Best Bars in Amsterdam to Drink, Socialize and Relax

Jessica Lipowski

By , Local Expert, Amsterdam
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Kick back and relax at one of Amsterdam’s many bars. The city is full of places to order a refreshing drink and catch up with friends. Perhaps you feel like playing chess, darts or pool; several bars offer games and entertainment. With so many options, though, it can be difficult to decide where to spend the evening. After searching long and hard, 10Best has put together a list of the best of the best to help make your decision easier.

Hannekes Boom is perfect in the summer. The café has an enormous terrace, with plenty of space to relax along the waterfront. If you love to play games with family or friends, Café de...  Read more »

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    Bar Brouw

    Local Expert Tip: "Great place to go for local and specialty beers and whiskeys."

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    Hannekes Boom

    Hannekes Boom allows you to relax on a terrace and enjoy a drink along the water.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get comfortable in one of the beanbag lounge chairs along the waterfront. There's no better way to relax and drink a beer."

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    In de Wildeman

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: Old Center / Red Light District

    In de Wildeman, a former distillery, offers 250 beers, 18 of which are on draft.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you cannot decide what beer to order, go with the beer of the week or beer of the month."

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    Wynand Fockink

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: Old Center / Red Light District

    Wynand Fockink is a distillery and tasting room where you can try various spirits and liqueurs, as well as see how the products are made.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to sample one of the house specialties, the "Half en Half" or "Boswandeling.""

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    Vesper Bar

    Vesper Bar is an intimate establishment that serves some of the best cocktail concoctions in Amsterdam.

    Local Expert Tip: "If there are too many options on the menu and you just want to be surprised, order the "Leap of Faith.""

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    • Type: Wine Bar
    • Neighborhood: Central Canal Ring

    Vyne is one of the only bars in Amsterdam dedicated exclusively to wine. The wide selection includes both classic and new world wines.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order a flight, so you can try several different wines."

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    Cafe Sound Garden

    The Sound Garden offers plenty of entertainment, including a pool table, pinball machine, foosball table and great music.

    Local Expert Tip: "If weather permits, order the beer of the month and sit outside in the garden."

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    Whiskycafé L&B

    Whiskycafé L&B offers more than 1800 whiskeys. It was also nominated as "Great Whisky Bar of the World."

    Local Expert Tip: "Order your favorite or ask to try something new."

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    Café Brecht

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: Central Canal Ring

    Café Brecht uses many local products, serves delicious beer and provides a homey atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check the agenda ahead of time. Sometimes Café Brecht is home to concerts, plays or poetry readings."

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    De Druif

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: Eastern Canal Ring

    De Druif, a local favorite, is one of Amsterdam's oldest bars and serves both beers and spirits.

    Local Expert Tip: "De Druif is difficult to reach by public transportation. It's best to plan a walking route ahead of time, so you know how to get there."



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