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...

Wynand Fockink

Pijlsteeg 31
1012 HH AMSTERDAM
Tasting house Wynand Fockink has served traditional liquors and jenevers since 1679. The three-year-old malt jenever tastes of pur...

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...
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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 ...

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...

Het Molenpad

Prinsengracht 653
1016 HV AMSTERDAM
Once upon a time, Het Molenpad was a good old-fashioned ‘brown bar’, but it can now call itself a ‘new brown’ bar. The bar, with i...
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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...

Papeneiland

Prinsengracht 2
1015 DV AMSTERDAM
Nestled on the edge of the Jordaan neighbourhood of Amsterdam, this brown café is located in a beautiful gabled property dating ba...

Saarein

Elandsstraat 119
1016 RX AMSTERDAM
A traditional Amsterdam brown café through and through, Café Saarein was brought to life in 1978, when a group of 10 women took ov...
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Proeflokaal Arendsnest

Herengracht 90
1015 BS AMSTERDAM
This traditional Dutch pub on the Herengracht is the place to get acquainted with local tipples. Serving only Dutch beers from mor...

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 ...