One of the oldest Irish pubs in Amsterdam, Mulligans is always alive with cheer and fun. On the menu are Irish staples like Guinness and Kilkenny on tap, as well as a large selection of regional whiskies. Live performances, mostly Celtic based, provide the background music of the night. Occasionally they host open mic sessions that are open to amateur musicians. Their staff is friendly and the atmosphere mirrors that of a lively pub in Ireland. You know you are in for a good time when you are at Mulligans.
This late night refuge is named after the old iron ship that was originally moored on Amsterdam's qua. The ship may be long gone, but the bar remains and Cafe Pollux is the kind of place that welcomes everyone through its doors. The music is old school, with a jukebox blasting out classic rock. Wax statues of the couple that run the place make for some interesting decor. Whether you're there just for drinks, to attend one of the bar's theme nights or to watch a football match, Cafe Pollux is happy to have you.
Located in one of the oldest wooden buildings in Amsterdam, Int Aepjen is full of history and local color. It is affectionately referred to as "the monkey bar." Folk tales say that this lively bar used to be frequented by sailors. On being unable to pay the tab, the sailors used to pay in kind by handing over monkeys from the Dutch East Indies. However, nowadays monkeys are not acceptable as a form of legal tender here, although you will still find images of them in the taproom.
Bitterzoet is a multifaceted bar and club where rotating DJs and touring bands rock the house with alternative rock, funk, electronic, and fusion beats. The two-floor venue features a balcony overlooking the stage and a lounge area furnished with chic seating. Two bars keep the lines short and the drinks flowing all night.
Poollokaal de Gracht is a friendly local pool hall and neighborhood bar. A room filled with fourteen pool tables plays host to informal matches between friends and local tournaments alike. Dartboards line the walls, allowing for a variety of activities at this sporty location. In addition to these main highlights, trivia nights draw in many residents from nearby and a small food menu offers some tasty items to snack on while competing. The space is brightly lit to accommodate pool players, so any guests seeking a dark hideaway may wish to try a different option.
Club NL is a classy hangout for Amsterdam's party-loving crowd. When you visit, it's easy to relax, have some fun and enjoy some drinks and good music. Celebrities like Mick Jagger, Naomi Campbell, and many more have visited the club. Here, cocktails rule the menu, but beer is also available. This is also a great place to arrange a private party for friends.
St Paul's effortlessly transforms itself from a cosy restaurant during the day to a stylish lounge at night. While the bar offers a selection of wines and handmade cocktails alongside coffee, the kitchen whips up a variety of delicious meals including their special lamb kebabs. With everything from burgers, pastas, sandwiches and soup, to salads, omletes and tapas, you are sure to find something that is just right for you. Its friendly staff, great music, tasty drinks and delicious food make St. Paul's a great choice for a relaxed meal or drink with friends.
With a very large, sunny terrace on a bridge over the Singel canal, Café van Zuylen is a popular choice for a beer and a bite to eat during the summer months. Inside, the bar is full of nooks and crannies for privacy as well as large window seats for a comfortable evening of people watching. It can get pretty busy on the weekends with the crowd of young professionals spilling out onto the streets. The breakfast, lunch and dinner menu offer a wide choice for every meal, while the Spanish tapas platter is a favorite off the snacks menu for those looking for a quick bite.
A very well known destination among the gay community, Prik was founded by a gay couple. Located behind the Magna Plaza, this eatery and bar has welcoming interiors and decor. The service is good and the atmosphere cheerful, hence adding to the light mood of the place. The bar serves delicious cocktails and snacks and features DJs on weekends. As each day of the week is dedicated to a specific event at the Prik, a call before visiting would help.
O'Reilly's is a quintessential Irish pub in the heart of Amsterdam’s city center. Its prime location and authentic Irish experience can be credited to patrons revisiting. Enjoy regional ales and stouts with home-cooked grub. Equipped with televisions showcasing live sports, this watering hole is at its liveliest best on game nights.
Located directly on the Dam, Euro Pub is very popular with tourists as well as the young locals. Inside numerous large screens can be found covering all the main sporting events, making this bar busy during both day and night times. The menu offers typical 'pub grub', such as grills, burgers and large breakfasts. They also have a large cocktail and shooter menu, which attracts the pre-clubbing crowds. Often there are various drinks promotions and events being held.