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Old 07-25-2009, 08:47 PM   #1
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Default Going to Amsterdam: Need Drinking Suggestions

So I'm headed to Amsterdam for a few days. I like a lot of the Belgian beers, especially some of the strong golden fellows. I've heard of Cafe Gollum and Wildemans; anywhere else I should do some drinking? Does anyone have beer recommendations for fantastic things that would be difficult/impossible to find stateside?

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Hard to say what kind of place you like to drink in, but there's a little spot we like only about a 5 minute walk from the main train depot, where you'll almost certainly end up after you land at Schiphol. Just cross the main street & bear left & walk, you'll find it. It's called the Tapperij de Groote Swaen (Big Swan Restaurant), address Prins Hendrikkade 52 Amsterdam, 1012 AC Netherlands.

This link gives a map, but you don't really need it; Amsterdam is basically a small town:

Restaurant Tapperij De Groote Swaen in Amsterdam, Netherlands - by Trav-Well.com

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This isn't drinking as much as it eating but De Waag is a 14th Century castle converted to a restaurant. Great food and the ambiance cant be beat, all lit by candles only.
There are lots of pubs on the side streets that are good to watch traffic (Bicycles) go by on an evening.

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I didn't know people went to Amsterdam to drink...

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De Waag looks like an interesting joint. Any suggestions for beer brands/bottles?

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Boy! I was so busy thinking about a good watering hole that I completely forgot about eating. If you have any notion that you might like Indonesian food (and if you don't, you should), please don't miss out on Kantjil an der Tyger (The Antelope and the Tiger). It's on the street behind the palace off Dam Square. Let's just say....you will thank me. The Netherlands has a relationship with Indonesia of long standing, and its complement of restaurants featuring Indonesian cuisine is one of the hidden delights of Amsterdam. The one I mentioned is one of the best.

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I didn't know people went to Amsterdam to drink...
HAHA! I was gonna say the same thing! I go for the coffee houses and brothels!
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Brouwerij De Prael (Oudezijds Voorburgwal 30, 1012 GD Amsterdam) will give you a tour for 5 euro, also try Brouwerij t' Ij (Funenkade 7, 1018 AL Amsterdam... under the windmill.. the bus goes very near there from the central train station, it is basically a brewpub that only serves their own beer)

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when i was in amsterdam the food was great at whatever french place and every other place went the other stuff was great and the beer was almost always Heineken or Grolsch moslty heine .. i was looking for other beer but thats all we could get in the few places i went to .. hope you do better than i did

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In de Wildeman. Fantastic selection. Done many hours there with A'dam friends getting hammered.
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