Arendsnest Proeflokaal

BA SCORE
99
world-class

85 Ratings
Arendsnest ProeflokaalArendsnest Proeflokaal
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

Herengracht 90
Amsterdam, 1015 BS
Netherlands

+31 20 421 2057 | map
arendsnest.nl

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PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
45
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
5.53%
 
 
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 45
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2.5/5  rDev -44.7%

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 TheSeeker
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.

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Photo of simoen
3.71/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Hayley_86
3.84/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 Dutch_food_geek
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -11.5%

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 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 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 jophish17
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Canada_Dan
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of seakayak
4.25/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Fluffheady
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.

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Photo of metter98
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of fulcrum
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.

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Photo of Noelito76
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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 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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Arendsnest Proeflokaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
4.52 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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