Best Bars in Amsterdam to Drink, Socialize and Relax

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 Laurierboom offers chess matches, bridge games and darts, while the Sound Garden provides pool and foosball tables. For an incredible view of the city, make sure to try the Sky Lounge at Double Tree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station or the 23rd floor of the Okura Hotel. Vesper and NJOY are well known for their amazing cocktails, while Kamer 401 and De Nieuwe Anita are extremely hip and trendy. t’Smalle and De Spuyt just provide a relaxing ambiance. In de Wildeman offers 18 beers on tap, and Wynand Fockink is a great place to try local spirits and liqueurs. Wine lovers should visit Vyne, one of Amsterdam’s wine bars, and whisky connoisseurs will want to head to L&B. Whatever you feel like doing, Amsterdam provides the right atmosphere for a great night.

Western Canal Ring

Known for its comfortable vintage interior, welcoming atmosphere and alternative crowd, De Nieuwe Anita is one of Amsterdam's hippest and trendiest bars. The establishment, also called DNA, offers a variety of entertainment, which ranges from...  Read More

Eastern Canal Ring

De Druif, which literally translates to "The Grape" in English, is one of the oldest bars in Amsterdam. Originally a distillery, De Druif dates back to 1631. It is speculated that sailors frequently visited the establishment. Now, De Druif is a...  Read More

Central Canal Ring

At Café Brecht, you will feel at ease the second you step inside. Relax in one of the café's old-fashioned, comfortable chairs. It's almost as if you are sitting in your family's living room. The café is named after German writer, poet and...  Read More

Calling all whisky lovers and whisky connoisseurs. Next time you are in Amsterdam, you will certainly want to stop by Whiskycafé L&B. Whiskycafé L&B, which is located in the heart of Amsterdam just around the corner from bustling Leidseplein,...  Read More

Next time you're in Amsterdam, visit the Sound Garden. This café, established in 1993, is always entertaining. If the weather is nice, sit outside in the garden and order a drink. The bar is always stocked. If you cannot decide, the cafe offers...  Read More

Central Canal Ring

Wine lovers will not want to miss Vyne, one of Amsterdam's only bars dedicated entirely to wine. Owner Bert van der Leden originally founded the establishment to fill a gap in the market. Amsterdam is internationally known for its great beer,...  Read More

If you want a classy night out, visit Vesper Bar. This intimate place serves some of the best cocktails in Amsterdam. Ladies, get that little black dress out of the closet and find your cutest pair of high heels. Men, put on a collared shirt and...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District

Wynand Fockink is not your ordinary bar. Not only can you taste various spirits and liqueurs, but you can also explore a little piece of Amsterdam's history. Wynand Fockink opened in 1679. Today, you can tour the distillery and watch how the...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District

In de Wildeman is an Amsterdam favorite. With more than 250 beers available, 18 of which are on tap, beer lovers rejoice at the mere mention of this pub's name. The bar was once a distillery and is now a well-known beer tasting room. In de...  Read More


Melt away the stress of the day at Hannekes Boom. Enjoy a cold beer along the peaceful waterfront with friends or family. Make sure to secure a spot on the beautiful terrace. Find a seat at one of the numerous picnic tables or lounge in one of...  Read More


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