The Waterhole Live Music Bar

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The Waterhole Live Music Bar

The Waterhole Live Music Bar
4.5
Concerts • Bars & Clubs • Dance Clubs & Discos
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12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Monday
12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
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The Waterhole Is A Live Music Bar In The Centre Of Amsterdam With A Varying Line-up Of All Popular Music Genres. We Have The Best Happy Hours Of Amsterdam Starts At 12:00 Till 21:00. For Some Play Fun We Have 3 Pool Tables.
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Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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JaneMc46
Barnsley, UK9 contributions
We spent New Year in Amsterdam with some friends and this is the bar we all kept coming back to. The prices are reasonable, especially in Happy 'Hour', which was actually from midday until 9pm! They have 3 pool tables and a dedicated smoking room.
There was live music on New Years Eve, a solo singer and then a band, both doing mostly rock covers, and they got the crowd going. It was packed for New Year but the staff were great, just as friendly and helpful when they were rushed off their feet as they were when we visited at quieter times. Peter especially was a star, and some of our group developed quite a taste for Fireball shots because of him!!
Written January 5, 2020
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Ryan B
Atlanta, GA789 contributions
We asked our hotel concierge for a good bar in the area and he pointed us towards the Waterhole and we loved it! When we arrived there was a rock band warming up on the stage and we found stools at the bar which were perfect. They had a great selection of beers including Tripel Karmeliet my wife's favorite. We even caught the end of happy hour which was very generous and got a tray full of shots. We had a lot of fun talking the other guests, the bartender was super nice and the music was great. We will definitely be back!
Written July 27, 2022
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Gareth E
Amsterdam, The Netherlands21 contributions
Live music is back in Amsterdam and The Waterhole is leading the way. Wednesday night’s jam session with Stan, Joyce and Sin (of Fischer Z) was high class fun! Some cool jammers and great to take part. Some new beers on tap, including the delicious Punk IPA. As always, friendly bar staff and helpful sound engineer. I made new friends from Czech Republic, Hungary and Haarlem!
Written July 3, 2021
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Beth R
Maesteg, UK69 contributions
Friends
I lived in Amsterdam for 7 years until 2013 and The Waterhole was my several times a week (sometimes every night) hangout on Leidseplein. Open late, great drinks, great live music, great staff... It is everything I want in a bar. I've seen it from quiet and relaxed through the day, all the way to packed with people crowd surfing during weekend gigs and every atmosphere in between. I miss it very much.
Written March 29, 2021
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Thank you !!!! Hope to open en see you soon !!!!
Written March 30, 2021
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Ian C
Catterick, UK285 contributions
Couples
Stopped in for lunchtime drinks. Greeted by a lovely barmaid who was really welcoming and seemed genuinely happy to be working there. Really attentive and offered us the drinks promo that was on. Happy hour 12-9!! Bavaria on tap along with a good selection of bottles including La Chouffe!
I’d guess it would be very busy if an evening and most likely a lively spot. There was a stage with live bands on at night.
Well worth stopping by.
Written February 20, 2020
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Konrad86
Frankfurt, Germany1 contribution
Friends
I had given my friend a bottle of wine in a bag. His bag was checked when we entered the place.
Upon leaving I found out they had broken my friend's wine and demanded *I pay them* a 5 euro fee. When I refused the bouncer through his bag outside. These people need to screen their employees better. This is my first time ever posting a review of a bar that is how angry I am at their horrible behavior. I have tried calling them 4 times now to complain but no one will let me speak to the manager!
Written November 30, 2014
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CLM_JY
St. Brelade, UK36 contributions
I first discovered this gem of a bar 4 visits ago and have been coming back ever since because it just keeps getting better.
As with any venue, it is only as good as the staff. And though he has been mentioned in many previous reviews he deserves to be mentioned again in this one!
Peter is the star of this place. I have never known somebody working in hospitality to do so much and still retain a smile. It was a very busy Saturday afternoon and he still managed to serve a thirsty crowd, sort the pool table issues out, collect glasses and get the football on the screens for us. Who said men can't multi-task?
The previous night Peter was asking us what music we wished to hear too. I hope the Waterhole pay him well because he is a rarity and an all round nice guy too.

The Waterhole itself is a great venue. Very mixed genres of music but all good, There are 3 pool tables there, a smoking room a decent size stage and plenty of seating.
Also the midday to 9pm happy hour is a huge bonus which makes it easily affordable. We had the chance to see one of the live bands here too.
They played middle of the road rock and blues and were exceptional.
For rock music I would have to say this is my favourite venue in Amsterdam and having the EPL football is a bonus.
Written November 29, 2019
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1984jessm
Exeter, UK448 contributions
My boyfriend and I fancied a pint, so stopped in here. It was a Tuesday afternoon, so was pretty quiet. We ordered two large Bavaria beers at 4 euro each. All pints are 4 euro between 12:00-21:00 daily!
They have a couple of pool tables, at 2 euros a game, so we decided to have a go. It was a really chilled and friendly atmosphere.
They have a smoking area attached to the bar, although we didn't need to use it.
The toilets were interesting! Not the best and for some reason, the toilet door had a little window in it, which anyone could look through!
This is a live music venue and I would have like to have come back one evening to check out some bands, but unfortunately we didn't get the opportunity.
Written November 25, 2019
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ZAD
37 contributions
Friends
If you are a tourist I'd say don't waste your time going there! I get the impression they don't like tourists the bar lady was very rude and grumpy as were the other staff! We went out of our way to visit this bar as wanted some live music but wasn't worth the €15 taxi journey! It's not hard to smile!!!!!
Written January 11, 2016
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예슬조2017
54 contributions
Friends
Really cool place, i was looking for places where can i dance with rock music.
I went there Friday and Saturday.
Friday’s live band was really nice. They played Pearl jam, Alice cooper, Nirvana, even Blur. I really enjoyed it!
Saturday was Rock-a-oke(karaoke), it was good though but i prefer band’s live.
Beer price is a bit expensive but fair enough it’s Amsterdam haha.

The only thing i was disappointed is sounds weren’t that loud. It could be perfect if sounds were loud.

I’d like to recommend this place! And if i come back to Amsterdam definitely i’ll be back.

암스테르담 재미없어서 슬퍼하다가 구글 뒤져서 평 좋길래 가봤는데.. 너무 좋았습니다 막춤 잘추는 사람 많고(중요포인트) 라이브밴드도 엄청 잘하고 선곡도 죽여줌;; 약간 미국90년대 하드락 위주로 라이브 했는데 중간에 블러 song2도 해서 약간 감동받고 헤드뱅잉 햇습니다ㅠㅠ
입장료 금토3유로에요 9시전에 드가면 무입인데 중간에 맥도날드 가서 햄버거 먹고 오니까 다시 돈내라고 ㅎ.. 무입은 스탬프 안찍어줍니다 참고참고..
Written August 18, 2019
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The Waterhole Live Music Bar is open:
  • Sun - Thu 12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
  • Fri - Sat 12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
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