5 x awesome bars in Amsterdam

Plenty of bars in Amsterdam. But which one do you go to? Whether you're thirsty, trying to find a way to cope with the colder winter months or just because: we've got you covered. From a typically Amsterdams "bruin" cafes to a hip popup place in the North. Below 5 bars we think you should check out while you're at it. And drink one (or two) on us!

1. Bar Bukowski
Amsterdam East - Oosterpark 10

Obviously named after the writer Charles Bukowski, and probably a place he would've loved too as well. This typical neighbourhood bar can be found right next to Oosterpark. Inside the bar you'll find lots of quotes and poetry from the man himself. So get a drink or cocktail and dive into some of his work if you can ;)

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2. Brouwerij ’t IJ
Amsterdam East - Funenkade 7

Bar in a still functioning windmill? Heck yes! Besides the bar Brouwerij 't IJ have their brewery there too. It's probably one of the most interesting places to get a beer, so checking it out. The brewery itself was founded in 1983 and in 2013 they had to build a second brewery to meet the demand for their beers. Nowadays all the beers are brewed at their second location, but for the tasting room the beers are brewed at the original brewery. Besides the tasting room, you can do guided tours in the brewery too!

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3. Café Hoppe
Amsterdam City Center - Spui 18-20

One of the oldest brown cafés in Amsterdam! Café Hoppe opened its doors in 1670 and was a jenever distillery back then. Now it's a popular place for locals and tourists alike. Whether you want to go for a cup of coffee and watching people pass by on the always busy Spui Square or stay until late and the night (and beers) pass by. Hoppe is the perfect place for that. Make sure you'll try a typical dutch tradition by ordering a Kopstoot - a beer and a shot of jenever. It's what the locals do.

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4. Hiding in Plain Sight
Red Light District - Rapenburg 18

It does sound cheesy, but Hiding in Plain Sight is kind of hidden in plain sight. At the corners of Old Town, so fair enough from all the busy crowds of tourists, but also not too far away from civilization. You can basically walk there from Nieuwmarkt for example, which is a very touristic place. They're famous for their cocktails and laid back setting. So check out that vibe and get one of their cocktail specials. 

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5. Pllek 
Amsterdam North - T.T. Neveritaweg 59

Restaurant, bar, conference room, beach, stage, fireplace - this place got it all. Located in the upcoming and hip North of Amsterdam. To be more precisely: on the NDSM Wharf where artsy, creative and entrepreneurs settled to offer you an unique experience. Pllek is definitely an experience you won't find anywhere else in the city. Go for their nightly campfires at their beach or for the best vegan lunch during the day.

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