Rugby World Cup Final Amsterdam: Where to watch in 2015

When in Amsterdam... the city is not rugby mad. However, there are many places to watch the Rugby World Cup in 2015. 

Here is a rugby fan's advice on the places that you will find on your google search for places to watch the rugby world cup final in Amsterdam. We also provide  tips on different places to watch the Rugby World Cup when in the city.

where to watch the rugby world cup final 2015 in Amsterdam

Location: Warmoesstraat 129

Is the number one search result for where to watch the rugby world cup in Amsterdam. They come up as the top search term due to their London location whom has a relationship with rugby sponsor, Heineken. 

Honestly, the bar is narrow, small with nor a lot of seats and limited tables. Drink specials are 2-4-1 Becks beer bottles are good. It is a hostel bar. Not great if you have a large group.

Coco's Outback
Location: Thorbekeplein 8-12

A large bar just near the famous square of Rembrandtplein. This place will be the go-to-place for the Australian supporters as it is an Australian theme bar. The All Black supporters will also be there due to the two countries' special connection. Normally, it is filled with expats and South Africa.

For atmosphere this will be the place to be. It will be hard to find a seat and the beer is lousy. It does say this on the entrance so the honesty is appreciated. If you can't find a seat retreat to nearby Three Sisters and St James Gate on Rembradtplein. Places these on your map as you will need them especially if you are late when arriving to Cocos.

Cafe Corso 
Location: O.Z. Achterburgwal 26

Cafe Corso was for a long time the Rugby Bar in Amsterdam. This is no longer true with a change of management, like many places places in Amsterdam, it thrives on a reputation earned long ago. There is still rugby shirts in the bar area and the place is visited by Rugby people during Amsterdam 7s.

Susie's Saloon

Location:O.Z Voorburgwal 254

The ceiling is decorated in Rugby jerseys. They still sponsor a team in the annual Rugby 7s. Traditionally, a base for the southern Hemisphere supporters especially, New Zealanders. 

Susie's jug/pitcher prices are hard to beat outside the Happy Hours. Happy hour is 3:30pm-6pm and 10:30pm-12am. 7 days a week. The large smoking room is popular with the differing smokers you would expect to find in Amsterdam.

Satellite Sports Cafe
Location: Leidseplein 11 

This is a place to go find sports that don't get a lot of coverage in Europe. Baseball, Ice Hockey, basketball. This is not a place for the rugby. The place is very small and cramped in Tourist Central.

Irish Bars

Every city has one or more and you know what they are like. Irish bars, the world around, understand rugby and their supporters. These bars are normally large and can cater to groups. Our pick of the Irish bars of Amsterdam are:

Location: Paleisestraat 103

Central location behind the Royal Palace end of the Dam Square. The Management is actually Irish. Good, professional, helpful service. There is normally a rugby shirt on one of the patrons in the locals' corner.

Location: Ferdinand Bolstraat 5

Located in the Pijp on the edge of Heinekenplein this bar has plenty of space. As it is away from the old centre there are fewer tourists but still easy to access via public transport. 

Durty Nelly's 
Location:  Warmoesstraat 115

Located in the heart of the Red Light District this is a hostel bar with space. Good drink specials and plenty of screens for a good vantage point of the rugby.

Local Tip

My pick would be the downstairs area of Cafe Batavia 1920. Location: Prins Hendrikkade 85. A smokers area canal side a short distance from Amsterdam's Centraal Station. The drink prices are reasonable and there are more locals at this central place. A word of warning space is limited.

When in Amsterdam...enjoy rugby!

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Amsterdam Locals Tip: Foreign Films with English Subtitless

When in Amsterdam....most films have Dutch subtitles. One of the good things about the Netherlands is that foreign films and programs are not dubbed in the local language.

If the movie is in English it will be in English with Dutch subtitles. However, if it is another language there are still Dutch subtitles.

This makes it difficult for those not fluent in Dutch to appreciate non-English films.

Katie Cook is the organizer of Ex-Pat Films. Living in Amsterdam Katie realized she missed watching foreign movies. A few times a month she organizers the screening of foreign movies with English subtitles.

Movies are selected by Katie, normally from prominent film festivals. Local regulars also have input in the selection but Katie admits that it is often what she would like to see.

The movies are screened from Fall to Spring. The Venue is at Lab 111 only 10 minutes walk from Leidseplein in Oud West (Old West). Films start at 8:45pm but be sure to get their early.

Local Tip
Lab 111  has a restaurant and a bar. Arrive early for some food or a drink before the movie.

Their program of dates and movies to be screened can be found on their Facebook page.

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James Bond in Amsterdam

When in Amsterdam...remembers the James Bond moments in the city. With the release of Spectre, in the Netherlands and worldwide and surprisingly good reviews lets see the moments when the British spy was in Amsterdam for Diamonds are for Ever.

In 1971 filming took place in one day on two locations. The first location was the famous Marege Brug, the Skinny Bridge. Here the body of Mrs. Whistler is lifted out of the water as a tourist boat goes past. 

Overlooking the scene is the characters responsible for the death. In the back of the scene James Bond in his yellow Triumph car arrives in Amsterdam. The bridge and the tourist boats that pass have barely changed over the years.

The second location is the picturesque Reguliersgracht. This canal is normally visited by canal cruises and described as the 7 bridges. At the residence of number 36 and number 34 scenes were shot of Sean Connery's arrival as an under cover diamond smuggler. The residences are still there with only minor changes to the facades.

Amsterdam is famous for diamonds. If you are interested in these precious
stones visit Gassan Diamonds and take the free tour of the polishing and cutting areas.

The National Release Date for Spectre in the Netherlands is October 30 2015. The best place is view the movie is in the historic Tuschinski Theater in the heart of Amsterdam's historic city.

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Amsterdam Museum Night 2015

When in Amsterdam...every year the Museums open until 2am. In 2015 Amsterdam's Museum Night is on November 7. Here we answer all of your questions and provide you tips on how to have an awesome experience.

What is Museum Night?

A cultural festival that aims to attract young people to the cultural institutions of Amsterdam. Special events are organised and run by young people to create a unique annual event. Think music, food and fantastic one off events all run by the youth of the Netherlands.

How do we get a ticket?

Tickets for Amsterdam Museum Night are available through their website MuseumNachtAmsterdam. Tickets can also be purchased over the paylogic phone system. There will be a charge of .45c/minute. Phone Number is 0900 900 500

Please note that the participating Museums do not sell the tickets.

How much is a ticket and what does this include?

There are two tickets available 

18.50 euro

This ticket that provides you:

  • entry to the 53 participating venues from 7pm until 2am
  • Discount on a 24 hour GVB Transportation card that provides you transportation on Amsterdam Trams and Metro system. This can be purchased only at AKO store at Amsterdam Centraal Train Station
  • Free use of the shuttle bus that run between Museumplein/Heersterveld/Vrolik Museum and Museumplein. This bus runs from 7pm until 2:30am
  • 15% discount on the use of Amsterdam Electric Taxis
  • Discount Entry to various Amsterdam clubs for the night.
  • One free entrance to participating museums before the end of 2015.
33.50 euro

This ticket includes all of the above benefits and entrance into the official after parties at:
Both of these after parties are located in Amsterdam's Westerpark. The parties run until 7am.

Photo by N8

  1. Purchase tickets early as this event is often sold out. 32, 000 people attended last year. Yes, you read that right 32,000 people!
  2. Go via bicycle to help you cover areas quickly.
  3. Less is more. Don't try and do too many museums.
  4. Visit the smaller museums where there are fewer people.
  5. Have a general plan
  6. Visit the Portuguese Synagogue. A perennial favorite with the 17th Century temple is lite with 1000 natural candles.
Every year we have our group meet at our apartment for a home cooked dinner and a few drinks. We review the different events and each person says which place we would like to visit. A route is then created. We avoid the big museum on the Museumplein because of the long lines and large crowds. We jump on our bicycles and head off into the night.

Here is an example of what we did on previous year's Museum Night Party.

This is one of our favourite festivals of the year. If you are in Amsterdam on the evening of the 7th of November Museum Night is a must do.

When in Amsterdam...enjoy! 

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Amsterdam Clocks Turn Back 2015

When in Amsterdam...clocks turn back to Winter time on 25 October 2015. 

Summer is finished and the clocks are readjusted for Winter.

Autumn in Amsterdam
Photo by David Cenzer

25 Oct 2015 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, 25 October 2015, 03:00:00 clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, 25 October 2015, 02:00:00 local standard time instead
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on 25 Oct 2015 than the day before.

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