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Haarlem Nightlife, Netherlands

Haarlem Nightlife – Classic and Popular

The city of Haarlem has a centre packed with pubs, coffee houses, nightclubs and street terraces ideal for a cold local beer in the middle of summer. It has enough theatres, cinemas and concert halls to cover most cultural tastes. There is a cinema Centre in the Brinkmann Mall in the main square and another one on the main shopping street. Contemporary artistic manifestations tale place throughout the year and there are lots of festivals that will sure interest you, but if you are looking for a more classical artistic manifestation you can always attend the Concertgebouw and Stadschouwburg for shows, plays, performances and classical music. The two St Bavo Cathedrals also host magnificent organ concerts that are attended by people all over the world.

Haarlem Nightlife – The Coffeeshops

Among the multitude of terraces and pubs that make Haarlem nightlife so vivid, the city also has numerous coffeeshops, places where you can go to test, buy and smoke marijuana and hashish under the cover of the law. These are highly frequented by tourists and also by locals, who relax over a joint in the evening irrespective of their age or occupation. Coffeeshpos require that you be of age and no one can enter without an ID. They don’t serve alcoholic products and are usually open until 1 AM at weekends. The local tradition is to go to a coffeeshop, than have a snack at one of the many street food places that are open till late in the night and finally go and dance the night away in a large and crowded nightclub.

Haarlem Nightlife – When the Lights Go Out

Haarlem nightlife thrives throughout the week, and although is not as busy as Amsterdam Nightlife with the Red Light District or the Rotterdam Nightlife, most pubs will stay open until 2AM during weekdays and until early in the morning at weekends. You will find that the Central Square gets very crowded at 5AM and there still are things to do at that hour. The best clubs to go out dancing are Stalker and Sound, where they have popular DJs that keep the party going until 7AM. However, if you appreciate live music and are interested in some bars which host live bands, we recommend the Patronaat and the Fietzenfabriek, which offer live blues, rock and jazz performances. Haarlem is especially interested in the jazz phenomenon and it even has a yearly festival to celebrate this. During the festival the city centre is packed with performers from around the world and the atmosphere is quite unique.

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