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Old 05-12-2011, 11:56 PM   #1
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Traveling to Amsterdam next week and am looking for bars that serve good beers. I have plenty of time - 2 weeks to explore so I may be taking a trip to Bruggs, Belgium.

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Old 05-12-2011, 11:58 PM   #2
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You should check out the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam. It's very cool and is set up a lot like a museum.



 
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:13 AM   #3
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I assume by "Bruggs" you mean Bruges or Brugge. Yes. You need to go. Wonderful place.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:14 AM   #4
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I highly recommend In de Wildeman (http://www.indewildeman.nl/), it's a fantastic bar with a load of beers.

Also, there are 2 fantastic beer stores: Cracked Kettle (I picked up some Westvleteren's there) and De Bierkonin.

 
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:39 PM   #5
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The Heiniken brewery has an interesting tour. Anyone visiting Amsterdam really should go to Anne Frank's house, it will make you think...
Maybe take the Heiniken tour AFTER Anne Franks house, to sort of lighten the mood.

There are a couple of places that cater to those who smoke (if you're into that sort of thing) The Bulldog (just follow the leaves on the sidewalk), and The Milky Way.
There used to be a little coffee shop on Dam Square that served up the best coffee I've ever had, they used to have a half wine barrel out front with a huge pot plant growing in it, but nobody bothered it. Their cream was so thick & rich it turned the coffee an orange color.

There are some nice boat tours of the canals & city, and plenty of art galleries & museums to visit.
Just one more thing: Watch where you step when walking down the sidewalk. When I was there they didn't seem to have any "pooper scooper" laws, or if they did, NOBODY obeyed them; there was dog crap everywhere. I went in late autumn, there will most likely be a lot more for you to see & do in the spring/summer.

Wish I could remember some names of bars/pubs there, but I visited quite a few, had a great time at every one & that makes it kind of tough to remember some of the details. Hope you have a great time! Regards, GF.

 
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The Heiniken brewery has an interesting tour. Anyone visiting Amsterdam really should go to Anne Frank's house, it will make you think...
Maybe take the Heiniken tour AFTER Anne Franks house, to sort of lighten the mood.

There are a couple of places that cater to those who smoke (if you're into that sort of thing) The Bulldog (just follow the leaves on the sidewalk), and The Milky Way.
There used to be a little coffee shop on Dam Square that served up the best coffee I've ever had, they used to have a half wine barrel out front with a huge pot plant growing in it, but nobody bothered it. Their cream was so thick & rich it turned the coffee an orange color.

There are some nice boat tours of the canals & city, and plenty of art galleries & museums to visit.
Just one more thing: Watch where you step when walking down the sidewalk. When I was there they didn't seem to have any "pooper scooper" laws, or if they did, NOBODY obeyed them; there was dog crap everywhere. I went in late autumn, there will most likely be a lot more for you to see & do in the spring/summer.

Wish I could remember some names of bars/pubs there, but I visited quite a few, had a great time at every one & that makes it kind of tough to remember some of the details. Hope you have a great time! Regards, GF.
Jeez, is the Bulldog still there? Been a while. I lived in the NL for a few years when I was in the Army.

OP, be sure to do some "Window Shopping". And, be prepared for a LOT of skanky types to try to sell you hard drugs on the street.

 
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Yeah, but after they are stolen, you can go to the Thieves Market and buy them back.

 
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Things keep coming back to me now......a little tavern across the big street in front of the main train depot. Coming out of the depot, bear to your left, the Groote Swaen (Big Swan) has a nice selection of Netherlands beer and good soup.
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