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The Butcher Social Club

Amsterdam North. So near, yet so far away. David Bowie sang ‘is there life on Mars?’. I had similar thoughts about Amsterdam North. In fact the Shallow Man hadn’t visited that part of the world for some time until on a cold December evening I took a ferry across the IJ to the A’dam Toren, to attend the opening party of the Butcher Social Club.

The Butcher

If you live in Amsterdam and haven’t heard of the Butcher, you really do need to get out more. The original Butcher is a burger bar in Amsterdam in the Pijp. Hidden away in the back of the place, behind what appears to be a large refrigerator door is in fact one of the Shallow Man’s favorite bars. 

A journey across the river

Having haunted the bar of the Butcher like Marley’s ghost (Jacob not Bob) over the years,  I was invited to the opening of the Butcher Social Club in Noord. In order to get there from the center of Amsterdam, the fastest way is to take the Buiksloterweg ferry known as the Pont across the Ij. This service runs 24 hours a day from behind Amsterdam Central Station, and is free of charge. Yes it’s gratis, which is why it’s full of Dutch people going back and forth, even though they don’t really need to be there.

During the four minute journey across the river to Amsterdam North, I realised that many of the passengers were obviously heading to the same destination, as they were by Amsterdam standards incredibly well dressed.

The Butcher Social Club party

The Butcher Social Club is based at the A’dam Toren (Amsterdam Towers). This 22 storey building has amongst other things a restaurant, a nightclub and an observation deck from which you can view Amsterdam in all its glory.

Upon entering, there was a huge queue for the cloakroom, however, our hosts were kind enough to provide complimentary glasses of wine while waiting. A good start to an excellent evening.

Wine being served at the Butcher Social Club
The dangers of a free bar
Live music and dancing at the Butcher Social Club in Amsterdam
The Butcher Social Club what an atmosphere

No sneakers in sight

Over two thousand people attended the opening party. The event broke Amsterdam social norms in a number of ways:

  • There were women wearing (please sit down while reading this) shoes with high heels
  • Men wearing shoes that weren’t only brown
  • Many of the women there were actually wearing makeup
  • I didn’t see a single dress worn with sneakers

As you can imagine the points above, combined with a free bar, good music and delicious hamburgers made for the party of the year! To be fair I also had the most evil hangover of 2016 the following morning but the less said about that the better.

Beautiful ladies at the opening party of the Butcher Social Club in Amsterdam

24 hour partying

Another thing worth noting is that on Fridays and Saturdays the Butcher Social Club is open 24/7. So if you fancy a late night cocktail, hamburger, or just fancy a dance, it’s well worth a visit.

A mini hamburger at the Butcher Social Club in Amsterdam
Lekker at any hour

The Butcher Social Club

Ambience - 10
Service - 9
Food - 8.8
Well dressed crowd - 10

9.5

Great addition to the Amsterdam Bar Scene

Party of 2016 and a great place to hang out

User Rating: 4.42 ( 3 votes)

About Simon Woolcot

Infamous blogger, annoyance and self confessed Shallow Man . Simon is a British expat who has lived in Amsterdam for over 11 years, and due to Brexit may soon be applying for asylum. As well as writing this blog, Simon also has a YouTube channel of the same name, writes and directs videos, and hosts seminars about life in the Netherlands

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