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Budget: There can’t be many more iconically Dutch places to drink than Brouwerij ‘t IJ, an independent microbrewery housed next to one of Amsterdam’s few surviving windmills.

A taster selection (five small glasses) of their brews costs £6.50.

Midrange: OK, so technically you’re more likely to come to Hill Street Blues to smoke rather than drink, but they serve alcohol here, too.

There’s a grungy atmosphere and the staff are welcoming and chatty.

Graffiti covers every inch of the walls. Warmoesstraat 52 A, 1012 JG Amsterdam (tel. 0031 206387922)

Luxury: The very upmarket Bubbles and Wines bar does what it says on the tin – it’s a smart and sophisticated place known for serving great tapas with high-quality plonk. 



Budget: Enormously popular, The Bulldog Hotel is on the quieter side of the Red Light District, meaning you’re minutes from all the bar and club action.

It’s clean and friendly. Dorm beds from £23pppn.

Midrange: Rooms are small but clean in Hotel Internationaal, which can be found on Warmoesstraat, one of Amsterdam’s most buzzing streets.

There’s a cosy bar downstairs, perfect for a foamy pint on your way out. Doubles cost from £41pn. 

LuxuryThe NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky is housed in a beautiful historic building in central Dam Square that dates back to 1866.

Rooms are airy and filled with light, and many of them look out over the canal. Doubles start from £111pn.

Getting there

Fly from London Heathrow to Amsterdam from £120 return with Royal Dutch Airlines.


Photos: Thinkstock; AFP/Getty; Ryan McVay; Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions


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