Terrace season is long over, but there’s no use crying over spilt milk... when you can cry into a craft beer, or cocktail, or delicious plate of food at one of these 19 brand new openings.
Amsterdam's New Bars & Restaurants That Are Actually Worth a Visit
Odeon is one beautiful building, but it doesn’t seem to be able to keep its tenants. Supperclub is hoping to change that, moving from their Dam square basement to the canalside landmark earlier this year. After the late-summer basement opening of tapas-style French fare in the aptly named French Connection, the building’s IQ Creative-operated nightlife options further diversified in October with two new options: Downstairs speakeasy Apt. pours its menu of inventive cocktails (Red Curry Cocktail, anyone?) against a backdrop of modern pop art. (Knock three times to get in, and spell out the name in Dutch—Ah-Pay-Tay—rather than just calling it “apartment” to sound in the know.) You’ll find Apt. hiding behind (but not through) beer-based bar HOPPA! (Did you know Odeon was once a brewery?) Decked out like the modern version of a minimalist tasting room, the brews on tap all claim Amsterdam origins. There are also growlers to go. Bottoms up.
Caffe Esprit by day, this beautiful space is no longer going to waste come nightfall thanks to this haute global street food concept with a big bar of Champagne and special beers, popping up every Weds-Sun 6pm ‘til late.
If this barbershop-meets-coffee-and-soul-food mashup isn’t hipster heaven, we don’t want to know what is -- and now they've moved to newer, better digs. The coffee has always been on the menu, but the fried chicken and waffles, tacos, and hot wings are new additions, served until late. Especially noteworthy for Staring at Jacob foodie fans.
The Pijp-themed Venster 33, owned by local actor Cas Jansen, gets a beer-themed cousin in this swanky-looking brew spot where local hoppy pop rules. There’s also a menu of sandwiches, including Philly cheesesteaks (but no word yet on whether that menu item’s the real, wafer-thin-sliced-beef deal or just another Amsterdam poseur).
The name comes from a Ferdinand Bol painting (an apprentice of Rembrandt); however, the only thing you’ll be geeking out over here is the spread of surf ‘n’ turf options, including steaks, lobster, crab, chicken, salmon, lamb, and more. The meat is all female, because they believe that’s the most tender, and plates (planks of wood, actually) are meant to be shared, whether you bring your own party or choose to sit at the bar or meet ‘n’ greet table. You can also just come to drink the Dutch beers, natural wines, gins, whiskeys, and vodkas.
The menu is inspired by anything and everything, running the gamut from high-end herring to kimchi duck. Don’t like this month’s menu? There’ll be six new dish options next month. The resto gets its name from owner Jin, but you can bet what the two most prevalent libations on the menu are.
It’s BAUT reborn (again)! Well, kinda. This is the next foodie brainchild of chef Michiel van der Eerde -- but this hotspot in the former Parool newspaper building is permanent. The C stands for Celsius, and the familiarly ‘round-the-world menu is divided by the dishes’ prep temps.
Built into the back of the (excellent) Tropenmuseum, De Tropen is the culinary jewel in the newly revamped Oosterpark’s crown. When the warmer months roll back around, this terrace is going to be everything. For now, you can enjoy the black bean hummus or pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, prawns, and all the rest under the lofty, darkly painted ceilings on the other side of the giant arched windows.
Amsterdam Oost has landed another seriously stylish café, done up in street art-influenced gray design and open for business morning ‘til night. The menu of mains, sides, and wines by the glass is a streamlined offering of affordable classy comfort classics (think sirloin with pepper sauce, crunchy fries, and garden herbs), with plenty of bar snacks for those late-night cravings.
One of our fave openings from 2014 is adding some chicken flavor (with burgers! and beer and cocktails!) to the other side of town, and another dose of the Brooklyn atmosphere already permeating Beukenplein. The only bad news is this is a replacement for another Western hotspot expanded east: Bar Brouw Oost, RIP.
For better or worse, the gentrification of the Javastraat marches forward. Following closely on the hills of relative newbie Bar Basquiat (another Smokin’ Barrels/Waterkant sibling), Rum Barrel gives away its main game in its name. They’ve got a line-up of 70 types of fermented sugarcane, plus comfort food (like chocolate) and (rum-laced) coffee. After the overwhelming G&T trend of the past couple years, we’re more than welcoming this fresh Caribbean cocktail breeze.
Hoorah, another new wine spot! Amsterdam’s bar scene is finally beginning to understand that there’s more to vino than red, white, and rosé. In this wine factory you can not only get a glass, and buy bottles (tapped like beer) to go, but you can even create your own wine blends in the Winelab. The theme is all-natural, and some wines are unfiltered, with a little extra grit. And, sure, they have beer and the hard stuff, too, for your grape-unfriendly friends.
This typically mod-industrial (think particle-board bar) pop-up is going through its self-discovery phase, with a morphing identity so far involving different incarnations of food and drink. Maybe the spot will settle on a concept by its October 2016 closing, but we don’t mind if it doesn’t.
Just when you thought Westerpark couldn’t get any more lively, the Amsterdam beer movement keeps mounting with a new, larger outpost of Pijp-based Brouwerij Troost. You’ve got 12 taps, two levels, and no reason to stay sober. (Oh, and there are burgers, too.) Amateur, or a small-scale pro looking for a place to brew? They keep extra kettles on site just for people like you.
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And there is life outside Westerpark, too! This wood-ovened pizzeria comes from the same people behind popular café Brandstof. Open from breakfast on (though no pizza ‘til dinner), the spot also caters to freelancers looking for temporary office space and teams looking for a tasty place to get in some meeting action in an almost-tropical setting of light wood and lush greenery.
Amsterdam is a mega-club richer in the increasingly nightlife-friendly Western Harbor area. The infamous spot of a shootout has been reborn with a new name, new look, and (hopefully) new reputation, upheld by a changing lineup of dance-based events.
Steamed dumpling and other Asian small bites from the classic brunch alternative now get the burger/taco-shop treatment at this small, take-out friendly spot just around the corner from the Albert Cuypmarkt.
No troubled-pop-star connections, sorry. But a cozy, glass-encased fireplace makes this the perfect spot to while away winter. With a full menu of drinks (emphasis on beer) and comfort bar fare, like our current favorite non-pizza: flammkuchen. Food is served until closing -- that’s 5am on weekends, folks.
1. Apt.Singel 460, Amsterdam
2. Jackson DuboisSpui 10, 1012 , Amsterdam
3. Cut Throat Barber and CoffeeBeursplein 5, Amsterdam
4. Taproomnieuwe Vijzelstraat 1, Amsterdam
5. venus & adonisPrinsengracht 274, Amsterdam
6. Gin Neo BistroWesterstraat 264, Amsterdam
7. C AmsterdamWibautstraat 125, Amsterdam
8. Grand Café de Tropen,
9. Bar WisseLinneauskade 1, Amsterdam
10. RotisserieBeukenplein 17, Amsterdam
11. Rum BarrelJavastraat 143, Amsterdam
12. Wester WijnfabriekPazzanistraat 10, Amsterdam
13. GustafsonHaarlemmerweg 8a, Amsterdam
14. Brouwerij Troost WestergasPazzanistraat 25-27, Amsterdam
15. Wilde Westen, Amsterdam
16. The BoxMekonweg 5, Amsterdam
17. DIM SUM NOWFerdinand Bolstraat 36, Amsterdam
18. Cafe de BiebSaenredamstraat 32,
Knock three times to get in, this speakeasy not only has cocktails but features local art, random oddities, and jazz music. Come here for a fine whisky cocktail and a relaxed atmosphere before heading out for a late night dinner.
This bar features a great selection of champagne and beers as well as local street food favorites like bitteballen, frikandel, and rustafel.
This place is truly unique as a barbershop/coffeeshop/soul-food restaurant mash-up. Open late night, this place is perfect when you want some comfort food like fried chicken & waffles and coffee to keep awake.
There's a huge beer selection here from all over the world and sandwiches like Philly cheese steaks and meatball subs to choose from. They've also got krokettens and crispy wings to snack on with your beer during happy hour. '
Inspired by Rembrandt's Venus and Adonis, this bar perfectly captures the artwork and turned it into a bar. They incorporate the shared dining concept where you can eat share your food with others on a wooden flank. They have great surf and turf as well as plenty of gin's, whiskeys, and tonics to choose from.
Their menu theme is youth, season, and emotion with a new menu monthly. They also have a great wine menu to select from. You can watch your food be plated at this interactive and entertaining bistro.
The entire concept of this restaurant is to take your dining experience from cold dishes to warm and see how it changes your dining experience. With the kitchen located in the middle of the restaurant, you can watch your food being prepared while enjoying one of their signature cocktails.
The menu is a mix of delicious flavors. Try the smoked salmon and black hummus to start and the Mexican fruit cake (quinoa, corn cream, and truffle aardappelchipjes) as your entree.
This bar is great for late brunch. Come here for a great cocktail and fresh menu entrees like salads and open faced sandwiches.
This hipster spot inspired by Brooklyn, NY eateries creates rotisserie chicken dishes and other comfort foods in a dimly lit, relaxing atmosphere.
They've got a great selection of drinks to choose from here. They have traditional cocktails and fun rum smoothies as well as a huge quantity of different types of sugarcane for the drinks here. Also, try the tortilla pie to go along with the beverage.
This wine factory has a great terrace where you can enjoy a complimentary menu of red and white wines—70 different wines offered here. They also have great snacks to pair with your wine here.
This pop-up is open till September 2016 and features great food, drinks, and evenings. They also feature artwork and a platform for music artists, poets, story tellers. Plus, if you're too tired to head home they have rooms you can sleep in one of their unique rooms (you can sleep in a capsule). This place basically never wants you to leave.
This brewery has two locations (one being a former monastery) and you can enjoy a fresh brew on sight and take a tour of the facilities. They have a number of home brews available on tap. Try the Comfort Bok—maroon three-buck cereal with hints of chocolate, caramel, and raisins.
Located under the Old Gak building, this restaurant is open late night and serves pizza, small plates, and salads. There is good variety on the menu despite it not being huge.
This nightlife spot features music artists on the regular. There's two floors with a balcony and a great VIP section. They also get some great DJs in there for a great night of dancing.
It's dim sum, and it's great. The restaurant is very sleek and modern, plus they give you fortune cookies at the end of your meal. Definitely eat as many steamed dumplings as you can handle.
With the interior inspired by French literature this cute little cafe offers beer, wine, and various down home dishes like roasted chicken and country bread with farm cheese and grape mustard. It's very farm to table style here while still maintaining a chic and quaint atmosphere.