Cocktail Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Gespot (Spotted) may be popular for its posh atmosphere, but it owes its real fame to the extraordinary and unconventional cocktails served at the downstairs bar. Inventive offerings such as the Asian Mary with wasabi and soy sauce and the Thai Basil Sin with basil and apple juice are created nightly by some of Amsterdam ... more
Party Earth Review Outside, fogged and white-framed windows reveal a typical Dutch brown bar – cozy and brimming with character. Inside, the award-winning Whiskycafé L&B is a soothing and resoundingly mellow spot that practically begs for a snort or two of whiskey to accompany it. Luckily, there’s a whiskcrapload on hand. Nearly 1,500 whiskey ... more
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 82-84
Cocktail Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review True to the speakeasies of 1920s America, the exact location of Door 74 is somewhat clandestine and one definitely worth investigating. The sleek, upscale setting is the place for classic cocktails, flutes of champagne, and “proper late-night drinking,” as the bar itself says. It’s evident from the moment the swanky black ... more
Cocktail Bar / Lounge
Reviewed by Eugene S.
"The drink menu gives you the true meaning of what a lounge is about. The dress code keeps the atmosphere classy adding to the variety of cocktails ser ..." more
Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 41
1017 NG Amsterdam
Reviewed by Laura B.
"Having already earned a loyal following, Vesper is the the grandaddy of the 'Speak Easy'. Unlike 'Door 74', and most recently 'The Butcher', your welc ..." more
1013 JM Amsterdam
In a city filled with countless nightlife options, it should come as no surprise that there are a number of really great cocktail bars in Amsterdam.
There’s a lot of debate over what constitutes a cocktail vs. a mixed drink. Basically they’re the same thing as long as there’s alcohol and a bunch of stuff thrown into it. There is a wide variety of cocktail bars from historic haunts and classy joints to modern mixology spots and speakeasies celebrating the roaring 20s.
Amsterdam cocktail bars also run the gamut from swanky to homey and there are a number of great options to choose from. Whiskycafé L&B in Leidseplein is a typical Dutch brown bar but with a decided whiskey bent. There are more than 1,500 bottles of whiskey lining the walls and countless drinks listed in thick menus and on the walls.
Another great cocktail bar in Amsterdam is Door 74. This semi-hidden speakeasy harkens back to the 1920s in America with an incredibly knowledgable mixology staff and a vast array of cocktails to choose from. The venue is sleek and stylish and if you can’t find a drink to your liking on the list, just ask the bartenders to whip something up for you based on your mood.
No matter where you are in Amsterdam, chances are you’ll be able to find a bar that can stir up a mean artisanal drink. So whether you like your drinks dry, sweet, or sour, there will always be a cocktail bar waiting to serve you a classic mixed drink.