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.
Drinking is part of the Amsterdam life and beer is the most popular drink (besides Spa Rood *smile*). All over Amsterdam you can find 'local' bars that are very cozy and offer different kinds of beer.
Many people often go to such a bar after work to have a drink or two, socialize and then head home for dinner, so don't be surprized if you see lots of people wearing suits and ties when you enter such a place.
Dress Code: There is no dress code. You can wear the dress you wore at the opera or just a T-shirt and shorts and no one will even raise an eyebrow!
After spending a good day in my favorite coffee shop the dampkring, i decided to head back to my hotel and get some munchies, I had already stocked up on some at a local Dutch liquer/market. As i was walking back it was prity dark outside, in the middle of Damsquare i noticed a big crowd gathered around some corner mall watching someone spin, who ever is was i really was diggin his beats, so i decided to take a closer look and join the enourmous crowd and take a closer look at who this mystery dj may be. i walked up, joined the crowd of beautiful girls and noticed that it was Armin Van Buuren spinning live. Man i was sooooo stoned i just stood there thinking i was in another galaxy with the all so sutlle trance beats causing my mind to wonder off, thinking of a million things when i was really thinking of nothing at all. I stood there for a long time and just watched the pro spin. He was spinning some very good trance. i went in the mall, picked me up his cd (22 euros), totally worth it. Of course had to take a pic of the moment, observe the state of trance himself to your left
Dress Code: wasen't indoor but deffinatly was a rare treat
Hip neighborhood hangout in the Jordaan bordering the Noordermarkt square, the focal point of the Jordaan area. The square hosts a biological market on Saturdays and a flea market on Mondays, and during market hours Finch is packed. Other days it's a mellow bar with a cool interior, loungy tunes, and good food. Nice sidewalk terrace during summer.
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
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
This street is full of restaurants (all budgets), bars and clubs. Most bars are gay but some like Soho cater for all. The scene is buzzy, fun and great music is played at most of them.
As long as you dont have attitude you will have a great time here in the evening.
Dress Code: What ever you want
Having a no-nonsence doorman is your assurance of a pleasant evening out, letting boneheads, slobs & thugs know to be cool or else! Show your thanks by tipping them well. It depends, sometime before going in, other times leaving. If it's 3 Euros, make it 5. They'll remember & make room for you the next night you return.
Dress Code: Doormen: Total Matrix
Black jacket, black pants, STURDY black boots
Too early for dinner, but needing some refreshment, we stopped in at the Old Bell pub in Rembrandtplein. It's a Brit-syle pub, serving Dutch,Irish and English beer & ale. The bar has a nice padded edge for your elbows. The service was "relaxed" to say the least, but we enjoyed our beer & coffee and the warmth of the place,
Dress Code: Come as you are.
Amsterdam is an entirely different city at night. One of the best ways to see it is on one of ships that cruise the canals. A truly magical experience.
Dress Code: European flair, so skip the jeans and athletic shoes at night.
This was a littel pub that you can find almost anywhere throughout Amsterdam (I am going back in 12-02 so I will get the name). Very intimate and the people are always nice. Don't forget to try some bitterbalen with your beer!
Dress Code: This is a picture of me and some friends, I am in the blue shirt
You must check out their 'brown cafes' here in Amsterdam.
I didn't realize what brown cafes mean until a Dutch friend educated me on the real meaning of it. :-))
So, let me now try and explain it to you... and you can see if I've paid attention to what I was being taught/ told!
Brown Cafes are actually a warm, comfortable meeting and drinking place(s) for the Dutch and their cool friends. They mentioned that they are called 'Brown' because of the walls that were stained by centuries of tobacco smoke wafting through the air! And they like to use the term 'gezellig' because that's the Dutch word for cozy or comfortable. So, order a glass of gin and Heinekin (Dutch beer), my friends! I hope I've explained the above term correctly.
Dress Code: Smart Casuals; hip dressing only, please. The Dutch people DO dress very fashionably... although some of them look grungy - but in a hip way, ya know?
We went on a romantic midnight cruise on the canal.
We were disappointed in that the seating arrangements are not that favourable to couples wanting a romantic evening! The couple sit side-by-side, facing another couple! Total strangers! We are generally friendly and I love chatting to other people and getting to know them as this evening was about 'us', and I wasnt in the mood to be chatty. Plus our knees kept touching!
The tables were like an ironing board jutting out from the side, with 2 bowls of cheese and grapes on it for us to consume during the 2 hour cruise. We had to share this with the other couple. Then they gave us these neon straw-like things for some light on our table. Hmmm.
The weather was lovely and the illuminated canals, with their gorgeous, lit bridges was a sight to take in for sure, but on the whole, this evening was not at all romantic, it might as well have been an ordinary (and far cheaper! We paid 40 euros each for this cruise) night cruise.
Dress Code: Smart casual. Some people really dressed up very smartly for this though! A bit odd to see a chap with a smart suit sitting by an ironing board though! haha ;)
My English friends used to take me to this bar between the Dam and the Red Light District as they have 2 for 1 promotion when there's a big football game on.
Overall a decent bar: lively but not too crowded, prices are reasonable, service is ok and it's located at a central location.
It's just not 'local' enough to be a favourite of mine.
Just walk in a bar. Amsterdam has many fine bars.
Filip and i caught up with my brother Rob, who is still living in Amsterdam. Rob took us to ´de Heuvel´.
A nice bar with the following motto:
Als ik sneuvel, dan liever bij de Heuvel!
(If i perish, i prefer it being in ´de Heuvel´)
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