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Amsterdam Bar Guides

Besides its beautiful architecture and canals, Amsterdam has plenty of great spots. Rooftop terraces, cozy restaurants, Dutch beer pubs… Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll undoubtedly find your happiness in the city. Take your bike and let’s go for a ride! We’ll show you to the best places!… And if you want to discover events here in Amsterdam, meet locals and other travelers or expats, download the Party with a Local app for free. Festivals, BBQ, boat parties, afterworks… Ready to party?

Amsterdam's Best Bars:

From local bars to traditional jenever and beers pubs to cocktails bars… Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find the perfect spot for a delightful evening out, no doubt! Forget the Heineken Experience, because there's so much more to explore at night (where you can perfectly taste a Heineken). So let's explore the Amsterdam Nightlife with the best bars in Amsterdam!


If you want to live the ‘Dutch experience’, get to Brouwerij ’t IJ! This brewery is located in a windmill that makes the atmosphere so special and unique. With 7 standard beers plus seasonal and special beers, there’s always something new to try. A beer and a board of cheese & sausages: the perfect combo for a delightful evening with friends.


One of the most hidden bars in the city! Door 74 is a cocktails bar secretly hidden in the center of Amsterdam. Jazz music and wooden decoration create a fancy atmosphere. Here the cocktails are classic, stronger than usual, but tastier. If you want to discover this incredible cocktails bar, make a reservation before going. If you’re lucky, you’re going to spend a fancy night at Door 74!


De Nieuwe Anita is a cozy and vintage little bar located in West Amsterdam. The main reason to go there is the Live Music - even more if you want to listen to local bands! From jazz to pop to electro, it’s the perfect spot for a creative and intimate atmosphere with a glass of wine.

Photo: De Nieuwe Anita


If you’re a cocktails’ lover - or a James Bond fan - here’s the place to go! Located in Jordaan district, the Vesper Bar is a cozy cocktail bar with a seasonal menu. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, they also offer ‘high tea cocktails’ - the perfect twist between alcoholic cocktail and afternoon tea. So? What are you waiting for?


The perfect place to learn about local beers! Proeflokaal Arendsnest is a traditional Dutch pub that offers more than 100 varieties of regional beers. If you’ve no idea about which one to choose, no worries, the bartenders will provide you recommendations! Another reason to go there: the pub is located on Herengracht canal, in the beautiful Jordaan district. During sunny days, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a beer (or more…) while watching the boats go by on the canals.


Tropical plants, green walls and cocktails… Welcome to Bar Botanique! Whether it’s during the day for a breakfast/lunch time drink or at night for a Gin Tonic, Bar Botanique is a real travel ticket to the tropics!

Bar Botanique - Photo: Studio Modijesky

Best Rooftops in Amsterdam:

For some of the best views of the city you can visit the ADAM LOOKOUT, to swing on the top and see the sun set. Do you rather watch the sunset over the skyline of Amsterdam with a cocktail in your hand? Rooftop bars are the best idea during the summer period. Socialize under the sunshine and with a view - the perfect combo! A full cosmopolitan experience, undoubtedly!


Head to the 7th floor of Volkshotel: Canvas rooftop terrace, the perfect spot to enjoy a sunset over the Amstel river and the city center. Here, you can take a lunch or dinner. But, stay around! After midnight - on Friday and Saturday nights - the restaurant turns into Canvas Club and hosts DJs. Good times guaranteed!


Wanna see Amsterdam from 85 meters high? Head to Floor17, the rooftop terrace of the Ramada Apollo Hotel. Floor17 is the perfect spot for the whole day - from breakfast to lunch to dinner and to night parties with an amazing cocktail bar. One more reason to go there: during summer, Floor17 turns into open air cinema! Your favorite movie, cocktails and a sunset… Difficult to resist.


If you’re looking for a quiet and green place to relax, go Bureau Restaurant! Located on the 5th floor of B. Amsterdam, this restaurant is truly a garden rooftop terrace: vegetable garden, fruits trees, potted plants, hammocks.... Everything's here! From Mondays to Fridays, you can enjoy a tasteful lunch or dinner - on weekends, the restaurant is reserved for private events. Seasonal menu with creative ingredients & relaxing atmosphere? The perfect green oasis in Amsterdam!


On the 6th floor of the five-star W Amsterdam Hotel, you’ll find the trendiest spot for the summer: W Lounge. Despite the incredible view over Dam Square, the main reason to go there is the swimming pool on the rooftop terrace. The only one in the city!


Probably one of the most famous rooftop bars in Amsterdam! Located at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, SkyLounge is just near to the Centraal Station. The city at his feet, the view from the rooftop is breathtaking. If you’re looking for a fancy and glamorous evening, SkyLounge is the perfect spot. If not, find another place - luxurious evening comes at a price!

Photo: SkyLounge Amsterdam

Suggested reading:

Brouwerij 't IJ

Door 74 - Photo: Stijlmeisje

Vesper Bar - Photo: Vault Blog

Proeflokaal Arendsnest - Photo: Best Bars Europe

Canvas - Photo: I Amsterdam

Floor 17 - Photo: Ramada Apolo Amsterdam

W Lounge - Photo: Jeff Frenette

Floor 17 - Photo: Studio Modijesky

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