You have come all the way to Amsterdam – for what? For having the fun of course! No matter you are traveling solo, with a partner or with a group of your friends, there will be a night you will go out and have some drinks. Why not do it in the best way possible by having the best cocktails in Amsterdam? Don’t you know where to drink in Amsterdam? No problem, we have prepared a list for the best cocktail bars in Amsterdam! Have fun and drink carefully – don’t lose yourself with the perfect aromas and delicious blends of cocktails.
Amsterdam is full of historical activities, museum seeing, and delicious Dutch food. All these sightseeing can tire you during the day and at night you would want to a have sip of a good drink and just relax. Either in a cozy or an elegant bar, the cocktails might be your savior. The magical blend of a bitter, sugar and alcohol needs careful preparation by the bartenders. Fortunately, you are in good hands in Amsterdam.
The Tailor is a cocktail bar located inside NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky at Dam Square. Krasnapolsky was tailors who once used to visit this place as a coffeehouse during the 19th century, later he bought the whole place to continue his legacy and now it’s a beautiful hotel with a fancy bar. The cocktail menu is designed according to your taste – tailormade in their own words and each section has a title such as silky, herbal, cotton and cashmere. Consult with your bartender if you still don’t know what to choose. Above all, The Tailor has one of the best female bartenders in the world, once awarded as the best in 2015, Tess Posthumus. You can also try her signature cocktails here.
Address: Dam 9, 1012 JS
Phone: +31 20 554 9111
2. TALES AND SPIRITS
Tales and Spirits are very fun and eclectic cocktail bar in a very central buzzing location. The bar actually has a proper kitchen as well so it is a combined place where you can enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail and head to your meal. Here, the menu is a unique aspect on its own. Each drink has a story to tell and a perfect serving glass– that’ why the name of the bar also says “tales”. It is so fun reading every story that you might have a hard time ordering one. However, in the end, it is sure that you will drink a crafted cocktail with care and yummy snacks with it!
Address: Lijnbaanssteeg 5-7, 1012 TE
Phone: +31 6 55356467
Want to have some with a night out and have amazing cocktails? Of course, you do! Getto is one of the very eccentric and yet friendly stops in the famous Red Light district. The whole theme of the bar is based on drag queens – everywhere. The menu items like dishes, drinks, cocktails are named after a drag queen and they have all of their posters around the bar. The place is very cozy; it even has a resident cat called Elvis – a white, fluffy and super friendly that often comes to say hi to guests. If you check their schedule of the bar, you can also stop by for a drag queen show while sipping one of their special cocktails like Getto Blaster!
Address: Warmoesstraat 51, 1012 HW
Phone: +31 20 421 5151
4. HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
This cozy bar is tucked away in a very nice place in the eastern edge of Amsterdam called Plantage and the place is right across the Montelbaans Tower. The cocktail menu is extensive. The staff is very informative and put a lot of attention to the details and that’s why it is one of the best places to drink a cocktail in Amsterdam. Especially if you are looking for a more intimate ambiance that you want to spend with your friends, this place is perfect. The seating area is quite limited so make sure you book for larger groups on the weekend.
Address: Rapenburg 18, 1011 TX
Phone: +31 6 25293620
It does a day on the name itself – here in this bar they want you to enjoy your time in the best way you can. So grab a cocktail and let them handle the rest of it for you. The ambiance is very classy too. First, you have to ring a bell to go in, so it creates a home-like atmosphere but inside you will see that it is very nice and chill place. The cocktails are presented in a very arts way and you can even get one with a skull glass –yikes! They also offer a snack menu along with drinks. Enjoy your drink in a fancier way – why not?
Address: Korte Leidsedwarststraat 93 , 1017 PX
Phone: +31 20 362 0335
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Labyrinth is not a regular cocktail bar. Here every night there is a different activity, the most famous known they have poetry night which attracts a big crowd. They also have jazz days, open mic days and many others which you should check online for their weekly schedule. The famous bartender Sam is a favorite of locals whom everybody swears by the taste of cocktails he makes. Along with great cocktails, you can get some nibbles here, they have soul food-themed dishes! If you are interested in a different and artsy night with a drink, Labyrinth is a place you should come.
Address: Amstelveenseweg 53 , 1075 VT Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 845 0972
7. SKYY BAR
Skyy Bar is located on the 10th floor of WestCord Fashion Hotel in Amsterdam. This amazing bar allows you to have a great panoramic view that you can watch while you are having a drink. The decorations remind you 90’s as there many dark and powerful colors around like neon blue and purple along with black colored human sculptures scattered around. The best part of the bar with a delicious cocktail is that you have a fancy culinary bite menu here which you can enjoy international dishes from Asia, Europe, and Eastern cuisines.
Address: Hendrikje Stoffelsstraat 1, 1058 GC
Phone: +31 20 810 0800
8. VESPER BAR
Vesper Bar is one of those places which elevate your taste range. You will drink here the gourmet drinks and can have a long chat about the balance of your cocktail with the bartenders. The staff is very passionate about what they do and they do it while caring about the environment. They try to source local and the fresh ingredients for the cocktails. They don’t even use plastic straws – an applause for that! The bar is very small which creates a great speakeasy atmosphere. Try one of their gin-based cocktails since they have a very good selection of gins there. They offer classics as well as very carefully made twist on those cocktails – a bar not to miss in Amsterdam.
Address: Vinkenstraat 57, 1013 JM
Skylounge is an award-winning rooftop bar which is situated on the 11th floor of Double Tree Hilton Hotel and it has a 360° panoramic view. The setting is very romantic as well so a bar is a perfect place especially for couples however the area is quite big so you can always come with a group of friend as well. Interestingly the bar has really good sushi – favorites of frequents. It is also possible to try other international and European dishes as well. You can’t go wrong with a mesmerizing view, a craftily made cocktail, and attentive service.
Address: Oosterdoksstraat 4 ,1011 DK
Phone: +31 20 530 0800
10. SNAPPERS RESTOBAR
Everybody has a favorite company to a drink whether it is fried, crunchy or wrapped. Snappers is a place where you can find most of the favorites altogether – with amazing cocktails. The setting is quite casual and friendly. The menu is designed in moderation – each category has almost the same number of items. The cocktail menu has unconventional fun names as well which adds a fun to their taste. You should stop by for a quick dinner or a nice lunch with delicious cocktails.
Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 21, 1017 BJ
Phone: +31 20 261 7964
The cocktail bar is located in the Canal Ring neighborhood only a hundred meters away from the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Here, the bartenders create a cocktail according to your favorite spirit and ask you for a specific taste. The whole staff gives a very positive energy from the moment you enter inside and they always do the best to make you feel relaxed. The cocktails are high quality and hard to be beaten especially with this staff, location and the ambiance.
Address: Vijzelstraat 39, 1017 HE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 6 21710434