Bars in Amsterdam

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  • Amstel Station
  • Centraal Station
  • Dam Square
  • Museumplein
  • Red Light District
  • 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.

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    In 't Aepjen

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    Zeedijk 1

    Amsterdam's oldest bar... read more

    Tara Irish Pub (The)

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    Rokin 85

    Trendy Irish pub with multiple rooms and live music... read more

    Cafe Weber

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    Marnixstraat 397

    Hipsters and Brit Pop... read more


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    Marnixstraat 403
    At Leidseplein

    Haunt of chic regulars... read more

    Kamer 401

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    Marnixstraat 401

    Lounge of the trendy... read more

    Kroon (De)

    Rembrandtplein 17-1

    Glory of the crown... read more

    Wijnand Fockink

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    Pijlsteeg 31
    Off the Dam

    Taste one of over a hundred liqueur flavors in this historic bar... read more

    Cafe Belgique

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    Gravenstraat 2

    Belgian's finest brews... read more


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    Warmoesstraat 129

    Backpacker hang out with cheap drinks... read more


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    Raamsteeg 4
    Off Spui

    Small local bar, big atmosphere!... read more
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