't Loosje

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't Loosje Built in the early 1900s, 't Loosje's building was originally the site of a waiting room for folks looking to snag a seat on the city's early horse-drawn tram. Amsterdam Holland 52.3723824 4.8995794
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't Loosje - Brown Bar | Café in Amsterdam.
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Party Earth Review Built in the early 1900s, ‘t Loosje’s building was originally the site of a waiting room for folks looking to snag a seat on the city’s early horse-drawn tram. Nowadays, however, it’s a great spot for people-watching and... ... read full review

  • Phone:

    020 6272635

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 9:30am–1am, F–Sa 9:30am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth 't Loosje Review

The Scene

Built in the early 1900s, 't Loosje's building was originally the site of a waiting room for folks looking to snag a seat on the city's early horse-drawn tram.

Built in the early 1900s, ‘t Loosje’s building was originally the site of a waiting room for folks looking to snag a seat on the city’s early horse-drawn tram. Nowadays, however, it’s a great spot for people-watching and a popular haunt for mellow professionals and artsy types in the mood for one of the bar’s many tap beers.

The outdoor seating makes a great perch for experiencing the nonstop bustle of Nieuwmarkt Square both day and night – a possibility even in winter when the awning and outdoor heating system keep this corner café nice and cozy.

More spacious than most of the surrounding brown bars, the relatively inexpensive venue nonetheless exudes warmth and character, both of which are reflected in the dark wood fixtures, soft lighting, and mosaics of 16th-century Holland.

The clientele is mostly a mix of regulars, fresh-faced Dutch professionals, and English-speaking expats, with a younger crowd stopping in later in the week.

While the bar is totally packed on the weekends, weekdays offer a low-key vibe and a bit of old-fashioned Dutch charm perfect for chatting with the regulars over pints of locally-brewed beer.

And maybe the greatest thing about ‘t Loosje? No more horse poop to worry about.

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Tip from Jonah:

This is the bar to go to if you want to experience an authentic atmosphere and the warmth of the Dutch people. The beer is cheap and they have a very good selection of Belgian and local brews, plus a decent wine list for a brown bar.

  • Crowd

    Relaxed, mostly 20s and 30s, though all ages can be found here.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Bartender’s choice often includes funk hits, radio techno, and pop rock.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    After 4pm, the bar serves typical “borrel” snacks including meats, cheeses, and tostis.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks €4.50–€6.50. Beer €2–€4.50, wine €3, prosecco €4.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to neat casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    The bar gets packed on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 11pm. Go earlier in the week for a more neighborly atmosphere.

't Loosje User Reviews

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<3 Loosje
Amster M. Dec 12, 2012
There are about 20 bars you could walk into at Nieuwemarkt, but I chose this one for a few reasons. First, it doesn't try to be different, it just is. The look, the spacious layout, everything. I just don't get a touristy vibe here like I do at some of its competitors. Plus their cat is adorable, I fell for him/her the first time I walked in, and it always comes to my table... literally on the table... and snoozes for a little bit. They have a strong but small drink selection (go for the beer and wine), and the outdoor heaters make it perfect to still hang outside even when the weather turns. Good place to people watch, too.
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