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Arendsnest Proeflokaal

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.37%
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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brunomisumi, Sep 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

davidfortunato, Oct 29, 2010
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

'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
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

BronxBirdFlu, Sep 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

ksimons, Oct 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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."

AMiz602, Jan 08, 2012
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4.94/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

bosox941827, Mar 26, 2011
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4.94/5  rDev +7.6%

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
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4.94/5  rDev +7.6%

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
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4.9/5  rDev +6.8%

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
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4.8/5  rDev +4.6%

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
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4.78/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

Neorebel, Sep 13, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

ItinOcean, Sep 01, 2014
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Canada_Dan, May 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

MicroBeerMan1980, Sep 22, 2014
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gnikola, Apr 25, 2014
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uturn, Jan 09, 2014
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Arendsnest Proeflokaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
100 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.