The Best Irish Pubs in Amsterdam

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Tom Coggins

Amsterdam’s Irish pubs are an important part of the city’s nightlife and successfully transport the charms of Ireland’s friendly drinking culture to the Netherlands. There are plenty of Irish pubs to choose from in Amsterdam, all of which serve fresh Guinness by the pint.

1. O'Reilly's

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O’Reilly’s is a popular chain of Irish pubs that serves hot, tasty homemade food alongside its fine selection of beers. Its branch in Amsterdam looks directly onto the Royal Palace on Dam Square, making it perfect for travellers looking to experience the city centre’s nightlife. It is possible to rent out O’Reilly’s for bigger, private events and the pub regularly screens major sports matches.

2. Mulligan's Irish Music Bar

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A performance at Mulligans
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Traditional Irish music can often be heard coming from Mulligan’s and many accomplished musicians have performed on the pub’s stage. The pub hosts an Irish music session every Sunday evening where local players come together and play classic, gaelic melodies. Apart from these more spontaneous events, Mulligan’s also regularly hosts live concerts featuring bands and solo artists.

3. Café Hole in the Wall

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While Café Hole in the Wall certainly has its fair share of alcoholic beverages, its main draw is actually its delicious pub food, which includes Irish specialities such as roast dinner, pies, stews and fried breakfast. The café is exceptionally welcoming and encourages its guests to relax over a pint whilst enjoying their meals. Café Hole in the Wall can be found on Leidseplein – a large, central square that is surrounded by popular nightlife venues.

4. St. James' Gate

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Rembrandtplein is renowned for its nightlife
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St. James’s Gate is the newest edition to Amsterdam’s roster of Irish pubs and is located on Rembrandtplein – a bustling plaza in the centre of the city that features numerous party orientated establishments. The pub is named after the entrance to Guinness Brewery in Dublin and brings all the joys of a traditional Irish public house to the centre of Amsterdam. Guinness is, of course, on tap and St. James’s Gate screens football matches throughout the season.

5. Durty Nelly's

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Durty Nelly’s is attached to an notorious party hostel of the same name and has been a meeting point for travellers for over 20 years. The pub regularly throws parties that are usually inspired by Dutch or Irish public holidays and is a great place to share a few beers with new people whilst staying in Amsterdam. Its kitchen cooks up several Irish staples, including a massive fried breakfast and traditional stews.

6. Molly Malone's

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Molly Malones Irish Pub, Amsterdam
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Molly Malone’s is located inside one of the oldest standing buildings in the Red Light District and is only a short walk away from Centraal Station as well as many other popular destinations. Inside Molly Malone’s, guests can marvel at the bar’s fantastic collection of antique whiskey barrels and Irish trinkets while sipping on a fresh pint of Guinness. The pub also has its own canal side terrace that overlooks St. Nicolas Church.

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