The Best Cocktail Bars In Amsterdam

Planning a girls’ night out in Amsterdam? Look no further! Amsterdam is the perfect city to celebrate friendship, fun, and fabulousness with its vibrant nightlife, stylish bars, and unique experiences. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to enjoy a memorable night out with your besties, we’ve got the ultimate guide to make your girls’ night out in Amsterdam unforgettable.

1. Start with a Delicious Dinner

Before diving into the nightlife, kick off your evening with a scrumptious dinner. Amsterdam boasts a plethora of restaurants offering diverse cuisines to suit any palate. For a trendy and tasty option, head to Foodhallen, an indoor food market with a variety of street food vendors. From sushi to gourmet burgers, you’ll find something everyone loves.

For a more intimate dining experience, book a table at Restaurant De Kas, a unique farm-to-table restaurant set in a stunning greenhouse. Their menu changes daily, offering fresh, seasonal dishes.

There is also the Winston (Belushi’s), which offers delicious meals. At 10pm, they move the restaurant tables and the places turns into a party!

2. Pre-Party Cocktails

No girls’ night out is complete without some stylish cocktails. Start your evening with drinks at one of Amsterdam’s best cocktail bars. Tales & Spirits is a cozy yet chic spot renowned for its creative cocktails and excellent service. Make sure to try their signature “Penicillin” cocktail for a refreshing twist.

If you’re looking for a place with a view, head to the SkyLounge Amsterdam at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline while sipping on expertly crafted cocktails. It’s the perfect place to snap some Instagram-worthy photos with your girlfriends.

3. Join the Ultimate Party Pub Crawl

Ready to take your night to the next level? Join the Ultimate Party Pub Crawl for an unforgettable adventure through Amsterdam’s nightlife. Our pub crawl takes you to some of the hottest bars and clubs in the city, with VIP entry, free shots, and drink specials at each venue. Choose our Downtown Amsterdam Pub Crawl experience for a high-energy party time, or our Red Light Pub Crawl experience for a social and fun time. It’s a fantastic way to meet new people, dance the night away, and experience Amsterdam’s nightlife like a local.

4. Dance the Night Away

Amsterdam is home to some of the best nightclubs in Europe, and no girls’ night out would be complete without hitting the dance floor. Club AIR is one of the city’s top clubs, known for its state-of-the-art sound system and diverse music genres. From hip-hop to house, there’s something for everyone.

For a more exclusive experience, check out Escape, one of the largest and most popular clubs in Amsterdam. With multiple dance floors and internationally renowned DJs, Escape guarantees a night of non-stop dancing and fun.

5. Late-Night Bites

After hours of dancing, you’ll probably need some late-night fuel. Amsterdam has plenty of late-night eateries to satisfy your cravings. FEBO is a Dutch institution, offering quick and delicious snacks from vending machines. Try the “kroket” or “frikandel” for a true local experience.

If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, visit The Butcher, a burger joint that’s open until the early hours. Their juicy, gourmet burgers are the perfect way to end your night on a high note.

6. Stay Safe and Enjoy

While Amsterdam is generally safe, it’s always wise to take some precautions during your night out. Stick together with your friends, keep an eye on your belongings, and use reliable transportation options like Uber or licensed taxis to get back to your accommodation.

For more tips on staying safe in Amsterdam, check out our blog post Is Amsterdam Safe?.

7. Wrap Up

A girls’ night out in Amsterdam promises a blend of amazing food, fabulous drinks, vibrant nightlife, and unforgettable memories. Follow this guide, and you’re sure to have an epic night with your besties. For more ideas on making the most of your time in Amsterdam, visit our Ultimate Party Amsterdam blog and start planning your next adventure!

Don’t forget to book your Ultimate Party Pub Crawl and get ready for the ultimate girls’ night out in Amsterdam! Cheers to an incredible night!

Fancy treating yourself to a cocktail? Here’s where to go…

Treating yourself to a perfectly mixed drink at an Amsterdam cocktail bar is the perfect way to kick off your holiday in style – you’ve earned it! But if you’re going to enjoy a great cocktail at one of these decadent nightspots, you’ll want to know you’ve gone to the right place. Here, we take you through some of our favourites cocktail spots in the famous Amsterdam nightlife.

Our top 5 Amsterdam Cocktail Bars


Looking for a different way to get high in Amsterdam? The Skybar is the answer. Towering above the city at the luxurious W Hotel, this rooftop bar has unrivalled views over the city and whether you’re inside listening to a jazz pianist or local DJ, or enjoying the sight of the moonlit cityscape from their beautiful balcony, having a cocktail here is difficult to beat. It’s a bit pricey and it’s best to dress to impress but even if you’re just coming in for one, it’s worth it. Find out more on their website, here.

2) DOOR 74

You’ve probably walked past it, without even the faintest idea of what is behind the shabby old street-facing door… There’s no sign on the door, its location is something of a local secret and in order to visit this exclusive drinking hole, you must reserve on the day. With the style of an old-fashioned speakeasy from days gone by and staff dressed to match, this classic cocktail bar has all the elements – great service, incredible drinks and a wonderfully civilised and sophisticated ambience. Esquire magazine the Netherlands have voted Door 74 as the best cocktail bar in the Netherlands and we can understand exactly why – it’s definitely one of our favourites too!


Flying Dutchman Cocktails is located right in the heart of town at Singel 460. One of the (many) reasons why this bar is in our top 5 is their use of great local spirits. Jenever is the national spirit of the Netherlands, having been distilled in the country for centuries. Flying Dutchman makes a number of cocktails based around this classic but much underrated spirit and for those wanting a real taste of Amsterdam, this bar is difficult to beat. You can take a look on their website here for more details!


Hiding in Plain Sight’s website may spout enough hipster nonsense to make you feel like you’ve drank too many of their cocktails and need some air (particularly cringeworthy examples include ‘The thoughts attached to the real desires of the seekers will lead us to them and they to us’ and describing themselves as ‘Occasional Creators of Memorable Evenings’) but the bar itself is actually excellent. Their cocktails have won awards for good reason and, despite the name and pretentious marketing, their bar isn’t hiding too hard – you can find it on Rapenburg 18 in the bar-shaped building.


Although the Waterkant is not a cocktail bar, it is a bar that serves cocktails and it’s so good that we’ll let it sneak onto the list at number 5. This bar is situated under a multi-level carpark in a place that previously was a piss-soaked area most used by local junkies to shoot up. Not sounding too promising? Well, you’re wrong – it’s now one of the city’s best loved bars and following a real effort to clean the area up, has become an Amsterdam hotspot. Their cocktails are pretty good (and well-priced) and although it can be difficult to find a spot on a summer’s day, if you can get a seat facing the water you’ve won the Amsterdam lottery! This is a local favourite and well worth checking out when the sun is shining! Try their Surinamese Roti if you get peckish – although it hails from the South American nation of Suriname, it’s become something of an Amsterdam favourite – and you’ll need to line your stomach as Waterkant don’t mix their drinks in half measures.

Had a couple of cocktails but thirsty for more? Check out our Pub Crawls!