Amsterdam Cocktail Bars Overview

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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.

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