Eastside baby!! Amsterdam has lots to offer and people celebrate the weekend with its bar drinking culture! But in which area in this exciting capital should you spend a Friday night out? Where are the locals meeting up with friends after a workweek? Some of the hottest neighborhoods for a night out are in Amsterdam East. There’s an edgy and raw vibe, with tons of cool cafes and bars surrounding the park.
We sum up some cool areas in the East but check out the Urban Journalist app to find the perfect hotspots for you!
Friday is the epic night for young professionals to meet up with friends and the bustling area is Amsterdam East. There’s the notorious ‘vrijmibo’ - “Friday afternoon drinks”- when yuppies head to the bar straight after work for drinks and bites -bitterballen- and end up with a liquid dinner and some fuzzy but great memories.
In the summertime, there’s hidden rooftop GAPP, a bar, and hang-out all in one, on top of Hotel Casa. It gets packed on Saturday for afternoon drinks when people yearn for those urban summer vibes. Order a summer rosé or Blond beer while enjoyin’ the dreamy sunset over the city!
If you feel like bar hopping, visit Beukenplein, where you’ll find plenty of wine bars and cafes. If you’re craving a snack and want to spice things up, drop by Mexican Local Dealer at Dapperstraat. Nope, they don’t serve you drugs, they serve killer tacos, the best guac & chips in town, and smokey Mezcal cocktails!
Back in the days in 1891, the first city park called 'Oosterpark' was built in Amsterdam East. The park is surrounded by tons of buzzing hotspots and bars. Check them out in the app!
For some festive bubbles, check out Five Brothers Fat, located along Oosterpark. Inspired by the Xampanyeria in Barcelona, they make you try cava, paired with Spanish tapas. On their big terrace, you'll be surrounded by a vibrant, good-looking crowd.
Five Brothers Fat
If you want to explore the edginess of the East, go to the Javastraat. The street has a laid-back attitude and provides a mix of cultures, combined with hipster joints. The diverse area has a Turkish kebab shop with a fancy Italian restaurant next door or a Vietnamese hidden gem. Whatever cuisine you’re in the mood for, this street has it all. You can’t miss notorious Bar Basquiat, named after the neo-expressionist artist from the ‘80s, Jean-Michel Basquiat. This artsy, hipster bar serves delicious Indonesian snacks and lavish cocktails.
If you're in the mood for a ‘trendy’ dive bar; head over to brewery de Eeuwige Jeugd, where they brew their own beer. This spot is refreshing and reminds you of a typical old-school dive bar with grandma’s wallpaper, neon lights, and disco balls hanging from the ceiling. It’s a brewery, cocktail bar, game cafe, karaoke bar, and disco bar all in one - so you'll never know what the night will bring! Next to their homemade beers, they know how to craft a killer Moscow Mule and how to throw a party!
As you see, there’s a lot to explore in Amsterdam East on a Friday night. Check out the app to find the right hotspots for you!
de Eeuwige Jeugd