If Amsterdam were a drink, without a shadow of a doubt it would be as the Dutch call it, a “Kopstoot” (headbutt). In fact, across the Netherlands, a “kopstoot” is a local mix consisting of a shot of Jenever spirit alongside a small helping of beer. Quite the combination to get anyone buzzing for a trip along the cities canals. However, If spirits aren’t your thing, then fret not as Amsterdam is a cup well filled when it comes to its array of locally crafted beers and international wines. One thirst-quenching way to unwind and enjoy your favorite beverage is to do so from one of the cities many elegant hotel bars. So, whatever you’re looking for, there is something for everyone at our selection of best hotel bars in Amsterdam. Enjoy.
Pulitzer’s Bar – Pulitzer hotel
“Best Hotel Bar in Amsterdam 2019”
Nestled in-between a clutch of traditional Amsterdam houses, the Pulitzer is a hotel with history. Step inside and you will discover the Pulitzer’s Bar, a warm and sophisticated modern bar that brings it’s drinks to life with a uniquely descriptive contemporary menu. This art-deco style hotel bar offers the ideal atmosphere to enjoy intimate after-dinner drinks while overlooking the Keizersgracht canal. The fact that the Pulitzer’s Bar was recently awarded the “Best Hotel Bar in Amsterdam 2019” says it all.
Our Favourite Cocktail: “The Doctor”
www.pulitzersbar.nl, Keizersgracht 234
Lotti’s Bar – Hoxton Hotel
“Delightfully relaxing yet lively”
Serving up internationally inspired, brasserie-style dishes alongside strong coffees and bold cocktails is Lotti’s, the Hoxton Hotel’s in-house cafe, bar, and restaurant. What is especially recognizable is the Hoxton’s dim-lit, elegantly furnished interior that embraces the history of this beautiful canal building. The premises that once housed the Mayor of Amsterdam is now a place where people of all ages come together to work, relax, eat and drink. In turn, this creates an intimate and casual atmosphere perfect for unwinding. A little secret is that the menu offers a €69 cocktail. Order it after 10 pm and you are given the opportunity to stay a night at the hotel for free! That alone, makes Lotti’s a worthwhile destination.
Our Favourite Cocktail: “Call it a night”
www.thehoxton.com, Herengracht 255
Vault Bar – Waldorf Astoria
“Former bank vault turned bar”
The elegant Vault Bar in the iconic Waldorf Astoria rightfully deserves its place in our list of best hotel bars in Amsterdam. And it might just be the most unforgettable cocktail destination in the city. Situated alongside the Herengracht canal, Vault Bar exudes the ambiance of a sophisticated speakeasy with an incredibly innovative array of contemporary cocktails. In addition to its drinks, and possibly its most impressive feature, is that the bar is built into the original bank vault (hence its name), which at one point in history stood at this grand location. If you are looking for timeless ambiance with quality throughout, Vault bar will certainly serve you well.
Our Favourite Cocktail: “Bloody Mary – extra spicy”
www.waldorfastoria.com, Herengracht 542-556
The Flying Dutchman – Grand Hotel by Sofitel
“Classic and traditional”
In the Museum quarter, and sitting at the historic location that once housed the canteen of the former town hall of Amsterdam lies Sofitel’s Grand Hotel. Within its walls and overlooking the hotel’s inner courtyard is a traditional Dutch cafe and bar known as The Flying Dutchman. Rustic, timeless and comforting. The Flying Dutchman offers its guests a warm-hearted haunt to catch up with friends, relax with a drink and watch live sports. Dennis, who has been the main barman since 1992 adds to the bars inviting atmosphere making this spot one of Amsterdam’s most exclusive places to experience.
Our Favourite Cocktail: “Anything made by Dennis”
www.sofitel-legend-thegrand.com, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197
Lounge Bar – Toren Hotel
“Loose yourself in lavish surroundings”
If your one for delicious canapes, classic cocktails and picturesque views of Amsterdam’s famous canals (and let’s be honest, who isn’t!) then the vintage Lounge Bar at the Toren Hotel deserves a visit. Designed with almost over-the-top details and furnishings, the lounge expresses a charming and fairytale-like character, which is exactly what designer Wim van de Oudweetering had in mind. The Lounge bar is perfect for unwinding during a cozy afternoon alongside the canals.
Our Favourite Cocktail: “Dark and Stormy”
www.thetoren.nl, Keizersgracht 164
So, whether you are in search of outright luxury or refined elegance, Amsterdam houses some of the very best selection of welcoming hotel bars. As a boutique cruise company offering tailored experiences, we understand and appreciate the eye for detail and sophistication that each one of our favorite hotel bars displays and offers. So, why not hop on one of our private or shared cruises this coming winter and make a stop into any one of these wonderful hotel bars in Amsterdam.