TGIF! Time for a proper pint. Classic Dutch bars are the place to be for the traditional vrijdagmiddagborrel. A Friday afternoon drinking session after a week of working hard. Where to go for Dutch beers and bitterballen?
Brouwerij De Prael – Beers Named after Famous Singers
This brewery is located in the heart of the Red Light District, in one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam. Between Central Station and the Old Church. The great thing, they brew their own beer and name them after famous Amsterdam singers like Johnny Jordaan. What’s their unique selling point? The staff. People facing challenges in the job market work in De Prael. Remarkable! Besides brewing their own tasteful beer and creating jobs, they serve decent pub food. You can also admire their own brewing facilities.
Address: Oudezijds Armsteeg 26.
Arendsnest – Great Beer Selection
Hi there, beer lovers! If you think Belgian beers are the best in the world, try the Dutch ones. Adelaarsnest serves over hundred types of quality beer. Strictly produced by breweries in the Netherlands. Enjoy drafts and bottled beers. My favourites? ‘De 7 Deugden’ beers, brewed in Amsterdam. Try the one with herbs and spices. When the sun is out, sit outside. Mind you, they only serve snacks. Adelaarsnest also offers tasting sessions for groups.
Proeflokaal Arendsnest, Herengracht 90, Amsterdam.
Café Ruk & Pluk – Ultimate Dutch Experience
Strolling around in the east part of Amsterdam? And ready for the ultimate Dutch bar experience? Have a beer in Cafe Ruk & Pluk near Oosterpark. Visit this classic Amsterdam bar because:
- of the name of the place (ask for the story when ordering a beer),
- they serve cheap drinks,
- the bartender is as old as the hills,
- it’s full of laid-back locals with thick Amsterdam accents,
- of the weirdest decor you’ve ever seen,
- they play Andre Hazes songs – all night long!
Address: Linnaeusstraat 48
Eddy Bar – No Words
Words cannot describe the atmosphere in Eddy Bar. It’s as Dutch as they come. This is what you get: Andre Hazes music, welcoming locals, cheap beer, a jukebox, pool table, sixties decoration. And, if you’re lucky, a polonaise. That’s all you need, right? You’ll find Eddy Bar in De Pijp area, between Albert Cuyp Market and Heineken Experience. Although this area has changed into ‘hipster heaven’, this traditional bar is still the place to party like a local
Now you know where to go for a proper Dutch, Friday afternoon/evening session. So grab a few beers, some bitterballs and learn to sing along some Andre Hazes songs. Thank god it’s Friday! Proost!