Explore Amsterdam East and you’ll find many of the city’s coolest venues. The once down-at-heel quarter has been transformed by a new wave of exciting restaurants, bars and cafés. As one of the most vibrant parts of Amsterdam, it is an ideal area to visit if you want to sample the city’s nightlife. Javastraat and Czaar Peterstraat are lined with pubs and bars while those looking to make the most of the city’s water location should head to Amsterdam Roest. Take a look at the best bars in Amsterdam East here.
Bar Bukowski is named after the writer Charles Bukowski, who was famous for his love of alcohol, women and literature. It is a great place to start your evening and has an impressive list of gins as well as a good range of draft beers and cocktails (try the Moscow mule with vodka and ginger beer). The retro-chic venue also offers a tempting choice of American dishes, which are perfect for enjoying outside on the terrace.
Bar Bukowski, Oosterpark 10, 1092 AE Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 370 1685
The Walter Woodbury Bar
Located on lively Javastraat, the Walter Woodbury Bar has a chic tropical-inspired interior and is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening. It offers a top selection of classic and speciality cocktails ‒ and has such a vibrant atmosphere you are sure to be tempted to stay for some dinner, too.
The Walter Woodbury Bar, Javastraat 42, 1094 HJ Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 233 3021
Named after the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bar Basquiat is a stylish destination for those looking for a casual drink or bite to eat. The contemporary decor and great location on Javastraat make this a popular venue with locals. Come to enjoy the atmosphere, the menu of Asian street food and delicious Lebanese pizzas, and the choice of beers. Take in the vibe inside, or grab a table outside and watch the world go by.
Bar Basquiat, Javastraat 88, 1094 HM Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 370 8334
Those who like a burger to accompany their drinks will love Smokin’ Barrels, which is tipped as one of the best hamburger venues in Amsterdam. The eatery also offers an impressive selection of beers, ranging from Australian pale ales to double IPAs. Cocktails, mules and gin and tonics complete the drinks line-up, so you will be sure to find something that appeals.
Smokin’ Barrels, Beukenplein 22, 1091 KH Amsterdam +31 (0)20 693 3555
Amsterdam Roest is one of the best summer hotspots in the city. This converted industrial space has an urban beach complete with picnic benches, café, bar and a top schedule of activities. Enjoy the line-up, grab a table and sink your toes into the sand, escaping the bustle of the city.
Amsterdam Roest, Jacob Bontiusplaats 1, 1018 LL Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 308 0283
Rum Barrel brings a piece of the Caribbean to Amsterdam. The relaxed bar has an impressive collection of more than 200 rums and offers an exciting drinks list that includes classic cocktails such as watermelon punch and mai tai as well as more unusual creations like Scorpion, made with pear brandy and lime juice. Top Caribbean-themed tapas are served alongside the drinks menu, with options ranging from crispy fried Voodoo shrimp to coconut chicken.
Rum Barrel, Javastraat 143, 1094 HE Amsterdam, +31 (0)6 3838 2052