What's a trip to Amsterdam without savoring the local beer? Whether you want to do it up big or hang low-key with locals, bars are a good place to start your exploration of Amsterdam's nightlife. Head to a historic brown bar in Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District, or enjoy an outdoor patio further from the center to rub shoulders with the locals.
Fancy cocktails aren't common in most bars, but there are quite a few that do offer a classy drinking experience. Most of these are in and around the city's two main party districts: the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. The former is surrounded by bars like Weber, Lux and Kamer 401, and is more popular with tourists and expats. The latter is popular with Dutch tourists in the big city. Either way, both these locations are great for starting your big night out because of their proximity to the Amsterdam's biggest and best nightclubs.
If you're not much of a beer drinker, try Jenever (traditional Dutch gin), or one of the many sweet flavors of liqueurs. For these delicacies your best bet are historic brown bars like In 't Aepjen and Wijnand Fockink, located in the city's old center.