Top 10 bars in Amsterdam

These 10 Amsterdam bars will prove that this city has more to offer than Heineken. Amsterdam has bars for everyone. Sports bars, cozy and dark brown cafes, spacious and bright cafes, pubs and even a brewery in a windmill.

1.Café de Sluyswacht

This adoring little house dating from 1695 once was the lockmaster’s house but now is a charming bar with a great view of the canal. They have nice beers and great bitterballen!‎

Café de Sluyswacht in Amsterdam

Café de Sluyswacht

2.Het Elfde Gebod

Het Elfde Gebod (the 11th Commandment) is located in the Red Light District. It is a cozy wonderful bar filled with religious memorabilia. It’s tiny and it’s dark as a brown cafe is supposed to be. There is a great selection of Belgium beers on tap and around sixty brews in bottles to choose.‎

Het Elfde Gebod in Amsterdam

Het Elfde Gebod

3.Café ‘t Smalle

Located in the Jordaan district, this is a famous brown cafe in Amsterdam.

Café 't Smalle in Amsterdam

Café t’ Smalle

4.In de Wildeman

This bar located in a former distillery has a cozy atmosphere. It’s a quiet place with no music which is good for conversation. It’s frequented by tourists and locals alike. It has 18 beers on draft and 250 different types of beers on bottle. Not bad at all.

In de Wildeman in Amsterdam

In de Wildeman

5.Café Belgique

What this bar lacks space it compensates with personality. It’s specialized in Belgium beer with 8 beers on draught and 50 beers on bottle. Even in the tiny space, they manage to get DJs in the bar playing good loud music.

Café Belgique in Amsterdam

Café Belgique

6.Café Luxembourg

From dawn to dusk this spacious cafe is prepared to attend yours needs. It’s a great place to have breakfast, lunch, dinner and to drink at night. With plenty of space, it always has tables available.

Café Luxembourg in Amsterdam

Café Luxembourg

7.Café Hoppe

This place is the true definition of a Dutch brown cafe. This is one of Amsterdam’s oldest cafes dating of 1670. It has strong connections with Amsterdam history. At night the locals dominate the place to have a drink after work.

Café Hoppe in Amsterdam

Café Hoppe

8.Brouwerij ‘t IJ

You must pay a visit to this original small brewery located next to De Gooyer windmill. The building used to be a bath house, when the new owners opened the brewery in 1985 they keep the tiles and the soap holders. It has eight standard beers and three seasonal beers.

Brouwerij't IJ in Amsterdam

Brouwerij’t IJ

9.Café Schiller

This cafe has a beautiful interior decor. Despite being located in the busy Rembrand Square, this is a quiet inviting place to enjoy a nice beer in peace.

Café Schiller in Amsterdam

Café Schiller

10.Pata Negra

This Spanish tapas bar is the perfect place to drink a glass of wine and eat delicious food. This place is very busy at night. Don’t forget to try the Pata Negra ham!

Pata Negra in Amsterdam

Pata Negra


By | 2017-09-14T00:22:24+00:00 May 20th, 2013|Categories: Amsterdam, Food & Booze, Top 10|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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