Taps: 30 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rinhaak:
4.5/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a lovely bar, and as an American interested in unique beers I cannot find at home, by far my favorite in the city.
The selection is astounding. Serving only Dutch beer, they claim to have every Dutch craft brewery represented. There are 30 beers on tap and roughly 120 bottled beers available. There is also a sizable list of rare and aged beers that is surprisingly affordable (I enjoyed a 9 year old La Trappe Quadruple that was simply sublime for only €8.)
Situated right along one of Amsterdam's many canals, the bar has limited outdoor seating. On my first visit, I had a lovely seat right next to the water and the waiter/bartender took my orders from outside. Inside, the café is small (long and very narrow) but tends to have enough seating. There are posters of various Dutch breweries along the walls, and a long bar lines about 75% of the wall.
One can taste anything before ordering - a nice feature that once saved me from purchasing a beer I may not have enjoyed as much. The bar staff is very knowledgable though always short-staffed; unfortunately, every time I have visited, there has been only one bartender on duty to attend to the entire bar. Considering the bar is usually crowded (though I've never not been able to get a seat), this is quite a task. That said, though the service is a tad slow, the one bartender always does an admirable job.
I have fallen in love with Café 't Arendsnest, and I will continue to return on every subsequent visit I make to the city. Highly, highly recommended.
04-23-2011 15:41:38 | More by rinhaak
More User Reviews:
4.64/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Great selection of Dutch beers, and none from elsewhere. Of all the places we stopped on our trip through the Netherlands and Belgium, this place had the best service. The bartenders seemed to know the beers well. It was and brighter than the other great beer bar we went to Amsterdam (Cafe Gollem). If I try hard to think of a drawback, it's that they only have Dutch beers, though there are plenty of of those, and many of them are great.
05-16-2014 14:24:34 | More by Yetiman
4.25/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This bar is 100% Dutch beer. And it’s amazing. We hung out here multiple times during our short stay. The bartenders we met were wonderful people. One of them remembered my partner from his visit a few months earlier.
One gripe I had (and don't let this detract you at all from coming here): slow service. I’m an impatient American, so sometimes I’m overly picky about service that is actually not slow. However, waiting a half hour to be able to get the bartender's attention, finally being able to tell him what I want, and then after 10 more minutes of him not pouring the single beer I ordered, we left. This was on a relatively slow Monday night, but there was only one bartender and he couldn’t handle the crowd. It was an isolated incident, though, and normally the service is fine (it was definitely satisfactory every other time we were there). I walked to Beer Temple, so I guess they got my money anyways. Oh well. They’re nice people.
11-25-2013 01:10:31 | More by Fluffheady
Arendsnest Proeflokaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
99 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.