Amsterdam may be known for its top beer and its cool cocktail bars, but the city offers plenty for the wine lover too. In this guide we take you to some of the best wine bars in Amsterdam. Chic, relaxing and offering a great selection of international wines, these bars are perfect places in which to while away an evening
Shiraz Jardin des Vins
The interior alone of Shiraz Jardin des Vins makes this bar worth a visit. The chic wine bar has been designed in a similar style to a living room, with velvet sofas and armchairs, cosy lighting and an elegantly tiled bar. It is perfect for a romantic date night or relaxed drinks with friends. Visitors can enjoy an ever-changing list of about 150 wines. Should one of them really take your fancy, or you’re looking for a souvenir from Amsterdam, you can purchase a bottle at the adjoining boutique. Whether you are looking for a familiar wine or for something new, the staff members are experts in their field and will be happy to help. A selection of bar snacks completes the impressive line-up, with bites inspired by Spanish and Portuguese cuisine.
Shiraz Jardin des Vins, Lijnbaansgracht 267HS, 1017 RL Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 778 6313
Rayleigh & Ramsay
Rayleigh & Ramsay is one of the new breed of wine bars; this sleek bar reimagines the way we are served wine, offering a host of wines that can be bought with a prepaid card in either a small or large glass. The wine is served through self-poured dispensers, which is a fun way to discover new grapes and flavours and makes Rayleigh & Ramsay less intimidating than some wine bars. The food is also a huge draw, with bites and a three-course dinner menu available. Top bites include shrimp croquettes, sardines on toast and traditional bieterballen, or meat balls. Located in the Overtoom area, just a stone’s throw from Schinkel canal, Rayleigh & Ramsay is the perfect place to warm up in the winter and it also makes a great pit stop for a drink in the summer.
Rayleigh & Ramsay, Zocherstraat 2, 1054 LX Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 261 9415
Intimate wine bar Glou Glou stands out from most Amsterdam wine bars because it specialises in serving natural wines. All wines on the menu are made naturally; all are organic and additive-free, made through special biological processes. More than 40 French wines are available by the glass and can be accompanied by a selection of bar bites such as charcuterie and cheese boards, bread and escargots. The cosy yet lively atmosphere has made this a local gem and Glou Glou is frequently filled with a cheerful crowd. In the warmer months take advantage of the outside seating.
Glou Glou, Tweede van der Helststraat 3, 1073 AE Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 233 8642
Stylish and inviting, Wijnbar Paulus is a relaxing venue with a lounge-like ambience. The unpretentious environment serves the bar well, drawing in discerning wine drinkers and novices alike, eager to learn from Paul, the owner of the bar. The menu offers a top selection of wines from across the world. Those keen to extend their knowledge should ask about the wine flights, for which three half glasses of wine are served for €12.50. The food list is impressive, with hot and cold dishes served, from Iberico ham and sourdough breads to classic mini croquettes and mushrooms stuffed with honey and goat cheese. Located in de Pijp, this is a great find and a real gem in the city.
Wijnbar Paulus, Ceintuurbaan 348, 1072 GP Amsterdam, +31 (0)61 033 5682
Bubbles & Wines
Soft lighting and low ceilings offer Bubbles & Wines the characteristics of a traditional wine bar, yet this venue also has many stylish elements that make it a sleek and modern place to while away an evening. It serves more than 50 wines by the glass, and the quality of all its wines is maintained by an advanced conservation system. The list is extensive, offering everything from aromatic white wines to rosé wines, pinot noir, wines from Bordeaux and Italian reds. Should you have trouble deciding, Bubbles & Wines offers flights of wine for which guests can pick a combination of three half glasses, selecting by grape, region or quality. Gourmet bites are also available, and these trump most standard bar snacks. Here nuts and olives are replaced with Kaluga Amour caviar, blinis and bruschettas, adding an extra sense of sophistication to this chic wine bar.
Bubbles and Wines, Nes 37, 1012 KC Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 422 3318