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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
, 1015 BS
phone: +31 20 421 2057
(Place added by: RobBeer)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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.
10-03-2011 02:41:16 |
More by pgaveau
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped here on my European Beer-cation. As someone mentioned before, the essence of this place is a classy, clean bar with ample seating and a knowledgeable bartender. Once we asked about the house and local beers he opened right up and was discussing how American microbrew culture has come to Amsterdam and he had us tasting many selections. The menu is very expansive and I felt very unusual in that I was not familiar with the all Dutch names. I'm a noob again! I wish I spent more time here and also went to the sister location - BeerTemple. Well, I do know I will be back in Amsterdam - I'd like to learn more about their own scene as well as a little of the language itself.
09-13-2011 04:20:03 |
More by Neorebel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
04-23-2011 15:41:38 |
More by rinhaak
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
In Amsterdam for a weekend and put this place at the top of the list based on recommendations here. This bar serves ONLY Dutch beers, 30+ of which are on tap, along with another 100 or so in bottles, and they are rightfully proud of this. The place is cozy, with a few tables in the front and along the bar, and then a few more in back. The long bar dominates the room and is very cozy.
Finally made it on a Sunday evening about 90 mins before closing time. Bar was fairly empty as you might imagine at 10:30 on a Sunday night, but there appeared to be a few regulars that the bartender knew. A good sign (perhaps being that it was a Sunday evening) is that when I arrived, the bartender was in the middle of cleaning the taps.
Despite this, the bartender seemed eager to talk and, as I was alone, I was too. He was EXTREMELY knowledgable, not just about Dutch beers, but regarding American ones as well. He recommended a few beers based on my preference (IPAs - Brouwerij de Molen blond - an IPA(!) - stood out). All beers were served in proper, branded glasses. A couple of heavy menu books were spread around the bar and a few chalkboards carried the on-tap list, which was very up-to-date and did NOT contain Heineken or Amstel!
All in all, can't recommend this place more highly. Gotta go if you're fortunate to make it to Amsterdam.
03-26-2011 22:18:25 |
More by bosox941827
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
02-28-2011 17:56:53 |
More by titosupertramp
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.
12-28-2010 15:21:15 |
More by Jeffo
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!
11-16-2010 20:42:06 |
More by DeanMoriarty
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.
10-29-2010 22:32:46 |
More by davidfortunato
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Favorite beer bar in Amsterdam. The place is clean and the service is friendly. Selection of Dutch beers is the best in the city. The wife and I searched out this bar while walking around the city. It was worth the walk. We set at the bar and spoke to the bartender about the beers on tap and the bottle selection. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The prices cover a range but for the most part are average.
I could write a number of things to make this review hit the 500 word minimum but in short; If you are visiting Amsterdam and want to try a wide selection of Dutch beers then go to Café 't Arendsnest.
06-05-2010 08:19:02 |
More by kwdavis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
06-02-2010 17:26:38 |
More by dirtylou
Arendsnest Proeflokaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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