Arendsnest Proeflokaal


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Arendsnest ProeflokaalArendsnest Proeflokaal

Type: Bar, Eatery

Herengracht 90
Amsterdam, 1015 BS

+31 20 421 2057 | map

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Photo of rinhaak
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.

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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 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 Jeffo
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.

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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 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 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 dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

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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 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 SaintNathaniel
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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:

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

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Photo of crenegar
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.01/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

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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 Crosling
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bierme
3.7/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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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 CBA
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BarryNL
3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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]

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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 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 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 JohnfromDublin
4.16/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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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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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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Arendsnest Proeflokaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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