Drink Local – Best Amsterdam Beers

Amsterdam’s nightlife is as diverse as the city itself, offering everything from vibrant clubs to cozy bars where the party never stops. Whether you’re a solo traveler, part of a group, or simply looking to experience the best of what Amsterdam has to offer after dark, we’ve got you covered. Ultimate Party Amsterdam presents our curated list of the top 5 must-visit bars in the city, each with its unique charm and appeal. From lively DJ sets to cozy corners perfect for a chat, these spots are where unforgettable nights begin.

1. St Christopher's at The Winston (Belushi's)

St Christopher’s at The Winston, also known as Belushi’s, is more than just a hostel; it’s a vibrant bar and restaurant where the atmosphere ramps up as the night progresses. With a DJ spinning tracks that keep the energy high, Belushi’s offers a lively and international vibe perfect for starting your night. It’s a place where travelers and locals mingle, making it an ideal spot for solo visitors looking to make new friends.

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2. Red Light Bar

Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District, the Red Light Bar offers three floors of entertainment. Shoot some pool on the first floor, relax in the seating area on the second, or dance the night away in the small club on the top floor, which opens its doors for the weekend crowd. The Red Light Bar is a must-visit for those looking to dive deep into the Red Light District’s unique nightlife.

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3. Bar Twenty Two

Bar Twenty Two, nestled in the bustling Leidseplein, is a cozy yet vibrant spot to enjoy a drink. With a DJ setting the mood in the evening and an inviting outdoor area, it’s the perfect place to either start your night or wind down after an evening of exploration. The atmosphere here manages to strike a delightful balance between energetic and relaxed, making it a favorite among both locals and visitors.

Explore our Leidseplein Pub Crawl and include Bar Twenty Two in your Amsterdam nightlife experience.

4. Big Ben Bar

Big Ben Bar is a staple in the Red Light District, known for its sports-centric vibe with plenty of screens displaying football and other games. Beyond sports, the bar boasts music, unique paintings on the walls, and a welcoming atmosphere. It’s a fantastic spot to catch a game, enjoy some tunes, and soak in the local culture.

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5. Cafe De Buurvrouw

Tucked away in a small, hidden street of the Red Light District, Cafe De Buurvrouw offers a cozy escape from the hustle and bustle. Known for its friendly bartenders and intimate setting, this bar is perfect for those looking to enjoy a quiet drink while picking up some insider tips about Amsterdam. It’s small, charming, and epitomizes the warmth of Dutch hospitality.

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The most popular alcoholic drink in the Netherlands is beer – and for good reason.

The Dutch produce some of the world’s most popular beer and the Netherlands is home to some of the best-known global brands. Household names such as Heineken, Amstel and Grolsch are all produced in this small European country and the Netherlands exports a higher proportion of its beer than any other nation on earth.

Around 95% of the beer produced and consumed in the Netherlands is classified as pale lager. This refreshing beer is extremely popular and if one is to simply order a beer in Amsterdam, this is exactly what you would be served. The oldest brewery in the Netherlands still operating today is the Dommelsch Brewery which has been brewing beer continually since 1744!


But there’s more to Dutch Drink than just beer. The country is also known for its spirits. The most well-known and popular within the Netherlands is Jenever (the precursor to gin) which you will see being sipped from tulip shaped glasses in every brown café in the country. Other lesser-known but equally delicious spirits include Dutch brandy (Brandewijn), Vieux (the Dutch version of cognac), Oranjebitter (brandy flavoured with orange, which is particularly popular during King’s Day) and, of course, advocaat (sometimes referred to as egg nog outside of the Netherlands).

Although this may come as a surprise to you (it certainly did to us!), the Netherlands also has a small number of vineyards! Dutch wine production forms a small industry, largely centred around Limburg and Gelderland (two southern provinces). There are a handful dotted around the country, however, the closest to Amsterdam being Amsteltuin (just a stone’s throw south of the city). Exploring the vineyards before enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon!


So, whatever your favourite tipple, it can be found here! Ernest Hemingway once wrote ‘Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares, if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars’ and we’d go one step further – spend a night in its bars drinking what the locals are drinking. Trying new things is one of the joys of travelling and when it comes to local drinks, there’s no exception.


As a general rule, local drinks are significantly cheaper than those from abroad in bars and clubs. Ordering a spirit and mixer in a Dutch bar is not a budget-friendly choice! Stick to beer, wine or domestic spirits and you’ll save a bit of cash.