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On my first visit, I dont remember any of the bars.
On my second visit, we went in : (thanks go to Marleen for reminding me their names)
Prout in the Jordaan - fairly quiet local beer.
The Lux on Marnixstraat near Leidseplein - small but with a good crowd.
Irish bar Aran on Max Euweplein - good, but a bit blurred by then. Good Guiness and footy on TV.
Ebeling on the Overtoom, supposed to be busy but was not.
On my third visit, the only bar I caught the name of was 'hole in the wall', an Irish bar in the leidse plein area near the van gogh hostel. A pint with a very big head was 5.10 euros. Nothing great about the bar just s decent enough place for a pint, typical Irish style.
Updated Jan 1, 2013
Forget Amstel and Heineken: this is where you go for good Dutch beer. It's a small microbrewery offering up ten varieties or so ranging from light to dark, hoppy to smooth, and alcohol content from 5 - 9%. Some of them, like the Maibock, rotate in and out seasonally so the full menu isn't on tap at certain times of the year but no matter: we liked just about everything we tried. They make testing easy with a sampler of 6 generous pulls for the bargain price of €5 (at time of this writing).
Here's the only caveat: I don't know as you can call this "nightlife" as the sampling room is only open from 2:00 - 8:00 (every day) but it's one popular venue. We got there really early to grab a seat on the big (nearly empty) patio but we weren't alone for long - the place was rockin' when we left several hours later.
I won't go into best brews as everyone's preference for hops, bitterness and whatnot is different so just order up a sampler and go from there. Pints run under €3 - no more expensive, really, than the usual pub fare in Amsterdam and a good price for craft/organic brews. NOTE: prices may have gone up a bit since our last visit.
The tasting room/patio is right under the De Gooyer windmill - one of only 6 remaining in Amsterdam - so it's easy to see from a distance. It isn't in an area known for tourist attractions so you'll be a bit off the beaten but that was just fine with us. For €4,50 (includes 1 pint) you can take a short tour of the brewhouse on weekends, and they have a small menu of eats to help soak up the alcohol. The tasting room staff was friendly and helpful, and we were chatted up by some cheerful locals on the patio who were obviously BIG fans judging from the number of pints they put away!
Dress Code: Come in whatever
Updated Dec 5, 2012
Address: Funenkade 7, 1018 AL Amsterdam
Website: Brouwerij 't IJ
This became "our" pub 'cause it was just a block away from our hotel and you couldn't beat it for the location. De Magere Brug faces the Amstel River and is right on the corner of De Magere Brug: the famous Skinny Bridge. From your table on the terrace, you can watch the bridge in action as the barges go by, and observe the tourists. They have food but who needs it when you can just hang out with a cold (cheap) pint? We heard a lot of Dutch here so it appeared to be a favorite with the locals too. Lively, friendly and very casual.
Bonus: they're open late so you can admire the bridge lit up at night too.
Monday / Thursday 12.00 - 01.00
Friday / Saturday 12.00 - 03.00
Sunday 12.00 - 01.00
Very close to The Bridge Hotel so a good stop for a nightcap and short stumble to bed.
Updated Dec 21, 2011
Address: Amstel 81, 1018 EK Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 622 6502
With de Pijp being predominantly a residential area most bars and cafes shut by 2 am but for those of us who may fancy one more beer for the road then Nacht Cafe Masseltof on Ferdinand Bolstraat is the place to finish up. This bar (and it is a bar rather than a nightclub) doesn't open until 8 pm and is usually pretty quiet until the early hours when the other bars start to close. This is the time that it comes into its own.
Late at night the atmosphere is laid-back and friendly, as was the barman on my last visit. There's usually a bit of music (not too loud) and despite the beer being an extra 50 cents is well worth dropping in for if out until late.
Also useful is that Moes Falafel and Shoarma place is just down the road and stays open purely to catch us drunks with the munchies.
Dress Code: This is just a bar and so no particular dress code but the rule regarding scantily-dressed women always applies ;-)
Updated Oct 5, 2009
Address: Ferdinand Bolstraat 40
Honestly,i don't know if I'll recommend this or not,because I was disappointed with the place.
Taking pictures inside is not allowed because they'll do it for you and you have to pay for it which I think is a rip off,the picture quality is horrible and its very expensive (15 Euros).The entrance is also 15 Euros.
Written Sep 2, 2009
Address: Amstel 194-196
If beer is your thing and you want a proper drinking establishment then this where to be. In de Wildeman is described as a "Bier Proeflokaal" - literally "beer tasting place" - and that is exactly what it is. There's no music, the food offering is limited to snacky stuff and so there are no distractions from the serious business of quaffing an international selection of beers.
There are usually 18 tap beers on offer, mainly Dutch and Belgian, changing seasonally, with each served in its appropriate drinking vessel, and another 180 or so in bottles. The bar has two rooms, one used to be non-smoking, but now both are (spit!) and there is a pleasant beer-fuelled bonhomie about the ambience.
I've notice that some other sites' reviewers knock the service here but this isn't a tourist destination and if you're expecting fawning service don't bother - this is a pub!
Clientelle tend towards the older age group and is mostly local, I suppose the lack of Eurofizz and Musak deters the youngsters, but is eclectic and even if dropping in for a sole session you'll usually find a conversation. On my last visit I even ended up being photographed by a local mag as an archetypal beer hound!
Yep good bar!
Updated May 18, 2009
Address: Kolksteeg 3
Phone: 020 638 2348
I obviously like the theme of this club ... how could one not love "Pirates" in a port city? Professional staff and fun club, decent music, and good drink specials for the Ultimate Party Pub Crawl. Lots of fun at this bar - dancing and drinking the night away. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Written May 2, 2009
Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 129
On the first night of my first trip to Amsterdam, Brian and Jeroen took me here for Cosmos before dinner. On my most recent trip, we stopped in just as the place had opened, for a couple before heading off to dinner. It's pretty spot with lots of different seating areas. There are small tables and large tables, mini bar-like counters w/bar stools and couches by picture windows that lead out to a really pretty garden.
This time around I tried a fun 'n fruity concoction that was a lot like Mojito and so pretty!
Dress Code: It's a Gay bar. Look your best!
By the way, their website isn't available (at least not now). I've put in a link to an alternate one that has reviews, etc. on it.
Updated Feb 3, 2009
Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 44
If you are a clubber, I'm sure that you've heard that the 11th floor of the Post CS building has become a hot destination, especially on the weekends. But I went with my friend in the middle of a Sunday afternoon and we found a lot of families hanging out, children playing, kid dancing to "spacy music," young adults "chilling" with a coffee or a beer.
Dress Code: Dutch style whatever
Written Aug 14, 2008
Address: Oosterdokskade 5
amsterdam!the whole place is great!i stayed in the red light district n every where i went was brilliant!i went wit my partner but we had a great time visiting the bars,cafes and shopping!the red light district was great!i stayed in a great hotel with a bar and restuarauny under neath!great services and staff very friendly!cafes and pubs were walkind distances n practically outside the door.the food was absolutley great and so many choices.i visited the hash and hemp musuem.if your intrested in smoking its a great place to visit!i plan on going back soon.
Written Feb 21, 2008
Address: red light district
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