Best wine bars in Amsterdam
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. Spend a long, relaxed evening chatting, laughing, and enjoying the atmosphere at one of the best wine bars in Amsterdam.
GlouGlou | Bar Centraal
For natural wine, GlouGlou in De Pijp showcases wine made with absolutely no additives, just grapes. In addition to the impressive wine list, the bar serves small snacks that can also be enjoyed outside on the flower-lined terrace. For those that just can’t part with their bottle, GlouGlou also offers its favourites for guests to purchase. Over in Oud-West, Bar Centraal (from the same owners) offers an equally exceptional natural wine list along with indulgent lunch and dinner dishes. Our advice: check out both locations as soon as you can.
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.
Café Twee Prinsen
From the outside, Café Twee Prinsen looks like an old-fashioned brown pub, but as soon as you sit down you’ll immediately see that it is not. From the owners of Binnenvisser and Cornerstore, this beautiful wine bar occupies an airy corner spot with scenic views across the Prinsengracht. The menu focuses on natural wines along with speciality beers and some classy bar snacks. As soon as the sun shines, their sloping terraces on the canal bridge fills with wine-lovers soaking up the exceptional views.
Music and wine is a combination made in heaven. In this atmospheric riverside bar, you can slurp natural wine, munch on delicious bites and listen to rythmns from all over the world as DJs spin records. Once in a while, De Nada organizes a thematic weekender - that might be for Valentine's Day, Blue Monday or Vive La France! Loved the vibes? The music specialists have created public playlists to keep you in the right mood at home.
Alex + Pinard
This lively café-restaurant specialises in wines from small-scale producers that are working using traditional methods. The wine list also includes a range of the ever-popular orange wine (made from white grapes with the skins left on to give more character, colour and a fuller flavour). If you’re looking for something to eat, the menu changes with the seasons and, like the wine list, is built around ingredients from artisanal producers.
Tucked away in a residential area of De Baarsjes, the cosy living room atmosphere, mouth-watering wines and surprising small plate menu at Winehouse SOMM is sure to put you in a good mood. Every wine is available by the glass, choosing from natural wines made from makers who work with respect for nature. Owner Sacha Holzkämper earned his culinary stripes as a sommelier at Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe, and we couldn’t be happier that he has settled in Amsterdam.
Falling somewhere between a wine bar, a restaurant and a cosy pub, Café Binnenvisser is highly regarded for its convivial atmosphere, good food and sumptuous natural wines. Enjoy a range of veg-heavy seasonal dishes for a very friendly price from the weekly-changing menu alongside an extensive wine list, which consists exclusively of natural wines. We’d recommend starting with some of the exceptional orange wines and ciders.
A quirky cinema, wine bar and restaurant all in one - what more could you want? The changing menu at FC Hyena mainly consists of tasty dishes prepared in the wood-fired oven paired with a special collection of natural wines and ciders - many of which are available by the glass. To summarise: film, wine and food lovers will get their money's worth.
Blend Coffee & Wine
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.
This cosy neighbourhood hangout in the heart of De Jordaan is hitting all the right notes. The wine list has a special emphasis on Italian bottles with nods to France, Germany and Spain whilst many wines are available to order by the glass. All this can be paired with delicious small dishes, cheese and charcuterie on a menu that is everything you could hope for from the owners of Balthazar's Keuken - a much loved family-run restaurant located just a few streets over.
Are pintxos high on your favourites list? Then look no further than Compartir Wine Bar & Restaurant where you can indulge yourself in all the small plates and nibbles your heart could long for. The ever-changing menu features a delightful range of fresh dishes with an equally dynamic wine list that will complement each bite. Even if you're a picnic fan, you can order one of their special to-go sharing boards for an adventure into Westerpark.
Made-in-Amsterdam wine, it actually exists! At Chateau, grapes from all over Europe are turned into wine at this urban winery on the banks of the River IJ. Not only can you watch the process from grape to glass, you can also taste more than 20 homemade bottles in their tasting room - all the while enjoying snacks and Italian-inspired small plates. Don't forget to ask the sommelier about the ideal wine-food pairing for the ultimate experience.
Five Brothers Fat Champañaria
Amsterdam’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.
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.
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’.
Bubbles & Wines
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.
Wijnbar Boelen & Boelen
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.