In 1999 a group of local artists squatted a building on Overtoom and created Ot301. Their plan was to create a cross- disciplinary cultural platform in the heart of the Oud-West and use their new home as an incubator for experimental art, film, and music. Today, OT301 remains an active part of Amsterdam’s art scene and houses several cultural initiatives. Its main bar is attached to a large concert hall that hosts several events throughout the week, including gigs, festivals and ping-pong nights.
📍 Overtoom 301, 1054 HW Amsterdam, 020 412 2954
Scrapyard is run by a team of international mixologists that like to experiment with cocktails. The café keeps an amazing selection of imported and local spirits behind the bar, and regularly updates its stock. Its management keeps a keen eye on international cocktail trends and consistently gathers up the best booze in the world. Recently, Scrapyard transformed its kitchen into an English styled chippy that serves beer battered cod and haddock.
Gollem’s Proeflokaal has an unbelievable selection of Dutch and Belgian beers. The café also has its own line of IPAs and lagers that are served from the tap. Its interior is furnished in traditional Dutch decor, and covered in tanned wooden furniture. Gollem serves delicious Dutch food throughout the week and on Saturdays has live music playing inside its spacious taproom.
📍 Overtoom 160-162, 1054 HP Amsterdam, 020 612 9444
Craft & Draft
Craft & Draft is specialist beer café at the tail end of Overtoom. The bar has a huge line of taps and keeps 40 international beers on draft. Undoubtedly, Craft & Draft is the best place in Amsterdam to sample North American beers and its taproom is attached to a shop dedicated to globally sourced beverages. Each month Craft & Draft invites representatives from breweries to come and show off their wares, and pair their beers with a selection of snacks.
📍 Overtoom 417, 1054 JR Amsterdam 417, 020 223 0725
Bar Brå might have more in common with a concept store than an actual bar. It advertises itself as a ‘living room café’ and does everything in its power to create a homely atmosphere. The bar functions as a gallery space for local artists and hangs paintings from each of its four walls. Additionally, Bar Brå organises events throughout the week and holds a monthly gay night and regular pop-up markets.
📍 Jan Pieter Heijestraat 137, 1054 MG Amsterdam, 020 789 5209
Café Sound Garden
Sound Garden is an alternative rock bar on the corner of Rozengracht. Its lounge is massive and contains a pool-table and arcade machine. Sound Garden also has a huge terrace that overlooks a canal as well as a large smoking room. During the week the bar organizes concerts and often hosts jam sessions in its main hall. On quieter nights Sound Garden employs a local DJ to provide music.
📍Marnixstraat 164-166, 1016 TG Amsterdam, 020 620 2853
This Belgian styled pub has hundreds of beers stocked behind its bar and serves enormous plates of delicious fried food. Its staff are exceptionally friendly and will happily recommend their favorite seasonal lagers. During weekly events, Café Tripel regularly slashes the prices of their meals and changes its menu according to each night’s theme.
📍 Lijnbaansgracht 161HS, 1016 VX Amsterdam, 020 370 6421
De Nieuwe Anita
De Nieuwe Anita‘s main bar is exceptionally welcoming and filled with vintage chairs, rugs and doilies. A door at the back of the bar leads onto a balcony that overlook’s de Nieuwe Anita’s concert hall that hosts gigs during the weekend. The bar is also used for other cultural events, including food markets and impromptu hairdressing sessions.
📍 Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, 1052 HN Amsterdam, 020 774 4922
Waterkant is inspired by Suriname’s waterfront café culture and has designed its dinner menu based on traditional meals from the old Dutch colony. The bar is attached to one of the biggest, and most beautiful terraces in Amsterdam and is built on the side of a busy canal. Several beers can be bought in pitchers at Waterkant making it a great spot to relax with a group of friends.
📍 Marnixstraat 246, 1016 TL Amsterdam, 020 737 1126
Café De School
De School has every base covered and is a vital part of Amsterdam’s nightlife. The venue is mainly known for its outstanding club venue, but also houses several important cultural initiatives including a cosy café. This small establishment serves plenty of delicious beverages and has a small dinner menu that is devoted to ramen noodles.
📍 Doctor Jan van Breemenstraat 1, 1056 AB Amsterdam, 020 737 3197
Grand Café Fossa
Grand Café Fossa is housed inside of an enormous barge that is moored to the banks of Erasmus canal. The café is exceptionally beautiful and its floating terrace is absolutely breathtaking. Its bar serves a fine variety of beers, wines and cocktails which can be paired with expertly crafted meals or snacks.
📍 Bos en Lommerplantsoen 10, 1055 AA Amsterdam, 020 364 2275
Café ‘t Lommertje
Café ‘t Lommertje is a traditional Dutch pub with plenty of character. Its interior exudes rustic charm and is decked out in homely wooden furniture. There’s plenty of local and international beers to guzzle down at Café Lommertje and the pub prides itself on its extensive stock.