The Best Cocktail Bars In Amsterdam

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.

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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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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.

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