Cocktail bars in Amsterdam have gotten better these last few years. Still, cocktail making does not come naturally to the Dutch. Old style Dutch bars can make you a rum and coke, but that’s where it usually ends. So where to for good cocktail bar in Amsterdam?
Here are 10 decent cocktail bars in Amsterdam (in random order) from cheap to very expensive.
1. Café Vesper
Café Vesper, located at Haarlemmerstraat, within 20 minutes walk from Central Station is named by many as one of the best cocktail bars in Amsterdam.On the list are exciting sounding ingredients such as apricot brandy, home made lavender syrup, blackcurrant confiture and ginger beer. The award winning crew responsible is ready to share their secrets because they also offer workshops. Great for bachelor parties.
Cocktails €9 -€10. Only open from Tuesday to Saturday.
In Amsterdam Chinatown, right by the Nieuwmarket Square is this little gem: Lime. The orange colours and 60s sofas are sophisticated but will make everyone feel right at home. Unpretentious, mixed homo/hetero crowd that packs the place during the weekend.
Try the Hairy Canary.
3. Door 74
Named in a list of best cocktail bars in the world (no 29 out of 50), Door 74 can afford its exclusiveness and eccentricity. Entrance to bar Door 74 for a cocktail is solely by reservation on the same day by phoning in. Inside there is a dimly lit ambiance with American style service. Cocktail making at Amsterdam’s Door 74 is considered a profession and an art form.
Prices are €15 – €19 for a cocktail.
4. Sky Lounge
The Sky Lounge is the rooftop bar of the Double tree hotel (formerly known as Mint Hotel), nearby Central Station. Just the panoramic view on Amsterdam alone from the 11th floor is worth a visit. In summer you can enjoy the view from the rooftop terrace.
5. Café Cuba
Brown bar Café Cuba serves up classic mojitos, margaritas, daiquiris and caipirinhas while you’ll enjoy watching the crazy crowd pass by your window/table at Nieuwmarkt Square. Weekends it can get steamy and danceable with sexy salsa tunes coming from the jukebox.
Free wifi. Cocktails €6.
Also on the Zeedijk, near the Amsterdam Red Light District and China town, Porem is another secretive coctail bar in Amsterdam. It’s a classy bar and in classy bars, you don’t just barge right in, but you ring the bell first. Reservations are not in order though. It’s stylishly Japanes with raunchy Amsterdam twist: Porum might sound like ‘pour-em’, it’s also Amsterdam slang for ‘face’. The menu is listed in categories of football stars(?). I don’t know. Try the Sergio Ramos Gin Fizz, I think.
7. House of Bols Museum
Cocktail fans should not leave out a visit to the Amsterdam gin museum: House of Bols, across the Van Gogh Museum. The museum is fun. You can try to guess the flavour of the Dutch Genevers (Dutch gin) and taste paper strips with sample smells. Including in the entrance price (€13,50) is one cocktail (choice out of 16).,
8. En Pluche
En Pluche is the little sister of (and located next to) Holland’s most famous high end restaurant Le Garage (the owner is Dutch tv-chef). At Amsterdam cocktail bar En Pluche you’ll find the same high class atmosphere as in Le Garage with a warm dark and red interior and jazz lounge music in the background. The concept is cocktails and finger food.
Hotel bars are totally hip. That’s why place 9 & 10 are reserved for 2 hotel bars. On number 9 we name Twenty-Third, located on the 23rd floor of the Okura Hotel in area the Pijp. Think: sipping champagne in the hotel lounge in a skyscraper in Hong Kong. The mojitos are considered the best of cocktail bars in Amsterdam.
Open till 1.
10. 5&33 Bar
Last on the list the hotel bar of the Art’otel, which comes with the appropriate hip name: 5&33. It’s open daily for cocktails. But they also organize all kinds of events, like a gin & tonic masterclass. Take a look on the happenings calender to discover what’s on.