We are about to share a full break down of what drinking at the best bars in Amsterdam can be like. Whether you are looking for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to buy cheaper liquor during drink specials, or just to sing some karaoke hopefully we can assist.
Our first section will cover the best wine and cocktail bars in Amsterdam. Up next we will get into breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts.
Then we will mention some of the best drink specials near you so you can hit up the right bars at the right times to do your drinking cheaper. After that we will discuss bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area.
Lastly we will talk about bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music. Towards the end there will even be a local bar map that pins all of the spots from our various lists on it.
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Cocktail & Wine Bars
Some of the top cocktail and wine bars in Amsterdam are:
- Bubbles & Wines at Nes 37
- Glouglou at Tweede van der Helststraat 3
- Wijnbar Paulus at Ceintuurbaan 348
- Tales & Spirits at Lijnbaanssteeg 5-7
- diVino at Boomstraat 41A
Bubbles & Wines supplies its inventory from small boutique wineries that produce between 2,000 and 6,000 bottles per year. Delectable cheeses, Spanish tapas, fine champagnes, and wines are all available.
Glouglou specializes in vin naturel, unfiltered, and unadulterated wine while being open open from 3pm to midnight Monday through Friday and from 2pm to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.
You can Visit Tales & Spirits from 5:30pm to 1am on Thursdays and from 5:30pm to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays to savor delicious cocktails and wines in your area.
If you want to have Italian wines accompanied by seasonal cuisine diVino is an excellent option where sparkling, rosé, bianco, and rosso wines are available in a range of flavors.
Amsterdam Breweries & Sports Bars
Sample new suds and watch the big game with your friends at the best local breweries and sports bars:
- Birrificio Oedipus at Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85
- Brouwerij Troost at Cornelis Troostplein 21
- De Bekeerde Suster at Kloveniersburgwal 6
- Saloon Smoking Bull at Lange Niezel 13
- Belushi’s at Warmoesstraat 129
- Café Bigshots at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 89
Birrificio Oedipus is an innovative craft brewery near you with rotating draft beers in an arty industrial atmosphere and they have over 10 primary brews which are accessible all year.
Brouwerij Troost provides organic beer in bottles, cans, and on 10 different taps accompanied by a tasty meatless dish menu.
Explore home-brewed local beers with 7 types of taps and in bottles at De Bekeerde Suster from 2pm to 8pm on Thursdays and Fridays or from 12pm to 8pm on Saturdays.
You can enjoy refreshing beers at Saloon Smoking Bull every day from 12pm to 1am.
From noon to midnight you may take advantage of Belushi’s special deals to get cheaper drinks while they are open Monday through Friday from 9am to 12pm and on Saturday from 11am to 2am.
Café Bigshots is a sports bar in Amsterdam where you can smoke, drink, eat, and stream any sporting event. Their operating hours are from 10am to 1am Monday through Thursday and from 10am to 3am on Friday and Saturday.
Local Drink Specials
Visit these bars with drink specials near you to buy cheaper alcohol and your wallet will thank you:
- Flying Dutchmen at Singel 460
- Twenty Third Bar at Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
- Door 74 at Reguliersdwarsstraat 74
- Bar Bukowski at Oosterpark 10
- Hiding in Plain Sight at Rapenburg 18
Flying Dutchmen has one of the largest backbars in the region with over 800 different spirits and a focus on neo-classic cocktails.
In addition to a wide selection of cocktails made with house-made syrups and purées Twenty Third Bar also offers some of the best wines and champagnes in your area.
Enjoy delectable and inventive cocktails created by a professional crew at Door 74 from 6pm to 4am on Friday and Saturday while closing at 1am on Sunday.
You can relax and try creative cocktails including classic drinks, beer, hard liquor, and signature non-alcoholic beverages at Bar Bukowski.
Hiding in Plain Sight is open daily from 6pm to 1am except on Friday and Saturday when they don’t close until 3am.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Here is a good list of bars with trivia, quiz, and game nights in your area:
- Coco’s Outback at Thorbeckeplein 8-12
- Café Gollem at Daniël Stalpertstraat 74
- Heineken Experience at Stadhouderskade 78
- Tolhuistuin at IJpromenade 2
With a wide assortment of frozen drinks, hearty meals, big-screen TV’s tuned to sportss, and regular club nights Coco’s Outback is a well-known Australian pub in Amsterdam. They have one of the best monthly pub quiz nights near you and show all major sporting events on one of their 30 screens.
For a diverse collection of excellent beers from around the world head to Café Gollem whom you can visit Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 1am, on Friday from 4pm to 3am, and on Saturday from 2pm to 3am.
Tolhuistuin is a one-of-a-kind venue that hosts concerts, films, and other cultural events as well as a cafe that serves small meals and beer.
Dance, Karaoke & Live Music
Anyone that wants to dance, listen to live music, and sing karaoke can head to:
- Karaokebar 24K at Halvemaansteeg 8bg
- The Waterhole at Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 49
- Duke of Tokyo at Reguliersdwarsstraat 37
- KTV Bar at Nieuwebrugsteeg 26hs
- Bourbon Street at Leidsekruisstraat 6-8
- Mulligans Irish Music Bar at Amstel 100
- Club Mystique at Smaksteeg 19
- Jazz Café Alto at Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115
Karaokebar 24K has approximately 80,000 songs in various languages and fresh drinks such as cocktails and others.
The Waterhole is a unique tavern with an old-school atmosphere and a snack menu that features live rock bands and billiards as well as daily liquor specials from noon until 9pm.
The Duke of Tokyo boasts eight private karaoke booths in your area and a Japanese-themed bar with a diverse selection of beverages, saké, and music but be warned they are closed on Tuesdays.
KTV Bar offers local karaoke every night with over 10,000 songs in a variety of languages. Visit them from 6pm to 1am Monday through Friday and from 6pm to 3am on Saturday and Sunday.
You can unwind and socialize with friends at Bourbon Street from 10pm to 4am Monday through Thursday and from 10pm to 5am on Friday and Saturday.
Mulligans Irish Music Bar is well-known for its traditional Irish music which is performed by a diverse group of performers and instruments from all over the world. For sports fans they show GAA, football, hurling, camogie, and rugby on four satellite screens throughout the pub.
If you’re looking for a fantastic destination for salsa and bachata dancing along with amazing DJ’s, live music, and refreshing beverages head to Club Mystique.
You can appreciate nightly live acts and live music performances in an intimate jazz club with a bohemian vibe at Jazz Café.
You might also want to read our posts on:
- All Kinds Of Bars In Rotterdam
- All Kinds Of Bars In Antwerp
- All Kinds Of Bars In Brussels
- All Kinds Of Bars In Hamburg
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Amsterdam
After reading all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available near you. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke in your area.
If you think we got anything incorrect or notice us listing any venues that are no longer open please tell us in the comments so we can keep this info as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Amsterdam.