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A guide to some of the best and unusual bars in Amsterdam. Places come and go on a regular basis in Amsterdam, a hip bar one month could next month be out of business.

It’s a strange old rock and roll world in the bar business in Amsterdam but the ones below are quite famous and have been around for a number of years. We have included websites and Facebook pages where possible.

Bars and Bar Restaurants in and around Amsterdam


Eerste van der Helststraat 62 (6623354)

Trams 16, 24, 25. / Open Mon-Thu, Sun 10am-1am; Fri, Sat 10am-3am. .No credit cards.


Spuistraat 326 (6201349)

Open: Mon, Thu, Sun 15.00-01.00, Fri-Sat 15.00-03.00


Vondelpark (6620254)

Open: Mon-Thu, Sun 09.00-01.00, Fri, Sat 09.00-03.00


Gebed Zonder End 5 (6242057)

Open: Mon-Thu 10.30-01.00, Fri, Sat 10.30-02.00, Sun 16.00-01.00

Kitchen: Daily 18.00-22.00


Zeedijk 104 (6393020)

Open: Mon-Thu, Sun 17.00-01.00, Fri, Sat 17.00-03.00

Very small bar close to Nieuwmarkt and Red-Light district.


Kerkstraat 63 (3204651)

Open: Mon-Thu, Sun 16.00-01.00, Fri, Sat 16.00-02.00


Egelantiersgracht 12 (6239617)

Open: Mon-Thu, Sun 10.00-01.00, Fri, Sat 10.00-02.00


St Antoniesbreestraat 142 (6220472)just up from Nieuwmarkt

Lovely place this, nice decor, ok service, lovely food, coffee drinkable.

Open: Daily 09.00-19.00

‘T TUINFEEST (Garden Feast)

Gelderskade 109 (6208864)

Open: Mon, Thu, Sun 16.00-01.00, Fri, Sat 16.00-03.00

VOC CAFÉ, Prins Hendrikkade 94

In De Waag

A huge castle on Nieuwmarkt square that is a restaurant and bar.

HAs a huge terrace during the Terrace season March to November

Open: Mon-Thu, Fri 09.00-01.00, Sat, Sun 09.00-02.00


Haarlemmerweg 8-10 (5974458)

Open: Tue-Thu, Sun 11.30-01.00, Fri, Sat 11.30-02.00


Nieuwmarkt 3 (020-6274919)Open: Mon-Thu 08.00-01.00, Fri, Sat 08.00-02.00, Sun 10.00-01.00.

A great bar on Nieuwmarkt square. Real Cuban style. Pool table also. Terrace during the terrace season March 1st to October 31st.


Pijlsteeg 31 (6392695)

Open: Daily 15.00-21.00



Funenkade 7

Open: Wed-Sun 15.00-20.00



Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20 (6255771)

Huge trendy café on two levels with two outdoor terraces overlooking the Amstel. to read newspapers, etc.

Open Mon-Thu, Sun 10.00-01.00, Fri, Sat 10.00-02.00)



Frederiksplein 15 (6254425)

Was a unique late-opening bar run by great owners and staff. Was well worth a visit but has closed down as of October 2013. Sadly Missed.


Finding an Internet cafe is proving more difficult by the day as they are closing down all over.

ASCII (now closed Down)

Inspiring Internet workplace with free facilities at this squatted venue. However, purely Hotmail users not welcome! Regularly run some great computer workshops.

Open: Daily 14.00-19.00 (ASCII might have died, but Squatting and Hacking go on. For active projects check out the sites they link to) See


Bloemgracht 82 (4211482)

A more chilled place to get online.

Open: Tue-Sun 02.00-24.00

Places to drink in and around Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam’s best Square.

The De Bekeerde Suster (The twisted sister) / Micro Brewery.

Was our Brendan’s second home. Huge bar and Restaurant selling great beer and good food. Staff very friendly and some a little crazy but all in good fun.

Cafe Cuba (3 Nieuwmarkt Square)

A great local bar always busy. Has a real Cuban feel to it. Done up in fifties Havana style with Hemingway pictures, rum adverts and cane furniture. Famous for its large selection of cocktails, at reasonable prices. Large outdoor terrace during summer, with a nice view of the hustle and bustle on Nieuwmarkt square and inside you have a pool table

And next door to the Cafe Cuba is another famous spot

The Cotton Club, another very busy bar with a large summer terrace

Cotton Club (5 Nieuwmarkt Square)

Travel back to the 20’s. The Cotton Club where the temperature is warm, the shows are hot, the ladies are sexy and the crowd just loves to dance.

The only thing that’s cold in here is the whisky… eh, tea!.

A very relaxed bar to sit and enjoy a drink or during the summer, a large seated terrace is a great spot to sit and enjoy Nieuwmarkt square and do some people watching.

Casablanca – Zeedijk 26 ( Street running off Nieuwmarkt Square)

Live Jazz music most nights. Dinner and a live show weekend

Gerrit van Beeren,

Koningstraat 54, Just off Nieuwmarkt

This place is a local classic; you can also eat here as it is an “eetcafe.” Great food and nice surroundings.

Booking in advance a must.

Cafe Bern -Nieuwmarkt 9, Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam, 1011 JR The Netherlands

Fondue with a twist. World Famous Fondue. This looks like just another bar – not the sort of place you would go for a good dinner but trust us you are in for a real treat if you like fondue. Booking in advance a must.

A little further down from Nieuwmarkt isCafe de Doelenat Kloveniersburgwal 125

Sitting on the corner with Staalstraat and has a sign ‘Oorlam’ above the door.

A very popular place with a nice mix of people, many students and a good selection of beers.

A classic brown bar in Amsterdam hidden away from the main tourist area but not too hidden. Nice staff and anything could happen next…and does! No food served here, but you can order the local sausage, all sliced up for you to dip in mustard on a small plate.

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