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Local Tips

Enjoy some helpful tips from Sean and Allison at Joy Ride Tours on all things Amsterdam & beyond.

Melkweg

Melkweg

This live music venue was born in the summer of 1970 when a theater group squatted an abandoned dairy. Forty years later, the building now houses two halls which are used primarily for concerts and events holding 2,200 people.

Concertgebouw

Concertgebouw

Completed in 1888, this wonderful building on Museumplein hosts classical concerts as well as jazz, world music and kids concerts. Check the concert schedule and get your tickets in advance.

Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street features live music jams from local talent and foreign artists every night of the week. Dance your brains out to the sounds of Blues, Rock, Soul and Funk music.

Paradiso

Paradiso

On March 30th, 1968 "Cosmic Relaxation Center Paradiso" opened its doors. The goal was to offer an open place for creative talent. In the 40 years that followed, Paradiso has become a pop podium, a club and a cultural center in one. Insider tip. the upstairs balconies offer seating and great views of the shows.

Bimhuis

Bimhuis

With over 300 concerts annually, Bimhuis offers a variety of jazz and improvisational music. Their focus is surely on the new, but they are also offering a significant selection of more mainstream music.

Muziekgebouw

Muziekgebouw

This spectacular building has become Amsterdam's Concert Hall of the 21st Century. The Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ shows current musical developments in the form of special series, festivals, multimedia concerts and exhibitions.

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