Café Tabac

Brown Bar / Café
Café Tabac 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. Amsterdam Holland 52.3802314 4.8885324
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Café Tabac - Brown Bar | Café in Amsterdam.
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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

  • Hours:

    M, Su 11am–1am, Tu–Th 4pm–1am, F 4pm–3am, Sa 11am–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café Tabac Review

The Scene

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.

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.

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Tip from Lucas:

Café Tabac is the perfect spot for pre-partying before heading out for a night in the Jordaan. The Noordermarkt bars are close by, which lead to the bars on Prinsengracht toward Westermarkt, and then down to Leidseplein…the options are endless.

  • Crowd

    Local young professionals, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music in the afternoon, old-school 90s hip-hop to current house favorites in the evening.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks and appetizers €5+, salads €13, entrées €15+. Beer €2.20, wine €3, mixed drinks €6.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday nights starting after work and lasting all night.

  • Close By

    One of Amsterdam’s oldest brown cafés – Papeneiland, opened in 1642 – is on the southwest corner of Prinsengracht and Brouwersgracht.

Café Tabac User Reviews

Average rating:
Invigorating spot, whatever your mood is
Stéphanie T. Dec 3, 2012
Tabac is a nice weekend place, either to get afterwork drinks on the canal or eat your sunday hangover brunch. Located in the Jordaan, the bar has a tiny terrace made of mattresses which is one of the best spots to chill out and watch strollers or just hold hands while enjoying the romantic view. The food selection is pretty nice too. At night, the crowd is mixed in terms of style and age. Locals gather to share beer and cocktails, overflowing and standing on the canal. If you are lucky, you might even see one the lousiest fire eater ever!
Best street view... and street party... in the hood
Amster M. Dec 1, 2012
I could spend all Sunday at Tabac, chilling on their bed-size canvas mattresses outdoors, ordering through the windows white wine, and listening to an Italian play the mandolin... Oh wait I DID spend all Sunday doing that. We racked up about 35 euros there, but it was worth it. Not only was it my last time hanging with a good friend, but it was quality time, too. Tabac can be slammed to the point of a block party, and in that case get ready for an upbeat night. But in the afternoons is takes a chill backseat and allows you to enjoy the beautiful view underneath the old trees of the Prinsengracht. Aaahhh.
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