Nightlife

Top Choice Beer Garden in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Amsterdam Roest

This is one of those 'only in Amsterdam' places, and well worth the trip. Once-derelict shipyards now host an epically cool artist collective–bar-restaurant, Amsterdam Roest (Dutch for 'Rust'), with a canal-side ter…
Top Choice Beer Garden in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Hannekes Boom

Reachable via a couple of pedestrian/bike bridges from the NEMO Science Museum, this nonchalantly cool, laid-back waterside café built from recycled materials has a beer garden that really feels like a garden, with …
Top Choice Brewery in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Brouwerij 't IJ

Can you get more Dutch than drinking an organic beer beneath the creaking sails of the 1725-built De Gooyer Windmill? This is Amsterdam's leading organic microbrewery, with delicious standard, seasonal and limited-e…
Top Choice Brown Cafe in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

De Sluyswacht

Built in 1695 and listing like a ship in a high wind, this tiny black building, out on a limb by the canal, was once a lock-keeper's house on the Oude Schans. Today the canal-side terrace with gorgeous views of the …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

SkyLounge

With wow-factor views whatever the weather, this bar offers a 360-degree panorama of Amsterdam from the 11th floor of the DoubleTree Amsterdam Centraal Station hotel – and just gets better when you head out to its v…
Bar in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

KHL

Set in a historic 1917 brick building with stunning tilework and painted a retro colour scheme of pale green and pink, KHL's bar opens to a vine-shaded terrace that makes a superb spot for a glass of wine sourced fr…
Coffeeshop in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Bluebird

Away from Nieuwmarkt's main cluster of coffeeshops, Bluebird has a less touristy, more local vibe. The multiroom space has beautiful murals and local artists' paintings, a lounge with leather chairs, a nonalcoholic …
Brown Cafe in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Café Koosje

Between the Artis Royal Zoo and the Hollandsche Schouwburg, Koosje has a lovely location. Perch at the window or on the terrace and sup wine or Dutch draft or bottled beers, and snaffle sandwiches, such as cheese, p…
Cocktail Bar in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

HPS

With art-deco lights and waistcoated mixologists-as-alchemists behind the bar, cool speakeasy-style HPS (short for Hiding in Plain Sight) is tiny so it's worth booking ahead on weekends. Maestro mixers produce conco…
Brown Cafe in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

De Groene Olifant

A local favourite for generations, De Groene Olifant (The Green Elephant) is 19th-century elegance meets modern bohemian with tiled floors, intricate woodwork, colourful furniture and leaf-print wallpaper. Sit at th…