10 Best Brew Pubs in Amsterdam for the best specialty beers

Beer is the number one bar drink in Amsterdam. So it's not very surprising that there are so many brown cafes in Amsterdam. Some of them date back to the late 1600! Most of the brew pubs are located in the historic city center. Lately more and more neighborhood bars open the doors. If you're going to explore Amsterdam West or Amsterdam East make sure to go to Bar Brouw and Brouwerij 't IJ.

The last few years the trend of craft beers and locally brewed beers is becoming more and more popular in Amsterdam. Some small scale breweries are: Butcher's tears brewery, Oedipus Brewing, Brouwerij Pampus, 
Two Chefs Brewing and Brouwerij de Vriendschap. At some of the brew pubs in Amsterdam you will find these beers on the menu such as Van Mechelen Stadscafe.

Most of the Brew Pubs that have beer on draft have Belgian beers. Some of the cafes have over 250 different Belgian beers. It's highly recommended to ask the bar tender to help you pick a beer that's best for your taste.

Some of the older brew pubs in Amsterdam have a special programme upon request. Book a tour through the actual brewery of Brouwerij 't IJ or book a beer tasting at Arendsnest. The options in Amsterdam are endless when it comes to artisanal beer. 



The Biertuin in Amsterdam is only open since June 2012 and already a neighborhood favorite. This cosy cafe and restaurant with a huge patio is located in Amsterdam East on the border of the Oosterpark. The patio at the Biertuin is huge and...  Read More



This brew pub is located right next to the brewery of Butcher's Tears. It has several of the beers on draft and also other specialty beers on the menu. Besides an extensive range of Butcher's Tears ales from tap and bottle, including limited and...  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



Call your friends and meet at De Zotte, a Belgian beer cafe. Sit at the bar and chat with the bar tender or find a table and make yourself comfortable. Look around; the benches are worn in and the walls are elegantly decorated with signature...  Read More

Western Canal Ring


Arendsnest distinguishes itself from other brown cafes in Amsterdam by serving beer only from Dutch breweries. Therefore, if you want to receive a taste of the Netherlands, you've come to the right place. Step up to the bar. Arendsnest offers...  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

Old Center / Red Light District


Albeit small in size, this inviting brown bar is a big player in the game of beer selection. With hundreds of bottled beers and a number of on-tap options, the place appeals to those who appreciate the heady, rich flavor of good brews. A good...  Read More

Brouwerij 't IJ


The Brouwerij t'IJ allows you to combine great beer and a bit of Dutch scenery. Europeans, especially the Dutch, Germans and Belgians, are known for great tasting beer. Explore an Amsterdam local favorite, the Brouwerij t'IJ. This place is...  Read More



The bar at Stadscafe Van Mechelen is a great place to meet with friends for drinks. No matter on what day you go there, it's always packed with locals meeting up to enjoy a beer and some snacks. Van Mechelen has over eight Belgium beers on the...  Read More