Amsterdam has recently seen a surge in local breweries, and this one was founded by two friends who decided that they wanted to experiment with beer and create a unique space where visitors and locals alike are able to enjoy beer in a new and refreshing manner. Located in what were once the changing rooms of a football club, this bar has some great beers that are only found here, from its own house brews to India black ales and Hopblond beers.
Sportpark De Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland +31 61139 1675
The docklands in the Amsterdam-Noord are one of the city’s most fascinating places, as they have recently been given a breath of fresh air and renovated to become the artsiest part of the city. This venue, which is situated in close proximity to the NDSM wharf, is one of the best bars that Amsterdam-Noord has to offer. It has ample space, great music, extremely cool special effects (think laser lighting and smoke) and a vibrant crowd.
TT Neveritaweg 15, Amsterdam, Holland +31 20 493 1070
EYE Film Institute Bar
The EYE Film Institute is one of the highlights of this eccentric part of the city, constantly hosting great events and exhibitions. Their bar is one of the best in this area. This is not only because it provides the perfect place to stop and rest after wandering through the excellent museum, but also because the selection of drinks and snacks is of excellent quality. Even visitors who don’t plan on visiting the museum should head to this bar to enjoy one of the city’s best terraces.
IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, Holland +31 20 589 1400
Tolhuistuin is a great bar in the Amsterdam-Noord area. Its location means guests at the bar will be able to enjoy sweeping views of Amsterdam from the bank of the IJ river. Tolhuistuin is a locale with a funky, artsy vibe and interesting cultural events. The outdoors beer garden is great for enjoying a refreshing beer with friends, and their secret garden is often host to a variety of live music events. It is an excellent place to enjoy the good weather in Amsterdam. Plus, the free ferry stop is conveniently situated in front of this bar, so it is extremely easy to reach.
IJpromenade 2, Amsterdam, Holland +31 20 760 4820
Pllek is one of Amsterdam’s beach bars, with a stunning sand-filled area by the IJ river and beanbags and loungers scattered here and there. The location and decor create a great atmosphere in which visitors can have a drink, and relaxing and enjoy the panorama. It is known as one of the best bars and restaurants in the city, not just because it has Amsterdam’s biggest disco ball, but because of its clear emphasis on organic and local produce. It also has sustainable practices, so visitors can be assured that the drinks they enjoy will have a low environmental impact.
Tt. Neveritaweg 59, Amsterdam, Holland +31 20 290 0020
Café de Ceuvel
As well as being one of the top restaurants in Amsterdam-Noord, Café de Ceuvel also has a great bar area. Here local artists and youth flock at night to enjoy the excellent drinks and snacks that this establishment has to offer. It is part of a complex that was refurbished and is also dedicated to using ingredients and products that are good for the environment. They have very innovative ways of reusing and recycling everything. This ensures they make the best use of their facilities and minimize emissions.
Korte Papaverweg 4, Amsterdam, Holland +31 20 229 6210
REM Eiland Restaurant
Although technically not accessed through the Amsterdam-Noord area, this restaurant is far enough up the river for most of the locals to consider it part of the northern district. The bar at this former radio and TV station will provide one of the most memorable experiences visitors can have in Amsterdam, and that is quite an achievement. The bar is situated 22 meters above the water, so there are excellent views. After one of their three-course dinners, visitors can enjoy some delicious cocktails while taking in the panorama.
Haparandadam 45, Amsterdam, Holland +31 20 688 5501
Conveniently situated close to the IJ river, tourists who go to this amazing locale will be able to enjoy romantic candlelight dinners in a fresh and modern dining area. They can also have excellent drinks on the outdoors terrace, which has a large seating capacity. The building, as most in this part of the city, was renovated – previously it was a Shell canteen – and its present state is a work of art. Travelers who want to accompany their drinks with snacks can choose from the variety of small international dishes that this establishment serves.
IJpromenade 2, Amsterdam, Holland +31 20 760 4820
This bar has been described by some as the coolest place in Amsterdam, and its atmosphere is certainly special. Visitors who come by car can park quite close to the entrance. Those who prefer to take the ferry have to walk a mere five minutes until they arrive at this excellent location. The ambiance is hip and quirky, with a really great vibe that is complemented by the wonderful decoration and beautiful views. The food is pretty good and the drinks are outstanding.
NDSM pier 102, Amsterdam, Holland +31 20 492 2770
Drink & Eetlokaal Het Schoolhuis
Situated north of the Amsterdam-Noord area, this place is worth a visit despite its remote location. It is situated in an 1875 building that used to be the residence of the village councilor, so the atmosphere is pretty grand. Throughout the week it is possible to come here for lunch or for an afternoon snack with coffee and cake. During the weekends it stays open for longer. From Friday to Sunday visitors can enjoy a delicious lunch here as well as some excellent drinks. It is great for those wanting to discover an area not many tourists know about.
Dorpsstraat Holysloot 38, Amsterdam, Holland +31 20 490 4414