Nightlife

Top Choice Brown Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

In ʼt Aepjen

Candles burn even during the day in this 15th-century building – one of two remaining wooden buildings in the city – which has been a tavern since 1519: in the 16th and 17th centuries it served as an inn for sailors…
Top Choice Distillery in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Wynand Fockink

Dating from 1679, this small tasting house in an arcade behind Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky serves scores of jenevers (Dutch gins) and liqueurs. Although there's no seating, it's an intimate place to knock back a shot g…
Top Choice Brown Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Hoppe

An Amsterdam institution, Hoppe has been filling glasses since 1670. Barflies and raconteurs toss back brews amid the ancient wood panelling of the bruin café at No 18 and the more modern, early-20th-century pub at …
Top Choice Bar in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Cut Throat

Beneath 1930s arched brick ceilings, Cut Throat ingeniously combines a men's barbering service (book ahead) with a happening bar serving international craft beers, cocktails including infused G&Ts (such as blueb…
Top Choice Distillery in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

De Drie Fleschjes

A treasure dating from 1650, with a wall of barrels made by master shipbuilders, the tasting room of distiller Bootz specialises in liqueurs, including its signature almond-flavoured bitterkoekje (Dutch-style macaro…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Tales & Spirits

Chandeliers glitter beneath wooden beams at Tales & Spirits, which creates its own house infusions, syrups and vinegar-based shrubs. Craft cocktails such as Floats Like a Butterfly (orange vodka, peach liqueur, …
Top Choice Distillery in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Proeflokaal de Ooievaar

Not much bigger than a vat of jenever (Dutch gin), this magnificent little tasting house has been going strong since 1782. On offer are 14 jenevers and liqueurs (such as Bride's Tears with gold and silver leaf) from…
Top Choice Brewery in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Brouwerij De Prael

Sample organic beers (Scotch ale, IPA, barley wine and many more varieties) at the socially minded De Prael brewery, known for employing people with a history of mental illness. Its multilevel tasting room has comfy…
Top Choice Brown Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

In de Olofspoort

The door of this bruin café–tasting room dating from 1618 was once the city gate. It stocks over 200 jenevers (Dutch gins), liqueurs and bitters; check out the extraordinary selection behind the back-room bar. You c…
Top Choice Brown Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Café de Dokter

Candles flicker on the tables, old jazz records play in the background, and chandeliers and a birdcage hang from the ceiling at atmospheric Café de Dokter, which is said to be Amsterdam's smallest pub. Whiskies and …