A guide to Amsterdam’s best pubs and bars

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s many cultural capitals, but one thing that sets the city apart from places like Rome or Geneva is the bars – and pubs.

If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Amsterdam in the near future, here are some of most exciting and vibrant bars and pubs to experience!


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Plonked on the Amstel canal, Amstelhaven is the ideal place to sit back and watch the boats glide by all day long.

When the sun sets and the night time comes however, you better have bought your dancing shoes, as live music and DJ sets play through to the early hours.


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Café Belgique

Specialising in Belgian beers (there are more than 50 on offer), Café Belgique in Gravenstraat central Amsterdam is a must-visit bar.

Not only is this café popular with locals as well as tourists, but the relaxing atmosphere, combined with the tasty snacks, makes Café Belgique one of the best bars to visit in Amsterdam.




Café Pollux

Travelling to Amsterdam by train? Then a trip to Café Pollux will be one of the first items on your agenda, as it’s located only 250 metres away from central station!

This little bar serves food daily and hosts a variety of themed nights, so it’s perfect for couples on a romantic break in the city!

Brouwerij ‘t IJ

Seamlessly combining Amsterdam’s beer culture with great drafts and ales, Brouwerij ‘t IJ is a bar that’s not to be missed.

Some guests have even commented that it offers the best beer in Holland – but don’t take their word for it; try it out for yourself!

Café ‘t Smalle

Not only is Café ‘t Smalle a centuries-old establishment, but the interior décor really is something to be admired.

Offering a relaxed coffee-sipping atmosphere during the day and a vibrant and social space at night, Café t’ Smalle is a hub for young locals and a great place to socialise in Amsterdam.

Whiskyy Café L&B

Whisky Café L&B has seen thousands of people pass through its doors in the 35 years it’s been in business, and with more than 1,400 whiskies to choose from, its popularity is no surprise.

Be sure to book yourself onto the whisky-tasting course, if you’re ever passing this quaint Amsterdam bar.

Café Brecht

Offering table service and traditional Dutch snacks, Café Brecht is located right in the heart of the capital’s museum district. With a low-key vibe and a great selection of beer, what isn’t there to love about this cute bar?

Vesper Bar

The highlight of Vesper Bar has to be its great selection of wines and beers, and because it’s right around the corner from some of the best places to shop in the city, it’s the perfect place to break up your day with a coffee or something stronger.





Panama is a nightclub offering some of the best DJs in the city on a weekly basis, so if you’re looking for a night never to forget, then this is the place for you!

Playing dance, house and electronic music until the early hours, be sure to keep well hydrated in Panama – things can get a little hot!


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Bubbles & Wines

Bubbles & Wines is a classy and stylish bar, offering luxury champagne and a wine list to rival most others in the city.

With excellent service and bespoke cocktails, Bubbles & Wines has to be top of your list when visiting Amsterdam!


And if you’re looking to find coffee shops that offer more alternative treats, you can read this handy list of Amsterdam’s best coffee shops.



(Featured Image: Glen)

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