Amsterdam drinking and 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 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 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 Distillery in Oosterpark & East of the Amstel

Distilleerderij 't Nieuwe Diep

Appearing out of the woods like a Hansel and Gretel cottage, the quaint architecture and rural setting of this old pumping station is enchanting and feels like you've escaped to a magical countryside retreat, though…
Top Choice Bar in Amsterdam Noord

Pllek

Uber-cool Pllek is a Noord magnet, with hip things of all ages streaming over to hang out in its interior made of old shipping containers and lie out on its artificial sandy beach when the weather allows. It's a ter…
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 Bar in Oosterpark & East of the Amstel

Canvas

Zoom up to the Volkshotel's 7th floor (located in the former Volkskrant newspaper office) for the hotel bar (open to nonguests) with one of the best views in town. A creative-folk and hipster magnet, there are few b…
Top Choice Brown Cafe in Oosterpark & East of the Amstel

De Ysbreeker

This historic but updated bruin café first opened its doors in 1702, and is named after an icebreaker that used to dock in front to break the ice on the river during the winter months (stained-glass windows illustra…
Top Choice Bar in Amsterdam Noord

Café de Ceuvel

The inspiring Café de Ceuvel is tucked in a former shipyard in Amsterdam Noord. Designed by architect Wouter Valkenier and built from recycled materials, this waterside spot is a surprising oasis alongside the canal…
Top Choice Brewery in De Pijp

Brouwerij Troost

Watch beer being brewed in copper vats behind a glass wall at this outstanding craft brewery. Its dozen beers include a summery blonde, a smoked porter, a strong tripel and a deep-red Imperial IPA; it also distils c…