De Prael (Red Light District Brewery)

De Prael (Red Light District Brewery)

  This is a really comfortable, incredibly centrally located micro-brewery with an excellent selection of brewed on the premises beers, they are also the best value in town!  Up the stairs past the bar is a large area with lots of room, diverse and comfortable...
Lokaal ‘t Loosje

Lokaal ‘t Loosje

This is an old favourite of mine, one of the nicest and most welcoming ‘brown cafes’ of Amsterdam.  It is right on the Nieuwmarkt Square but somehow maintains its local feel.  The old floor and wall tiles and wooden tables and chairs create a very...
Roest – cafe / bar / beach

Roest – cafe / bar / beach

Roes (Rust) is a vibrant, off the beaten track, local squat-style style bar / cafe / beach and a great place for whiling away a sunny afternoon.  When the weather really warms up this is a great place for swimming, attached to the blue crane is a rope for swinging...
Hannekes Boom

Hannekes Boom

Hannekes Boom has been a trendy, slightly off beat, unpretentious local hangout for years now.  It is central but tucked away.  I  summer it heaves and is choc-a-block full day and night.  Now, it’s a bit quieter in the afternoons and a great place to hang out...
Gollem – Belgian Beers

Gollem – Belgian Beers

Another great beer bar!  Gollem has been here for decades and serves an impressive collection of bottled beers, some 200, as well as many on tap.  It’s a nice traditional brown cafe right in the city centre and a perfect place to get slightly sozzled on a rainy...
Arendsnest (130 Dutch Beers)

Arendsnest (130 Dutch Beers)

    Yip, Dutch beers instead of Belgian beers for a change!  What a great place, it stocks beer from Dutch breweries only and a hell of a lot of them, more than 130 with loads on tap and seasonal ones as well.  The bar snacks are good too, for when the high...