LifeinAmsterdam: Best winter bars in Amsterdam

LifeinAmsterdam: Best winter bars in Amsterdam

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Winter in Amsterdam is the perfect time to check out some extra cosy bars. Kira goes on a quest for the best (fireplace often included).

This morning the first flakes of snow came twirling down. Winter 2012/2013 has started, and here is where to go to warm up! And yes, most of them feature a fire place.

Bubbles & Wines
Tucked away in the Nes, the Theatre street just off Dam Square is one of the best wine bars in Amsterdam: Bubbles & wines.

Fire place: there’s no need for a fire place when enjoying Parmiggiano Reggiano cheese with truffle honey and a glass of Amarone.

Good to know: don’t know anything about wines? The bar tenders are wine lovers that are happy to help you find something to your liking.

Nes 37, Amsterdam Centre.

LifeinAmsterdam: Best winter bars in Amsterdamar Oldenhof
The most stylish brown bar in Amsterdam, for people seeking a quiet evening enjoying quality drinks & service.

Fire place: What’s a homely interior without a fire place? Take a seat nearby, or if you smoke: upstairs. All sofa’s and arm chairs are super comfortable.

Good to know: Owners and brothers Oldenhof (tell ‘m Kira says ‘hi’) want to offer their guests an escape from their busy lives, so they have made the place wifi connection proof.

Elandsgracht 84, Amsterdam Jordaan.

The bar - lounge of the College Hotel
The interior of the College is so stylishly homey and modern.

Fire place: Present, with four seats in front of it! Although, I recommend taking a seat in the semi-private nook next to the bar. Oh, and thos big armchairs are most comfi too!

Good to know: 90% of the staff is a student, which makes service quality consistency quite hard to achieve for the management.

Roelof Hartstraat 1, Amsterdam Oud Zuid.

LifeinAmsterdam: Best winter bars in AmsterdamDe Ysbreeker
A superb all-day-meet-up place is De Ysbreeker. Despite it’s large size, the ambiance is pleasant, homely and casual.

Fire place: present! as well as a billiard table and winter garden.

Good to know: they’ve got an excellent wine list - and I believe all of them you can get home delivered via Wines in Amsterdam.

Weesperzijde 23 (along the Amstel river), Amsterdam.

Cafe de Wetering
A local secret is Cafe de Wetering. It’s a brown bar, nothing fancy and free of ‘I’m so supercool people’.

Fire place: present! Just as a bar cat.

Good to know: this bar has many ‘stamgasten’ (regulars) with always an interesting story to tell. And if no one’s there, the bar tenders are happy to strike up a conversation. For more privacy, head to the upper level.

Cafe de Wetering, Weteringstraat 37, Amsterdam centre (near Utrechtsestraat).

The bar-lounge of the Dylan Hotel
Set in an Amsterdam canal house is the boutique hotel The Dylan.

Fire place: the fire place is large and open - two long sofa’s are on each side of it.

Good to know: The Dylan is one of the classiest and most expensive hotels in Amsterdam. Because it’s perceived so upscale, few locals hop in here for a drink. Consequently, the lounge is very tranquil (which I love).

Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam-Centre.

LifeinAmsterdam: Best winter bars in Amsterdam
The Winter Garden of the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

Wintertuin Krasnapolsky
When you need ‘light’ and a bit of ‘green’, but outside you find it too cold, then head to the Krasnapolsky Hotel on Dam Square. Inside, you’ll find the Wintertuin aka Wintergarden. It’s not really my cup of tea, but do have a look!

Hotel Krasnapolsky, Damsquare 9, Amsterdam Centre.

And then of course: all historical bars in Amsterdam are perfectly cut out for a cold winters’ day (and eve); how else would they have survived for centuries??

Kira Nijenhuis / Expatica

Kira NijenhuisKira Nijenhuis blogs about her Amsterdam discoveries on She explores the city's beautiful and authentic side; from cool cocktails and luscious lunch places to century old bars and true local things to do. 

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1 Comment To This Article

  • carrico posted:

    on 18th January 2013, 03:30:35 - Reply

    come on, what about louie's, the smallest pub on (off?) the dam?
    dang, did he go out of business, too?