Amsterdam - micro brews and burgers ?
- willowan Jul 2, 2011 01:47 AM
Am in Amsterdam for a long weekend . - Thr to Sunday - in a couple of weeks time.
We are staying centre of town and I wondered where the best bars are for good microbrews and great food, possibly for lunchtime but especially for dinner /late night eats.
Also , if they happen to be on a great street or in a great are for some bar hopping afterwards, all the better ( though we are in our late 30's/early 40's so nowhere which is going to be full of 18 year olds freaking out after too much weed, please )
Favourite beers tend ( for me personally , though there are six of us in the group ) to be wheat/weiss beers or dark/dunkel styles, though not with crazy alcohol content. Food wise, as we are a diverse group probably something bistroish would be good.
Also does anywhere do great burgers and beer, in the city ?
Thanks for any help you can give !
Check out Burgermeester (two locations, one very centrally located in the Jordaan, one in the South, I think). Excellent burgers, tho more of a fast food restaurant = no beer.
De Beiaard in the Spui makes excellent beer, and their burgers don't look half as bad. Both the Spui area and the adjacent Jordaan and Center have plenty of options for bar hopping.
I agree with Linguafood about Burgermeester. The interior is diner style but the burgers are quite gourmet: beef burger with tarragon mayo, local lamb with onion compote, wild salmon burger, and jacket potatoes instead of fries.
Burger Bar on Reguliersbreestraat 9 does more traditional but very good burgers. They don't have beer, but it's close to the bars on Rembrandtplein and Utrechtsestraat.
If you're looking for something a bit different Getto, a laidback mixed straight and gay bar on Warmoesstraat, serves burgers named after drag queens (Dolly Bellefleur, Jennifer Hopelezz). Wednesday is Burger Queen's Night when burger dinners cost 10 euros. There's beer too.
Other good beer bars include Cafe Belgique, a dark, intimate place on Gravenstraat, behind Dam Square, Beer Temple (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250), which specialises in American microbrews, but beers from Holland, Germany, Czech Republic and Denmark are also represented.
If you want to see beer being made, you can visit De Bekeerde Suster (Kloveniersburgwal 6-8) on Wed/Thurs. Tours are available on other days but the brewing kettles will be empty, and there's a basic lunch menu available (soups, sandwiches, steak, mashed potatoes). De Beiaard mentioned in Linguafood's post is part of the same company.
De Zotte is on Raamstraat 29, just behind Leidseplein where there are also plenty of bars, and stocks some 130 Belgian beers.
2 of my favorite beer bars:
In de Wildeman and Arendsnest. The latter has Dutch and Belgian beers only, but a staggering variety of it, and a nice terrace on the canal.