Nightlife

Top Choice Brown Cafe in Jordaan & the West

't Smalle

Dating back to 1786 as a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery and tasting house, and restored during the 1970s with antique porcelain beer pumps and lead-framed windows, locals' favourite 't Smalle is one of Amsterdam's m…
Top Choice Brewery in Jordaan & the West

Brouwerij Troost Westergas

De Pijp's brewery proved so popular it opened a larger outpost in this cavernous, industrial Westergasfabriek space punctuated by big silver tanks cooking up saison, blond ale and smoked porter varieties; the brewer…
Top Choice Coffee in Jordaan & the West

Monks Coffee Roasters

Monks' phenomenal house blend, prepared with a variety of brewing methods, is hands down Amsterdam's best, but the cafe also serves superb coffee from small-scale specialists such as Amsterdam's Lot Sixty One and Wh…
Top Choice Bar in Jordaan & the West

Westergasterras

Overlooking reed-filled ponds and a weir, the massive decked terrace is hotly contested on sunny afternoons, but the soaring brick-and-steel post-industrial interior is also crammed every day of the week. Sophistica…
Bar in Jordaan & the West

Cafe Soundgarden

In this grungy, all-ages dive bar, the 'Old Masters' are the Ramones and Black Sabbath. Somehow a handful of pool tables, 1980s pinball machines, unkempt DJs and lovably surly bartenders add up to an ineffable magic…
Brown Cafe in Jordaan & the West

Café Pieper

Small, unassuming and unmistakably old (1665), Café Pieper features stained-glass windows, antique beer mugs hanging from the bar and a working Belgian beer pump (1875). Sip an Amsterdam-brewed Brouwerij 't IJ beer …
Cocktail Bar in Jordaan & the West

Vesper Bar

This luxe bar's location on a low-key stretch of Jordaanian shops and businesses gives it a certain mystique. Its martinis will coax out your inner James Bond – or Vesper Lynd (the main female character in Casino Ro…
Brown Cafe in Jordaan & the West

Café Papeneiland

With Delft-blue tiles and a central stove, this bruin café is a 1642 gem. The name, 'Papists' Island', goes back to the Reformation, when there was a clandestine Catholic church on the canal's northern side. Papenei…
Club in Jordaan & the West

Westerunie

House, techno and acid dominate at this club in a concrete, steel and brick building with exposed pipes and great acoustics for the state-of-the-art sound system in the post-industrial Westergasfabriek complex. Like…
Bar in Jordaan & the West

Finch

This funkalicious bar with retro decor (deliberately mismatched yet somehow harmonious) is just the spot to hang out and knock back a few beers after a visit to the market. It attracts an arty-designy clientele and …