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...
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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...

De Wetering

Weteringstraat 37
1017 SM AMSTERDAM
The unique Café de Wetering is in a picturesque 17th century house. Here, no loud music or other raucousness but instead quiet int...

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...
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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...

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 ...

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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Delirium Café Amsterdam

Piet Heinkade 4-6-8
1019 BR AMSTERDAM
The Amsterdam branch of the Delirium Café is a true beer lover’s paradise, with more than 500 beers on offer, hearty food to soak ...

Café Barderij

Zeedijk 14
1012 AX AMSTERDAM
Commonly known as one of the only traditional gay brown cafés in the city, this bar at the end of the Zeedijk has a keen following...

Café Hill Street Blues

Warmoesstraat 52A
1012 JG AMSTERDAM
Conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam, Café Hill Street Blues is an ex-coffee shop turned café and juice bar. Offering so...