Whiskycafé L&B

Brown Bar / Whiskey Bar
Whiskycafé L&B 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... Amsterdam Holland 52.3627551 4.8854023
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Whiskycafé L&B - Brown Bar | Whiskey Bar in Amsterdam.
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 8pm–3am, F–Sa 8pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Whiskycafé L&B Review

The Scene

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...

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 bottles line the walls, hang from the ceiling, and overflow from the few glass cupboards squeezed into the small bar. The menu includes a dozen pages of its signature libation compiled by region or theme, and the vibe is straight out of the Cary Grant era, when after-work drinkers favored singles or doubles on the rocks.

Maybe it’s the whiskey boxes posing as books on the shelves, but the scene seems more attuned to the philosophical type who enjoys sipping Blue Label rather than downing Daniels (though both are offered).

The thick menus and large drinks lists scrawled on the walls can be a little overwhelming, but the bartenders are very friendly and can offer helpful advice in picking the proper poison – though they’re known to scowl upon newbies who ask for ice cubes if their drink of choice wasn't meant to be watered down.

The setting at the bar is also very social and naturally encourages a flow of small talk that travels from the people at the bar to those at the tables to the milling wallflowers.

Patrons pour outside and fill the benches on weekends, when beer lovers from the surrounding Leidseplein bars tend to crowd in and displace the weekday “intellectuals.”

Nonetheless, it doesn’t take a genius to realize Whiskycafé L&B is probably the best bar in town to grab a little scotch-infused R&R.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you want to stray from the norm, the place has an entire glass case of blended and single malt Japanese whiskeys you can try. Order some freshly fried bitterballen and spark your palate with a recommendation from the bartender.

  • Crowd

    Business types and locals, 20s to 30s, and more mature whiskey connoisseurs.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Smoky jazz tunes from the likes of Nina Simone and Norah Jones to raw classic rock from Cream, Lou Reed, and Bob Dylan. Whiskey tastings.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Warm bread with krauter butter, cheese cubes and smoked sausage served on wooden cutting boards.

  • Prices

    Beer €2.50–€3, wine €3, whiskey €30+/glass for finest brands or €4–€7/glass for common brands.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekends are lively, but the crush of Leidseplein pre-partiers makes it hard to squeeze into the bar before 11pm. Weekdays offer a more relaxed, breathable environment.

  • Close By

    Next door is Spout, a Belgian bar offering over 100 beers and a pleasing track list of music.

Whiskycafé L&B User Reviews

Average rating:
A paradise for whiskey lovers
Claudia F. May 30, 2013
If you are looking for a place to spend a relaxed evening tasting the best whiskey species of whiskey i the world, that's the right place for you. You walk in a small dark bar, with blackboards all over the wall, filled with names of whiskey. There are not so many tables, but what amsterdam taught me is that the better place to sit is next to the bar, all the staff is very friendly and able recommend the best choice for your taste in a unique atmosphere.
Just got back from here
Kevin J. Jan 13, 2013
Took a 20 day trip to Amsterdam and spent a few of them at Whiskycafe. Just a cool place where we met a lot of locals. For hotels we stayed at NH Musica which we found on the hotelsunder100 website Amsterdam page: http://www.besthotelsunder100.com/amsterdam-hotels-under-100/ If you're visiting Amsterdam this is a place to spend some time. Kevin
unique bar experience!
Amy F. Jan 8, 2013
Such a cool bar! Hundreds of whisky bottles that line the wall and the atmosphere is relaxed, close and cozy. The bartenders are really knowledgable and can give you lots of good recommendations. This is the bar where I discovered Japanese whiskey, yum. Good place to go with a friend to hang and have some good convo. Definitely a must to check out!
What an Experience
Colin J. Dec 12, 2012
I never really used to be able to drink whiskey, or most spirits. I think because when I was a teenager I drunk all the spirits in the house and was sick for days. But since I am getting older, my tastes have changed. I now really love the fiery aroma and taste of whiskey. A friend took me here and we sampled 3 different whiskeys, each one had it's own different burn and after taste. They were fantastic. You feel like you are immersed in a whiskey bottle with all the bottles up as decorations everywhere. A very great experience to come here and take in the very chilled vibe. Coincidentally, after this whiskey bar we went to the wine bar, and it was a very good combination.
Got me my PartyEarth job
Amster M. Dec 12, 2012
Once of the first places I fell in love with when I moved to Amsterdam. It was the review I wrote about this place that got me my first PartyEarth job actually! So yes, I love it here. I never drank whiskey, or even liked it, until I came here. It's charm and polite staff won me over in a heartbeat. My tip is that it can get crowded here after 10pm, so stop by earlier in the night and either secure your spot or use it as a warmup place. It's quiet and laid back here, so don't you dare show up with a rowdy crowd or a group of loud Americans. And order whiskey, don't come here and get a beer.
Badass blends
Roy S. Dec 11, 2012
This place is awesome! Dark and stocked to the ceiling with every whiskey you could think of- paradise! There’s a long bar in the middle and a few seats round the outside where you can sit and look at the many empty whiskey boxes that line the walls. You have the option to buy individual whiskeys from the extensive menu or a ‘taster menu’ giving you the option to try a selection of whiskeys from Scotland, the US or Japan etc. Whiskeys can be served straight up, with ice or with a pipette to add precise amounts of water and the barman there seemed pretty happy with us drinking whiskey in the way we wished- not scoffing at us because we dared to ask for a cube of ice! For the non-whiskey drinkers there’s a few beers on tap and a limited selection of other drinks.
Whisky heaven
Stéphanie T. Dec 3, 2012
After getting super sick after a whiskey hangover almost 15 years ago, I still wouldn’t drink a sip of it. However, I am always happy to tag along with my whiskey loving friends when they are in the mood for some serious stuff at the WhiskyCafé L&B. The whiskey menu is almost overwhelming because there is so much choice. Quality choice. Bartenders are always happy to give some advice to help you choose. The setting of the bar is also prone to make you want to chat with your friends or neighbors at the bar. The music, jazz or rock, is the icing on the cake, puts the bar together and makes the WhiskyCafé an amazing place
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