Party Earth Review Amsterdam’s only Australian pub and a haven for sports fans, Coco’s Outback boasts seventeen flat-screen TVs and two big screens that show any number of games from five or so different sports channels. The décor is classic Aussie pub with the requisite rustic furnishings, stuffed game mounted on rugged walls, and typical ... more
Party Earth Review Set under a classic, centuries-old Dutch windmill, the Brouwerij 't Ij is a Belgian-style craft beer brewery that has been serving suds enthusiasts a freshly-tapped assortment of rich, micro-brewed beers since 1985. Just taking one step inside the door is enough to understand that it’s not just a simple windmill, but a ... more
Party Earth Review Perfectly situated on the river Amstel just around the corner from Rembrandtplein, Mulligan's is a typical Irish pub with plenty of Guinness on tap, large TVs to keep the sports fans happy, and pictures of the green countryside of Ireland to keep the expats from feeling homesick. A large smoking room in back gives tobacco ... more
Brown Bar / Pub
Party Earth Review Specializing in Belgian beer, Café Belgique is a small brown tavern oozing with rustic charm and filled with colorful characters. Ever since the well-known graffiti crew London Police took a liking to the place years ago, street artists have gathered here regularly to showcase their talents in the bar’s narrow alleyway ... more
Party Earth Review Housed in a spacious 1600s-era building that was once a distillery, In de Wildeman has carried on the structure’s legacy by fashioning itself as a bar dedicated to offering the best beers from Belgium and the Netherlands as well as numerous selections from around the world. Old keg barrels stacked to the ceiling create ... more
Brown Bar / Pub
Party Earth Review Established in 1670, Café Hoppe is a traditional Dutch bar where the city’s intellectuals have gathered for hundreds of years to discuss politics and world affairs. Scholars and highbrows still convene at this quaint pub, but nowadays their heated debates are illuminated by the neon lights of oversized Amstel signs and ... more
For all the pubs that populate Amsterdam’s drinking landscape, it’s the old-school Irish pubs and brown bar/pub hybrids that standout as beloved local watering holes. Catering to a laid back, drink loving clientele, pubs in Amsterdam are an integral part of the city’s nightlife drinking culture.
Drinking in pubs is a timeless tradition no matter which country you’re in, however, the Irish and English take the tradition to whole different levels and seem to set up pubs in every country around the world. No different in Amsterdam where there are plenty of UK-style pubs where patrons can kick back, order frothy beers on tap, watch the football match on TV, and chow down on fish & chips or bangers & mash.
Many of the Amsterdam pubs are also considered to be brown bars, which are 15th and 16th century establishments so named for their dark brown wood and convivial environments.
One thing you’ll never find in the pubs here is any sort of pretention or attitude and the desire for an artisanal cocktail is passed over in favor of a freshly pored Boddingtons. The venues are more about coming together with friends, sharing a pint, maybe drunkenly singing an Irish ballad or two, and celebrating a drinking tradition that dates back hundreds of years.