Food & Drink

The definitive Amsterdam beer-bar bike crawl

Published On 01/07/2014 Published On 01/07/2014
MacBike Amsterdam
Brouwerij 't IJ
De Biertuin
Café Brecht
Café "De Spuyt"
Gollem's Proeflokaal
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Proeflokaal Arendsnest
Bierproeflokaal In De Wildeman
De Prael
Proeflokaal de Bekeerde Suster
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1. 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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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. De Biertuin Linaeusstraat 29, Amsterdam, 1093 EE (East)

This beer garden dishes out a wide variety of Dutch bar snacks in addition to their 26 bottled brews and 13 on tap. And even if it's a bit chilly out, the outdoor terrace is heated for your pleasure. With plenty of bicycle parking and ample seating, De Biertuin is inviting to everyone. In addition to drinks, this bar serves up filling entrees like burgers and chicken.

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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. Café de Spuyt Korte leidsedwarsstraat 86, Amsterdam, 1017 RD (Leidseplein)

If you're looking to drink your weight in Dutch and Belgian beers, Cafe De Spuyt is a good place to begin. There aren't many frills in this bar, but you can order more than 100 different kinds of suds here.

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6. Gollem's Proeflokaal Overtoom 160-162, Amsterdam, 1054 HP (West)

This is an offshoot of the original location which serves more than 200 different bottled beers. Although this location serves only 70 or so beers, it also has a decent food menu and honestly, a selection of 70 beers should be enough to appease you.

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7. De Brabantse Aap Spui 30, Amsterdam, 1012 XA (Medieval Center)

This spot is a popular local drinkery, serving up more than 60 beers in an expansive interior (or you can enjoy your booze on their smaller terrace space).

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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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.