Partying In The Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein And Red Light District
Amsterdam is a place like no other, and it’s easy to lose your bearings.
So in case you wake up in a daze, here’s 10 ways to know you are partying in Amsterdam.
1.) You’re Buzzed And Haven’t Had A Drink Yet. Before hitting the bars you decided to stop into one of those coffee houses in the Red Light District. And the next thing you know, you’re buzzed!
2.) You Quickly Realize Coffee Shops In Amsterdam Are Not Like Coffee Shops At Home. Here, they sell hash and pot. Welcome to Amsterdam!
3.) You’re Drinking Small Beers But Still Getting Drunk. Amsterdam bars sell beers in 10-ounce glasses – Tiny Hineys, we call them at PubClub.com – but you drink so many of them it’s like tapping into a keg.
4.) You’re Not Sure Which Bar You’re In But You Are Having A Blast. The most fun places in Amsterdam are the small bars in the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, and you go in and out fo them so often it’s hard to know where you are because eventually it’s all one big, fun blur.
5.) You Have No Idea What Day It Is And You Don’t Care. Welcome to Amsterdam!
6.) Time Becomes Irrelevant. You’re start to operate on a body clock, not on a time clock. It’s a process that works surprisingly well after a couple of days.
7.) You Continually Cross What Looks Like The Same Bridge But You Are Hopelessly Lost. Amsterdam is a beautiful city but all those small, arched bridges over the canals look the same and pretty soon you’re walking around in circles. The fact that you are buzzed does not help you regain your bearings. Eventually, you’ll bump into a building, bar or coffee shop you recognize. Look for the Cafe Luxenbourg; its in the central part of town, is a great after-work place for lcoals and hosts the biggest party in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoons (4-7 p.m.).
8.) You’re Tempted To Go Into A Sex Show. Or Behind A Window. Let’s just say the Red Light District is not like walking down Main Street in Iowa. You’ll be tempted into doing things you did not know you had in you before arriving in Amsterdam.
9.) You Start To Get A Real Appreciation of Amsterdamers. Locals are really friendly and love to share beers with visitors, and it doesn’t take long for you to really feel a part of their city. Amsterdam has a way of wrapping its arms around you.
10.) You’re Not Sure Quite How – Or When – But You Made It Back To Your Hotel. You wake up in the morning (well, perhaps the early afternoon), take inventory of body parts, clothes and belongings, look in the mirror and see some stranger with hair sticking up in all directions staring back at you, grab a shower and hit the streets to do it all over again.
That’s pretty much Amsterdam in a nutshell.