In de Wildeman may just be the best beer bar in Amsterdam. It is housed in an old distillery from 1690 just off the Nieuwezijds Kolk. The clientele consists of beer lovers who come from all over the world. Roughly 18 draught beers are available at any given time, along with around 150 bottled beers. Of course, the beers are changed regularly to avoid boredom and there are special themed weeks in which certain beers are celebrated, so there's always something new to sample.
Launched in 1990, Bourbon Street is arguably one of the best live music venues in Amsterdam. This place is a great choice if you're looking to experience a vibe akin to music clubs in the 1920s. Its retro ambiance is a great backdrop for blues, jazz, reggae and alternative rock. Their stage has been graced by the likes of BB King, Bruce Springsteen, and Joss Stone.
True beer aficionados, take note! Proeflokaal Arendsnest stands out among its many competitors by offering at least one beer from each brewery in The Netherlands. You can also find many aged varieties here, which are rather unusual in Amsterdam. The pub itself is long and narrow in the typical style, and offers bar stools as well as tables in the back. If you want to learn more about the beers you are sampling, sit at the bar and chat up the owner, who is incredibly knowledgeable about his craft.
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.
Belgium is home to an amazing beer culture, so it is little wonder that you can sample its brews all over Amsterdam. At Cafe Belgique, you can find a range of both bottled and draught beers that offer a taste of the many styles available. The cafe itself is very small, so it's not the best choice if you're out with a large group. Take some time to experiment with the selection of drinks available, as you may end up finding a new favorite.
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.
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.
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.