With about 1.500 different cafes and bars to choose from, there is no excuse for being thirsty in Amsterdam. They can be found on just about every street, corner or canal and all of them offer something different. Dutch drinks, rather than food, have played much more important role on a global scale as a consequence of the importance given to beer and its brewing over the centuries. In the 18th century there were over seven hundered breweries in The Netherlands, although today there are only twenty-five.
Heineken is the most famous of the Dutch beers. Brands such as Amstel, Grolsch, Oranjeboom and Brand are also brewed in The Netherlands, so it’s a beer’s lover’s paradise! No doubt you will also notice that the locals like their beer in small glasses and with a hefty helping of foam. They say it keeps the beer fresher.
There are the traditional Dutch brown cafes, which are always worth visiting particularly the ones which host outdoor terraces. Amsterdam also play host to a vast range of theme bars (everything from Irish pubs to sport bars and Australian hang-outs o cocktail bars). There are also some wonderful Grand Cafes and a fine range of hostelries for those who like things a little more chic and trendy.
The average opening hours are from 11am to 1am and during the weekend to 4am, especially in areas such as Leidsesquare, Rembrandtsquare, Nieuwmarkt and The Red light District.