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amsterdam cocktail bars

cactus24 Mar 21, 2011 03:54 AM

I'm going to amsterdam in a couple of weeks, and am looking for recommendations for good cocktail bars to try. thx

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  1. diesta RE: cactus24 Mar 24, 2011 03:54 PM

    Vesper, on Vinkenstraat
    Bo Cinq, on Prinsengracht

    Amsterdam is NOT a cocktail bar city.

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    1. re: diesta
      cactus24 RE: diesta Apr 5, 2011 01:24 AM

      thanks we went to vesper which was very charming & served up a couple of well made drinks.

    2. eatamsterdam RE: cactus24 Jul 3, 2011 04:02 AM

      Cocktail bars aren't widespread in Amsterdam, but they're slowly catching on. Vesper is one of the best, but you could also try Feijoa (Vijzelstraat, near Rembrandtplein) - their gin infused with cucumber and served with a stick of rhubarb is a great summer drink; Harry's Bar (Spuistraat 285) is well established, although I haven't been personally; or the Dutch outpost of Little Buddha, the Asian-inspired restaurant and lounge concept, recently opened near Leidseplein. They have cut-price cocktails daily between 5pm and 8pm. The Hibiscus Margarita is good.

      1. Klary RE: cactus24 Jul 4, 2011 05:56 AM

        also, speakeasy Door 74 (you have to phone for a reservation).

        Not a bar, but interesting if you're into cocktails and spirits, is House of Bols, the cocktail and jenever museum (opposite van Gogh Museum)

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        1. re: Klary
          Dapuma RE: Klary Jul 8, 2011 07:08 AM

          I think this place probably one ups Bols, just because Bols doesnt make the best liquor - this place made some excellent stuff


          not a cocktail bar but was fantastic and fun

          only open 3-9PM FYI

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