There are several types of bar/restaurant here in Amsterdam, ranging from the Grand Cafes to the coffee shops but if you want to immerse yourself in the real Dutch Drinking society then search out these little "Brown Bars".
There is some debate as to why they are so-called - have they become brown over the years because of the tar build up from the tobacco smoked or are they just painted brown to hide the smoke staining? But, either way, these are the proper bars, where there will be a limited range of beers, and if you are lucky such food offerings as bitterballen or fricadelles.
Cafe Pleinzicht is a perfect example, despite its red light district location, where the predominant language is Dutch, though easily switching into English as required, and on the evening I was there interspersed with a little Spanish as well. Just like a proper British pub the beer facilitates conversation, old jokes are disinterred and geniality is the order of the day. Great little bar :)
Dress Code Don't be silly!
Really lovely traditional 'Brown Cafe'.
Very popular with Dutch people, which is always a good recommendation.
Very pleasant service.
Not just a night spot, also great during the day.
Dress Code Not an issue