Best cocktail bars in Amsterdam
From chic bars in Jordaan to vibrant speakeasys in Amsterdam-Oost, the Dutch capital has plenty of top bars to discover. Here we guide you through the city, highlighting some of the best places to stop for a drink along the way
Those wishing for a cosy setting in which to while away an evening should make a beeline for Vesper Bar. Situated between the Haarlemmerdijk shopping district and the Brouwersgracht canal, Vesper Bar is the perfect place to end a day spent exploring the city. The cocktail list is extensive with both classic and inventive drinks on the menu. For something a little different try the Pistachio, made with gin, lime, blueberry purée and pistachio syrup.
Vesper Bar, Vinkenstraat 57, 1013 JM Amsterdam
Hiding In Plain Sight
With its beautiful, eclectic, vintage-inspired interior and menu of expertly mixed cocktails served in striking glasses, Hiding In Plain Sight looks like a bar from the 1920s. Quirky design features, such as stacked bookshelves, antique ornaments and inviting sofas, make this a truly special place for a late-night aperitif and the perfect place to relax. Cocktails are strong and delicious; highlights include the Walking Dead, which is set alight when served.
Hiding In Plain Sight, Rapenburg 18, 1011 TX Amsterdam, +31 (0)62 529 3620
Head to Amsterdam-Oost’s Bar Bukowski to sample some of the city’s top cocktails. The retro-chic venue is ideal for idling over a coffee during the day, while in the evening it is a great space to enjoy a cocktail or two as well as live music. There is an impressive range of cocktails and beer on offer, with highlights including the Catfish, made with bourbon and ginger ale. Those looking for a bite to eat will enjoy the range of dishes on the American-inspired menu.
Bar Bukowski, Oosterpark 10, 1092 AE Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 370 1685
For discerning cocktail lovers, Door 74 is a must-visit in Amsterdam. One of the first speakeasy-style cocktail bars in the Netherlands, Door 74 exudes sophistication, from its hidden entrance to its antique barware and perfectly balanced cocktails. While it may be hard to locate, it is truly worth it for the impressive cocktails.
Door 74, Reguliersdwarsstraat 741, 1017 BN Amsterdam, +31 (0)63 404 5122
Located just off the beaten track in Amsterdam’s Oud-West area, Café Panache is a true hidden gem in the heart of the city. The eclectic café is a great place to go with friends, with top sharing plates on offer from its charcoal-fired grill. The café’s dimly lit, stripped-back interior makes for an effortlessly cool setting, and its superb drinks menu ensures this place is always buzzing.
Café Panache, Ten Katestraat 117, 1053 CC Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 221 1736
Twenty Third Bar
Situated in the de Pijp neighbourhood, the opulent Twenty Third Bar takes its name from its location on the 23rd floor of Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Boasting wonderful views of the city, the hotel’s champagne and cocktail penthouse bar is a must-visit. Head there during the day to enjoy a light bite from the adjoining Ciel Bleu Restaurant or visit at night to sample top wines and champagnes selected by the bar’s sommelier Noël Vanwittenbergh and bar manager Marc Wüst.
Twenty Third Bar, Hotel Okura Amsterdam, Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 678 7111
Stylish and elegant, The Hoxton is one of the city’s coolest hotels and is set in five canalside houses. Its modern interior has been inspired by the industrial-chic design of the hotel group’s London locations in Shoreditch and Holborn. Lotti’s bar and grill is the latest offering from the hotel and is regarded as one of the top places for a drink in the city. The décor is inviting and customers can enjoy post-shopping or pre-dinner drinks, as well as a meal from the excellent menu.
Lotti’s, The Hoxton, Herengracht 255, 1016 BJ Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 888 5500