Party Earth Review Any serious beer lover who’s ready to forgo the typical Belgian bars and dive into the exceptional Dutch microbrew scene needs to check out Proeflokaal Arendsnest. Although the concept is similar to the famous Belgian... ... read full review
1015 BS Amsterdam
M–Th, Su 4pm–midnight, F–Sa 4pm–2am
Nieuwe Zijds, Amsterdam –
Any serious beer lover who’s ready to forgo the typical Belgian bars and dive into the exceptional Dutch microbrew scene needs to check out Proeflokaal Arendsnest.
Although the concept is similar to the famous Belgian abbeys – that is, there’s a wide selection of flavors, ingredients, and alcohol content, and every beer takes its own individual glass – the big difference is that Proeflokaal Arendsnest only offers Dutch beers.
In fact, patrons rarely even think of Heineken at this place, which offers over 130 beers from more than fifty small Dutch breweries, not to mention a knowledgeable bar staff eager to educate customers on their choices.
The space itself has all the classic markings of a brown bar, from the intimate interior and antique copper taps to the blackboard menus, rusty old beer signs, and dark wood furnishings.
A summer terrace is situated beside the peaceful Herengracht canal, and at night the soft glow from inside illuminates a traditional Dutch pub scene.
The pleasant, welcoming, and even joyful clientele is evenly split between locals, expats, and people just passing through, all gathered at Proeflokaal Arendsnest for the ultimate experience in Dutch beer and specialty liqueurs.
Good mix of Dutch beer lovers, expats, and travelers, 20s to 40s+.
Chatter and the clinking of beer glasses.
Bar snacks include an excellent cheese selection, meatballs, and other savory snacks. Three-beer tasters include a choice of three beers, water, and explanatory notes. Group beer tastings available by reservation.
Bar snacks €2–€10. Beer €3.50, wine €3.50, mixed drinks €6.50, liqueurs €4–€6, three-beer tasters €7.
Weekend nights and late afternoon on weekdays.