Food & Drink

Amsterdam’s 13 best beer bars for every situation

Published On 09/02/2014 Published On 09/02/2014
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1. Delirium Café Amsterdam Piet Heinkade 4-6-8, Amsterdam, 1019

This bar launched with 500 beers (for real) -- with 20 of them on tap at any given time. And, if their big brother bar in Brussels is any indication, that list is only going to grow.

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2. 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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3. Proeflokaal Arendsnest Herengracht 90A, Amsterdam, 1015 BS (Red Light District)

This is as Dutch as a bar can get. Their motto is “if it ain’t Dutch, it ain’t much” so you can be sure that all the brews (30 on tap and 100+ in bottles) are fresh from the Netherlands.

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4. Café Brecht Weteringschans 157, Amsterdam, 1017 SE (Museumplein)

This cozy bar feels like you're chilling in a common German living room, if most German living rooms served a myriad of beers as well as a quality wine list and fizzy drinks.

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5. Bar Brouw Oost Beukenplein 17, Amsterdam, 1092 BN (East)

This Oosterpark eatery promises (and delivers) smoked meat and craft beers to a salivating crowd, and also features a pleasant area outside to enjoy your food and drink in good weather.

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6. BeerTemple Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250, Amsterdam, 1012 RR (Medieval Center)

This was Amsterdam's first American-focused beer hall, carrying a myriad of brews from the States including Flying Dog, Dark Horse, and plenty of others compiling a list more than 90 brews deep.

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7. Bierfabriek Rokin 75, Amsterdam, 1012KL (Red Light District)

This massive beer bar has comfortable mood lighting and tons of space to sit, which makes it perfect for groups. And the kicker? They make their own brew and it's otherworldly.

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8. Café Gollem Raamsteeg 4, Amsterdam, 1012 VZ

Amsterdam’s original Belgian beer bar since 1974, this cozy spot features more than 200 beers of all varieties, 14 of which are fresh from the tap.

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9. Bierproeflokaal In de Wildeman Kolksteeg 3, Amsterdam, 1012 PT (Medieval Center)

Housed in a former distillery, this brew-haven doles out more than 200 (!) bottled beers and 20 on tap in a bright and cheery ambience that'll keep you coming back at least 200 times.

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10. 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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11. Proeflokaal de Prael Oudezijds Armsteeg 26, Amsterdam, 1012 GP (Red Light District)

These guys always have something new on their rotating list of beers on tap and those beers are all made with all-natural ingredients and hops that are actually grown behind the bar.

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12. Proeflokaal de Bekeerde Suster Kloveniersburgwal 6-8, Amsterdam, 1012 CT (Red Light District)

This bar/resto/brewery serves a range of beers on tap and in bottles, but if you want the best, freshest barley pops, stick to their three home brews.

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13. Butcher's Tears Karperweg 45, Amsterdam, 1075 LB (South)

Located in Amsterdam-Zuid, this brewery and taproom features a number of tasty and fresh barley pops as well as Dutch cider, imported wine, Swedish-style coffee, and even foreign beers.