There are plenty of bars and cafes in Amsterdam, and it is tough getting around Amsterdam bars without some sort of Amsterdam travel guide. Here is a quick and rough idea of where you should go. The establishments listed are currently the most well known in Amsterdam. Discover the Amsterdam night.
A brown bar or a brown café is a place that will serve alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks until after midnight. They are not like coffeeshops, as they are places where you can buy coffee and can legally buy and use soft drugs.
Getting around Amsterdam safely
You will find that getting around Amsterdam is not difficult because the public transport is pretty good, but you should plan the establishments you wish to visit so you have a route you can follow.
If you are going to partake of soft drugs and alcohol, then you need to plan your route so that the last place you go is the closest to your hotel. Plan your route, and you make your journey back to the hotel a lot safer, quicker and cheaper.
Café Hoppe is a brown bar for people looking for a pub with no thrills.
Bluebird is a coffeeshop.
De Dokter is a brown bar that claims to be the smallest in Amsterdam.
Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina is a club for people looking for a live music venue.
Wynand Fockink is a tasting house where you can buy samples of different liqueurs.
Grey Area is a coffeeshop that is great to visit when you are getting around Amsterdam.
Skek is a brown bar is a café for people looking for a live music venue.
Sugar Factory is a club for people looking for a live music venue.
Café of the Minds is a bar for people looking for a late night café.
Ot301 is a club for people looking for a culture and a restaurant.
Odeon is a club for people looking for a lounge that has numerous entertainment uses.
Café de ii Prinsen is a brown bar.
Café Sound Garden is a bar for people looking for a café and a live music venue.
Kriterion is a bar for people looking for a café and a bit of theater.
Bimhuis is a concert venue for people looking for a jazz club.
Kamer 401 is a pub/club for younger drinkers.
Bitterzoet is a bar for people looking for a club and music venue.
Canvas op de 7e is an art gallery for people looking for a culture, art, a club and a restaurant.
Brouwerij ‘t IJ is a beer pub located under a windmill, but is only open until 8pm.
t’ Smalle is a brown café with a split level feature for people wanting a drink in a popular café.
Trouw is a club for people looking for a club with a restaurant.
Café Chris is a brown café with a friendly feel.
Bo Cinq is currently trendy, but will have probably changed its name by the time you get there. It is very difficult to get into on a weekend, and you may have trouble getting past the bouncers.