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Amsterdam is perhaps most known for its picturesque canals and world-class museums. But here you can also find a dynamic and diverse nightlife. The city offers a plethora of bars – from traditional Dutch brown cafés to modern cocktail bars.

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The history of Dutch drinks

Amsterdam has a rich history that is reflected in its traditional drinks, which have been enjoyed for centuries. The city's status as a major trading port in the 17th century introduced a variety of spices and ingredients, leading to the creation of unique Dutch spirits and beverages.

Jenever, often referred to as Dutch gin, is one of the most famous traditional drinks. It dates back to the 16th century and is made from juniper berries and other botanicals. Jenever can be enjoyed straight or as part of a cocktail.

The Netherlands is also known for its beer, with a brewing tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. Dutch beers, such as Heineken and Amstel, are famous worldwide. Local craft beers have also gained popularity, providing a range of flavors and styles for beer enthusiasts.
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Traditional drinks

As mentioned, Jenever is one of the many traditional drinks in Amsterdam. It comes in two main varieties: "oude" (old) and "jonge" (young). Oude jenever has a maltier taste, while jonge jenever is lighter and more akin to vodka. Both can be enjoyed neat or mixed into cocktails.

Korenwijn is similar to jenever. It is a strong grain spirit that is aged in oak barrels. It has a robust flavor and is typically sipped neat.

Bokbier is a seasonal beer traditionally brewed in autumn. It is dark, strong, and malty, making it a favorite during the cooler months.

Amsterdam is the perfect place to try these typical Dutch spirits and drinks. Join the Nova Circle community to get spot on tips on the best bars in Amsterdam – and upload your own review of your Dutch bar experience.

Traditional brown cafés

Traditional brown cafés are cozy, wood-paneled pubs that are quintessentially Dutch and offer a laid-back atmosphere – perfect for enjoying a pint of beer or a glass of jenever.

Café Hoppe is one of the oldest brown cafés in Amsterdam, Café Hoppe has been serving locals and tourists since 1670. Located on Spui Square, it is a great place to soak in the historic atmosphere while enjoying a drink.

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Cocktail bars

Amsterdam also has a vibrant cocktail scene, with numerous bars offering expertly crafted cocktails using both local and international spirits. Tales & Spirits is one example, known for its innovative cocktails.

The Flying Dutchman Cocktails is a hidden gem that offers a cozy and welcoming vibe, with a menu full of delicious cocktails. See also lists of hidden gems in the Nova Circle app for a genuine Dutch bar visit.


Craft beer bars

With the rise of craft brewing, Amsterdam has seen an increase in bars dedicated to serving a wide range of local and international beers. Brouwerij 't IJ is located next to a windmill. The brewery and taproom offers a fantastic selection of organic beers brewed on-site. It is a great place to sample local brews and enjoy the unique setting.

Beer Temple is specializing in American craft beers, and is a popular spot for beer lovers looking to try something different. The bar offers a rotating selection of taps and a wide range of bottled beers.

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Lounge bars

If you are looking for a more relaxed and upscale experience, try a lounge bar. Situated on the top floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton is SkyLounge Amsterdam that offers stunning panoramic views of the city. It is a perfect spot for a sunset cocktail or a late-night drink with friends.

Or visit W Lounge, located in the W Amsterdam hotel, with its chic decor, vibrant atmosphere and extensive menu of spirits. For more personal recommendations, download the Nova Circle app to find tips and reviews that align with your interests and taste buds. 

Famous bars in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is home to many iconic bars that have earned a place in the hearts of both locals and tourists. Cafe de Dokter is the smallest bar in Amsterdam. It has been serving drinks since 1798 and is known for its historic decor and welcoming atmosphere.

In't Aepjen is one of the oldest bars in the city and dates back to the 16th century. Located near the Red Light District, it has a fascinating history and a cozy, rustic charm.

Hiding in Plain Sight (HPS) is a speakeasy-style bar that is perfect for those who enjoy a bit of mystery with their cocktails. 
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Must-try traditional Dutch drinks include jenever, advocaat, korenwijn, and bokbier. These beverages will give you a genuine taste of Dutch culinary heritage.

A brown café is a traditional Dutch pub known for its cozy, wood-paneled interior and relaxed atmosphere. They are great places to enjoy a beer or jenever.

Some of the best cocktail bars in Amsterdam include Tales & Spirits, The Flying Dutchman Cocktails, and Hiding in Plain Sight (HPS).

Yes, unique bars in Amsterdam worth visiting include Cafe de Dokter, In't Aepjen, and Brouwerij 't IJ, each offering a distinctive atmosphere and history.