Good company and a glass of wine: it’s a recipe for a great night out in Amsterdam. Wine bars in the city, with their wide array of local and international wines and small bites to nosh on, provide a perfect atmosphere to catch up with friends or get to know someone special.
To taste pure wine, head to GlouGlou in the heart of De Pijp. The wine bar highlights wine made just from grapes — meaning there are no additives — so guests can truly experience natural wine. In addition to the impressive list of natural wines, the bar serves small plates that can be enjoyed outside on the flower-lined terrace or inside the cosy bar. For those that just can’t part with the wine, Glou Glou also offers its favourites for guests to purchase. Tweede van der Helststraat 3
Those aren’t books lining the shelves at The Library, but guests can surely study up! At The Library, visitors can not only taste wine, but learn more about it through weekly wine tastings — free for members with a Library Card — as well as special wine events that highlight a particular region or varietal. Host a private wine tasting at the shop, complete with a selection of small bites to complement the standard arrangement of six different wines. Singel 434
A night out in Italy doesn't feel so far away when you head to diVino, a wine bar in the Jordaan that specialises in the fine wine and food of the lush Mediterranean country. Its menu boasts varied Italian wines handpicked by the owners, who regularly visit the country to explore new flavours. From Thursday to Saturday, you can pair your vino rosso with a meal prepared by the (naturally) Italian chef. Small groups can opt for a special wine tasting, where guests will learn about the wines and enjoy Italian charcuterie and cheese plates. Boomstraat 41a
It is a veritable wine oasis at Wester Wijnfabriek. The wine bar, located in one of the old metre houses of the Westergas, offers over 70 wines by the bottle and 15 by the glass — though there may be a new, surprising open bottle when you visit. Lounge around for a few hours, sampling the small bites such as wild goose rillette or pizza, and enjoy the atmosphere outside on the terrace. Pazzanistraat 10
With its cosy décor and right-at-home vibe, Wijnbar Paulus could be your new gathering place for friends and family. Select a glass or a bottle from a wide variety of wines namely from Europe, including Spain, Germany, Italy and Portugal, or let the sommelier guide your decision. Check out the limited wine list for special bottles (but be fast, as there are only one to two bottles in stock!), and fill your belly with snacks such as the delectable Iberico ham or a ‘luxury plate’. Ceintuurbaan 348
Celebrate a special occasion at this wine and Champagne bar just a short walk from Dam Square. The bar offers an impressive 50 wines by the glass, as well as an incredible list of wines and champagne by the bottle. Those in the mood to have a personal wine tasting can order a flight of wine, where you receive three half-glasses of wine chosen by grape, region or quality. Pair the wine with a scrumptious selection of small bites, including caviar, bruschetta and a refined selection of cheeses. Nes 37
The only thing more relaxing than curling up with a glass of full-bodied merlot or crisp Sauvignon Blanc is doing so in the atmospheric setting of local favourite, Viqh. This elegant bar on the Grote Markt in Haarlem (just 20 minutes from Amsterdam) serves over 120 varieties of wine, with expert sommeliers on hand to guide you through a tasting any time you visit. Grote Markt 4 (Haarlem)
Guests can spend the entire day at Blend Coffee & Wine sipping an espresso in the morning and a glass of wine in the evening (or even the afternoon). The Mediterranean way of life — relaxed and casual — is alive at this coffee and wine bar: visitors are never rushed out the door, and are invited to nibble on snacks as well as full meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner enjoyed inside or out on the terrace. Oranje-Vrijstaatplein 40
Proclaimed as the oldest wine bar in the Netherlands, Boelen & Boelen has mastered the art of wine. Its long list of wines by the bottle or by the glass allow guests to linger for hours, perusing the list while munching on delicious snacks and meals from the French-inspired kitchen. Stop by for High Wine in the early evening, where guests are served sparkling wine, two glass of white and red wine each, and snacks. Eerste van der Helststraat 50
Five Brothers Fat ChampañariaAmsterdam’s first Champañaria in Oud-West specialises in cava, champagne, sangria and cocktails. Five Brothers Fat is the latest endeavour of five friends who are also behind establishments like Snappers and Café Restaurant In De Buurt. With bottles popping, champagne fountains and tapas that transport you directly to Spain, the vibe is The Great Gatsby comes to Barcelona. De Clercqstraat 56, Hobbemakade 64 and Kleine Houtstraat 40 (Haarlem).
Had enough wine for one evening? Check out some of Amsterdam’s best beer bars for another Dutch favourite.