6 top wine bars in Amsterdam
Address: Camperstraat 48-50, Amsterdam
Occupying a double-fronted, airy and rather a minimalist unit in Amsterdam East, 4850 is a hybrid venue that operates as a coffee and wine bar – and morphs into a more full-blown restaurant in the evenings. What’s great is that you can decide to drink a glass of grower Champagne at 11 in the morning, or a single-origin pour-over coffee at 11 at night. Anything is possible. The cuisine has a decidedly Nordic slant (reflecting its Swedish owner), with clean, fresh flavours and a lot of fairly adventurous ingredients and seasonings. The interior is dominated by the glass-fronted cellar, allowing...
Phone: +31 20 422 3318
Address: Nes 37, Amsterdam
This is a small and cosy wine and champagne bar just around the corner from Dam Square. Here, you'll be right in the heart of historic Amsterdam, in one of the city's oldest streets. When it opened in July 2005, it was one of the first wine bars in Amsterdam, and when you enter, you can immediately feel the lively atmosphere and the love for great wines. Soft lighting, modern but not too clinical, and usually packed with wine lovers.
Address: Bilderdijkstraat 36, Amsterdam
Binnenvisser took over the site of an old ”stamkroeg” (pub) in 2018 and transformed it into one of Amsterdam’s most buzzing locations. The space still has wonderful period touches such as the stained glass quarter-lights and a proper room-length bar. The concept here is very much “bar” and not “wine bar”. The owners are serious natural wine fans, but there are also excellent craft beers and cocktails on offer. Food also takes centre stage for the earlier part of the evening. The five-course set menu is amazing value for money, and focuses a lot on creative treatments of vegetables – but the...
Phone: +31 20 233 8642
Address: Tweede van der Helststraat 3, Amsterdam
This “bar à vins naturelles”, modelled on Parisian establishments such as Aux Des Amis or Café de la Nouvelle Mairie, kickstarted a natural wine revolution in Amsterdam when it opened in April 2015 – before then, there was absolutely nothing like it. The cosy shabby-chic interior has been packed almost constantly since opening, and the generous back-street terrace also gets mobbed in the summer months. There are, of course, no airs and graces here – basic glassware, a crumpled paper wine list and service that can sometimes struggle to keep up with the hoards that pour in. That said, it’s wond...
Phone: +31 20 422 7880
Address: Barentszstraat 173, Amsterdam
Situated on a quiet street near the Houthavens, Restaurant Marius is actually two establishments in one: the restaurant forms half the building, and right next to it (linked by a common kitchen) is Worst Wijncafe, a more informal wine bar and cafe. Perhaps because it’s a few minutes cycle out of the centre, Marius remains a bit of an insider tip. The cooking here takes local, seasonal produce and elevates it to something seriously tasty and fine. If you eat in Worst, homemade sausages (some made with fish or lobster!) are the staple. Service can really go the extra mile here. I’ll never for...
Phone: +31 20 778 6313
Address: Lijnbaansgracht 267 HS, Amsterdam
Shiraz Jardin des Vins has been voted the best wine bar in the Netherlands and the best wine bar in Amsterdam. This is a great spot to drop by for a glass of your favourite wine. There are two different Shiraz bars: one in the historical centre of Amsterdam, and one in The College Hotel in Oud Zuid district of Amsterdam. Everything is right at this wine bar: There’s the enthusiastic reception of trained sommeliers, a clear explanation of the wine list, and peace of mind to choose from the extensive wine selection. The interior is very atmospheric, with high tables interspersed with low seats...