Café de Spuyt

Brown Bar
Café de Spuyt Over one hundred types of Belgian and Dutch beers await in this snug Flanders-meets-Amsterdam brown bar, a place that has apparently radiated warmth and charm since the day it first opened its doors as a communist hangout in... Amsterdam Holland 52.3626688 4.8854969
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Café de Spuyt - Brown Bar in Amsterdam.
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Party Earth Review Over one hundred types of Belgian and Dutch beers await in this snug Flanders-meets-Amsterdam brown bar, a place that has apparently radiated warmth and charm since the day it first opened its doors as a communist hangout... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Su–Th 4pm–3am, F–Sa 4pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café de Spuyt Review

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Over one hundred types of Belgian and Dutch beers await in this snug Flanders-meets-Amsterdam brown bar, a place that has apparently radiated warmth and charm since the day it first opened its doors as a communist hangout in...

Over one hundred types of Belgian and Dutch beers await in this snug Flanders-meets-Amsterdam brown bar, a place that has apparently radiated warmth and charm since the day it first opened its doors as a communist hangout in 1968.

Besides the requisite beer signs, posters, and a communal acoustic guitar, the walls also feature a row of chalkboards boasting the impressive list of Belgian Trappist and Dutch micro-brewed beers available on tap and in bottles.

Other boards list the limited food menu or offer the sale of single cigars and cigarettes, while a flashy floral bouquet – a twenty-year tradition at de Spuyt – adds a splash of color to the background of hustling workers and clinking beer glasses.

To enhance its homey, authentic personality, the bar works on the tab system, so patrons can just leave a name with the bartender, place an order, and take care of the bill when it’s time to go.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you prefer spirits to beer, ask for a shot from the iced bottles they keep in the freezer, rather than from the shelved bottles.

  • Crowd

    A talkative, somewhat artistic bunch of regulars, mostly 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Hip selection of jazz remixes and indie rock tunes from the bartenders’ iPods. The bar staff also gives patrons the opportunity to plug in their own MP3 players.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    It’s hard to find another place that serves Vlaamse biersoup – a savory stew of bacon and potatoes simmered in a Belgian beer bouillon and served with bread.

  • Prices

    Vlaamse biersoup €4, tostis and salami and cheese selections €3+. Belgian/specialty beers €4, draft beer €2.10, mixed drinks €5+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Busiest on weekends, especially during the cooler seasons.

Café de Spuyt User Reviews

Average rating:
Nice location and beer choice
Stéphanie T. Dec 3, 2012
Though more of a student bar, De Spuyt is a very enjoyable place off Leidseplein. The beer selection is very large, you can easily for a couple of hours and try different ones. The staff is friendly and can interesting recommendations on what to drink. The bar is not so big and it tends to get busy on Thursday night so be prepared to resist the crowd pressure. There is a terrace, but it not allowed to drink outside at night to prevent any late-night romp. The patrons are young and older, locals and tourists but they mix well, give it a try.
Good beer selection
Amster M. Nov 30, 2012
What's funny about de Spuyt is that it's a Dutch beer bar that pulls in a lot of young Dutch people. Not only is that strange because the norm for drinks are pilsners and wine, but it's also on a touristy alley that isn't common to hang out when you're bar hopping. I guess that says something positive about the place. It's small, but if you can find something inside stay for a few rounds. I wouldn't say sit outside, the view isn't that great and the terrace doesn't get any sun. I don't know if they still sell smokes by the singles, but the bartenders are still cute!
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