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These are 10 of the best pubs and bars in Amsterdam according to the experts in The Guardian's Travel section.
Despite being one of the smallest bars in Amsterdam, it still has room for eight Belgian beers on tap and more than 30 bottled varieties. Situated in an alleyway just off Dam Square, the Belgique is known for being one of Amsterdam's hangouts for street artists and DJs (café-belgique.nl).
The neon-lit 1950s-style jukebox is filled with rock and soul classics and features a stripper bar, a holdover from another era. You can usually stay well into the early hours, depending on the mood of the owners (cafepollux.com).
Better known as the “windmill brewery,” the Brouwerij ‘t IJ brews its beer in the thatched-roof windmill that rises above the terrace. There is something magical about tasting the local beer under its magnificent structure, a feeling reinforced by its low prices and the offer of five high-proof beers (brouwerijhetij.nl).
Time stands still inside this building, which was built in 1780 as a distillery. The building is also located on one of the most beautiful canals in Amsterdam, so when summer comes it is usually a bit difficult to find a place at the tables next to the shore. It is best to arrive early, or enjoy the atmosphere inside (t-smalle.nl).
With over 1,400 different types of whiskey and bourbon sourced from Scotland, the United States, Canada, Japan, and even India, the hardest thing when visiting the Whiskycafé L & B is choosing the drink. Fortunately, the staff members are keen whiskey purists, often sampling samples and guiding customers to the extensive menu. The atmosphere is relaxed and refined (whiskeyproeverijen.nl).
This Berlin-style café-lounge attracts students and literati who debate the merits of Brechtian theater as they browse through plays scattered throughout the venue. The atmosphere is informal and stylish; with vintage furniture and knitting needles, wool and thread on hand for those who want to give it a try. There is an open mic literary session on the last Sunday of each month (cafebrecht.nl).
Elegant cocktail bar in a quiet corner near the lively Haarlemmerstraat. The decor is kitsch and sophisticated. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the bar offers 'tea cocktails', serving cocktail kettles accompanied by cakes from nearby bakeries (vesperbar.nl).
Filled with elegant men and women drinking fine wines while chatting to the sounds of acoustic jazz in the background, the Chet Bar is like going back in time, to 1930s Chicago. The bar used to have big-name jazz bands four nights a week But they received noise complaints from neighbors and since then they have had to stick with solo musicians and duos on Fridays and Saturdays (chetsjazzcafe.com).
Not much has changed since it opened in the early 1990s. Kurt Cobain-style patrons shyly chat in the corners of the room, old rockers play pool or pinball, and a few others sit on the sunny terrace overlooking to a nearby channel (cafesoundgarden.nl).
Located in the south of the city, Hotel Okura offers high-end drinks at high prices. While a visit can damage our portfolio, the service and sense of sophistication are unmatched. On the 23rd floor, this upscale bar also offers a panoramic view of Amsterdam, rarely seen from the traditional small Dutch buildings (okura.nl).
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