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The Hague Nightlife

Grote Markt is a great place to head for a drink in the evening, particularly in warm weather, when the square is filled with tables and chairs spilling out from the numerous bars and restaurants. The Plein and the Buitenhof squares often buzz with evening tipplers too.

In summer, the bars along the Scheveningen Beach promenade awaken and De Zwarte Pad rocks with lively nightclubs and live music venues.

Numerous festivals and events attract thousands of visitors (

The Hague also has a thriving cultural scene both for locals and English-language visitors.

The Haags Uitburo, Spui 68 (tel: +31 70 361 8860; is the main source of information for what's on in The Hague and sells tickets for most cultural events. 

Bars in The Hague

Bodega de Posthoorn

With a picturesque terrace on leafy Lange Voorhout, this former coaching inn is now a popular meeting point for locals, tourists and even politicians from the nearby parliament. The interior walls are usually adorned with works by local artists (many for sale, of course) and there’s regular live music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Address: , Lange Voorhout 39A, The Hague, 2514 EC
Telephone: +31 70 360 4906.

Brouwcafé De Hofnar

As the name suggests, Brouwcafé De Hofnar started life as a microbrewery, but it soon outgrew its premises. Instead of packing everything up and moving away, the owners kept this quayside spot on as a bar selling the brewery's full range of beers. With a good choice of food and chic, comfortable surroundings too, you'll find it just as hard to move on.

Address: , Doctor Lelykade 28, The Hague, 2583 CM
Telephone: +31 70 354 0970.

Cafe De La Gare

Hidden on a secluded square, just north of the Hotel des Indes, the interior of this former coach house has been stripped back and it's now a cosy spot for a drink, especially out on its peaceful summer terrace (weather permitting). No matter when you visit though, the beer range is always vast.

Address: , Nieuwe Schoolstraat 13a, The Hague, 2514 HT
Telephone: +31 70 744 6255.

Clubs in The Hague

Club Seven

Centrally located Club Seven has become a firm favourite on The Hague's nightclub scene, with DJs pounding out an eclectic mix of electronic and underground beats most weekends. It generally attracts a young and enthusiastic crowd, keen to work up a sweat on the dancefloor with their best moves.

Address: , Prinsegracht 14, The Hague, 2512 GA
Telephone: +31 70 220 6420.


A short skip from Het Plein, Danzig has been pulling big crowds since it first threw its doors open in 1995. With no big name DJs, and seemingly no strict music policy, expect to hear anything from pop to dubstep via jazz, hip hop and rock. With a bias towards themed nights and very late opening hours, Danzig often draws a student crowd.

Address: , Lange Houtstraat 9, The Hague, 2511 CV
Telephone: +31 70 213 8125.


An elegant café and restaurant by day, this venue morphs into a chic wine bar at night, before transforming into a DJ-led club come the weekend. Once the food is cleared away, the tables are moved to one side of the room, and everyone hits the dancefloor.

Address: , Plein 8-10, The Hague, 2511 CR
Telephone: +31 70 362 9043.

Live music in The Hague

Muziekcafé De Paap

Famed as the launch pad for international Dutch rock and pop groups like Golden Earring, De Paap is the place to head for if you're a music lover visiting The Hague. Regular live concerts feature rock, soul and funk bands, while the organisers host some comedy every now and then as well.

Address: , Papestraat 32, The Hague, 2513 AW
Telephone: +31 70 365 2002.

Paard van Troje

With two concert halls and a résumé that boasts early appearances by such luminaries as U2 and Prince, the Paard van Troje (Trojan Horse) is always full of surprises. It has been The Hague's primary rock music venue since it opened in the early 1970s and hasn't lost any of its gusto since.

Address: , Prinsegracht 12, The Hague, 2512 GA
Telephone: +31 70 750 3434.

Zuider Strand Theatre

The Zuider Strand Theatre is the replacement for the former Dr. Anton Philips hall and the Lucent dance theatre and the temporary home to shows and performances of The Hague Philharmonic - Orkest, one of the Netherlands' top symphony orchestras - and the Nederlands Dans Theater until the new culture complex (OCC) will be finished by 2020. Its season generally runs from September to June.

Address: , Houtrustweg 505, The Hague, 2583 WB
Telephone: +31 70 880 0333.

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Paleis Hotel

The small boutique hotel has 20 uniquely decorated rooms, each containing mock Louis XVI style furniture and plush fabric commissioned by French designer Pierre Frey. Try and book a room at the back as they have views overlooking the Noordeinde Palace, one of several Dutch royal residences.

Hotel Ibis Den Haag City Centre

This comfortable, modern chain hotel in the city centre has light airy rooms, an attractive designer bar and Wi-Fi access. Ibis hotels have a fixed formula the world over: clean, modern and cosy – but fairly basic. Still, it's ideal for those on a budget.

Park Hotel Den Haag

This lovely, medium-sized art deco hotel blends modern and classical touches. It is famous for its Garden Room, which has views into the royal palace grounds, but its own patio and manicured lawn is just as nice. It may be centrally located, but it’s quiet and the facilities are first rate. Try and book a rooms will a small terrace.

Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus

This magnificent fin-de-siècle beachside hotel, once patronised by European monarchy, is a Scheveningen icon, with refined and modern comforts including a spa. Eat at its grand restaurant, a former late 19th-century concert hall with stained glass cupola. The building is nothing short of palatial, a reminder of times now past.

Hotel des Indes

Housed in a 19th-century mansion house, this is the 5-star hangout of visiting pop stars and diplomats, with marble columns everywhere and fin de siècle furnishings in abundance. There's also a jet-stream pool and a sauna. Even if you don't stay here, it's worth popping in for afternoon tea to soak up the exquisite surrounds.

Novotel Den Haag City Centre

One of The Hague’s 4-star properties, this Novotel is located in the Haagse Passage historic shopping arcade, opposite the Binnenhof, and is close to all the major museums and shopping streets. Parts of the building were a former cinema, although you’ll have to look hard to spot that today. Still, its interior is true to the Novotel style and standard.