Love craft beer but still want to sit canalside and enjoy the sunshine? Here are 15 of  our favorite beer bars with nice terraces!


Many beer cafes are known for their charming dark and cozy ambiance. But sometimes you just want a tasty beer and some fresh air too. Here are 15 of our favorite beer bars with nice spacious terraces. Some are even along the water or in a leafy garden!

Arendsnest Proeflokaal


Arendsnest is a lovely place with elegant ambiance and uniformed staff serving a wide variety of beers brewed in the Netherlands, as well as jenever and other liquors. The knowledgeable bartenders will assist you in finding a beer that suits your palate from the 30 beers on tap and more than 100 in bottle. They have a small terrace but what it lacks in size it makes up for with the view! Where else can you sip a random microbrew from a tiny Dutch village while overlooking a beautiful canal? READ MORE>>

Brouwerij ‘t IJ

The famous Amsterdam brewery with the windmill behind it, Brouwerij ‘t IJ is also known for their leafy green terrace. The spot is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. The interior of the tasting room has recently been refurbished but the outside is just as charming as ever. If you haven’t been here before, try the sampler. They always have their standards on tap like Natte and Zatte but be sure to taste some of their seasonal specialties. Be sure to get there early, Brouwerij ‘t IJ gets busy on sunny days and closes at 8pm. READ MORE>>

Gollem’s Proeflokaal Overtoom


There are four Gollem bars in Amsterdam to choose from, and they all have their own special charm. But the Gollem on Overtoom has the largest terrace of them all. Kick back at the tall tables and enjoy a Belgian brew. They also serve hearty food at this location like cheese fondue, baked chicken and fries to help prevent the hangover that could come from those intense beers. Find your spot in the sunshine and go for one of the special beers on tap. READ MORE>>

Bar Joost


A chill neighborhood bar in Amsterdam Oost, Bar Joost has one of the best local beer lists in Amsterdam. You’ll find beers from all the local breweries like Butcher’s Tears, Two Chefs, Nordman, Bruut, Amsterdam Brewboys and Oedipus among others. Of course like any nice neighborhood bar they also have snacks and other drinks. On weekend nights they often have live music and other special treats. Stop by and taste the newest local brews, and grab a seat on their cozy terrace. You can even order your drinks through the side window. READ MORE>>

De Brabantse Aap

De Brabantse Aap is a mostly Belgian beer cafe with quite a few seats on their terrace on the Spui. Watch the bicycles go by while you sip a craft beer on a sunny day. On a cold or rainy day you can sit in their glass-walled room and still look out on the passing traffic. beiaardgroep.eu

De Biertuin


De Biertuin isn’t just a beer garden as the name implies. It’s a great place to go in any weather. But the lovely terrace complete with picnic tables is a fun place to hang out when the sun is shining. They have a good selection of local beers on tap and in the bottle, and good food too. Go for a burger or rotisserie chicken. Biertuin is super popular, so it may be wise to secure a table reservation around dinnertime. READ MORE>>

Beer Temple

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At the Beer Temple there are 30+ beers on tap and more than 140 in bottle. Known as the American beer bar, they also have beers from around the world. We’ve tried craft beers from London, Copenhagen, Haarlem and many other local and international cities here at this bar. Their terrace is not huge, but it’s a good place to chill out over some beers and snacks after a day at the office. beertemple.nl

Butcher’s Tears


When the weather is dandy, come to Butcher’s Tears brewery and enjoy the fresh air. On the weekends they sometimes have live music or even film evenings. Located in an industrial area, the terrace is not along a canal or in the forest, but it has a cool charm nevertheless. We love it! Butcher’s Tears brews their own beer next to the proeflokaal, and they always have something different on tap to sample. READ MORE>>

Delirium Amsterdam

The famous Belgian beer cafe has arrived in Amsterdam and sits on a hidden location along the water. Sunset views abound from their huge terrace where you can sit with a Belgian or local beer and a few of your buddies. This cafe serves hearty food to pair with the beers. Come by one evening and watch the sun go down over the IJ. Delirium Cafe Amsterdam



BRET is a beer cafe and beer garden on a mission. They have local brews, tasty food and lots of good vibes. Follow their Facebook page to see the latest news, events and parties. Just off the beaten track in Sloterdijk BRET is sure to be a summertime favorite for beer lovers. We look forward to sitting the roof terrace or in the garden. READ MORE>>



The final few are not really beer cafes per se, but they have good selections of local beer and some of the coolest waterside terraces in town!

Cafe de Ceuvel

De Ceuvel is a living laboratory where old houseboats are transformed into sustainable workspaces on land previously used for shipbuilding. Cafe de Ceuvel is an eco-friendly cafe there that is also a super awesome hangout with amazing outdoor spaces along the water. You can even take a swim! The cafe strives to serve the most local and sustainable food and drinks including local beers from brewers like Brouwerij de Vriendschap and Oedipus Brewing. READ MORE>>


One of our favorite sunny spots in the city center is Waterkant. The space behind the QPark garage has been transformed into a tropical terrace. They have amazing afternoon and evening sunshine, a great beer selection from local brewers like Oedipus, Two Chefs Brewing and Brouwerij ‘t IJ AND tasty Surinamese food. What’s not to love? READ MORE>>

Hannekes Boom

Hanneke’s Boom has an awesome water view and a huge terrace. Stop by this rustic hideaway for drinks and soak up the sunshine. They have a few beers on tap and in bottle. The menu changes but you can usually find at least a few from Oedipus Brewing and a Belgian brew or two. READ MORE>>


Amsterdam Roest is an awesome place to hang out on a nice sunny day. Their edgy, industrial city beach is a relaxed spot to spend the afternoon with a group of friends and a few drinks. The sandy terrace is the perfect place to chill out with a craft beer in hand. Grab one from their fridge inside, the selection always changes but we’ve spotted local beers from Amsterdam Brewboys, Two Chefs Brewing, Brouwerij Zeeburg and the special beer brewed by Oedipus for Roest. READ MORE>>


Pllek is constructed of used shipping containers stacked to form a C shape, then covered by a high curving roof. The front of the restaurant opens to a beautiful IJ view with picnic tables and a “beach” of tan gravel. It’s a laid back place with a great vibe. And the icing on the cake: they have terrific local beers too. Try something from De 7 Deugden, a brewery in Amsterdam West. Oh and the food is fab too. READ MORE>>


Another spot with an amazing view of the IJ is THT. The food is fabulous with small bites to share. We think the sausages from Wild van Wild are a perfect pairing. THT stocks beers from Brouwerij ‘t IJ and Brouwerij de Vriendschap as well as other local breweries and your wine loving friends won’t be disappointed either. Dinner reservations are recommended especially if you want to sit at their lovely terrace with the view. READ MORE>>


Bonus Tip: Grab a Growler

Want to drink beer in the park but feel like something a little more exotic than what you find at the grocery store? Head to The Beer Tree or Craft & Draft and grab a growler to go! Then head to the park or perhaps your own balcony or roof terrace with the tasty beverage and a few friends! Proost!

The Beer Tree
Eerste van der Helststraat 53-H, Amsterdam
Jan Pieter Heijestraat 148, Amsterdam

Craft & Draft
Overtoom 417, Amsterdam

Do you have a favorite beer bar in Amsterdam where you can sit outside and soak up the sunshine? Let us know!


Be sure to explore some of our other favorite specialty beer bars in Amsterdam including some local breweries like Oedipus, Butcher’s Tears, De Prael and Brouwerij ‘t IJ. You’ll find them all on the free PDF map. You can print the double-sided map or use it on your smartphone or tablet. It has all the breweries, beer bars and specialty beer shops in Amsterdam!

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