Very nice atmospheric little bar. As mentioned reasonably wide selection of mostly Palm products, but a couple of good ones in there and it’s a great place to have a drink. On my visit at least I actually heard a few customers speak Dutch as opposed to Globaltrash English (or indeed Essex English), which was nice.
Cozy, little bar next to the law faculty of the UvA, so expect some boring students in this place. The beer selection consists of a dozen of taps with one of them changing (Struise Aestatis at the moment I think), with mostly (or completely?) PALM beers, among them PALM ongefilterd and Boon Oude Lambiek. Some bottles are there as well, Butcher’s Tears among others right now. So all in all quite okay, not really spectacular but still nice. What I like about this place is its atmosphere, so close to the centre, located at a beautiful, small canal but very calm overall. Prices are quite fair and the staff is really friendly and knows his beers. I haven’t tried the food but it looked rather nice, which you wouldn’t really expect here. Nice for at least a quick beer!
Pleasant old pub within the central area of Amsterdam but slightly off the beaten track, although it is very close to the Red Light area. It has the bonus of being one of the first pubs to open in the day, so is a good place for an early sharpener. It has a live in feel, wood panels and old pictures in a light that takes some getting used to when it is bright outside. We like to get our beer and take it outside on the canal side patio, although some benches feel unsteady and a plunge into the murky waters is always a worry. There is a decent beer selection of well chosen additions to the Palm range. Always worth visiting.
beers come from Belgian Brewery Palm
including draught unfiltered,plus beers from Boon
wooden floors welcoming atmosphere and pleasant staff which can be a rarity in the dam make this a must not miss for beer nuts
(Visited July 2013) Nice and charming beer café quite centrally located a couple of blocks away from the red lights. The bar is a stair up from the street/canal level and the place has a rustic charm with lots of brown wood and nice views over the canal. Additional seating outside by the water. Swift and friendly service. The atmosphere was calm and laid back on my visit. Beer selection is mainly Palm beers, with Rodenbach and unfiltered Palm as the highlights. Didn’t try the food, but it looked really nice. Well worth a visit, since it’s no real detour.
Old beaten up but charming pub. Beer list is pretty boring and does not propose very few Dutch beers (if any) with mostly a nothing-special belgium selection. On taps they had the likes of Steenbrugge and some other “meh” Belgium beers. I didn’t bother with the bottles. Crowd was your average semi-hippie Amsterdam local. Fun improvised “patio” which is a bunch of disorganized chairs and tables on the next to the canal. I only stopped there because I was on my way to the Bekeerde Suster brewpub (two blocks away) and unlike Bekeerde Suster, Engelbewaarder patio is on the sunny side. Worth a stop for the atmosphere, not for the beer.
The Engelbewaarder (Guardian Angel) is mainly a Palm outlet but it’s known for having unfiltered Palm and Boon lambic on cask. Unfortunately the Boon was off when we visited but the barman was friendly and helpful, offering us a choice of several lambics in bottle.
It’s a relaxed, laid back place, just outside the main touristy area in a more “lived in” part of the city. There are steps from the canalside up to the main room, which is long, narrow and plainly decorated. There’s a raised room at the back for dining and a small patio outside at the front.
(Visited 1 October 2012).
5/2012 Update: downgrading after a bad experience here with extremely untrained staff. Didn’t even know what the boon lambic was and wasn’t sure about anything. Quite disappointing. Still love the ambiance, though.
From 8/2012: This was my go-to spot in Amsterdam. As a fan of the Palm brewery (and not able to find any of their offerings other than regular Palm in NY), I was delighted the first time I ran across this place. Wonderful environment, not overly fancy but not divey either and it never seems to be unmanageably crowded (as EVERY good bar in NY is these days).
There are always children running around and you can seat a big group in the back, or sit in the window overlooking the canal or even outside. The food is wonderful and the staff are quite friendly, even to a non-Dutch speaking semi-lost American all by his lonesome!