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Thinky’s Guide to Amsterdam Bars and Pubs
Amsterdam is the city that hardly sleeps at night. The city is very famous for its nightlife. It offers one of the most vibrant nightlifes in the Europe and that is why the city is often nicknamed as “Gayway to Europe.”
The city offers one of the most inebriating night cultures, and dishes out numerous hedonistic and epicurean pleasures in its bars, clubs, restaurants etc.
The dance clubs in Amsterdam are loud and boisterous and they remain open until 6 in the morning. Amsterdam clubs exhibit everything from the class of society to “drag queens” and bisexual Dutch girls. Some of the popular clubs, restaurants, bars, and cafes remain open till wee hours and you’ll always find a friend now matter where you’re from!
A large pub-restaurant in the south-eastern outskirts of the centre with a nice roomy terrace on a busy main road. In principle the clients are locals and regulars, but at dinnertime the public comes from further away. There are few other eating-places of any standing in the area and the food at Elsas is pretty good and of a reasonable price. The kitchen is solid and offers mainly European dishes. On draught: Amstel, McChouffe, and their own brew.
A hundred metres from the Anne Frank House, directly opposite the ‘Old Wester’ church, you can imagine you’re in a very large Dutch living room, but the 12-stool bar with the enormous stock of liquor behind it do not really fit. Along with some ten others it is Amsterdam’s oldest pub. The furniture is in a pre-war style. The large mezzanine has plenty of room for a coffee with the newspaper or a simple lunch.
This is probably the best live music bar in Amsterdam – this place is hot! There are no two ways about it – if you want to see some good bands play a great little venue, this is where you need to be. Bourbon Street is classified as a blues and jazz café with music seven days a week.
An evening here may start out with a three piece band and end up with 7 people on stage jamming – thats precisely what Bourbon Street is all about: fun and unpredictability. Bourbon Street has a twenties-feel and great ambience – it has style and all in all, it is just a great night out. Have a look for yourself.
For the more serious drinking the bar on right has mainly standing room with a few small tables for the very tired. Coffee and a tosti may brought to you through the connecting door to the rear. Very little has changed here in the last 200 years except for the computer the barman uses for his bookkeeping. There are ash-trays, but most clients drop their ash on the sand on the floor.
Anyone who is anyone in Amsterdam may be seen here. It is said that even Queen Beatrix and Crown Prince Willem-Alexander drop in for the occasional beer. There is no music to disturb the ongoing chat about politics, cars, acquaintances and other important topics. There is Amstel beer on draught and many more exotic beers in bottles (Guinness, Carlsberg). Do not forget to try at least one tiny glass of Wees Old Geneva. Apart from the tosti you may have a warm meat ball, a cup of soup or a baguette with cheese or ham.
This is a really nice bar located just off Rembrandtplein. Very popular with the large student community in Amsterdam, but the live music and nice atmosphere mean this place is fun to visit for just about everyone.
De Heeren van Aemstel is billed as a jazz cafe, but the bands that play here are diverse and there is live music to be enjoyed every single night. The interior is nice and spacious with some neat touches, and you can even have a decent meal. A meal will cost you about NLG 25(EUR 11.3) and its the usual chicken satay and salads that we’ve come to expect from this sort of cafe.
Visited by people with boats and yuppies with their small families. Roomy, with quiet music and friendly female service. The pub has been given precedence over the restaurant recently. The terrace to the east is large has a view of a peculiar mixture of boats and ships: windjammers, barges, tugs, yachts and so on.
There is an old pool table and an exhibition of bird skulls. They serve apple pie with your coffee, and for lunch there are rolls with a large range of cheeses and meats and also a soup-of-the-day. The draught beer is Heineken and a white beer, along with a limited range of bottled beer. The red and white house wines are pleasant. The previously extensive menu has been changed into a broad range of delicious tapas.
Located in the Jordaan, which is famous for its bars and love of music, this place is part of the city’s folklore. They even have a picture of a young Queen Beatrix giving this fine establishment a visit. Rooie translates as red, the hair colour of the original owner. The same colour is used to full effect in the interior, giving this place a very bright (if slightly disturbing) look. Frequented by all sorts of clientele, students in particular seem very fond of this place. No ‘real food? is available, although you can get a few simple snacks. The beer is an average price and disabled access is available.
At that time it was probably a shippers’ pub, but after the Central Station was built, it has become a resting place for tired travellers, locals and tourists. The interior is ‘brown’ and the furniture old and simple.
The bar has no stools and the large table in the centre is often used for esoteric local card games loudly commented upon by many kibitzers. It is a good thing theres no music. The range of snacks is reasonably limited, but they have Heineken on draught.
You haven’t seen kitsch until you’ve paid this place a visit. The Jordaan is a neighbourhood famous for many things, but when it comes to kitsch it has no equals. This authentic bar shows of all the best and worst of what it means to be a ‘Jordanees’.
This old brown pub always welcomes everyone and many make good use of this hospitality. Still the clientele is mostly made up of regulars, amongst which shopkeepers and their employees after a busy day.
They constitute a better source of information about this lively quarter offering lots of fun and games, than does the official Tourist Information on the Station square. To accompany the drinks there are the usual snacks. Disabled access is available.
— Schumich Café, Near Centraal Station, Singel 6, Amsterdam, 1013 GA, +31 20 622 00 02,