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  • 1. Bar Bukowski

    Amsterdam-Oost | Bars/Pubs

    This local hot spot in the most gentrified part of East has a sunny corner terrace facing the Oosterpark and a weekend cocktail spot, Henry...Read More

  • 2. Cafe 't Smalle

    Jordaan | Bars/Pubs

    Complete with Golden Age chandeliers, leaded-glass windows, and the centuries-old wooden ceiling, this corner café is one of Amsterdam's most...Read More

  • 3. Café de Sluyswacht

    Nieuwmarkt | Bars/Pubs

    Beware: the slant of this oldie-but-goodie may leave you a little unsteady on your feet after one too many beers on the patio. A quintessential...Read More

  • 4. Café Hesp

    Amsterdam-Oost | Bars/Pubs

    A neighborhood classic since 1890, this inviting brown café with a huge terrace on the Amstel has an amazing selection of beer—including 20...Read More

  • 5. Café Krom

    Rembrandtplein | Bars/Pubs

    Bruno the bartender is as much a fixture at this local brown café as its lovingly restored Art Deco features. High ceilings give a more spacious...Read More

  • 6. De Zotte

    Leidseplein | Bars/Pubs

    This intimate pub just around the corner from Leidseplein is a local favorite. With a name that translates to "the drunk" in Flemish, the pub...Read More

  • 7. Hiding in Plain Sight (HPS)

    Nieuwmarkt | Bars/Pubs

    The speakeasy-esque HPS is a properly indie cocktail mecca whose infamous rum-based concoction, "The Walking Dead," has indeed left many locals...Read More

  • 8. Jazz Cafe Alto

    Leidseplein | Bars/Pubs

    Hear top-notch local ensembles in the jam-packed and ultraintimate environment of one of Amsterdam's oldest jazz joints. Along with live jazz...Read More

  • 9. PRIK

    Centrum | Bars/Pubs

    This highly popular pink bar is situated rather off-the-beaten-path (for the gay scene, that is)—which was exactly the intention of its founding...Read More

  • 10. Proeflokaal Gollem

    Oud-West | Bars/Pubs

    Popular with locals and visitors alike, this tasting room has dozens of imported beers on offer along with a variety of local brews including...Read More

  • 11. Pulitzer's Bar

    Western Canal Ring | Bars/Pubs

    For well-crafted cocktails with canal views, intimate fireplace nooks, and an Art Deco–style bar, Pulitzer's Bar is one of the best in the city...Read More

  • 12. Queen's Head

    Red Light District | Bars/Pubs

    You won't find Her Majesty the Queen here, but a mainstream crowd, fun-loving princes enjoying DJ beats, theme nights, drag bingo, and parties...Read More

  • 13. Vault Bar

    Eastern Canal Ring | Bars/Pubs

    Where it comes to hidden-away drinking dens, they don't come more clandestine than a bar locked away in a former bank vault. To access this...Read More

  • 14. Wynand Fockink

    Centrum | Bars/Pubs

    This is Amsterdam's most famous—and miraculously its least hyped— proeflokaal (tasting room). Opened in 1679, this dimly lighted, blithely...Read More

  • 15. Amstel Fifty Four

    Rembrandtplein | Bars/Pubs

    Formerly known as Amstel Taveerne, this is still a gay-friendly bruine kroeg . Tankards and brass pots hanging from the ceiling reflect the...Read More

  • 16. Café Gollem

    Centrum | Bars/Pubs

    Quite popular with students and locals, this well-known brown café near Dam Square has far too many beers to try in one go. In fact, there are...Read More

  • 17. Café Belgique

    Centrum | Bars/Pubs

    As the name suggests, this welcoming little café right behind Nieuwe Kerk offers over 50 Belgian beers, including eight on tap. ...Read More

  • 18. Cafe Casablanca

    Centrum | Bars/Pubs

    On the edge of the Red Light District sits this neighborhood institution, which dates back to the 1940s. For better or worse, cracks have started...Read More

  • 19. Café Chris

    Jordaan | Bars/Pubs

    Having a drink at this corner cafe is reminiscent of the Golden Age, which makes sense since this quaint bar has been pouring beverages since...Read More

  • 20. Café de Spuyt

    Leidseplein | Bars/Pubs

    One of the few authentic pubs around Leidseplein has a genuinely friendly staff, an extensive beer list, and acoustic music sessions, all of...Read More

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