Small and cramped but go in the early to mid-afternoon and you’ll find space. Walk by at night and expect a large crowd spilling out into the street. Beer selection is decent enough, ’t Ij Vlo on tap plus a few other good bottled Dutch beers. I was able to find a few new things and I’ve been to a lot of bars across the Netherlands. I struggle more in Belgium! Recommended while trekking around Amsterdam during the day.
This tiny bar is just off a main shopping street and always seemed to be busy – but it wouldn’t take many people to make it crowded. It’s dark and cramped inside, with very low amber and red lighting and the mirrored back of the bar area doesn’t help make it seem any more spacious or bright. There are two benches outside in the alleyway, presumably for smokers although I noticed that people were smoking inside – surely a fire hazard! There’s what looks like a cross between a ladder and a narrow staircase leading upstairs to the toilets. There was a small choice of mainly Belgian beers on draught. Nothing to write home about but OK for a break when out shopping or negotiating the tourist crowds if you really can’t walk the short distance further to the Wildeman.
Great place. A few benches out front. Inside is small on the first floor, a couple of booths, four stools at the small bar. Modern piano jazz playing. Eight taps, 20 bottles or so. Nice bartender. Dim lighting, some candles. No really exciting beers but likely something new for most people. Tops for atmosphere, above average for selection.
Again, a very central location for this small, comfortable Cafe with more tourists than locals. Efficient and friendly, apparently knowledgeable service, but the selection includes mostly rather standard Belgian beers. The draught list is solid enough, but not comparable to the Wildeman and Arendsnest. This would be pretty solid in a town that does not have such strong alternatives.
Small bar with some seating. 8 beers on tap with a small bottle list. It was pretty busy every time we walked past, it was next to our hotel. Only stopped 1 time during our visit it Amsterdam. Not sure this would be a regular place that I would frequent.
chriso (528) London, England | May 9, 2011| Updated September 6, 2012
Just off the main pedestrian shoping drag. Close to Dam Square (and In DeWildeman). Tiny but convivial. Dark and woody. Lots of brewery memorabilia over the walls. About 40 beers, mainly Belgian plus a few from Ij. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary. Opens at 1400. If you are pushed for time there’s not really any pressing reason to visit here with Wildeman so close but I rather liked the place and found myself popping in a few times during my week long stay in Amsterdam.
One of the few small cramped bar experiences that I enjoyed. However, it was too hot inside (in February), so I sat outside and had my nose assaulted by lots of pungent weed instead. Fairly competent beer list, seemed like more than 30, and friendly service.
Small pub in one of many Amsterdam small alleys. The pub can probably only accommodate 25 people inside so during busy days most of the drinking takes place sitting on a few chairs outside and mostly standing up in the street. The interior is a dark devilish type of mini-gothic bad. The place has a loyal crowd and seems to always be packed, I’ve been there three times and was never able to sit inside. It’s alright, drinking on the street is fun. There are many beer bars in Amsterdam that offer a good selection of Belgian beers. Actually there are just is probably more beer bars specialized in Belgian beers in Amsterdam than there is beer bars specialized in Dutch beers. I didn’t find the selection superior at Café Belgique but Café Belgique was by far my favourite because of the crowd and atmosphere. Café Belgique crowd seems to be the wildest Amsterdam pot smoking party animals in town, but always super friendly. The experienced beer hunter won’t find anything new in their large beer list, but Café Belgique is just a great place to hang-out for people who like me are a bit on the left-side of things.