Beer is the number one bar drink in Amsterdam. So it’s no surprise that there are so many brownie cafes in Amsterdam. Some of them date back to the late 1600s! Most of the pubs are located in the historical center of the city. Recently, more and more neighborhood bars are opening their doors. If you’re going to explore Amsterdam West or Amsterdam East, be sure to visit Bar Brouw and Brouwerij ‘t IJ.
In the last few years, craft beers and locally brewed beers have become increasingly popular in Amsterdam. Some small scale breweries are: Butcher’s Tears brewery, Oedipus Brewing, Brouwerij Pampus,
Two Chefs Beer and Brouwerij de Vriendschap. You can find these beers on the menu in some beer pubs in Amsterdam, such as Van Mechelen Stadscafe.
Most Brew Pubs with beer on draft have Belgian beers. Some cafes have more than 250 different Belgian beers. It is highly recommended that you ask the bar tender to help you choose the best beer for your taste.
Some of the old beer pubs in Amsterdam have a special program on request. Book a tour through the real brewery of Brouwerij ‘t IJ or book a beer tasting at Arendsnest. The options in Amsterdam are endless when it comes to craft beer.
Biertuin in Amsterdam has only been open since June 2012 and is already a neighborhood favorite. This cozy cafe and restaurant with a large patio is located on the border of Oosterpark in East Amsterdam. The patio at the Biertuin is large and very sunny during the warmer months. The veranda is heated in winter. You can find more than 15 different types of beer on draft at the Biertuin. Some local, some Belgian, but all very special. There are 40 more beers by the bottle. Biertuin is a great place for a drink with just a few bar bites or for dinner with friends and larger groups. They are famous for their fried chicken!
is recommended for Brew Pubs because: De Biertuin in East Amsterdam is one of the newer brewpubs in town and a local favorite!
Anne’s expert advice: The best patio in East Amsterdam for drinks and bar food!
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This brewpub is located right next to the Butcher’s Tears brewery. The menu features several beers on draft and other specialty beers. Plus a wide range of butcher’s tears on tap and by bottle, including limited and special editions available nowhere else. But don’t worry if you don’t drink beer, they also have Dutch water, wine from a private importer, and lightly roasted coffee made as part of the Swedish scout movement. When the weather is nice, you can sit outside on the butcher’s tears patio to enjoy your drinks. This brewpub is open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. It’s tucked away in a somewhat industrial area, but don’t let that fool you!
is recommended for Brew Pubs because: Butcher’s Tears is one of Amsterdam’s new brewpubs in the industrial area of the Oud Zuid district.
Anne’s expert advice: Check the agenda for special events!
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In de Wildeman is an Amsterdam favourite. With over 250 beers, 18 of which are on tap, beer lovers rejoice at the mention of this pub. The bar was once a distillery and is now a renowned beer tasting room. In de Wildeman focuses mainly on Dutch and Belgian beers, but also offers British, American and German beers, as well as a few ciders. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide. When in doubt, choose the beer of the week or month. You can’t go wrong. Be sure to immerse yourself in the original atmosphere as well.
is recommended for Brew Pubs because: More than 250 beers are available at this beer pub in the heart of Amsterdam
Anne’s expert advice: It’s always fun to try the beer of the week
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Call your friends and meet up at De Zotte, a Belgian beer cafe. Sit at the bar and chat with the bartender or find a table and make yourself comfortable. Look around; the benches are worn and the walls are elegantly decorated with signature beer labels. The cafe exudes a relaxed yet social vibe. De Zotte offers 130 different Belgian beers, eight of which are on draft. From white beers to ales and lagers and everything in between, De Zotte truly is a beer lover’s paradise. If you can’t decide, choose the beer of the month or ask your server for a recommendation. You can also grab a bite to eat if needed. The menu offers delicious options – steak, vegetarian quiche, homemade Flemish fries and more. This brewpub promises an all-around good time.
is recommended for Brew Pubs because: De Zotte is a famous brewery with more than 130 Belgian beers.
Anne’s expert advice: Order the beer of the month. Always a good call.
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Arendsnest differs from other brownie cafes in Amsterdam by only serving beer from Dutch breweries. So if you want to get a taste of the Netherlands, you’ve come to the right place. Step up to the bar. Arendsnest offers 100 different beers. In addition, there are at least 30 in the project. You may have trouble making a decision. Tastings are also offered in the Bartholomeus tasting room downstairs. The session will teach you how to properly taste beer, allow you to sample different types, and help you learn about the history of beer and its brewing process.
is recommended for Brew Pubs because: Arendsnest is one of the best beer tasting places in Amsterdam.
Anne’s expert advice: Book a beer tasting!
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De Druif, literally translated from English as “The Grape”, is one of the oldest bars in Amsterdam. Originally a distillery, De Druif dates back to 1631. Sailors are believed to have frequented the facility. Now De Druif is a local Amsterdam favourite. This place does not play any music, but still offers an intimate and comfortable environment for drinking. You can choose from a variety of beers and spirits and have a fun, relaxed event. Weather permitting, visitors can sit outside on the terrace or relax inside when it’s rainy or cold. It is difficult to reach by public transport, so it is better to walk or cycle.
is recommended for Brew Pubs because: De Druif is one of Amsterdam’s oldest brownie cafes and is known for its specialty beers.
Anne’s expert advice: Ask about new beers on tap.
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Although small in size, this welcoming brown bar is a big player in the beer selection game. With hundreds of bottled beers and a number of tap options, this place attracts those who appreciate the rich, rich flavor of good beers. A good number of beers are of Belgian origin, although you can also find examples from other parts of the planet. The great equalizer, the bar caters to everyone from tourists and blue-collar workers to professionals and locals. Gollem has been known for its specialty beers for over 40 years. With two locations in Amsterdam, Gollem is a must-see for beer lovers when they’re in town.
is recommended for Brew Pubs because: Gollem was the first cafe in Amsterdam with a large selection of Belgian beers on the menu.
Anne’s expert advice: Gollem in Overtoom often has live music on Sunday afternoons.
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Brouwerij t’IJ lets you combine great beer and a bit of Dutch scenery. Europeans, especially the Dutch, Germans and Belgians, are known for great tasting beer. Discover Brouwerij t’IJ, a local Amsterdam favorite. This place is of particular importance as it is located at the base of the De Gooyer windmill, one of the few remaining windmills in the city. So if you can’t get out of the city long enough to see the Dutch countryside, head to the east side of Amsterdam to visit Brouwerij t’IJ. The tasting room is open from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and tours are available on weekends at 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM.
is recommended for Brew Pubs because: Brouwerij t’IJ is one of the oldest and most famous breweries in Amsterdam and is located in an old mill.
Anne’s expert advice: Order the tasting menu with small glasses of all beers!
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The bar at Stadscafe Van Mechelen is a great place to meet friends for a drink. No matter what day you go there, it’s always full of locals gathering to enjoy beer and snacks. Van Mechelen has more than eight Belgian beers on tap and another 15 by the bottle. If you prefer to drink wine, don’t worry, Van Mechelen also has an excellent wine list. The range of craft beers at tis brew pub in Amsterdam is seasonal and will change. At Van Mechelen they work with local Amsterdam brewers: 2 Chefs craft beer, Butcher-tears, Oedipus beer and Flying dog.
is recommended for Brew Pubs because: Van Mechelen Stadscafe only works with local brewers!
Anne’s expert advice: Head to Stadscafe Van Mechelen on Friday for after-work drinks!
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