old cultural space is known for booking experimental acts like Ariel Pink and a popular sixties night called Amsterdam Beat Club.

Skirt the law at the raucous underground venue Schijnheilig, where you can catch free concerts, art exhibitions, or foreign film screenings depending on the night. Formerly a genteel city-center building, the Schijnheilig collective transformed it into a creative space earlier this year. The police aren’t too keen on the building’s new incarnation, but a pending court case is keeping them out—for now.

Clink martini-filled teacups among blonde wood tables and dark wallpaper at Vesper Bar's boozy High Tea ($32 per person), a brunchlike event that begins at 2 p.m. on weekends and sometimes lasts until the next morning. For snacks, the bar brings in small fare like sashimi with avocado and slices of pizza from nearby restaurants in the Jordaan neighborhood.

Stay up late in a former printing press at TrouwAmsterdam ($13.70 to $23.30 cover), an industrial-chic club complex that books au courant electronic acts like Caribou. Take a break from partying with a bite at the in-house organic Mediterranean restaurant, which stays open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Published on Dec 2, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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