Starry starry nights
A stone’s throw away from Amsterdam Centraal station is the lush SkyLounge Amsterdam. Perched on the 11th floor of DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station it’s a staple among locals and travellers who are here for the stunning city view and elegant menu of bites like Japanese wagyu steak and scrumptious cocktails.
By day, it’s the perfect spot for meetings and casual catch-ups. When the sun sets, it’s transformed into a hopping hotspot with DJ spinning tunes and the city at your feet. No wonder, it’s one of Amsterdam’s best and revered rooftop bars.
The W Lounge located on the 6th floor of the W Amsterdam doubles as a lobby and the perfect spot to take in a paralleled 360-degree views of Amsterdam with a delicious beverage. And boy, do they serve up some serious cocktails. Their team of mixologists are consistently at the forefront of the new and next in the world of mixology, thrilling guests with their evolving menu of flavours.
Nightly DJ’s serve up cool beats ranging from house music to disco and everything in between. If you’re up for a refreshing dip in their rooftop pool overlooking the Royal Palace, you can book a three-hour session for €30 — with a welcome drink to boot. Our hot tip? Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Across the waters from Amsterdam Centraal Station is the swanky A’DAM Tower, a former Shell building metamorphosized into a thrilling entertainment epi-center complete with Europe’s highest swing, a LOOKOUT observation deck, world-class restaurants, sensational nightclub and co-working space. Sharing space with the observation deck is MA’DAM, the highest rooftop bar in Amsterdam standing at 80 metres high.
By day, you can grab a delicious lunch with a view. When night falls, it turns into a social club with an innovative cocktail menu, delicious bites and hot tunes. On Friday and Saturday, MA’DAM throws Amsterdam’s highest all-inclusive dinner parties — complete with entertainment, drinks and a two-course meal.
For something a little different and tropical, Malabar is the skybar of the eco-sexy Jakarta Hotel Amsterdam by Westcord. It’s named after a volcano in the island of Java in Indonesia. Stretched out over the 8th and 9th floor, it offers a panoramic view of the IJ river and an exciting menu of “fiery” Indonesian-inspired and classic cocktails and bites, alongside Dutch staples like bitterballen and aged cheeses.
They don’t take reservations, so go ahead and settle in on the spot. Got something special to celebrate? You can rent a section complete with a DJ booth for a private event.
And that’s our round-up of the best rooftop bars in Amsterdam that raise the bar.
Wanna sink your teeth into Amsterdam’s best traditional Dutch and ethnic street foods? Our self-guided Amsterdam food tour is your cure. Prefer a guided experience? The Hungry Birds will feed you everything you need to try in Amsterdam.
For more awesome things to do in Amsterdam, check out our curated collection of Amsterdam’s best experiences.