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Oosterbar Amsterdam

We check out Oosterbar, Amsterdam’s subterranean club haven at Generator Amsterdam.

Amsterdam has long been known as a destination for debauchery – their dubious smoking habits, risqué red lights and numerous bars have enticed the good and bad from across Europe for decades. Of course, that’s not to say the Dutch appeal only to the sinful side of our collective nature – there are, as we found out, activities aplenty for even the most puritanical visitor.

Renowned as an affordable getaway, Amsterdam is proving more popular than ever with Brits looking for a quick escape. Less than an hour by air, and with a centrally located airport, you can be in your room in less time than it takes to cross London at rush hour. Make note – this is not the average Brits Abroad fodder. Amsterdam has more to offer than simply stoners with spliffs – the pastiche of the 1980’s has long been eroded by a sophistication that rivals any European capital, and an open mindedness that in post-Brexit Britain is wildly refreshing.

Never ones to miss a trick are the savvy guys at Generator, the global hostel chain doing for hostels what Diptyque did for the candle. This is more than a mere repositioning exercise, this is a rethinking of what budget accommodation should be. The latest addition to this homegrown success story sits in the heart of the bustling Dutch capital.

Featuring all the facilities that have become synonymous with Generator spaces worldwide, Generator Amsterdam also boasts its own nightclub, Oosterbar, which is the latest addition to Amsterdam’s burgeoning club scene. Launching to much fanfare, the club will serve as a cultural hub, hosting activities from poetry to art exhibitions and everything in between.

Already a huge hit, the opening night saw punters greeted with musical hits ranging from heavy EDM to hip-hop with a smattering of shameless pop – there’s something for everyone – while dancers, resplendent in hundreds of LED spots, flung glo sticks in the air with gay abandon in an atmosphere not dissimilar to Blade Runner meeting the circus.

With a minimalistic decor of raw concrete and stripped back furniture, the space is modern and practical. Fancy it is not, but in hostel terms, it’s pretty Ritzy.

Already much in demand, Generator Amsterdam and its salubrious subterranean nightclub, Oosterbar, are a much needed addition to one of our favourite get-aways.

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Lixx Diaz
Oosterbar Amsterdam

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