The Tara, Amsterdam
The Tara is a great pub I saw on my first visit to Amsterdam and finally made it to on my third visit. It is pure Irish, from the green on the walls to the Guinness on tap. It is, like so many places in Amsterdam, deceptively huge. You can see just a few tables from the front windows, but walk in and discover just how far back the bar goes. The waitstaff is quite friendly, and there is even a working fireplace with rocking chairs for those chilly spring nights. And Guinness...there is nothing wrong with that!
I happened to visit The Tara during a mini-VT Meeting, in which my traveling companions and I hooked up with Martin_NL. He joined us after leaving work on a Sunday evening, and I thank him profusely for the hours of great conversation. It was the most fun I've had in Amsterdam.
Dress Code: Dress code? I didn't notice there being much of one, but I at least recommend you wearing shoes. Pants and a shirt don't hurt either! ; )
The Tara has quite often live music. A few times I was there the music was terrible, but the atmosphere was great!! The pub is very big with many areas. It feels like a home with lots of little details, a fireplace, easy chairs etc. It's a recommended place!!
There's so many Irish pubs in the city center most of them are too touristy.
The Tara is surprisingly cozy considering its location in one of the main streets in Amsterdam. My Irish friends used to take me here to spend the Sunday afternoon ... downing pints of Guiness and eating Irish roast :)
The crowd is a good mix .. of tourists who made the place lively .. and Irish expats who made the place cozy.
Besides the typical Amsterdam bars of cafes as they are known (be carefull because a cafe is a bar or pub but a coffeshop is something else entirely), there are lots of English and Irish pubs all over the city that offer a wide selection of English and Irish beers!
This one is my favorite because of the beautiful plaster art on its walls and interior decoration in general. They also have great beer and pretty good food.
Dress Code: No dress code unless you are Scotish. They are required to wear a kilt ... just joking!
You don't have to worry about the nightlife in Amsterdam, there is a lot! I mostly don't stay overnight in Amsterdam, so I don't have so many tips for you. I am mostly here during the day and early evening, and I mostly forget which place I have been to. But I have some pictures of the two pubs I went to during the VT meeting in Amsterdam :
Tara's pub :
During the VT meeting we had dinner & drinks at Tara's pub (at Rokin). It is an Irish pub, and I thought it was great! So much atmospere, I loved it. Next time I am in Amsterdam, and I am looking for a pub, I will certainly go back here again! You can eat here also, there is a small list of English pub food, and it tasted quite good.
In the picture you can see Anita (La_Holandesa) hiding behind the menu card.
1012 KL Amsterdam
11am-1am Mon-Thur, Sun; 11am-3am Fri, Sat.
The Tara is a huge Irish pub centrally loacted just off Dam Square on the Rokin. Its a very popular place for watching football and other sports on their big screens. It has 3 bars, open fire places and pool tables.
A huge and stylish Irish pub at one of the main streets of Amsterdam (Rokin).
Dress Code: Wear Green if there is a football match on telly ;-) I went there to see Ireland play Portugal in the World Cup qualifier and felt like an alian wearing a red T-Shirt.... Hopefully noone thought I'd support Portugal ;-)
On the picture Ireland just scored the 1-0
a grate place on rockin street a nice place to have dirnks and some good food
and play pool ,there's a fire place inside and its a nice place to hung out on an
amsterdam cold night.
check it out & have fun.
Dress Code: what ever!
The best place to start is usely the Irish pub, called The Tara at the Rokin, Always crowded, two bars, pooltables, good beer, great atmosphere.
After that I usely go to the Nieuwmarkt which is next to the red light district, there are a lot of small pubs scatterd around the square, good ones are, De Fontein which is a small pub, good music (80-s / 90-s) and
Cuba, which is a very popular place.
If you enjoy your cocktails the best place to be is Rum Runners which is situated at the Prinsengracht, you can have a bite to eat there aswell.( located next to the Anne Frank House). The best thing to do at rumrunners is to order a pitcher, which is €22.50 (abt 18 usd) and it serves 6-8 cocktails. (great pina coladas)
Good Clubs, depends what you like, the Odeon can be good fun, it has three levels all with different music. (its a bit touristy.)
De Club on Sundays, they open at 4 pm till midnight. This used to be in The Odeon, but it has been moved to Marcanti Plaza instead of the Odeon because of fire hazards. (which is solved now btw)They started the club on sundays for all the people who want to go out on a sunday, but who also have to work the next morning, thats why they start at 4pm, You can eat there aswell starting from 5pm. Music is usually a mix of 70&80s music, 90s and some live bands in between. De Club is open till 12pm. So go before 7.30pm as its only for club members after 7.30pm.
The only problem is that it is not open during summer time… so then you will have to wait a while again.
De Meander, a place with usually good live music,cafe meander (salsa night on sundays) It's situated in the 'steeg' as all students call it in amsterdam which translates into 'the alley'. which is just off the mainshopping street the 'kalverstraat', there are two small streets called the Voetboogsteeg and the Handboogsteeg, thats where most of the students go to(especially on thursdays). (4 minutes from the Rembrandtsquare)
If you like house music, go to the ITor the Escapeor the Sinnersat the
In the summertime, there are many places to sit outsite and enjoy the weather, some nice ones;
Cafe Luden at the Spui has a terrace at the back along the Singel canal
(they also serve food, not fantastic), aswell as their neighbour Cafe Dante (nice salads). Most places at the Spui are usually trendy places and more expensive then other parts of Amsterdam.
A nice place on a touristy square (the rembrandtsquare) is The Three Sisters,nice bar, not too expensive food (nice chicken sate (peanutsauce)),good place for lunch or to have some fingerfood with your drink(s), they serve nice taco chips with guacamole, and the The Three Sisters Pub (next door) is quieter, but good for lunch.
Dress Code: dress code? well there is usely only a dresscode for house clubs: no jeans and no sneakers.
Irish Pub 'TARA',the pub were the first VT meeting at A'dam took place. We did have a terrific time, look at the travelogues
This pub has 2 bars, small but very nice atmohsphere.
Dress Code: casual