Arendsnest Proeflokaal

Arendsnest ProeflokaalArendsnest Proeflokaal
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4.55 w/ 88 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
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
88
Liked:
83
Avg:
4.55/5
pDev:
9.23%
 
 
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of DoubleJ
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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

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

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

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.01/5  rDev -11.9%
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 kylehay2004
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Redrover
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

the lighting fixtures alone make this place legendary! must stop....

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Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 | $$

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.23/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
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 spycow
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of jophish17
4.19/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Hayley_86
3.84/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bostonbeans
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Fluffheady
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Andreji
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

On my visit to one of my friends here in amsterdam I had the chance to borrow their bike for going around the city while they're still at uni. on a tuesday- hopeless to visit 't IJ- I decided the next best thing would be 't Arendsnest.

I came accross the place twice on my bicycle but they were still not open- they're not much of an early lunch place, but I kept my cool and came back around 5pm. The sun was still shining intenseley- the spectacular advantage of an uncommon summer here- which enhanced the outer accomodation, literally on the sidewalk opposite the actual bar, au bord of one of amsterdam's beautiful canals. the scenery is fantastic, and the sunburn is avoided by the subtle cover of the flourished trees this time of year.

But I couldn't find a place outside- perhaps a more bike-skilled crowd gathered there before I maladroitly locked mine onto a post. So I sat inside. The place has a very old and traditional aspect. much like all of Amsterdam's buildings, the width merely fits the bar and a row of tables, but goes in further deep although shouldn't accomodate more than 30 people at once. The walls boast the place's several diplomas condecorating their dedication to dutch beer, and atop the tables the pack of coasters and the ashtray come from La Trappe.

In the background, the conversation of a group of 50 or 60 year old men with the bartender- the first ignoring the music, the second queueing it without much interest (it was a set of old late 80's early 90's music)

The selection at the menu is very impressive. they barely carry some 8 taps but certainly is not a problem, because the menu layout- by brewery, style, abv and price for the bottles is more than anyone can take. I'd come to make myself a "tripel tasting", and began with a Java Tripel by Brouwerij de Halve Maan. Ensuite, a de Leckere Tripel (B. de Leckere) proved this would be an exceptional experience, even if i was on my own throughout. I brought myself to join in the conversation with the bartender right after, proving my dutch was a bit clumsy but understandable nonetheless. the people also gave me a good accueil and I left the place with the promise of return in one year, despite my urge to return right away.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of joedon
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Arendsnest Proeflokaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Place rating: 94.3% out of 100 with 88 ratings
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