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Best Bars in Amsterdam

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Café Belgique

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.

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Proeflokaal Arendsnest

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.

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Belushi's

One of the more popular bars of Amsterdam, Belushi's offers a variety of beverages and American grub. Its delicious burgers and beers served in a comfortable and cool atmosphere make it a great spot for the young in the city. Making it even more popular are the St. Christopher Inn as well as the Winston Hotel located just next door. So for a fun night with friends or if looking to catch the day's game, come by Belushi's.

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In de Wildeman

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.

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Bitterzoet

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.

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Hill Street Blues

This coffee shop and bar is called Hill Street Blues, after the well-known TV series. The place is decorated with graffiti not only on the walls but also on the sofas and chairs. They serve coffee, a wide range of spirits, beer and liqueurs. You can also chill out while playing some pool, foosball, backgammon, chess or arcade games. Inquire at the "dealers" corner about the range of items on their Smokers Menu. Eminem had his photo taken on the Hill Street couch for the cover of his first album, so you may even bump into someone famous here.

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Cafe Hoppe

This pub offers a central location to enjoy a drink or a coffee with plenty of people-watching opportunities from the patio. The bar has mainly standing room with a few small tables for those lucky enough to snag them. Coffee can be brought to you through the connecting door to the cafe in the rear. Very little has changed here in the last 300 years except for the computer the bartender uses for his bookkeeping. Do not forget to try a glass of Wees Old Geneva.

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Int Aepjen

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.

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Poollokaal De Gracht

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.

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Pacific Parc

Pacific Parc is a great place to try steak sandwich and other tasty Dutch dishes along with great music. Popular DJs play good music, tempting enough to make you get up from your seat to dance on the tune, while occasional live music will set your foot tapping. This place believes in customizing its menu according to the season. Kids have a special menu designed for them. So rest assured, when you visit this eatery, you will be served seasons best with all the freshness wrapped inside the food.

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