The city of Amsterdam is littered with bars, which is amazing for those of us who live here because you can do something new every weekend. However, on a short trip its easy to miss something.
Here is a list of my favorite bars in the city. Proost!
Door 74 is a speakeasy style bar, with a hidden door, its very easy to miss. The bar itself has a antique vibe, very beautifully arranged where the bar is very visible. The bar is kept by some of the best bartenders in the city, so you will always get something good.
The menu is very detailed and organized by the taste strength of the cocktail so there are no surprises. The staff is very knowledgeable on their spirits and cocktails, so they can make spot on recommendations based on your preferences.
One of my favorite things about this bar is that it has a cozy, chill vibe and the opening ours. From Sunday to Thursday the bar is open from 8pm to 3am, and on the weekend it is open until 4am.
Door 74 doesn’t have a walk-in style, so calling to make a reservation is a must. If they miss your call, just leave a voice message with your name, number of people, time you’d like to arrive, and your phone number and they will get back to you in a reasonable amount of time.
As one of the top 50 bars in the world, this is a must when visiting Amsterdam! This cocktail bar is located close to the center of Amsterdam, however, its still able to keep a more relaxed atmosphere. The decor is cozy and unique. Its a small space but organized to feel more spacious.
They cocktails are well thought out and crafted. The menu is quite extensive, so based on your taste, you can choose from many options. From fresh, fruity and citrus to more complex, bitter, spiced options.
Additionally, they serve the best jalapeno poppers in town! I get them every single time I go there.
Belushi’s located just at the edge of the Red Light District, it is a favorite for backpackers, expats in hospitality, a limited amount of locals and anyone who wishes to smoke and drink (at the same time) indoors. Belushi’s hosts one of the longest Happy Hour in the city so that’s also a plus for those on a budget.
Cheap drinks, decent music and comfy couches, as a young backpacker, its a must visit.
Bar Bukowski is one of those not so hidden, hidden gems in Amsterdam. Located in the eastern part of the city, right across from Oosterpark, its a perfect place to get coffee during the day and drinks at night.
It’s a fantastic place to visit after a day in the park. With more of a local crowd, its a great place to get away from the more tourist scene.
Calle Ocho, located in the Pijp area, is a cozy and fun bar/restaurant. The place is colorful, decorated in sugar skulls, lights and other objects giving it Cuban, Mexican and Caribbean vibe. With some of the finest tequila, rum and spirits, and fantastic bartenders, you are sure to get a tasty cocktail.
I absolutely love their Frozen Margaritas! The place does get full on the weekends though, so be prepared to stand.
Another bar located in the Pijp, Gollem Beer Cafe houses 14 beers from the barrel and over 150 bottle beers. This bar houses beers from Belgium, Amsterdam and other Dutch beers.
With a heavy old-school bar vibe, its a very relaxed place to have drinks with friends or just as a couple.
If you are living in Amsterdam or just visiting, be sure to check out some of these places.
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