The Best Bars To Visit In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city that has something for everyone. From the UNESCO world heritage canals, art gallery offers of Munch, Van Gogh and more and the historic home of Anne Frank, all set within this city. Not to mention the famous red-light district and green cafes. Choosing the best bars in Amsterdam is nearly impossible, so we have shared with you a few of the most popular Terrace bars, Cocktail bars and Wine Bars in the city.

Terrace Bars


Amsterdam is the ideal location to enjoy a beer out on a terrace bar. The city has plenty of options to choose from, but we have hand-picked our firm favourites below.

Floor 17


This is the rooftop bar to flock to if you are in need of divine drinks and sky-high views. Floor 17 is located in the Ramada Hotel in Amsterdam West. This is a high-end luxurious roof terrace bar that will give you unrivalled views of the city. Expect fine dining, fancy cocktails and a relaxing atmosphere. If you are visiting in the summer months, you might even be able to catch a film screening. Don’t worry if you are visiting in winter, as when it gets cold outside, this luxurious terrace bar becomes an ice rink to remember.



Experience a terrace bar like no other in Noorderlicht. This hippy haven offers a unique take on the Amsterdam bar scene. Relax and unwind on the grass outside and take in the festival vibes that this venue oozes. Perfect for a summer evening, enjoy the canalside beer garden, live music and a cosy campfire. The ideal spot for relaxing and unwinding after exploring the city.

Hanneke’s Boom


The only beer garden you can’t miss in Amsterdam. Hanneke’s Boom is located close to the central station. It offers an incredible experience, boasting a vintage, cool, artsy vibe overlooking the water. A favourite amongst locals as well as tourists, this is arguably the best beer garden in Amsterdam. Perfect for spending a summer evening cooling down with an ice-cold beer and watching locals and tourists mix together.

Pllek, IJ


Enjoy the best beach in the city that Amsterdam has to offer. Pllek is located in IJ and can be accessed by taking the free ferry to NDSM Werf. Think cool and trendy and Pllek comes to mind. Spend your time lazing on the sand, taking in the rays and relaxing with a beer in hand. The perfect spot to reflect on your holiday in the city during the summer.

Brouwerij’t, IJ


Sticking with the location of IJ, we couldn’t leave out Brouwerij’t IJ. Not only is this independent brewery a great bar, it comes with its own windmill. I mean, how could you not stop off for a pint? Expect to savour independent brews, organic beers and plenty of other choices on offer. Unwind in the relaxing terrace, take in the views of that windmill, and make sure to get some snaps for Instagram. The perfect cultural experience and excuse for a pint we can find in all of the Dam.

Cocktail Bars


The city has many unique and quirky cocktail bars to suit everyone’s tastes, from high-end bars to eclectic speakeasies, there’s something for everyone who loves a good cocktail or two. We’ve outlined our favourite four below.

Door 74


This cocktail bar is a real-life take on a 1920’s speakeasy. You can only enter Door 74 after making a phone reservation, making it an exclusive, unique venue that not everyone will want to make the effort to enjoy. Enjoy original cocktails and an ambience that can’t be found in any other cocktail bar in Amsterdam. A truly unique cocktail experience, just remember to call ahead.

The Butcher


They love hidden bars in Amsterdam, so we’ve decided to pop another one of the lists. The Butcher is set in a former butchers’ shop. It is an exclusive venue that is not open to everyone. Whilst in Amsterdam, you may as well give it a go!

Kevin Bacon Bar


I mean, you can’t go to a cocktail bar named after the actor from Footloose? The Kevin Bacon Bar can be found in Hotel Not Hotel. Oozing eccentric charm, you can expect something very different than the standard expensive cocktail. Enjoy a cafe atmosphere and drink cocktails themed around the man himself. Take in some sun at the terrace and enjoy the surreal experience. Definitely, one not to be missed

Henry’s Bar


Named after author and lover of a tipple, Henry Charles Bukowski, Henry’s bar is another exclusive cocktail bar, but one you can actually enter without making prior arrangements. Just remember though, it is only open Thursdays to Saturday, so don’t try your luck any other evening. Once in, enjoy cocktails influenced by the author and relax and unwind in this bohemian hidey-hole.

Wine Bars


If wine is your drink of choice, Amsterdam caters to you as well! Indulge in your favourite vino at either of the wine bars we’ve highlighted below.

The Library

The Library

Leave the books at home, this Library is a wine bar. Guests can enjoy wine tastings, learning more about wine and can attend special events on, you’ve guessed it, wine! If you know you’ll be visiting consider getting a Library Card, except, instead of books to borrow, you can get a free wine tasting!

Bubbles & Wines


Located near Dam Square, you’ll be sure to raise a glass at Bubbles & Wines. With over 50 wines on offer by the glass and even more by the bottle, you will be spoilt for choice. Fancy a more personal experience? Why not arrange a wine tasting? Not only will you get three half glasses of top-notch plonk, you’ll also have some delicious canopies to choose from. Win, win!


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