There are plenty of places in Amsterdam to choose from when it comes to sports bars and most of these establishments screen Dutch, European and international league games throughout the week. Here are our top picks from their number, which range from classy, laid back bars to more boisterous watering holes.
Big Shots Bar is located in the centre of the Red Light District and is only a few metres away from the oldest building in Amsterdam, the Oude Kerk. The bar allows clients to smoke inside and has its televisions connected to Sky Sports, meaning that a large number of sporting events are covered at Big Shots Bar. Hungry guests can also chow down on a variety of snacks whilst enjoying Big Shots Bar’s unique ambience.
📍 Big Shots Bar, Warmoesstraat 94, Amsterdam, +31 6 41582778
Plan B is an upscale pool hall on Overtoom that features eight, wide screen televisions that are hooked up to major sports channels. The bar regularly hosts tiered pool championships that pit beginners, experts and pros off against evenly skilled opponents. A weekly pub quiz takes place at Plan B during every Wednesday night and the bar is equipped with several dart boards.
📍 Plan B, Overtoom 209B, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, +31 20 845 6221
Britain’s Belushi’s bar chain has a large watering hole inside Amsterdam’s Red Light District that is attached to a famous party hostel called St. Christopher at Winston Hotel. The bar is open until late every night of the week and regularly reduces its drink’s prices during special events. Belushi’s has plenty of televisions, which screen major sporting events throughout the season.
📍 Belushi’s, Warmoesstraat 129, Amsterdam, +31 20 623 1380
Coco’s Outback is a popular pub on Rembrandtplein that has 28 televisions scattered around its bar and screens major sporting events everyday of the week, including American football, regular footie and rugby matches. Coco’s Outback has many strategically located leather couches that look directly onto their television sets as well as a large bar area that also has its own screens. Besides sports, beer and hot, hearty meals, Coco’s Outback also regularly hosts large parties and karaoke nights.
📍 Coco’s Outback, Thorbeckeplein 8, Amsterdam, +31 20 623 8088
Like other, traditional, Dutch brown bars, Café de Zeemeeuw keeps things simple and focuses on its main draws, namely beer, snacks and sports. Café de Zeemeeuw regularly screens Ajax matches, and during Dutch international games covers its wall in orange sporting paraphernalia. The bar is located on the northern side of the Red Light District, just beyond Amsterdam’s China Town.
📍 Café de Zeemeeuw, Zeedijk 102, Amsterdam, +31 20 620 1597
Apart from being well known for its excellent sports coverage, Satellite Sports Café is famous because of its fantastic grill menu that features all-you-can-eat ribs and delicious steaks served up with homemade sauces. The bar also has an extensive drinks menu and keeps a number of local and international beers on tap. Satellite Sports Café keeps its terrace open throughout the year, which is heated by several outdoor radiators.
📍 Satellite Sports Café, Leidseplein 11, Amsterdam, +31 20 427 2529