Sunday, 8 April 2018

Avoiding tourist hell in Amsterdam

Mass tourism is making the centre of Amsterdam unbearable. Thankfully (or quite possibly because of it) there are now plenty of beer options. If you want to avoid tourist hell, these are a few suggestions.


On the north side of Ij (the water behind Centraal Station) is Noorderlicht. It has a limited beer menu, but has a great spot on the water. The ferry ride there is pretty cool, too (and free).

Café de Ceuvel isn't far awat. It's another funky sort of place with a few beers. Most of the draughts are from Gulpener, imcluding one brewed specially for the pub. Not made it t othis one yet myself.

A bit of a walk away is the Oedipus brewery and taproom. It was one of the early new wave of Amsterdam breweries. It's supposed to be quite nice, though I've not personally visited it.


Butcher's Tears is a small brewery with a taproom a couple of miles out of the city centre, at the end of one of the strangest streets in the city. They've brewed a few of my recipes. Oh, it's also dead cheap for Amsterdam, with some beer under three Euros.

In the Rivierenbuurt you've got Goos and Tap Zuid vitually next door ro each other. Both offer a good range of Amsterdam beers.

Not far away in De Pijp is Dopey's Elixir, which was my first local when I moved to Amsterdam. They expanded the beer selection a few years back.

Troost has three brewpubs, one in De Pijp, one in the Westergasfabriek and one in the East. Their own beers can be a bit uninspiring, but they often have beers that they've contract brewed for others on tap.


Poesiat & Kater is a brewery and taproom, also in the East. They have two lines of beer, one old Dutch styles, the other modern stuff. The former are called Van Vollenhoven, named after a brewery which closed in the 1940's. It's another brewery that I've made a beer with.

Biertuin is a bar opposite Oosterpark which offers a selection of Amsterdam beers.

Joost is another place in the East specialising in Amsterdam beer.

Right out at the end of the 14 tram, hidden in park there's 't Nieuwe Diep, a pub and distillery that also sells Czzech beer. It's in a lovely spot.

Bar Kauffmann, not far from where I used to live offers a combination of falaffel and beer. Not been yet, but it sounds an interesting combination.

This part of Amsterdam is rapidly gentrifying. A good example is Bar Frits, a small bar on the corner of Mercatorplein that offers craft beer and pretty nice hamburgers.

On the banks of the mighty Schinkel is Café Kostverloren, which has acouple of dozen different beers. There's an obvious ABInbev tie, but there are some interesting beers. Not been in myself.

City Centre

If you must drink in the centre, Proeflokaal 't Kelkje is just off the tourist hellhole, but surprisingly peaceful. It's owned by the same people as Nieuwe Diep and has their jenevers and Franconian beer.

Close to Centraal Station, but surprisingly unspoilt, is De Ooievaar. A few decent beers, some good jenever and just a brilliant, tiny pub. Probably my favourite pub in the city centre.

Just around the corner is another jenever bar, In de Olofspoort. It's stunningly beaitiful: like sitting in a Vermeer painting. The beer choice is pretty limited, but they have an ecxcellent range of jenevers.

Nearby is eccentric brewery De Prael. The beers can be a bit hit and miss, but it's cheap and quirky.

NDSM-Plein 102,
1033 WB Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 492 2770

Café de Ceuvel
Korte Papaverweg 4,
1032 KB Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 229 6210

Oedipus Brewing
Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85,
1021 KP Amsterdam.

GOOS eten & drinken
Maasstraat 74,
1078 HL Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 679 3443

Tap Zuid
Maasstraat 70,
1078 HL Amsterdam
Tel: 020 205 2002

Dopey's Elixer
Lutmastraat 49,
1072 JP Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 671 6946

Brouwerij Troost (De Pijp)
Cornelis Troostplein 21,
1072 JJ Amsterdam
Tel: 020 760 5820

Brouwerij Troost Westergas
Pazzanistraat 25-27
1014 DB Amsterdam
Tel: 020 737 10 28

Brouwerij Troost Oost
Land van Cocagneplein 1A
1093 NB Amsterdam
Bel: 020 760 5821

Poesiat & Kater
Polderweg 648,
1093 Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 333 1050

The Bier Tuin
Linnaeusstraat 29,
1093 EE Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 665 0956

Bar Joost
Molukkenstraat 33,
1095 AT Amsterdam.
Tel: 06 43748787

Proeflokaal 't Nieuwe Diep
Flevopark 13a,
1095 KE Amsterdam.
Tel: 06 27076065

Kauffmann - Falafel & Beer
Reinier Claeszenstraat 4b,
1056 WJ Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 846 1606

Bar Frits
Jan Evertsenstraat 135,
1057 BV Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 233 9796

Café Kostverloren
Tweede Kostverlorenkade 70,
1053 SB Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 820 3161

Proeflokaal 't Kelkje
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 164A,
1012 DW Amsterdam.
Tel: 06 25378104

Proeflokaal de Ooievaar
Sint Olofspoort 1,
1012 AJ Amsterdam.
Tel: 06 31586941

In de Olofspoort
Nieuwebrugsteeg 13,
1012 AG Amsterdam
Tel: 020 624 3918

De Prael
Oudezijds Armsteeg 26,
1012 GP Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 408 4469


Anonymous said...

What is that furnace looking thing in the first photo?

Raoul Duke said...

Cheers Ron!!

Ron Pattinson said...


it's a heating stove. Impressive, isn't it?

A Brew Rat said...

Nice! I will have to try to make it back.

I guess this means Arendsnest is now part of the tourist hell hole. :(

Unknown said...

We stumbled upon Cafe Westerdok last June and spent a very enjoyable evening there. Have you visited there?

David said...

Notice that In de Wildeman is not in the list. Too touristy or no longer recommended for other reasons?

Ron Pattinson said...

Jerry Michell,

yes, but quite a while ago.

Ron Pattinson said...


this isn't meant to be a complete list. Mostly new places outside the centre, with a couple of suggestions in the centre. There's no negative implication for places that aren't included.