Arend’s Nest

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Located in: Europe Netherlands Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s All Dutch Beer Bar

Kindra Drinking Beer at t'ArendsnestWhen people think of Dutch beer, most will think of Heineken.  Their commitment to quality and decades of relentless advertising give it well-deserved popularity. A few people with a fuzzy knowledge of history and geography will think of “the beer brewed by monks.” But the Netherlands is home to more than 50 breweries (none of them Belgian btw, and all but one not Heineken) and hundreds of beers. A lot of this beer potential is untapped by many visitors to the Netherlands, but one bar in Amsterdam has aimed to change that.
Beer Choices at Biercafe t'Arendsnest
Arendsnest, located on the Herengracht Canal, is a bar that serves only Dutch beer. It is a cozy place overlooking the canal. There is a large wooden bar and a few tables lining the wood-paneled walls. Most restaurants, bars and cafes in the Netherlands offer a few beers on tap, but at Arendsnest you will find more than 30. Add that to the list of the bottles they keep and the total is more than a hundred different beers. Centrally located, it is between Centraal Station and the Nine Straats, two blocks from the Anne Frank House.
The Bar at t'Arendsnest
When you walk in, take a seat at the bar or one of the tables and grab the gigantic beer menu. It is in Dutch, but you can probably get the gist of most of it. Take your time looking it over, and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask; the bartender would love to talk to you about beer. Dutch beer is some of the best beer in the world, so even if you misinterpret the menu, you probably will not be disappointed.

Know Before You Go

Arendsnest is open from 2pm until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2am on weekends.

Bottom Line

Arendsnest is a must for any beer lover visiting Amsterdam looking to try something besides Heineken and beer made by monks.

2 responses to “Arend’s Nest”

  1. avatar Brian says:

    We stumbled upon this place when we were last in Amsterdam for the World Cup. Great place.

    I tried to order a stout and the bartender said there wasn’t enough time as they were closing soon even though he did serve me another beer. When we went back later in the week I realized that it took ten minutes to pour as they pour a bit, let it settle, pour some more, let it settle, etc for about ten minutes. Well worth the wait.

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Last updated: February 28, 2014