Food & Drink

The 8 coolest bars in Amsterdam

Published On 12/13/2013 Published On 12/13/2013
Vesper Bar
The Tara Amsterdam
Café Belgique
Brouwerij 't IJ
Hanneke’s Boom
Bubbles & Wines
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1. Proeflokaal De Ooievaar Sint Olofspoort 1, Amsterdam, 1012 AJ (Red Light District)

This cozy 18th-century bar and cafe serves a mostly local crowd a number of different specialty drinks and 17th-century “medicines”, which are also drinks.

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2. Café Belgique Gravenstraat 2, Amsterdam, 1012 NM (Red Light District)

This central bar and cafe serves more than 50 Belgian bottled beers and eight on draft, while also managing to squeeze live bands into its small confines.

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3. Hannekes Boom Dijksgracht 4, Amsterdam, 1019 BS (Medieval Center)

Hannekes Boom dates back to 1662 and since then, they've been offering an absolutely sweet outdoor, riverside drinking spot when the weather is prime.

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4. Brouwerij 't IJ Funenkade 7, Amsterdam, 1018 AL (East)

You may have trouble pronouncing it, but this place is one of the most popular breweries/bars in the city. Why? It's located in an old windmill, and it also produces AMAZING brews.

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5. The Tara Rokin 85HS, Amsterdam, 1012 KL (Medieval Center)

This pub is technically British, and it features seven rooms, three bars, and two sidewalk terraces, so there's plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy a drink.

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6. Vesper Vinkenstraat 57, Amsterdam, 1013 JM (The Jordaan)

This award-winning, unpretentious cocktail bar usually has a fair amount of people in it (without overcrowding), enjoying a long list of specialty cocktails including their signature drink, the Vesper cocktail.

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7. Bubbles & Wines Nes 37HS, Amsterdam, 1012 KC (Red Light District)

With a name like Bubbles and Wines, it's not a surprise this place has a quality selection of wines and Champagnes, but it also offers upscale snacks such as fancy cheese and caviar.

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8. Café 't Smalle Egelantiersgracht 12, Amsterdam, 1015 RL (The Jordaan)

It doesn't get more pleasant than Café 't Smalle for a casual and relaxing drink (including French wines and Belgian beers) outdoors by the water.

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9. Spanjer en Van Twist Leliegracht 60 HS, Amsterdam, 1015 DJ (The Jordaan)

This laid-back hot-spot features a solid drink menu and an equally solid patio area to enjoy said drinks by the canal.