I am heading to the Netherlands in April/May with 2 cousins (all of us 30something men). We will be in the countryside for 5 nights and then have another 4 mid-week nights to go somewhere else. We have an earlyish flight out of Schiphol on Saturday morning. We've all been to Amsterdam a few times, and stayed in Rotterdam a couple years ago. We want to see some other cities. Our plan is to pick a home base and daytrip out from there on the trains. Den Haag and Utrecht are the top two picks for day trips. At the end of the day, we want to head back to base and post up at a bar/cafe or two for the night.
From what I have read, Leiden seems like a solid option, and that is where I am leaning. However, a couple people I have talked to think that Den Haag has more to offer. My impression has always been that Den Haag closes up a little early but I wonder if that impression is out-of-date. What advice can you give me?