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Party over? Amsterdam to restrict pub crawls & cannabis

The city’s deputy mayor is setting out a 'discouragement campaign' to make the city more family-friendly and less a magnet for stag and hen parties as well as tourists visiting just for drugs.

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The party may soon be over for British tourists heading to Amsterdam for a hedonistic weekend as the city is launching a campaign to discourage seedy activities in the capital.

From mid-May 2023, the city will launch a 'discouragement campaign' to clean up the city.

New policy proposals from Sofyan Mbarki, the deputy mayor for the inner city, include:

  • Banning smoking cannabis publicly in places like the Red Light District

  • Reducing the opening hours of restaurants, bars and brothels

  • Tightening alcohol regulations

  • Seeing whether a ban on sale of cannabis can be imposed between Thursday evenings and Sunday evenings.

  • Reducing or banning pub crawls and stag parties

  • Potentially restricting smoking on cafe terraces

Separately, the city is looking to move about 100 brothel windows away from the main train station.

The deputy mayor said: “The aim of the discouragement campaign is to keep out visitors that we do not want. If we love the city, we must take action now. Action is needed to prevent nuisance and overcrowding.

"Amsterdam is a world city and bustle and liveliness come along with this but to keep our city liveable we need to choose limits instead of irresponsible growth.”


The scheme will initially focus on British tourists, and if successful, will be rolled out to other countries.

What do you think, pirates? Will this make you more or less likely to want to visit?

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