If you exit the Central Station and walk straight ahead you reach the Damrak, this busy street leads straight to the famous Dam Square (de Dam) and then changes into the Rokin. The Rokin and the Damrak are like day and night. Where the Damrak is filled with tourist shops, the Sex Museum and several fast food chains, the Rokin represents a more high-end part of Amsterdam with a number of designer shops and jewelry stores. Because the new subway (the Noord-Zuid lijn) is being built and has been delayed for at least a decade, a lot of the beautiful facades are hidden away behind fencing and construction sites. However, a number of entrepreneurs have taken the leap and opened up new bars on this street anyway and they are doing quite well. The Beerfabriek is one of them.
If you just spent your day shopping in the Kalverstraat or are looking for a place to start your evening before heading into the Amsterdam nightlife, this is an excellent spot to meet up. In the weekends they always book a DJ so you can even end up dancing on the spot. It’s a big venue and if you want you can rent a tap table and save the staff some work by tapping your own beer (minimum of 6 people).
They also serve several bites like grilled chorizo or fried prawns and pride themselves on their charcoal grilled chicken which is VERY reasonably priced for the center of town (€13,50) and they also allow you to take away (if you can still walk after drinking all afternoon). If you’re already broke or not in the mood for a big meal, you can always have the free peanuts that they offer at every table and grab a refill from one of the sackcloth bags hanging from the walls. You have the option to throw the shells into a little bucket but at the end of the night they end up all over the place anyway.
The Beerfabriek offers three standard beers: a pilsener, brewed in the Alfa brewery in Schinnen and two home brewed beers: a red ale and a dark porter. If you are just learning about more outspoken beers, the porter here is an excellent one to start with.
If you’re out with friends that don’t drink beer, they also serve a nice selection of organic wines and lemonade, and with an Italian owner you will not have to worry about their quality at all.
They don’t have tours at this moment, but you can actually see the beautiful copper kettles from inside the restaurant, so it’s definitely worth a look.
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 15:00 – 01:00; Friday 15:00 – 02:00; Saturday 13:00 – 02:00; Sunday 13:00 – 00:00