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Things we love:

The language, it’s awesome and impossible to attempt without sounding silly.

The North, it’s the Brooklyn of Amsterdam.

Smoking weed isn’t cool or unusual, it’s normal.

Things we wish we’d known:

Bicycles have some sort of legal immunity, they will run you over and it will be your fault.

They aren’t big on brunch here. If you’re hankering for a post party Bloody Mary, Freddy’s or Lovefood are your best bet.

Don’t dangle a raw herring into your mouth by the tail. It’s bad manners.

Best bars in Amsterdam
Best bars in Amsterdam
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Blauwe Theehuis
Blauwe Theehuis

Art Nouveau-like spaceship in the middle of a park? This is where you want to head if the sun be shining. The massive terrace is one of the biggest in Northern Europe (hashtag fact), and with over 700 seats we Read More

Bloemenbar
Bloemenbar

During the weekday there isn’t a lot of after hours action in this town, but BarChick didn’t want to go to bed when she was told to. After being kicked out at last orders, a barman told us this place Read More

Café 't Smalle
Café 't Smalle

This is where BarChick lost her Jenever cherry and it made her wince and cry. That’s one helluva local tipple. A precursor to gin as we know it, this stuff is stronger and served straight in a deceptively cute little Read More

Café Brecht
Café Brecht

This looks like the living room of your nutty, sherry-spangled Granny. She overfeeds you cake and then insists on a game of Scrabble while tucking into the strong stuff. Oh, hang on, that’s us… Daytime drinking gets quirky in this retro Read More

Café Pieper
Café Pieper

This place has been around for, like, ever. Like the wasted, wobbly old men propping up the bar, the whole building leans precariously towards the canal. The sign on the door warns it has a capacity of no more than Read More

Door 74
Door 74

There are house rules here, kids. No screaming, no hats and no hitting on other guests. Got it? Sorted. This joint is all about class and character. If you mind your Ps and Qs and behave like ladies and gentlemen, then Read More

Dvars
Dvars

When we saw the blue rope outside we nearly steered clear, but don’t be put off. Yes, it’s verging on the wrong side of glam, but saves itself at the last minute with the likes of overblown arty porn photos Read More

Feijoa
Feijoa

They call this ‘the bartender’s bar’. It’s where the city’s drinks-makers congregate after their night shift to have someone else deal with the matter of mixing. Naturally, they know what they’re talking about and they all seem to have won Read More

Freddy's Bar
Freddy's Bar

Oh, Mr. Heineken, you do spoil us. This is one classy joint. The bar baby of the beer mogul, this is where he used to hang out with his mates and drink a lot more than just Heineken. It’s the Read More

Hannekes Boom
Hannekes Boom

This rickety wooden shack looks like it should be in some sort of forested wilderness surrounded by bears and men with axes. But somehow this shantytown-style bar has been transported to a waterfront outcrop behind Amsterdam’s railway station. It has one Read More

Hiding in Plain Sight
Hiding in Plain Sight

As soon as we walked into this pocket-sized dream bar, we were making friends. We don’t know what happened, but it didn’t stop until we stumbled home in the early hours with our new Dutch gang in tow. This neighbourhood Read More

Momo’s
Momo’s

Your mama will love Momo’s! It’s sleek, definitely on the smart side of things and has expense account/credit card written all over it. The bar is spacious, the hostesses are sexy and even if you’re heading to the restaurant for Read More

Mystique
Mystique

Slink downstairs into this silk-smooth speakeasy located beneath restaurant Mystique. Having begun life as Herrie Bar and Kitchen (one of the city’s first decent cocktail bars), this dimly lit hideout is now owned and championed by Amsterdam’s hottest bartenders. Booze Read More

Ron Gastrobar
Ron Gastrobar

The definition of a gastrobar is somewhere that serves high end food with drinks to match, and by this reasoning, Rons has definitely branded itself under the right moniker. In an area rich with Dutch celebrities, It is very well-known Read More

Tales & Spirits
Tales & Spirits

Sometimes plain old drinking isn’t good enough for us, sometimes we want to be entertained too. We want action and drama. We want to be wooed. Well, we came to the right place. Tales & Spirits doesn’t just make damn Read More

The Butcher
The Butcher

Plan ahead for this bad boy speakeasy in Amsterdam’s Albert Cuypstraat market area. Hit the Butcher’s website and email with your request for entry, if your lucks in they’ll get back to you with the password. It changes daily so Read More

Tunes Bar
Tunes Bar

Okay, the name makes it sound like a disco in a cheesy resort town full of pink-faced men in flip-flops and England shirts. This could not be further from the truth. It’s called Tunes because it’s located in a former Read More

Vesper
Vesper

Most of the great barmen you talk to in the city will have done some time at Vesper. Before the flurry of New York speakeasy-style cocktail bars hit the city, it was pretty much the only ray of light (that Read More