Super Lyan

Super Lyan AmsterdamThis impeccably stylish bar is the first international venue from the Mr Lyan team, who brought us some of London’s most well-regarded cocktail establishments. Located on the ground floor of the Kimpton de Witt boutique hotel, the striking futuristic interiors work in playful juxtaposition with the 17th-century building. Tuck into kick-ass bites and an equally forward-thinking drinks list that showcases fresh and sumptuous twists on classic concoctions to suit a sweeter palette.

Tipple of choice
Mayaimi Vice: tropical fun in a glass with Cocchi Rosa strawberry colada and coconut daiquiri foam

Super Lyan | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 3

Pulitzer's Bar

Pulitzers Bar AmsterdamLocated in Hotel Pulitzer - one of Amsterdam’s finest luxury hotels spread through a maze of interlinked 17th-century canal houses - Pulitzer’s Bar exudes a stylish gentleman’s club vibe. The bar is made up of three different spaces, each with its own décor. When the sun is shining, head outdoors to the beautiful patio garden. Or sink into the velvet armchairs, choosing from over 50 cocktails as you tuck your ears into some live jazz.

Tipple of choice
Campfire Old Fashioned: a soul-warming whiskey blend with pumpkin seeds, bitters, smoke and marshmallows.

Pulitzer’s Bar | Prinsengracht 315-331

Vesper

Vesper Amsterdam cocktailsWith its seductive nod to James Bond, Vesper Bar feels like the quintessential drinking den that’s full to the brim with spirit. Whilst their inventive cocktail menu changes seasonally, the standard is consistently delicious. You’ll be met with warm, genuine hospitality and the feeling that everyone is welcome in this cosy, non-exclusive living room bar.

Tipple of choice
Pistachio: a wild combination of Bobby’s gin, lime, blueberry puree and pistachio syrup.

Vesper Bar | Vinkenstraat 57

Flying Dutchmen

Flying Dutchmen Cocktails AmsterdamFrom the same owners as Dutch Courage, this cocktail joint on Singel focuses on perfectly nailing classic tipples and boasts the most extensive back bar in the country with over 800 unique spirits. Flying Dutchmen champions the Netherland’s emerging mixology scene with a highly knowledgeable team who love to tell you the stories behind the different cocktails and the spirits used.

Tipple of choice
Angel’s Advocate: tradition meets modernity in this inventive mix of gin, lemon, vanilla syrup, Advocaat and cardamon bitters.

Flying Dutchmen | Singel 460

Bar Mokum

Mokum is one of Amsterdam’s most well-regarded cocktail establishments. The back bar sparkles with delicious spirits and liqueurs showcasing some of the city’s finest distilleries, and the drinks list itself is an ode to the Netherlands. Prop up at the bar here for a mandatory first step in your education on Dutch drinking culture.

Tipple of choice
Gleuvenrijder: a genever espresso martini infused with an infusion of stroopwafel, coffee liqueur and salted caramel syrup.

Bar Mokum | Ferdinand Bolstraat 11

Tales & Spirits

Tales and Spirits AmsterdamOne of Amsterdam’s most promising spots for innovative food and cocktails, the attentive and knowledgeable bartenders make you feel right at home in its classy yet quirky interior. Tales & Spirits plays residence to award-winning mixologists, all of who stay active in the progressing of Amsterdam’s cocktail scene. Discover its playful, delicious spirit for yourself.

Tipple of choice
Fallen Lady: a sexy combination of Ketel One vodka, Mozart dark chocolate liqueur, raspberry syrup, lemon and Bitterman’s Burlesque Bitters.

Tales & Spirits | Lijnbaanssteeg 5-7

Door 74

Door 74 AmsterdamHidden behind an unassuming door, accessible by phone reservation or a (very) friendly smile, Door 74 is the first bar in the Netherlands that pays homage to the bygone Speakeasy era. This secret drinking hole was opened as a place of solace for those wanting to sample exceptional and original drinks with the talented bartenders creating new concoctions – daily!

Tipple of choice
Searching For Black Matter: an out of this world creation featuring Botran Solera rum, marzipan syrup and dried pineapple bitters.

Door 74 | Reguliersdwarsstraat 74 (reopening in October 2021)

Hiding in Plain Sight

HPS, like the locals call it, quickly earned its reputation as one of the best cocktail spots in the city. Enjoy top-quality drinks in a seductive twenties-style lounge bar that was once a brown café. The bartenders embrace classic flavour combinations and take pride in their experimentation with originality. Keep an ear out for live music events in the bar too.

Tipple of choice
Mango Crusta: a celebration of summer flavours with spiced rum, aged rum, clement creole shrub (a cordial made from fruit, sugar and vinegar), mango syrup and lime.

Hiding in Plain Sight | Rapenburg 18

Dutch Courage

Legend has it that the phrase ‘Dutch Courage’ dates back to the Eighty Year’s War (1568-1648) when English soldiers witnessed the Dutch swigging huge gulps of jenever to take the edge of the morning battles. This cosy cocktail bar on Zeedijk pays homage to historic Dutch liqueurs and spirits, featuring over 150 different varieties of jenevers mixed up into delicious cocktails. Inside, you’ll also find the world’s first kopstootje vending machine customised to serve three types of jenever, paired with a cold beer on the side - only in Amsterdam, right?

Tipple of choice
Kesbeke Martini: a healthy mix of jenever, dry vermouth, clove and star anise infused pickle brine.

Dutch Courage | Zeedijk 12

Twenty Third Bar

Epitomising decadence, this hotel bar offers guests a few unique things: a sweeping panoramic view of the city from one of the highest spots in Amsterdam, an elegant snack menu from the Michelin starred adjoining restaurant, Ciel Bleu and an array of rather indulgent champagne and classic cocktails. Stay classy.

Tipple of choice
Kir Royale: a classic and elegant parining of Crème de Cassis and Besserat de Bellefon champagne.

Twenty Third Bar, Hotel Okura | Ferdinand Bolstraat 333

Kevin Bacon

This eccentric little bar located in Hotel Not Hotel prides itself on being a little different. It serves Thai food and unusual cocktails in a casual café, complete with a sunny terrace. They keep it fresh and not too serious for both daytime drinks and into the night.

Tipple of choice
Orange Is the New Black: a blend of coffee and orange peel infused rum, amaro montenegro and chocolate liqueur that will keep you footloose.

Kevin Bacon | Witte de Withstraat 38

JD Williams Whisky Bar

Whether you're a connoisseur or a curious beginner, this atmospheric whisky bar will satisfy your thirst. JD Williams stocks over 250 varieties from around the globe, including special reserve Scottish whiskies, rare Japanese labels and exquisite American bourbons. Pull up a stool as the highly knowledgeable bartenders put together a bespoke tasting flight or recommend something from the drinks menu packed with prohibition-era classics and house recipes. The cocktails pair perfectly with the Asian-American comfort food and bar snacks.

Tipple of choice
Kombucha Mojito: a refreshing draft concoction of home-made kombucha and rye whisky

JD Williams Whisky Bar | Prinsenstraat 5

Bar Twenty Seven

Bar Twenty Seven AmsterdamThe Rolls Royce of Amsterdam’s cocktail bar scene, Bar Twenty Seven exudes luxury and elegance from the flowing champagne to the plush furnishings. The bartenders knock up exquisite versions of all the classics alongside remarkable innovations from their extensive selection of whiskies, rums, tequilas and cognacs. Personal attention from the staff and panoramic city views give this bar the five-star edge.

Tipple of choice
Geisha: a sumptuous slurp of Nikka from the Barrel, Laird’s applejack, matcha, honey, green apple and yuzu foam.

Bar Twenty Seven | Dam 27

Bar Feijoa

Bar Feijoa AmsterdamOn a corner of the Reguliersdwarsstraat, the most colourful street of Amsterdam, you'll find Feijoa. This peculiar and difficult to pronounce name is that of a fruit from New Zealand; inside, though, this place is anything but difficult, with a fun tiki vibe that will get you into the party spirit. The barman shakes not only classic cocktails but also original concoctions with ingredients like cucumber, balsamic vinegar and…feijoa. A perfect place to start an unforgettable night in Amsterdam's bustling nightlife.

Tipple of choice
Sauvage: a love story between Don Julio Blanco, mezcal, fino sherry, lime and Bintang kafir syrup.

Feijoa | Vijzelstraat 39