The best places to drink in Amsterdam
From grand cafés to hole-in-the-wall proeverijen, discover the best places to drink in town
The best cocktail bars in Amsterdam
Queer or not - Prik is hot. Indeed, true to the bar's slogan this venue attracts a diverse crowd who enjoy its delicious snacks, groovy sounds and special events such as the After Shopping Cocktail Sale and Speeddate evenings.
Loved by locals
Still trendy after all these years, and great for a market pit-stop or bar crawl kick-start. Inside is sleek and pared down in style - like the punters. If full, try Finch next door; on warm days, both bars' terraces merge into one convivial whole to lend an atmosphere than is pure Amsterdam.
With a huge terrace and its own haven with a view of the harbour, the Boom rates as one of the city’s hottest hot spots – even though it was made of scrap lumber. Not only street art friendly, it’s also a treat for kids.
Mankind is a quiet locals' place tucked down a side-street near the Rijksmuseum and the antique shops and art galleries of Spiegelstraat. Not just an excellent stop for culture cruisers, this bar also provides delicious sandwiches and a cheap dish of the day. In summer the canal-side patio is perfect to catch some sun, read the international magazines or simply to watch the world go by.
A temple to the humble hop, the 'Eagle's Nest', in a lovely canal house, sells only Dutch beer. Many of the customers are real-ale types, but even amateurs will enjoy the 350 standard brews and 250 seasonal, from cheeky house ale Herengracht 90 to Texelse Skuumkoppe.