North Holland drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery in Haarlem

Uiltje Brewing Co

At its brewery 4km east of Haarlem's centre, Uiltje has a lively bar area and sunny courtyard where you can try its 10 draught and two cask beers, and an attached bottle shop for stocking up. Regular events include …
Top Choice Brewery in Haarlem


Haarlem's most atmospheric place to drink is this independent brewery inside a stained-glass-windowed 1910 church. Enjoy brews such as citrusy Hopen, fruity Lente Bier and chocolatey Koyt along with Dutch bar snacks…
Top Choice Bar in Enkhuizen

De Mastenbar

Hidden away at the Compagnieshaven marina, local favourite De Masten has a cavernous nautical-themed interior with printed maps on the ceiling, old ship's wheels, compasses and copper lanterns, and a panoramic sun-d…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in Haarlem


From the ground, it looks like any other multistorey car park, but taking the lift to the 6th floor brings you out at this fabulous 2018-opened rooftop with a greenhouse-style glass cafe and timber-decked terrace wi…
Cafe in Texel

Kaap Noord

At the island's northern tip, this rustic beach bar has a wind-buffering, glass-walled terrace overlooking the sand and the sea beyond. Its vast timber interior is warmed by a wood-burning stove and sheepskins cover…
Cafe in Haarlem


Strung with fairy lights, this red-brick building on the northern edge of the sprawling Haarlemmerhout park is a welcoming spot for a Jopen beer, over 20 by-the-glass wines or a cocktail, as well as high tea and 'hi…
Craft Beer in Haarlem

Uiltje Bar

Beers brewed on Haarlem's outskirts by Uiltje are served here at its city-centre taproom alongside international craft beers, with 30 on the taps at any one time. Tasting flights include a sampling of its own brews …
Brown Cafe in Haarlem

Proeflokaal in den Uiver

One of many atmospheric places overlooking the Grote Markt, this vintage bar is named after the national KLM airline's DC-2 aircraft (aka the Uiver, a Dutch dialect word meaning 'stork') that competed in the London …
Brown Cafe in Alkmaar

De Boom

Unchanged since the 1930s, the timber-panelled pub on the ground floor of the Nationaal Biermuseum lives up to its location. In summer, you can enjoy the fine selection of brews at seats on a moored old canal boat.
Brown Cafe in Muiden

Café Ome Ko

With a sunny canal-side terrace and regular live music in summer, cosy timber-panelled cafe Ome Ko has been the centre of Muiden's social life since 1810; past patrons include Napoleon Bonaparte, who arrived on hors…