There are many interesting things Amsterdam is famous for: great culture, architecture, museums, etc. Most of these things are commonly known and basically need no introduction. However, there is much more to the Dutch capital than someone might think. Besides visiting museums and exciting landmarks, the capital of Holland also has some of the world's most unique bars which can let you experience the spirit of the city. Many of these bars offer food besides drinks, so consider grabbing a meal. Here are some of the most intriguing bars you can visit while in Amsterdam.
Hannekes Boom is a local hangout which is designed in such a fashion so that it looks like a beach shack which is located on some deserted island. And it truly looks like this besides the fact that it doesn't resemble the city spreading around it. The bar is constructed from collected recycled materials and it has a beautiful colorful garden, frequent barbecues are hosted in this garden during which there is mellow live music. Relaxing in the garden with barbecues and beer-what more do you need? This location is very old and the oldest history documents claim that this building was a guard post used to monitor sea traffic in 1662.
The continuous passion of the place called "Door 74" is to create new, amazing cocktails. Even though the place is located in the epicenter of Amsterdam's nightlife - the Rembrandtplein square it is kind of hard to find it, unless you know what and where you are looking. The bar has an unmarked door and in order to visit this dark timbered, classy place, you will have to send a text message or leave a voice chat message to gain access. The Door 74 likes to keep things fresh by changing their cocktail menu every 4 to 5 months with wide themes ranging from vintage horror movies to jungle themes. There are constant discount offers on their drink of the day which can be inspired by many things from Amsterdam's Light Festival to a rocket being sent in space. Besides many of the house's unique cocktails, you can also order the most popular cocktails with the exception of Mojitos, they never serve Mojitos.
Craft and Draft
This is a cool beer bar located in the center of the city on Overtoom Street. Here you can taste some of the most delicious and terrific beers in Amsterdam. For every beer lover, there is something the bar offers, with over 40 different types of beer, some of which are from local breweries, while others come from worldwide known brands and large international breweries. The place is best suited for groups of people who can have a great time trying out different kinds of beer while contrasting and comparing. Craft and Draft has a nice design which is modern and slick, with a lot of white light and with a wonderful wooden bar which adds up to the nice vibe everyone feels when visiting.
Franklin bar and kitchen
Franklin is a comfy bar and restaurant which is located in Amstelveenseweg, behind the Vondel park. The place is owned by two of Amsterdam's hottest bartenders and gives out a vibe of New York glamour. Franklin has a lot of white, bright, contemporary space which is well combined with vintage furniture and leather covered couches. The bar area is very distinctive and the floor in front of it is tiled. It has a very wide menu of cocktails and amongst other things, it includes an Espresso Martini and the Pornstar Martini. All bartenders who work here are very skilled and, if you ask them, they can create a drink according to your wishes or come up with something new from their own repertoire. While at this place, you can also try tasting some of the best snacks Amsterdam has to offer.
If you have the chance, you should definitively visit Amsterdam. There are a lot more things you can do there besides visiting bars. In order to fully experience the spirit of the city, you should stay at least for a week. Rent a place to stay and take your time to fully explore all of the amazing locations Amsterdam has to offer.
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