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Arendsnest Proeflokaal

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Arendsnest ProeflokaalArendsnest Proeflokaal
BA SCORE
100
world-class

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.39%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Herengracht 90
Amsterdam, 1015 BS
Netherlands
phone: +31 20 421 2057

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cafearendsnest

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Photo of kwdavis
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Favorite beer bar in Amsterdam. The place is clean and the service is friendly. Selection of Dutch beers is the best in the city. The wife and I searched out this bar while walking around the city. It was worth the walk. We set at the bar and spoke to the bartender about the beers on tap and the bottle selection. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The prices cover a range but for the most part are average.
I could write a number of things to make this review hit the 500 word minimum but in short; If you are visiting Amsterdam and want to try a wide selection of Dutch beers then go to Café 't Arendsnest.

kwdavis, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%

missed this beer destination on trip #1 to amsterdam.

nice location, about 5 minute walk from our hotel, along the herengracht canal in a very quiet part of the city centre. enjoyed a nice dinner at Seasons, around the corner

stopped in this place twice - once on a sunday afternoon (100% packed) and again on a late Monday night (emptying out)

selection is 100% dutch - awesome. The Belgian beer scene in Amsterdam is pretty awesome, but it's nice to keep it indigenous when possible. There were maybe 30 taps and a book of bottles - on the first trip i selected a few random tripels of varying degrees of quality, and then i focused in on De Molen taps/bottles after getting my bearings. We also ordered up some nice la trappe offerings, but most of those are available back in the US.

we also enjoyed some nice trappist cheese, and had relatively friendly service (with fluent english) on both visits. I believe all they had for food was snack varietals, but there was a nice list of those.

absolute must stop for fine froth in Amsterdam.

dirtylou, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of bnietz
5/5  rDev +9.2%

't Arendsnest was one of our favorite beer places in Amsterdam.

The bar is long with tables on one side, with a large round table in front. On the day my wife and I visited, some American beer guys were enjoying many beers at the front table. Their conversation was great and I soon realized I know nothing about beer (as my wife pointed out).

I wanted to go here especially since they only serve Dutch beer. I had a Christoffel Bok and a lovely 2006 LaTrappe Quadrupel. Many may disagree, but LaTrappe is turning into one of my favorite Trappist Breweries.

A young gentlemen was bartending when we were there and he was cordial, knowledgeable, and right on with his pours and glasswear.

Not to be missed when visiting Amsterdam.

bnietz, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of joedon
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Located on a quiet canal street near the Jordaan. The interior is filled with breweriana from the Netherlands including lots of taps, beer posters, brass and wood. Big copper lights over the bar.
Bar stools for 12, inside tables for 20 and more seating outdoors next to the canal.

Thirty beers on tap including everything from La Trappe. Over one hundred beers in bottles. All of the beers are from the Netherlands.

Everything here is first class. All the glassware is correct including the coasters and the little paper rings on the goblet stems. Beer was all fresh and properly served.

Peter Arends, the owner and head bartender, is almost always on duty and can talk beer for hours. Very knowledgeable and helpful. All of the servers had matching uniforms and really try to please the customers.

Snack menu of mainly bar food. Since most Dutch pubs serve no food, this place is ahead of the pack (although the menu is nothing special).

Compared to other Amsterdam pubs, the prices are about right although pretty expensive compared to the American Midwest.

Highest possible recommendation!

joedon, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of SaintNathaniel
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Visited this place on 24 June 2009 w/jcone17 on our Belgium/Netherlands summer beer trip. Other than the Kulminator this was the best beer bar of the trip. This place is truly one of a kind, with a massive beer list and serving only dutch beers. We had a 1996 La Trappe Quad which aged beautifully and was one of the beer highlights of the trip. Everything was served in the proper glassware and the service was cordial. We arrived at 't Arendsnest in the late afternoon and stayed until the evening - to our surprise, the place remained rather empty the entire time. This place also has the incredible Reypenaer (aged 1 or 2 yrs) cheese which is stunning on its own, but even better, with beer. I can't say enough good things about this place...if you're visiting Amsterdam, this place is a must. For the curious, here are some of the other beers that we had at 't Arendsnest:

Amarillo
La Trappe Witte
1996 La Trappe Quad
La Trappe Bockbier
Gouverneur Brune
Hansje Drinker Tripel
Wiegeleir Grand Cru
Rasputin
Urthel Hop It

SaintNathaniel, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of crenegar
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%

Visited in early November - easy to get to from center of town, only about 12-14 minute walk from Dam Square. Great selection of draft beers - 23 of them - all Dutch. 20 years ago it seems there was Heinekin, Amstel, Skol and lots of places serving Belgian beers. There has been a great revival in small breweries in this country.

Some of the taps included: Jopen Extra Stout (yum), Volen Bock, Snab Ysbok 9%, Hertog Jan Bok and Texels Triple.

A nice bar and very good service - a young guy who knew the beers well and enjoyed talking about them. I'll visit this place everytime I'm in A'dam.

crenegar, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.01/5  rDev -12.4%

We stopped here for some Dutch beer, and we drank some Dutch beer. But that doesn't mean it was an ideal spot. My main complaints are location (blocks and blocks west of the more convenient stops such as Wildeman) and atmosphere (gay 80's rock music to immerse yourself into). To be fair the location IS on a quiet canal which is nice, and the interior is comfortable and lots of woodwork. But seriously the music was a bit much. As for the Dutch beer, it was very good. Most beers were 3-3.5 euros on tap, with 12 taps to my recollection (the owner told me there are 23 taps, perhaps some of them weren't in use when I was there). Worth a stop? Not particularly, I say Wildeman is the spot, and it has some fantastic Dutch beers on tap as well.

TurdFurgison, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of lingates
5/5  rDev +9.2%

If you are looking to really try some great Dutch beers you MUST go here. Though I am not complaining, but many places in Amsterdam serve a lot of Belguim beers but I was really interested in trying a variety of Dutch beers since I was in the Netherlands. This was the place I was looking for. It is a nice looking bar and the bartender was knowledgable and friendly. He went through all the beers on tap helping me make my decisions.

I guess that the Herengracht 90 Blond (housebeer) has more demand than supply so that was not on tap but he had opened some bottles of it up for some guys that were tasting there that night (I know at least one of them works for Rogue) and he poured me a glass as well! I know that next time I am in Amsterdam I will be back here.

lingates, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%

Arendsnest is one of my favorite places to drink in Amsterdam. Beautiful bar with great fixtures and plenty of seating everywhere. Really friendly service. The quality and serving of the beer is top notch. If a beer hasn't been poured in awhile, the line is cleared, period. You won't find many bars that do that. The place is famous for selling only dutch beer with several bottles and about 12 beers on draught, the only thing is....dutch beers arn't very good. Sure, there are some nice dutch beers (De Molen, Ij, Christoffel, Hemel), but as a whole there isn't a lot of great beers to drink. Overall, Arendsnest is a great place.

Crosling, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of bierme
3.7/5  rDev -19.2%

Selection was very good. The Jopen Dry Stout was an excellent example of the style.

The bar while small is well set up and I very much enjoyed the atmosphere.

I tried some of the cheese also very good.

Now the problem. The service was awful. Went two nights, the first night it was me and three regulars and the bartender whose best attribute was ignoring me. Very impatient and unwilling to explain the vast array of Dutch only beers. Second night was there with two friends and Peter the owner was tending bar. Only slightly more helpful. If he had spent half of much time telling me about Dutch beers as he did telling what they don't make it would have been a much better experience.

bierme, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%

This is flat out THE place to go in Amsterdam for Dutch beer. 10 dutch beers on tap, and a beautiful leather bound beer book with more Dutch bottled varities. When I was there, the "house" beer was on tap (The Herengracht 80--named for the canal that the bar is on), and it was very good. Also on tap were the SNAB beers, of particular note was the SNAB Ijsbok, absolutely mind blowing. Service was very friendly and as prompt as I wanted it to be. For some reason this place tends to be less smokey than Gollem, but with that said Gollem is well worth the smoke. All in all a must-see while in Amsterdam.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of CBA
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%

Whereas Gollem is akin to De Garre this place is more like Cambinus in Brugge. More polished, bright, and modern. Great location on the edge of the "nine streets". Another perfect stop after a long days walk. However as most places in Belgium and the Netherlands it opens late. (generally after 4pm) As you know they are serving only Dutch beers (of which I am unfamiliar with) the barman was most willing to suggest and inform. Back page of the beer list had quite a few dutch vintages of course including many from La Trappe. He recommends a very nice cherry beer for my wife that is more beer and less kriek. I have a few of the Brouwerij De Prael offerings. The Mary on tap was particularly good (somewhat reminding me of Bells Batch 8000).

This is definitely a place to expand your beer horizons with an excellent rotating tap selection.

CBA, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of BarryNL
3.93/5  rDev -14.2%

An original and innovative bar. This narrow Amsterdam style "kroeg" serves only beers brewed in the Netherlands - but what a selection! They have typically 21 beers on tap and probably another 50 in bottles. I wish I could have worked my way through at least the draught range but I shall just have to keep visiting.

The beers are well served - and represent a surprising range considering the origin. Draught beers are naturally dominated by Dutch styles like blond, trappist and Belgian styles but there is also a smattering of pale ales and stouts.

The quality of the beers is excellent with good examples of Dutch styles and interesting variations on British and American styles.

The service can be a little slow, and the pouring of the bottled beers left something to be desired - beers with yeast in the bottle were not poured smoothly in one go, but half poured with the bottle served along with the glass (for the customer to pour the rest of his now yeast filled beer himself, I guess). The premises is a little cramped (what bar in Amsterdam isn't?)

All in all, a must visit for beer lovers visiting Amsterdam (or lucky enough like me to live within 30 miles of the place).

[To answer a point raised in an earlier review - smoking is allowed here, although is will be banned in all bars throughout The Netherlands from July 2008]

BarryNL, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of longbeachtom
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%

I've visited this bar twice in the last two weeks and will return soon. This is my favorite beer bar in Amsterdam. The main selling points are: quality and selection of Dutch beers; location - easier to find than most of the other noteworthy bars being conveniently located on the Herengraacht canal; ambience and customer service exemplified by the owner who served me and was genuinely excited about his offerings and the Dutch beer scene. There is no Heineken or Amstel here but a large selection of local brews that most travelers have never heard of. After describing my general beer preferences, Peter set me up with 4, four ounce tasters for 6 euros - all were excellent. I then ordered a glass of the most balanced imperial stout I've ever had, pronounced Charbonee...and a plate of oude kaas or old cheese. The place was not smoky...perhaps smoking is verboten here...I forgot to look for signs. The bar is very inviting...guys bring your wives/girlfriends here...they'll enjoy the vibe and there is outdoor canal side seating on sunny days. Check this place out. You won't regret it.

longbeachtom, May 14, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%

Visited twice in 3 days with my wife on our recent trip to the Netherlands and Belgium.

One question- if you are in the Netherlands, why would you go to a Belgian beer pub? GO TO A DUTCH PUB. GO TO THIS ONE.

I loved this place almost immediately. Full of locals but welcoming to strangers. Willing to help out a foreigner who knows a thing or three about Belgian beer but knows almost nothing about Dutch beer. English friendly. Includes a bunch of taps (10-12) and about 100 bottled beers, all Dutch. And the ones I tried were very tasty without being big, over the top, or huge alcohol bombs. LaTrappe, Jopen, 't IJ were very available, as well as a bunch I've never heard of. The "Eagle's Nest" also has a house beer brewed by a local brewery. The owner has written a book about Dutch breweries/pubs and is very involved in the "Promotion of Dutch Beer" group, whatever it's called.

Being spring, the local favorite was Lente Bier style (kind of maibock style, but not quite), which I now like a lot.

But bottom line, do yourself a favor and go here to enjoy the country.

Note: Older versions of Tim Webb's guide (the ones that include the Netherlands) suggest going to Lieve next door for food. We did that- it was really good, but it was an expensive 3 1/2 hour meal, not a "quick bite". Be warned if you think you might try the same.

Dukeofearl, May 10, 2007
Photo of Truh
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%

"Those pancakes were so damn good,” Jim salivated as we crossed a bridge over the Herengracht. It was getting close to 9:00 p.m. and Jim was still talking about the breakfast we had after we had gotten situated at the hotel earlier in the day. We had spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the city proper, taking in all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that it had to offer. We had been up for close to 30 hours straight by that point, but we were all riding a high from experiencing a different culture than our own, and excited about beginning our sampling of the local Dutch beer.

“There it is,” I said ignoring Jim and pointed to the sign that lit the establishment, a slight, chilly fog drifting through the streets, obscuring it somewhat. Kumar ran ahead of us, aching to use the facilities, and yelled back to at least order him up some water. He stumbled up the stairs a bit, but wound himself in the bar successfully and cantilevered out of our sight.

“Who’s fucking nest,” Jim wanted to know as we too climbed the stoop and entered the bar. The place had a rectangular footprint, longer than it was wide, with some free tables on the windowed street side, a long, gorgeous wooden bar on the left, a few small tables opposite it, and finally a number of other tables in the back with one large one that looked like it could accommodate up to ten people. We found three empty stools at the end of the bar and set up camp. There were two bartenders on duty, who both wore crisp white shirts and matching bar aprons. One of them immediately pegged us for out-of-towners and asked us in English what it was we would like to drink. Jim’s Union flag do-rag, which he had been wearing all day, was a dead give-away. We hadn’t had time to peruse the ales, so we checked out the printed beer menu and were told by the bartender to read the chalkboard behind us that listed all of their current draughts. They had twelve taps going, La Trappe slamming with at least three of the handles, while Jopen also seemed to be sharing the limelight. We ordered a round of La Trappe Dubbels and waters, and set about trying to translate some of the lighter fare food options they offered. No big meals to be had here, just cheeses, cured meats, and the like. That was perfectly fine for us, as we had been eating since we had gotten off the plane in Shiphol. The beer menu itself was comprised of over 100 bottles, and proper glassware was standard for all pours.

“Holy crap,” Kumar said as he returned from the bathroom in the back. “Look at that thing.” Jim and I looked up to where Kumar’s gaze was fixed. A huge La Trappe amphora was displayed at the top of the mirrored bar back, style undetermined due to its distance from our group.

“Shit, we should get that instead of whatever we ordered,” Jim schemed, “and then we can eat our space cakes with it.” I turned to face Jim and shook my head, laughing.

“What, you think that’s a bad idea or something,” Jim asked. Just then the bartender set our beers down, small paper cozies wrapped around the stemmed bases of the goblets. Kumar stared in wonder at these devices. He picked up his glass and examined the paper closely, noting that some of the head had spilled over to dribble down the side of his glass, coming to a rest on the cozy.

“This place,” Kumar started then stopped. “Well,” he stammered, searching, still staring at the cozy, “it’s just, you know, fucking civilized, isn’t it?”

“Hell yeah,” Jim replied to Kumar’s rhetorical question, “Jesus, they have naked women dancing in their windows,” he bellowed and drained half of his Dubbel in one gulp. For the next two hours or so we continued our schooling in all things Dutch beer, the locals cozying up to the crazy ravings of Jim, and one older gentleman with impeccable English engaging Kumar in a spirited discussion of the US’s mid-term elections and what affect they might have on the next presidential election. One guy, a construction worker, insisted that we all try the local ale Mary, brewed by Brouwerij De Praerl, one of only two working breweries remaining in the city. He even bought us all a round, endearing him immediately to our ragged bunch. One of the bartenders, known for his wide-ranging knowledge of Scotch whisky, also set us up with drams of the only whisky made in the Netherlands.

The night became suffused with that oddly peculiar quality of timeless vacuousness, where things both slow down and oddly speed up. That was due in large part to the fact that our pours never seemed to get completely drained before another new Dutch beer was placed in front of us. However, our lack of sleep probably aided in this somewhat hallucinatory experience as well. We had another place we had to get to, somehow. I hoisted myself up, scrabbling at the money I laid out on the bar top, and somehow managed to pay our bill, which was miniscule as many of the beers we had drained had been comped by either the bar or our new, local friends. Off to Gollem.

Truh, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.16/5  rDev -9.2%

Visited on Friday 14th Oct 2005. It is a lovely long room with the bar running down the left hand side, with the exception of the area just inside the door where a large circular table is located. This was where our foursome sat.

The atmosphere was tainted slightly by the music being played. It wasn't the kind of music one could ingore and leave as a background. The other minor irritation was when people passed in, they invariably left the door open causing a cold breeze to blow on us.

Enough quibbling! Excellent selection of Dutch beers (only Dutch, so hence the 4 ranking). I had Joppen Hoppen, Mary (de Prael), and Texels Bok all on tap. I confess I wouldn't really know enough about Dutch beers to order many bottles.

This is a very nice beer bar, and a must visit when in Amsterdam.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of Andreji
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%

On my visit to one of my friends here in amsterdam I had the chance to borrow their bike for going around the city while they're still at uni. on a tuesday- hopeless to visit 't IJ- I decided the next best thing would be 't Arendsnest.

I came accross the place twice on my bicycle but they were still not open- they're not much of an early lunch place, but I kept my cool and came back around 5pm. The sun was still shining intenseley- the spectacular advantage of an uncommon summer here- which enhanced the outer accomodation, literally on the sidewalk opposite the actual bar, au bord of one of amsterdam's beautiful canals. the scenery is fantastic, and the sunburn is avoided by the subtle cover of the flourished trees this time of year.

But I couldn't find a place outside- perhaps a more bike-skilled crowd gathered there before I maladroitly locked mine onto a post. So I sat inside. The place has a very old and traditional aspect. much like all of Amsterdam's buildings, the width merely fits the bar and a row of tables, but goes in further deep although shouldn't accomodate more than 30 people at once. The walls boast the place's several diplomas condecorating their dedication to dutch beer, and atop the tables the pack of coasters and the ashtray come from La Trappe.

In the background, the conversation of a group of 50 or 60 year old men with the bartender- the first ignoring the music, the second queueing it without much interest (it was a set of old late 80's early 90's music)

The selection at the menu is very impressive. they barely carry some 8 taps but certainly is not a problem, because the menu layout- by brewery, style, abv and price for the bottles is more than anyone can take. I'd come to make myself a "tripel tasting", and began with a Java Tripel by Brouwerij de Halve Maan. Ensuite, a de Leckere Tripel (B. de Leckere) proved this would be an exceptional experience, even if i was on my own throughout. I brought myself to join in the conversation with the bartender right after, proving my dutch was a bit clumsy but understandable nonetheless. the people also gave me a good accueil and I left the place with the promise of return in one year, despite my urge to return right away.

Andreji, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.9/5  rDev +7%

Comming from the Bockbeerfestival due to overcrowding it was a relief to be in the arendtsnest. To say is why go into this overcrowded festival if you can go to the Arendtsnest! Top 3 of the bokbierrankings from Pint 2004 on tap next to their own bock and the La Trappe and almost all the other dutch bock's and even some aged ones! On the bar there were coppies of the Bokbiertastings 2004 so you have imformation and won't be disappointed with a diacethyl or infectedbeer like I have at the bokbierfestival.
Woww and what a list of other beers they have! All dutch but that's when you find out how many good beer's are comming from this litle country!
Peter( = owner) also let beers brew specially for Arendtsnest and they are( as far as I know) all great!
My favorite place to drink beer in Amsterdam!

paterlodie, Nov 01, 2004
Arendsnest Proeflokaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
100 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.