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De Prael (Red Light District Brewery)

De Prael 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 seating, from armchairs to bench tables – a great place to…

Lokaal ‘t Loosje

Inside Lokaal 't Loosje

This is an old favorite 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 comfortable and cozy environment and the terrace is perfect for…

Hannekes Boom

Beer at Hannekes Boom

Hannekes Boom has been a trendy, slightly offbeat, 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 and watch to boats go by and see the…

Gollem – Belgian Beers

Outside Gollem Biercafe

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 center and a perfect place to get slightly sozzled on a rainy afternoon which is recently what I did…

Arendsnest (130 Dutch Beers)

Inside Arendsnest

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 percentage alcohol beers hit…

Het Elfde Gebod (Tripel Karmeliet on tap!)

Mark Outside of Het Elfde Gebod

The name means ‘The Eleventh Commandment’, named after a no longer made Belgian beer.  I love this place, it is a very dark and cozy brown cafe style rugs on the tables kind of place where I plan to spend many winter hours in beer-fueled meandering chats.  They have loads of beers by the bottle…

Brouwerij ‘t IJ (Local beers -the brewery by the windmill)

Outside Brouwerij 't IJ

Ten excellent locally brewed beers The beers here are historic and all need to be tried although perhaps not in one sitting.  There is an autumn beer available until the end of November called Ijbok, very full and tasty! They have brewery tours on Fr, Sat, and Sun at 15h30 and 16h00, €4.50 incl 1…

Cafe Belgique (Belgian Beers)

Mark Outside Cafe Belgique

This is a great little, and I mean little, bar right in the center, in the alley behind the New Church, that’s the one on the Dam Square.  Loads and loads of Belgian beers.  Most people stand outside in the alley and drink but there is a very cozy little sitting area inside for a…