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Old 03-20-2009, 02:07 PM   #1
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Leaving for Amsterdam in about 6 hours, anyone have names of really good bars/coffee shops/...? Beer varieties that should be at the top of my list?

Probably a little late to get any significant number of replies, but I didn't want to be swamped and need to choose between them all

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Old 03-20-2009, 02:18 PM   #2
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There's a cool bar called THE GOLLUM,go to the main square,on your right is the post office , walk to it and behind it , walk to the SINGLE canal go left towards the flower market take a left at the second bridge its on the left, small street, ask anyone ,and have a BUDWISER from the original brewery in chechoslovakia ,PRonunced BOOT VYEYE zer

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Old 03-20-2009, 02:24 PM   #3
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I wasn't into beer when I went in November 2006.

For coffee shops, from memory De Rokerij was pretty good.

Also, if you're into cigars, the Dutch make some very good ones, with Tobacco from their ex-colony Indonesia.

Another thing that might interest you is visiting cities close to Amsterdam, such as Edam, where they make Edam cheese. You will also see a more typical Dutch city when you visit. To go to other cities, usually you travel by bus, and they are located at the central station (usually where all the Trams go).

They have a bunch of great museum (Van Gogh museum, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam) and there is an Oranje Voetbal Museum which is about their national football (soccer) team.

I imagine that you have accomodations, but if not, here is a good hostel, where I went, that is right beside Vondelpark (think Central Park in NY): Stayokay Amsterdam. It isn't in the middle of the city, but everything is relatively close in Amsterdam, so that's not a big problem.

If you're interested in seeing a soccer match, here are the next upcoming ones: http://www.amsterdamarena.nl/evenementen/en/. You can buy tickets at some of the record shops, just ask them.

And one last thing: there is a free tour of the city, you tip the person that gave you the tour at the end. Here's some information: Sandemans

This is all I can think of right now, but you have a lot there, depending on how long you are staying.

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Get Kawk Bier at Gollum its awesome....
Also a great coffee shops are: Blue Dolphin, Tweed Kammer, Dutch Flowers, Abraxis *Special* hot chocolate, Da Dampkring (SP?), Blues Brothers, Blue Bird
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get a map of the "green light" district, you should be good!

Also, in Lidzeplin there is a bar where you can sign up for a private cannal tour. Really awesome....onmy 10eur.

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the Heiniken tour is worth the 15 euros(plus you get 4 beers in that price)
take the canal tours they are fun
there are hit the VanGo(sp?) museum, its worth the time.
I would hit the hard rock cafe, if for nothing else then the t-shirt.

Tons of great bars, i love my trip there. The walkplatz is a great place to just people watch, it is just a bit too cold for much of that right now.

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In de Wildeman is a popular local hangout - over 200 beers with 17 or so on tap.

Be sure to hunt down a Westvleteren 12 while you're there.
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whatever you do, make sure to get some Nepalese Temple Ball.

best hash on the planet.


(by hash, I am of course referring to the beef and potato dish, and not the cannabis-based drug )

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Wow, I've already filled up two pages in my little pocket notebook with things to check out, thanks!

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Go to Grey Area and forget about the beer. You're in the cannabis capital of the world!

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