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Im off to amsterdam with a group of mates on friday morining for one of the guys birthdays, ive already been recommended the grasshopper cafe as a place to visit, any one got any other places to visit for general things to see and do or avoid in the 'dam.
One question do most people speak english over there in places like bars and "coffee shops".
Were staying at Yboulevard.
 
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Grasshopper is nothing special

yes almost everyone speak English very well

where to go re bars/cafes very much depends on how big the group is , many places are very small and getting seats for above 4 at a weekend can be tricky in a lot of places
 
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get your butt up to the lidzaplien (sp?) and get to a bar called rockerij, but go early or you wont get a seat

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there are 3 Rokeriij shops , the one near the Leidseplein ( Korte Leidseatraat I think ) being the biggest , as you say very busy though , there is actually a smaller one near them too on Damrak
 
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I'm just back from there at the weekend. Drink is as expensive as here if not more but as far as vodka is concerned they don't really have any idea of measures so you get quite a bit in a glass. Cocktails are probs best value for money though. The tram is about 1,60 and taxis are reasonably priced I thought.

Things to do, you could go to the Heineken factory for a tour, there is a big Casino as well and also the Amsterdam arena, go on a canal boat or booze cruise.

Bars are open until 3am but lots just stop new people coming in and let you stay as long as you keep buying drinks. I didn't see much in the way of nightclubs but the ones I did were mostly around Dam Square, there is the sports cafe there and the Absinthe bar which is worth checking out.

Be careful on the roads, it's easy to get knocked down by trams, cars or bicycles!

I can't think of anything else at the moment but if you have any questions ask and i'll try to answer.
 
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cheers for the info davestar_delux some useful stuff in there i had heard the Heineken factory was worth a visit are there any bars or clubs you would recommend?
 
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No bars or clubs really stood out for me, i'd like to have spent a bit more time there to find some more clubs though, I may have just missed the good ones.

But Dam Square seemed to be the liveliest, most happening place so if you hang about there you can just crawl around all the bars. It's quite an open area so you will be able to see where the crowds are.

The Grasshopper is the most lively place I went to that isn't in Dam Square but it isn't far away.

There's a couple of bars in the red light district that are popular, I can't remember the names but one was in Layer Cake and the other is quite famous too apparently.

There is a Teasers bar as well if you like that sort of thing.
 
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Try this little linky for some decent reviews ;) Not really suitable link. FF.

We went to Hunters Bar which is listed in the top 5 and it was really quite cool ;) Just click on the names of the cafe's for more info :)

And as mentioned already, try the Heineken tour. Cheap as chips and you get drinks and a little Heiny glass in a container as a prezzy afterwards :)
 
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Lived over there for some time in Amsterdam, Groningen and Maastricht. Just keep yourself to yourself around the red light district. There are some shady characters about there. Amsterdam is a great city with plenty to do other than the obvious. As already mentioned the Zoo is cool. Take a train ride up to Haarlem if you fancy something a lil less touristy with all the benefits of Amsterdam. Heineken brewery is worth a go too.

Check out what is happening at the Melkweg during your stay. It is an excellent venue that hosts big concerts etc. (www.melkweg.nl). There might be some bands on you like

The Spui area is host to a load of 'brown' style cafe bars. These are a great place to while away a few hours before dinner. Cafe Luxembourg and the big one on the corner (that I can't remember the name of) are good in the Spui area and serve an amazing array of beers.

Just off the Spui is my fave coffeeshop 'De Dampkring'. Good venue that serves beer and other things ;). Worth a visit just to see the crazy decor of the front of the shop.

The Spui is one of my fave areas in Amsterdam along with the Jordaan. Away from all the hustle and bustle of Centrum and a lot more local. A group of 11 of you may be better sticking to the main drag though as they tend to be more tolerant to huge groups of tourists around there.

Clubbing, I like the Arena club. Just outside of town centre and a bit picky on door policy so don't turn up in crap clothes. There are plenty of clubs in town, best to just get there and pick up some fliers/look out for posters to see what is happening while you are there and finding out if there are any DJ's you want to see.

There are lots of larger clubs around the Rembrantsplein and Leidseplein. It is a bit different to the UK in that nobody really goes out until around midnight. Everyone drinks at home first then hits a club. Like I say, depends what type of clubbing you are after. Arena is a good venue though for more underground dance stuff. Flyers and posters are the key though!

Have fun and stay safe!

/edit....whoever recommended you the grasshopper wants shooting. It is a horrid tourist trap with inflated prices.
 
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Went to Amsterdam for New Years and it was brilliant!!!!

Grasshopper is probably the most tourist friendly coffee shop, although La Canna's is also pretty good and has plenty of pool tables on the top floor.

Try a few of the little coffee shops as well, dont be affraid if they dont look particularly inviting the people inside are normally friendly.

Dont get conned by some of the not so nice coffee shops who will tell you that you can only smoke there if you buy it from them, if they say this, just leave and go somewhere else. As long as you are buying drinks from them, they shouldnt mind if your smoking your own.

Also dont talk or make contact with the street traders, if someone is saying "psssssssst mate" just walk on.

It is a great place to go tbh.

I would recomend some sites, but you always end up just going into the coffee shop and losing track of time :)
 
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