Situated on the corner of Dam Square this popular bar/pub/cafe gets very busy due to its location and hence the fact we had to sit outside because it was so crowded inside.Still it is a good place to people watch and catch a break from sightseeing.The pub is decoreated in 1930's style with old pictures and memorabilia from that period.The staff are very friendly and the service is quick.Prices are rather expensive though with a beer setting you back about 6 Euros.A good choice of food on menu serving all day till midnight.
Dress Code: Casual
On the corner of one of the popular streets in the Red Light District is this lively cafe/bar serving a large variety of beers and wine's.Loud music with a lively,friendly atmosphere with friendly staff and reasonable prices.You can sit outside under the heat lamps and take in the Red light district and its curious visitors.
Dress Code: Casual
In 1679,'Wynand Fockink' opened this spirits and liqueur distillery on the 'Pijlsteeg' in the city centre.In those days distilleries usually included a tasting house and a shop,this one was no exception.Nearly three centuries later the distillery contains an extraordinary collection of antique bottles in premises still furnished in the style of the seventeenth century.Join one of the guided tours,learn about how the products are made and choose your favorite from the superb range on offer.Or you can just pop in and purchase a drink and sample it for yourself.I tried the Apple Gin which was very yummy but very high in alchohol content.This cost me 3 Euros,a great little place,well worth a visit.
Dress Code: Casual.
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.
I went to this really cool club in Amsterdam. It's called AIR. I heard it's a new club so I just had to go there! Everybody was right, it is cool. I went there on a saturday night and the party was called Midnight Freaks. It was a night full of house and techhouse with famous and sometimes less famous DJ's. And the interior is so cool! They have this card system where you can get your own AIR card to put money on. You pay your locker and your drinks with this card, it's so easy because you're not walking around with al this money in your pockets. Also, they have this really cool dancefloor with all kinds of little lights in all kinds of colors. It looks sooo good:). Also, the staff there is really laid back and nice. Maybe it sounds a little lame, but I can't think of a negative thing about this club :) I'll come back next time!
Dress Code: You can wear about anything, as long as you're wearing something:)
I love checking out the live music at CC Muziekcafé. It's a cozy place with live music every day and great acoustics. The bar is run by a funny music lover, René. There's a smoking room downstairs where you can chill out with your friends.
I'm always at the open jam on Thursdays, but sometimes I check out the upbeat groups on the weekend. They also have an open mic on Tuesdays for singer-songwriters and a world class Brazilian jazz jam with Ferial on Wednesdays. One of these Sundays I'm gonna take a girl for a romantic date to listen to one of the beautiful singers who perform.
Dress Code: Don't just come in your underwear.
The Carré Roal Theater is named after its builder Oscar Carré, a circus director who was lloking for a permanent building for his circus. That circus was semi-permanent housed in a wooden building with a stone facade since 1879.
In 1887 the complete stone building was opened.
When the circus was on the road, the building was used for theater shows and other comedy shows.
Oscar Carré died in 1911 and thereafter the winter circus shows stopped.
Theater shows continued nonetheless with financial ups and downs.
After Wordl War II also musical shows were given at Carré.
The City of Amsterdam bought the building in 1977 and after 100 years the Royal title was given to Carré in 1987.
Major reconstructions were made from 1991 to 1993 and once again in 2003-2004, when the interior was completely updated.
Dress Code: Dependent on the occasion.
Cafe de Jaren is a bar/restaurant near Dam square. Is is located in a beautiful building with high ceilings and large windows.
The first (ground) floor is the bar area with several 'library' desks in the middle. I used to come here every sunday morning, sit by the window with a book and a pack of cigarette and drink coffee for hours. During the summer they will open the back door to a small veranda on the Amstel river(!) that sits about 12 people.
The second floor is a restaurant - they serve very decent food but be warned that they have 'typical' Dutch service. Don't expect them to come and check on you. You need to call them to get the menu, call them when you are ready to order, call them when you need more drinks, and yes call them when you want the bill :)
KWAKOE FESTIVALThe festival of the Surinamese community, every Saturday and Sunday from 5 July until 10 August.
From the website:
The Kwaku Summer Festival is the biggest multicultural festival in the Netherlands and is held every Saturday and Sunday in the months July and August. It takes place in the Bijlmerpark in Amsterdam Southeast. For six weekends long, the organization offers a very extensive program containing (live) music, movies, sports, food, dancing, information and meetings. The Festival has a different theme every year which is noticeable in the music, performances, art, literature and several elections.
Traditionally, the Festival functions as a platform for ethnic-cultural societies from all over the Netherlands. Thus the Kwaku Festival contributes in a special way to the (multicultural) society; a society in which acceptation and harmony between different communities and individuals is of essential importance. *
Dress Code: Happy !
I'm going this year (2008) and hope to add my own photo's then.
It's hard to miss this bar as it is located at a turn that is passed by the #5 tram going to Leidseplein and Museumplein. Also at night the large Grolsch neon sign is hard to miss.
It is a nice place to visit during the summer as you can sit outside in the sun. The patrons are mostly made up by tourists so it does lack the 'homey' feel a bit.
I would come here for a bit either on my way somewhere or to start the night.
Food is decent - stick to the 'regular' bar stuff like chicken wings.
This place is now in its 4th re-invention that I am aware of. Was La Jardine , then The Pup, something else and now SOY.
It has been completely gutted and re-decorated. Nice clean bar with plenty of room and some nice leather seats up the end.
Open from around 11am till late.
Dress Code: no special dress code.
Strooling along Zeedike one night and a voice rang out "hello, why dont you come in and have a drink". I promptly ignored it. Then I thought, Im going to have a drink, so why not here. I turned and saw a rather large black man. He directed me into what I later discovered to be his bar. The pub was empty!!!. Before I could say anything, he offered me his hand and said," My name is Mike , they call me Lord Mike. Please sit down, what would you like to drink, here is the "mouse" you can select your own music, wait Ill get you some peanuts". Slightly taken aback I retorted, Ill have a whiskey.L M.. Let me get you a large one!!! I asked what he was charging but he didnt answer!!! We chated and he said he was from Bristol UK. I played my Jerry Lee Lewis and Freddy Fender on his jukebox. Then a few customes came in.A nice couple from Liverpool.Barry and Rachel, and some boys from Bury St Edmunds. They bought some drinks , I likewise and we had a hell of a night. The whiskey by the way, was about normal price. The next night I went and saw this character again with my Dutch friends Chi Chi and Cor, who knew him anyway. Another nice night.
Dress Code: He not too bothered.!!!
This is my absolute favourite place to hang out, in Amsterdam. Don’t know anywhere or haven’t found anywhere like it, in all my travels. It’s not very big and gets very crowded and the music is loud but you are at the heart of the lively bit. The barmen are a great lot, especially Rene. He can be really entertaining.
You really have to go here. An absolute must.
And its a great place during the day also.
Dress Code: Not an issue
Little buddha is probably more a female orientated bar rather than towards men due to the rather good looking lads creating the cocktails behind the bar. Prices are about average for Amsterdam, beers around 3-4 Euros and then Cocktails beginning at 8- 12 Euros. Music is not too loud but tends to be very similar in style. Sofas are lining the sides of the walls and in the middle there is small tables and places to sit but these tend to fill up quickly and many people simply stand by the bar. No space for dancing though, but it is a good place to end the day with after a long day in the office or a place to start before a heavier drinking/dancing evening.
There is a food restaurant upstairs where i heard the food is pretty good (never tried myself) also but for that you need a reservation so best call ahead.
Dress Code: none as far as i am aware. Some of the people in the group i was in, was wearing light coloured jeans ( a bit scruffy) with casual shoes and they let him in :) but in general most people were wearing smart casual inside...
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The menu is a 3 course menu and the bar is very reasonable with helpful and handsome staff serving.
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