brown bar

For a taste of authentic Amsterdam culture, don't miss a visit to a traditional Dutch pub known as a 'brown café' (bruin café). These local bars are a quintessential part of Amsterdam’s culture. The name comes from the dark but cosy wooden interiors and the nicotine-stained walls and ceilings. Even though most cafés nowadays shouldn’t really be getting any browner, some of the newer hangouts are decorated to achieve this lived-in look and for many people, their local brown café is an extension of their living room.

Brown cafés

For a taste of authentic Amsterdam flavour and Dutch culture, don't miss a visit to a traditional Dutch pub known as a 'brown café' (bruin café). Thes...

In ‘t Aepjen

Zeedijk 1
1012 AN AMSTERDAM
This brown café is simultaneously one of the oldest and newest examples in the city. Housed in one of the oldest buildings in the ...
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Bierproeflokaal In de Wildeman

Kolksteeg 3
1012 PT AMSTERDAM
In de Wildeman” is situated in a former Amsterdam distillery. With its authentic atmosphere and unique character, it is one of the...

Bar-Bodega De Blauwe Parade

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 176-180
1012 SJ AMSTERDAM
De Blauwe Parade is a perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam’s city centre to enjoy drinks and snacks in beauti...

Café ‘t Smalle

Egelantiersgracht 12
1015 RL AMSTERDAM
The famous Pieter Hoppe opened his liqueur distillery here in around 1780. It's a lovely old pub with wood panelling, mezzanine ba...

Café Tapmarin

Van Woustraat 130A
1073 LT AMSTERDAM
Locals know and love Amsterdam's Café Tapmarin for its ludicrous theme nights and crazy dance parties.

De Drie Fleschjes

Gravenstraat 18
1012 NM AMSTERDAM
Bootz distiller established De Drie Fleschjes around 1650 at the base of the Nieuwe Kerk, making it the oldest tasting house. A wa...

De Oranjerie

Binnen Oranjestraat 15
1013 HZ AMSTERDAM
For those who fancy Belgian beer in a friendly atmosphere must go to café De Oranjerie. This ‘brown’ café in a side street of the ...

Café Marcella

Amstelveld 21
1017 JD AMSTERDAM
A traditional 'brown café' with a number of nautical references. Soul music and a wonderful terrace on the water.

Café Nol

Westerstraat 109
1015 LX AMSTERDAM
By day and from the outside, Café Nol looks just like another brown café in the Jordaan – a neighbourhood with many bars and cafes...
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Het Paardje

Gerard Douplein 1
1073 XE AMSTERDAM
’t Paardje is on a massive terrace in the centre of the Pijp neighbourhood. It is a modern 'brown' café, where easygoing young loc...