Friesland drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Ameland


Not far from the picture-book lighthouse in Hollum is this sizzling beach club on the sand. Lounge here with islanders in the know over a G&T and cocktail and the finest sunset views on the island. Paired with a…
Coffee in Terschelling

De Ouwe Smitte

Thanks to the Dutch love for serious coffee, the island has its very own bean roaster with a tantalising cafe, tearoom and boutique on Midsland’s main street. Choose from French press, cold drip, filter, espresso an…
Cafe in Terschelling

Grand Café Zeezicht

Watch the ferries and fishing boats yo-yo-ing into and out of the port from the elevated, part-glassed-in, part-alfresco terrace of this stylish cafe on the waterfront, aptly called 'Seaview'. A vast interior with c…
Cafe in Hindeloopen

De Foeke

Tucked away at the end of the harbour, this home-from-home terras is a peaceful spot to chill out on the grass overlooking a tiny canal fringed with other equally flowery back gardens. Romantic sofas for two, made f…
Club in Leeuwarden

Club Hemingway

Various themed music nights ensure the dance floor rocks at the premier club in town; Thursday most weeks ushers in the International Freak Out party. Check its Facebook page for the month's events.
Pub in Leeuwarden


In this spot for 30-odd years, this music and sports cafe lures a faithful older crowd with its 1950s sounds and pavement terrace that scarcely changes from one decade to the next. If you want to hear Frisian spoken…
Cafe in Leeuwarden

Grand Cafe De Brass

Outdoor tables fan out in all directions at this canal-side cafe, including across the canal bridge strewn with tubs of summertime geraniums. When the weather is even vaguely sympathetic, half of Leeuwarden seems to…