Party Earth Review With the swarm of mingling patrons and high-volume chatter on the street corner outside the bar, it’s nearly impossible to pass by Café Tabac without thinking there’s a great party going on. The odd part is that there... ... read full review
M, Su 11am–1am, Tu–Th 4pm–1am, F 4pm–3am, Sa 11am–3am
Jordaan, Amsterdam –
With the swarm of mingling patrons and high-volume chatter on the street corner outside the bar, it’s nearly impossible to pass by Café Tabac without thinking there’s a great party going on.
The odd part is that there’s nothing overtly special about Café Tabac at first glance – but on closer inspection it’s easy to see that its popularity stems from the simple elements of a central location, an unusually sociable crowd, and one of the most scenic, romantic corners in the neighborhood.
Located on the cusp of the upscale Jordaan neighborhood and just behind the bustle of Haarlemmerstraat, Café Tabac is an ideal place for after-work drinks and meet-ups with friends.
Enthusiastic bartenders keep the energy level high inside the small, high-ceilinged brown bar, though most customers prefer to congregate outdoors – and since taking drinks across the street is not allowed, patrons cover every available surface around the bar, from stairways to windowsills.
On the right nights and with the right crowd, Café Tabac is a friendly place to experience Amsterdam’s young and hip bar scene.
Local young professionals, 20s to 30s.
Ambient music in the afternoon, old-school 90s hip-hop to current house favorites in the evening.
The Asian-style menu changes every six months. Signature dishes include Indonesian chicken soup, salad with grilled veggies and peanut sauce, and roasted chicken sate.
Lunch served Saturday to Monday noon–6pm, dinner daily 6–10pm.
Bar snacks and appetizers €5+, salads €13, entrées €15+. Beer €2.20, wine €3, mixed drinks €6.50.
Friday nights starting after work and lasting all night.
One of Amsterdam’s oldest brown cafés – Papeneiland, opened in 1642 – is on the southwest corner of Prinsengracht and Brouwersgracht.