Netherlands > Amsterdam
Beer Available At Proeflokaal Arendsnest (arranged by most recent)
’t IJ Zatte 87, Volendam Zeebonck 69, Emelisse White Label Imperial Russian Stout (Ardbeg BA) 99, Jopen / Kees! Imperial Pilsner 40, Volendam Volen Lauw Met De Pook 41, De Molen Amarillo 99, Emelisse TIPA 95, Jopen Gerstebier 46, Pampus Bombarde 67, Oldskool Pilgrim Hopfen Weisse 69, Volendam Øster 84, Ramses Bier Koele Kikker , Volendam Paling Brett , Oersoep / Beermoth Canta Lupulus 66, De Molen Gelovige Thomas "Back to School" 97, De Molen / Anchorage Mud & Funk 95, Stapzwan Porter , Oldskool Altskool , Van Moll Pastorale 54, Breugem & Walsh Grey / White
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Utopia (22) Rome, Italy | May 13, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The best pub in Amsterdam with it’s selection of over 30 craft dutch beers. ( De Molen, Texel and much more)
Leighton (676) London, England | April 25, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great bar. The beer selection is without peer in Amsterdam, and most of this selection is on draft. The bar itself is beautiful, tastefully decorated, located right on a canal, plenty of hardwood - stunning. Prices are fair. My only complaints are that 1) we waited about 10-15 minutes to get the cheese plate we ordered, by which time my two companions and I were basically done with our beers; and 2) even after requesting our bill we still had to go to the bar to pay. (Maybe the waiter would have brought it, but after 10 minutes we decided to take action.) These shortcomings are somewhat ubiquitous in Amsterdam, though, so ’t Arendsnest really isn’t too different in this regard. Bottom line: visit here. The beer is good and the setting is great.
Boudicca (840) London, England | April 22, 2011| Updated October 12, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
I was going to Amsterdam for a conference at the beginning of April so we decided to extend the trip and make a short holiday of it. We stayed in the excellent Hotel Singel (on the Singel canal, one of the innermost rings) and I was thrilled to find that ‘t Arendsnest was our “local”, just minutes away on Herengracht, the next canal along. It became just that – our local for the visit, and we became regulars. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and very friendly and the real locals were friendly too, as were the more itinerant customers. We weren’t surprised when we bumped into Ken with a couple of his colleagues, as we knew he was working in Amsterdam, but one evening we also found ourselves sitting next to Claus from Sogaard’s brewery in Aarhus, whom we’d met before, and – another day - Paul and Sandra, who we know from Belgian beer gatherings. So it’s obviously the place to be!
The reason is clear – the bar is situated centrally, but in a quieter area of the centre by a lovely canal, and it serves only Dutch beers, all carefully chosen so there’s no Heineken or whatever else is the Dutch equivalent of Budweiser and Miller Light. There are 30 beers on tap at any one time, a full selection of De Molen beers (some on tap, most in bottle) and a range of other bottled beers. All this choice was a bit daunting at first but I soon found a favourite for when I couldn’t make a new choice – Mikkie’s beer, a very nice IPA brewed to celebrate the birth of the owner’s daughter.
The bar itself isn’t large but it’s comfortable and stylish in a traditional sort of way, with a few polished wood tables as well as seats at the bar. We always found somewhere to sit, even at busy times. Food is limited to snacks but the cheese is to be recommended. It comes from a local shop and is also Dutch. The cheese with ginger rates amongst some of the best cheeses I’ve ever tasted.
Incidentally, the delightful Thomas, one of the barmen, was up for a national award whilst we were there – I hope he wins. He deserves it!
Update: Thomas came a close 2nd; Mikkie’s beer no longer available. Nothing new to say except that we were given the wrong bill yet again – a minor gripe but a common issue last time too.
(Last visited 29/9/13).
BriSava (78) , Japan | April 18, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic selection of Dutch beers !
Very nice place - but it was crowded either time I went.
Labove (57) Rome, Italy | April 14, 2011| Updated October 2, 2011
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Il miglior bar di Amsterdam! Selezione completa, grande competenza e spillatura impeccabile! Un luogo d’eccellenza dove ogni cosa è fatta a modo giusto.
chriso (446) London, England | April 11, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited several times over 10 days in March/April 2011. The perfect place to drink Dutch beer in Amsterdam. 30 taps and around 15 "special" bottles, all from the Netherlands, listed on the boards. Another 100 or so on the "regular" printed list - which I only had to resort to a couple of times towards the end of the visit. All from smaller Dutch breweries. Turnover is not as quick as at British specialist beer pubs, with 2 or 3 beers changing each day. A very friendly place where it’s easy to get chatting to fellow beer enthusiasts. You’re going to run into pretty much anyone in town with an interest in beer here - I bumped into a couple of friends from England who I didn’t even know were in Amsterdam, the owner of Sogaards Brewery in Denmark and sundry assorted beer fans from the Netherlands and Worldwide. There’s usually room to find a table or a seat at the bar, even at busy times. Service is extremely knowledgeable - the staff are all obvious beer enthusiasts themselves. Food is (good) cheese and meat snacks only. If I have a criticism of this place it’s that that it can seem a little understaffed at busy times, so there can be a wait to get served. But, overall, a great place and a great concept - a shining example in a city where too many of the bars seem content to settle for mainstream Dutch beers and run of the mill Belgians.
nate2g (777) Boomtown!, Australia | March 22, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Love it. Fantastic location overlooking the canal in a quiet area moments away from the bustle of central Dam. On a lazy and warm afternoon...perfect. The local Dutch brews are what we came for and what a fine selection indeed! Add to that the wonderfully inviting staff and friendly regulars and it feels like a second home. Every city should have a pub like this.
beernoevil (51) Suwanee, Georgia | March 21, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
My favorite Amsterdam pub over their sister pub, Beer Temple, and In De Wildeman. Phenomenal selection, especially Dutch beers. I had no idea there were so many good Dutch beers!
SudsMcDuff (183) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | February 21, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
If i could buy/rent the space above this place.. i would.. a great beer bar .. . only dutch goodness in here.. cool bartender, informative and friendly .. selection is quite impressive, a few bottles were sold out but you can always find a good substitute .. a bit of a walk from the center of town but worth it .. . A world class establishment indeed!
madmitch76 (146) , England | February 16, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Based on 3 visits in February 2011. Great out of the way little place in a quiet part of Amsterdam. You can still see a few red lights over the canal mind! Love that this place is all Dutch beer, proudly celebrating a somewhat overlooked brewing scene. Great selection on tap and a fantastic selection of bottles. The only complaint being that most of the bottles are nigh on impossible to see unless you lean right over the bar! Service (when Thomas was on) is very good - this man knows his beer! At other times the service was a tad slow. Prices are highish but probably not that bad if your wages are paid in artificially propped up Euros - grrrr! Beers on tap were in great condition and the dozen or more bottles we tried very good with just a 2008 SNAB Czelenbock from the vintage fridge being past it’s best. If in Amsterdam I think this should be your No 1 destination!
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