Arendsnest Proeflokaal

Arendsnest ProeflokaalArendsnest Proeflokaal
Arendsnest ProeflokaalArendsnest Proeflokaal
Bar, Eatery

Herengracht 90
Amsterdam, 1015 BS

+31 20 421 2057 | map

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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

This beer bar right on the canal is comfy cozy bar, furnished with deep rich wood. The brewery has a deep selection of Dutch beers. As an American, it's a little tough to navigate the list knowing none of the breweries, but it is good to get a taste of local fare. The entire list is on Untappd too so that is also great. Food wise, it is a meat and cheese plate affair so it's a little limited. Overall, really like this bar.

Mar 22, 2020
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TheSeeker from New York

3.7/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

This is a very odd place - it clearly prides itself on having Dutch roots as all the beer/cheese is from the Netherlands. And as far as Amsterdam pubs go it's at the top of the list (the bar isn't that high here pardon the numerous puns). But maybe it's a sign of the times post Trumps victory and the unease Europe feels towards America (I didn't vote Trump but never mind that!) the service very clearly sent a message that American esque visitors are less than welcome- case in point less you think this is some sort of paranoia: my wife (Canadian and like me fairly humble and respectful) actually WAVED her arms in the face of a few often barstaff and they actually pretended to not notice. Now, a few things to make clear - we were at the bar for many rounds, were polite, patient and respectful of the clear policy that "you will be served when the staff is good and ready to serve you", but it was taken to such an extreme that my mild mannered wife had to wave her arms madly in the face of staff who ignored her. It was beyond absurd and truly sent as message. Maybe enter wearing Canadian icons if you're from N.America but that prob makes no difference. Very sad experience as the beer is excellent as was it's care and presentation. Anyway we still love Amsterdam and especially great beer but this experience has no place in what once was a supposedly forward oriented town. As well I can guarantee the management of this pub could give a flying f&@k about reviews especially this one, so while that sure sounds pure and cool - it isn't. 2 cents y'all but it is very seldom I've been provoked to writing in this manner let alone related to some pub.

Dec 29, 2016
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Redrover from Wisconsin

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

My wife & I loved this place, it would be my local if I lived here.

Located in a nice neighborhood right near a canal, this is an immaculately maintained bar. There is lots of warm wood, some cool latticed windows and brewery memorabilia on display.

There are a few outside tables as you approach the stairs to the entrance. Upon entry you are greeted by a gleaming wood bar with 51 tap handles. All the beers (tap & bottles) are from the Netherlands. Beer was in great shape and served in the correct glasses.

The service was friendly, was free with samples and suggested some other great places to try.

The food was very good. It mainly consists of cheeses and sausages, but what a selection! We had a smoked sausage & a dry sausage flavored with heather. We had four different cheeses (I think they offer more than dozen).

Give this place a try, you will not be disappointed!

Nov 30, 2016
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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!!

Jul 25, 2015
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flyingpig from Scotland

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.

Apr 14, 2015
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ksimons from Illinois

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.

Oct 06, 2014
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ItinOcean from Italy

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.

Sep 01, 2014
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Yetiman from Wyoming

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.

May 16, 2014
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Great selection of Dutch beers. The only place where you'll find a lot of these. Laid back vibe with a nice outdoor seating along a quiet canal.

Edit- unfortunately I have to dock them points for service after my last visit. A beer that I ordered upon recommendation from the bartender was clearly infected with strong diacetyl. When I said something about it, he insisted that it was supposed to taste that way. I think he was new and there may have been some recent staff turnover. Always seemed to be the same people there the last 3 or 4 times I visited. Oh well, I'll be back nonetheless.

May 05, 2014
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Fluffheady from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%
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.

Nov 25, 2013
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BeerHunter76 from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I got the chance to celebrate Zwanze day in Amsterdam this year. Having spent afternoons, and nights in the Beertemple I decided to change it up and hit their sister bar, Arendsnest with a friend. This was a brilliant decision. Arendsnest overlooks one of Amsterdam's canals off a quiet street about a 15 minute walk from the Beertemple. The beer selection is primarily Dutch craft beer with some Danish brews mixed in for kicks. The atmosphere is laid back, the bar is beautifully appointed and light. A complete 180 from the decor of the Temple. The bartenders are friendly, prompt, and very helpful. If you ever happen to find yourself in Amsterdam, this is a MUST for any beer lover.

Oct 04, 2013
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arhythmt from California

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.

Aug 01, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

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.

May 13, 2013
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metter98 from New York

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Vibe: This is a small bar located on the upscale Herengracht, which doesn't have many bars or restaurants located along the canal and is away from the tourist areas. The place seemed to have an even balance between locals and visitors. Bartenders behind the copper bar were arrived in matching. suit-like uniforms.

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware such as goblets, snifters and brewery-specific glasses. Paper coasters were fitted on the base of the glass.

Service: Service was a little slow and unhurried, but normal compared to European standards.

Selection: The bar prides itself in only serving Dutch beer on draught and has 30 such taps as well as a large selection of bottled beers. Flight of three decent sized glasses are also available for €7,50 and served on a placemat with the names of the beers written on them.

Apr 19, 2013
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JimTeal from Nevada

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.

Nov 09, 2012
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here for the first time on 02OCT12, during a day-long visit to Amsterdam from my base in Maastricht.

It's another warm, busy, woody, friendly place. From the outside, up a short set of stairs into a place which is long and narrow, from front to back. A few small tables are near the entrance, and then the bar appears to the left, running about 2/3rds of the way back. Beyond that are about 5-6 small tables in the rear, where the "facilities" are located. Loads of bier posters, pics and placards adorn the walls here. The lighting is incandescent and warm, though the place is a bit brighter than, say, the Café De Knijnspiep in Maastricht. The bar has a long tap tower, and behind the bar reside loads of great glasses for every bier imaginable (well, almost...). It's all Dutch, all the time here. About 30 or so biers are pourable, plus loads more from bottles. I had a couple of things I had never heard of before (Sallandse, Hertog Jan) which were real nice! The lone bartender, a lanky, dark-haired lass, took care of the whole place solo without batting an eye. Gotta love it! Bummed that I had never been here before, but I surely won't pass this place up in the future! Prosit!!

4.5/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$


Oct 28, 2012
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heymikew from California

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 Grachtengordel-west, halfway between Central Station and Westerkerk.

This is a MUST DO for beer geeks visiting Amsterdam!

Mar 31, 2012
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AMiz602 from Pennsylvania

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."

Jan 08, 2012
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fulcrum from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

The atmosphere is very cozy, overlooking a nice canal, with just the right amount of light, seats, wooden furniture, etc. I got there before it opened and found some nice shops right around the corner where I got some quality local stocking stuffers. The bar staff was knowledgable and patient. They have a terrific selection of beers that they matched up well with my loosely stated preferences. Was only there three nights (Sunday through Tuesday) but went back for a 2nd time and was equally pleased. Find somewhere else to eat before or after though--these guys have just pre-made cheese plates, etc. I didn't try them but they looked weak. I will definately go back here again.

Dec 17, 2011
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pgaveau from New York

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I went here during a very brief stay in Amsterdam with my family based on reviews from BAs. The selection of Dutch beer is quite impressive both on draft and by the bottle. There are black boards which list the current draft beer, ABV and cost for each beer. Most draft beer is reasonably priced at around €4-6 Euro. During my visit there were several styles available on draft including dubbels, triples, barley wine, imperial stouts. A little bit for each type of palate. There were approximately 5 tables outside and 7 inside in addition to the bar stools. Both the waiter and the bar maid were very polite and knowledgeable. The bar maid explained the nuances of the different beers to any patrons the asked while we there. The bar food was limited but good. We had a meat plate, meatballs, and nuts. All were fresh and tasty. There were several cheeses available as well. Kids are welcome just bring something for them to do. We stayed for two beers and had a very nice experience.

Oct 03, 2011
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Neorebel from New Jersey

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.

Sep 13, 2011
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rinhaak from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Apr 23, 2011
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bosox941827 from North Carolina

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.

Mar 26, 2011
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titosupertramp from Tennessee

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.

Feb 28, 2011
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

An Amsterdam institution and a Dutch beer lover's paradise, this is the place to go when visiting the city. There are other bars in the city that are worth checking out, but this one is a completely unique, one-of-a-kind establishment that goes above and beyond to support the Dutch beer scene.

The place is small with only a couple tables at the front and a few at the back, so it is definitely cosy in that respect. It also has a very friendly atmosphere with a good mixture of locals and tourists. People pull up a stool at the bar and get along pretty well with each other. I have no problem going here alone, whether it's to chat with some strangers or to read my book.

Quality is usually fine, though some of their tap beers are a little troublesome. I've been given flat beer as well as glasses with far too much head, even for Dutch standards. This also hurts the service department. While the tenders are actually very friendly, which is extremely rare in this part of the world, they won't warn you if something is wrong with the tap. In fact, they'll just give it to you and tell you it's flat, with a smile of course. I'd expect to be given a replacement or a discount if this were the States, but in Europe, this is kind of standard proceedure.

The Selection is world class. All Dutch beers. Period. And lots of them. They have a good number of taps and a whole slew of bottles. Of special interest is their seperate list of current De Molen beers in stock. The last time I was there they had the new seasonal Piek en Ballen, as well as the new collaboration with Flying Dog called Bat out of Hell, which had just been released a couple days earlier. I ended up drinking the following that day though:

Black Damnation 666 18cl - $5

One of my favorite beers, and probably my favorite De Molen beer to date. I couldn't believe they had this on tap, and especially for that price. I paid 5 EUR for a few bottles at De Molen a few months earlier, and it'd been unfindable ever since. I stuck with this one that afternoon. Couldn't help myself.

If you're in Amsterdam and want to sample the best Holland has to offer, this is the place to go. Order some cheese and meats when you go in, find a nice spot, and get ready for the long haul.

Dec 28, 2010
Arendsnest Proeflokaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Place rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 96 ratings