The best bars of Amsterdam
The best places in Amsterdam are those that are visited not only by tourists, but also by local residents. Having visited these places, you can fully imbue the local flavor and feel the friendliness and cheerfulness of the townspeople. Many pubs and bars are concentrated in the vicinity of Rembrandt plein and Leidse plein squares, but entertaining authentic establishments can be found in other areas of Amsterdam.
One of the city’s best beer bars is called Arendsnest (Eagle’s Nest). It is located near Amsterdam Centraal Station, at Herengracht 90. The restaurant offers its visitors a rich assortment of beer, which includes 30 varieties of draft foamy drink and about 100 varieties – bottled. You can drink both traditional Dutch beer and beer of unusual varieties (with the taste of cherry, chocolate or caramel). The cost of a glass starts from 3 €.
Bar Hiding in Plain Sight
On Rapenburg 18, you can find the Hiding in Plain Sight bar, designed in the style of the 1920s. It offers a wide selection of cocktails: classic, original and seasonal. Enjoying the taste of the selected drink, you can watch the work of Simon Difford – one of the best bartenders in the country. The average cost of a cocktail is 15 €.
Bar Wynand Fockink
After a walk around Dam Square, tired travelers are happy to relax in the nearby Wynand Fockink Bar. It is located at Pijlsteeg 31 in the building of an old distillery. Here you should definitely try jenever – a Dutch alcoholic drink based on juniper berries. This bar is also famous for the largest selection of liquors in Amsterdam. It is customary to drink them in a special way: to bend to the counter and sip from the glass without the help of hands. You can take your favorite variety with you by paying 11 € per bottle.
Bar Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Foam drink connoisseurs will not regret visiting the Brouwerij ‘t IJ bar, which is located in the same brewery at Funenkade 7. The menu includes regular, seasonal and limited beers, light snacks and drinks. You can enjoy a refreshing drink both inside the bar and on the outdoor terrace, which overlooks the old mill. The cost of a beer is 3-5 €.
Bar in de Wildeman
Another popular Amsterdam beer bar is In de Wildeman, located in the former factory building at Kolksteeg 3. It offers 18 varieties of draft and 250 varieties of bottled beer. Most of the beer is purchased in the Netherlands and Belgium, but there are also English, German and American varieties. To navigate this variety, it is better to ask the bartender for advice, who will be happy to help you make a choice. A glass of beer costs about 4 €.
Rules for visiting bars in Amsterdam
A visit to the bar will take place without unpleasant surprises, if you follow certain rules:
· Abstain from smoking;
· Do not be surprised that the locals greet everyone in a row – this is a feature of the Dutch mentality;
· Tips are welcome, and their absence can be regarded as a sign of bad taste;
· Alcoholic beverages are allowed to be consumed only within the institution; drinking them on the street is punishable by a fine.
To make it easier to navigate in an unfamiliar menu, you need to remember that the word “beer” in Dutch is written as bier.
Amsterdam, as you know, is the center of cultural, entertainment and nightlife. We talk about the cultural life of the capital of the Netherlands in other articles about museums, for example. And here we will focus on the nightlife of the city. It is in Amsterdam that an incredible number of clubs are concentrated, which are popular not only among the Dutch, but also visiting tourists.
Some of the best are Paradiso, Escape and Melkweg. They are located in the Leidseplein area near the Rembrandtplein square, so this part of Amsterdam is considered to be the center of nightlife.
World-famous DJs perform on major stages. In summer, trance music festivals are held in the city, attracting hundreds of thousands of people. Parties in clubs are held almost every day. The most ambitious – from Thursday to Saturday. This is not surprising, because the days are selected based on the work schedule of most visitors. Before 11 pm, events do not begin, and during the celebration of major events, sometimes drag out until the morning.