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Arendsnest Proeflokaal

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Arendsnest ProeflokaalArendsnest Proeflokaal

43 Reviews
Reviews: 43
Visits: 76
Avg: 4.52
pDev: n/a
Taps: 30
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cafearendsnest

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Photo of davidfortunato
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Atmosphere: Most Americans would say, "this ain't so hot" because to us, it isn't. It just looks like a normal (albeit clean and shiny) bar. But that's the great part. Bars with actual bar stool seating are pretty rare in Holland, Belgium, and France. This place is new and because it is new it has an American style. This is great because it allows you constant access to the bartenders, who are friendly, speak perfect English (like 90% of the Dutch), are REALLY excited to tell you about Dutch craft brewing.

Quality: Outstanding. I had no idea that Dutch craft brewing was so developed and interesting. As you may expect, there were several Belgium style beers, but also American styles (big IPA and Imperials), as well as classic German styles and things that I have never tasted before and was informed were unique to Holland. Really interesting, really good.

Service: Fantastic. Despite being busy, the bartenders were only too happy to give me a lesson in Dutch craft beers as well as Dutch whisky. This is the best service I have ever had in a European bar. The best.

Selection: I have never seen more beers on tap in any other European bar that is not in Belgium... and this joint can give almost any Belgian bar a run for its money. Bonus: not a single usual suspect. Not one.

Food: I don't even know if they served food. Too busy drinking. But, the restaurant next door is quite good.

Value: Great. Amsterdam is very expensive, and these beers were not cheap, but they were on the same scale as Brussels (a much cheaper city) and just as good (I was surprised as well). Even better, they had a great selection of Dutch whisky as well as Bourbon and Scotch, and they pour 5cl tumblers, for the going European rate of 2cl. HUGE shots for the normal price.

This is the best bar in the Netherlands. You would be foolish not to go.

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Photo of bnietz
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

'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.

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Photo of kwdavis
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of lingates
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of ksimons
5/5  rDev +10.6%

I was recently in Amsterdam and ended up coming back here three nights in a row. The beers are all Dutch and most I had never heard of, but the bartenders were great in giving suggestions and I did not have a bad beer while there. The bar itself is very attractive, lots of dark wood with vintage posters and a long bar that can seat up to a dozen or so people. The clientele seemed to be a mix of locals and visitors and had a great, friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend this bar to any beer lovers who find their way to Amsterdam.

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Photo of AMiz602
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This bar, so very close to Centraal Station, is a must. It is located on the easy to remember corner of Herenstraat and Herengracht. It is, "Simply Dutch." 30 Dutch beers on tap, and always a ton of De Molen bottles to choose from. The giant, bar-room long tap is a copper masterpiece. It is "heel gezellig" (very relaxing and enjoyable). The staff are more than happy to let you try your whims, and even though it can get busy, will let you sit there and sip in deep conversation. The beer is pretty normally priced by Amsterdam standards, but you rarely find some of the draft beers anywhere else in the city. This place by far is the best place for a Dutch Bar Experience, and with the huge selection, decent prices, and the allowance for taste testing, is a great way to expand one's beer palate. Tip: One of the few places to find, on tap, the rare and Quadruppely delicacy that is De Molen's "Hel & Verdoemenis."

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Photo of bosox941827
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

In Amsterdam for a weekend and put this place at the top of the list based on recommendations here. This bar serves ONLY Dutch beers, 30+ of which are on tap, along with another 100 or so in bottles, and they are rightfully proud of this. The place is cozy, with a few tables in the front and along the bar, and then a few more in back. The long bar dominates the room and is very cozy.

Finally made it on a Sunday evening about 90 mins before closing time. Bar was fairly empty as you might imagine at 10:30 on a Sunday night, but there appeared to be a few regulars that the bartender knew. A good sign (perhaps being that it was a Sunday evening) is that when I arrived, the bartender was in the middle of cleaning the taps.

Despite this, the bartender seemed eager to talk and, as I was alone, I was too. He was EXTREMELY knowledgable, not just about Dutch beers, but regarding American ones as well. He recommended a few beers based on my preference (IPAs - Brouwerij de Molen blond - an IPA(!) - stood out). All beers were served in proper, branded glasses. A couple of heavy menu books were spread around the bar and a few chalkboards carried the on-tap list, which was very up-to-date and did NOT contain Heineken or Amstel!

All in all, can't recommend this place more highly. Gotta go if you're fortunate to make it to Amsterdam.

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Photo of Andreji
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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!

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Photo of AaronAndrews
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

They have a great selection of Dutch beers, only Dutch beers that you can not find many other places. Bar staff were very friendly and willing to help with making a choice. Looking forward to going back!!

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Photo of flyingpig
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A cracking pub with 30+ beers on tap & more bottles than I could count, all of the Dutch beers. The place also had a good seleciton of Jenevers as well, literally everything they sell is Dutch. Had a good few beers here and the majority were excellent, with plenty from De Molen, most of the La Trappe range and some good beers from Emelisse too. The price wasn't bad either, I got the tab at the end of the night fearing the worst but was happy to find most beer were around €3-4 with some of the stronger ones coming in at €6. An excellent pub that was quite busy on a Friday night but very friendly. The bar staff were also very pleasant, recommending various drinks and letting you try a few as well. A must visit.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped here on my European Beer-cation. As someone mentioned before, the essence of this place is a classy, clean bar with ample seating and a knowledgeable bartender. Once we asked about the house and local beers he opened right up and was discussing how American microbrew culture has come to Amsterdam and he had us tasting many selections. The menu is very expansive and I felt very unusual in that I was not familiar with the all Dutch names. I'm a noob again! I wish I spent more time here and also went to the sister location - BeerTemple. Well, I do know I will be back in Amsterdam - I'd like to learn more about their own scene as well as a little of the language itself.

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Photo of ItinOcean
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

The only improvement I can see is on the food side, which is good but really just bar snacks. Enjoyed a nice afternoon between flights through Schiphol.

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Photo of joedon
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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!

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Photo of heymikew
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A wonderful showcase of Dutch craft beer!
If I lived in this town, I'd come here every night.
See my pic post (pending, when we are able to post) of their artful Dutch lineup on the chalkboard.
Very friendly, knowledgeable bartenders and patrons alike

Visited in Aug '11. Everyone I met spoke fluent English and were most helpful in getting me to sample delicious domestic craft in my favorite genres.

I was lucky and caught this place just after canal pride, when most were passed out on watercraft. It was moderately busy, comfortable and easy to converse.

It's located in the Jordaan, halfway between Central Station and Prinsengracht.

This is a MUST DO for beer geeks visiting Amsterdam!

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I've been visiting Amsterdam since I was 22 years old (35 now) and somehow overlooked this place each time. We were drinking over at the owners other bar one night - BeerTemple, and the barkeep suggested we head over to Café 't Arendsnest because they serve nothing but Dutch beer and it's a good representation of what Holland has to offer to the beer world.

Man, what a bar! The atmosphere has that nice quaint Old World feel that many of the bars do in Amsterdam - the place was packed but still functioned without a hitch. The quality and service were topnotch, using proper glassware for each type of brew, as well as that formal Dutch approach to serving beer (perfect pour and presentation every time). The staff is young but very knowledgeable and I had no doubt that I was drinking some of the finest beers Holland has to offer - Snab Pale Ale, Brouwerij 't Volen Ootje, as well as some others that I can't recall off the top of my head. My wife and I loved this place and tried to hit it up every night we were there, even just for one or two drinks.

Don't skip this place the next time your in Amsterdam!

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Photo of longbeachtom
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of JimTeal
4.7/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Visited a couple of times in September 2012. I don't like to be repetitive but others have nailed the place in their reviews. I think we had the same ravenhaired bartender who did indeed handle it all by herself, tables, bar and she was quite fetching I might add. The atmosphere was pleasant enough, I longed for a view of Herengracht but they only have a couple of tables overlooking the gentelman's canal, otherwise very good and comfortably pleasant. I am impressed by their fresh draft offerings with more than adequate descriptions of the beers. Did I mention that the bartender was professional and easy to talk to and look at? Food wise I recomment the peppered aged gouda plate as a nice side for the beers. I may be oversold on the Jopen's Ongelvige Thomas, but it is my benchmark for overall European beer taste and flavor. Back to 't Arendsnest, it is not hard to find when you are in Amsterdam and if you are looking for a Dutch beer experience you can do no better, though Wildman and de Zotte offer better overall selections, Arendsnest is a must do. We met a few good folks who were returning from the Munich Octoberfest and their overall impressions were solidly positive.

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Photo of Truh
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

"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.

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Photo of arhythmt
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Every time I visit Amsterdam, I make sure I visit The Heron's Nest. They strive to carry every Dutch beer, and their vintage list is terrific. I've been a few times and the service and selection have been consistently terrific. I had a vintage bottle of a strange Dutch beer called Kasparus Patrix here after another patron said he drank too many of them the previous night and missed his flight home. Obviously I had to try it, and I loved it. I can't think of another bar in The Netherlands that would even have such a beer...well worth the trip.

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Photo of Yetiman
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is an absolute must stop when visiting Amsterdam. This is the Dutch beer mecca so if you're looking to get a great picture of the Dutch craft scene, look no further.

Like its sister bar, BeerTemple, this is a pretty small and cozy place. The wife and I got here around 18:00 and had no problem finding a place to sit or getting service. Service here is top notch by the way.

The bartendar was extremely knowledgable about his beer and made terrific recommendations to both my wife and I. He was also friendly in making casual conversation.

As far as the selection goes, it can't get much better. Lots of taps and a huge bottle selection including several cellared options. My wife and I split a 2005 La Trappe Quad. It was phenonimal and a steal at €7.00.

As far as prices go, everything was very reasonable and affordable. I thought this place was a tremendous value that I can't recommend enough.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.61/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

In de Wildeman may be the classic Amsterdam beer bar, but Arendsnest is the ultimate place to visit if you're looking for Dutch beer. The interior is brightly lit with light colored wood panels around. A long bar can comfortably seat at least a dozen as well as the taps which are pouring. If you're looking for a selection of the taps for the day, look behind you and you'll find a chalkboard which posts the 30 taps of all Dutch beer (brands including Christoffe, De 7 Deugden, Durts & Laurent). Sure, you could ask for a bottle list, but if you're from out of town, most of the taps you won't be familiar with.

Another aspect which surprised me besides the selection was the service. Two bartenders behind the bar, but both were not only keeping up with orders, but the one who dealt with me was extremely knowledgeable about what was pouring, as well as a recommendation for a cheese plate. He also explained why Arendsnest prefers, in most cases, to use their own custom glassware versus using the brewery's glassware.

Without a doubt, the "eagle's nest" is a must-stop in the city.

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Arendsnest Proeflokaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
98 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.