Café De II Prinsen

Brown Bar
Café De II Prinsen Though the historical portraits and antique chandeliers may create the illusion of an old-fashioned Dutch pub, patrons shouldn't be fooled by appearances. Amsterdam Holland 52.3779928 4.8864598
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Café De II Prinsen - Brown Bar in Amsterdam.
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Lucas
Adriana
Jonah
Emma

Party Earth Review Though the historical portraits and antique chandeliers may create the illusion of an old-fashioned Dutch pub, patrons shouldn't be fooled by appearances. Café De II Prinsen is a lively bar and attracts a young college... ... read full review

  • Phone:

    020 4284488

  • Hours:

    Su–Th 11am–1am, F–Sa 11am–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café De II Prinsen Review

The Scene

Though the historical portraits and antique chandeliers may create the illusion of an old-fashioned Dutch pub, patrons shouldn't be fooled by appearances.

Though the historical portraits and antique chandeliers may create the illusion of an old-fashioned Dutch pub, patrons shouldn't be fooled by appearances.

Café De II Prinsen is a lively bar and attracts a young college crowd that comes every night to let loose, meet new people, and have a good time. Even though there isn’t much room inside, the no-frills bar’s continuing popularity as a hot hangout is perpetuated by the constant word-of-mouth campaign passed from student to student.

Dark lighting and loud music form the backdrop for the high-volume conversations, usually conducted on foot since the bar’s smattering of barrels-turned-tables are mostly pushed to the side.

Luckily, at least in nice weather, patrons can pour onto the sidewalk and find a bit more elbow room at the tables on the terrace.

The young scene attracts its share of bubbly, fun-loving girls, though groups on a “guy’s night out” do tend to dominate. As in any student bar, a bit of pushing at the bar is to be expected, but overall the vibe is upbeat and the outgoing crowd is ready to party.

For those who happen by in the afternoon, Il Prinsen is also a good spot to take a break with a beer and a sandwich.

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Tip from Lucas:

Unlike most brown bars that carry generic pilsners, II Prinsen has both Leeuw Pils and Wit, a pilsner and sweet amber from the Leeuw Brewery in the Southern Netherlands. Besides that, the place is lively and perfect for meeting folks who can fill you in on certain Amsterdam scenes you might not know about.

  • Crowd

    Popular with university students and young professionals, 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Various music including pop, classic tunes, and current hits.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Snack food including tostis, plus free chips, nuts, and crackers.

  • Prices

    Tostis €2.50. Beer €2.20+, wine €3, mixed drinks €5.20+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays and Fridays are the big student nights. Best time to go is around 11pm.

Café De II Prinsen User Reviews

Average rating:
Great brown bar experience
Amster M. Nov 30, 2012
I've spent a lot of time here, which is kind of weird because it's nothing really special besides another historical brown bar off the Prinsengracht with a student vibe. But the corner location is convenient, at least easy to pass by often, the view is nice, and it's a good place to just soak in the Jordaan. Also watched quite a few World Cup and Euro Cup games there. And I like the idea that you can rent it out and throw your own party there as long as you throw down a decent bar tab. They have Lindeboom on tap there, a good Dutch lager that isn't the easiest to find.
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