Amsterdam Sights

De Druif

an old-style Dutch pub on a quite location

De Druif ("The Grape") is a historical bar on a quiet location, away from crowdy tourist areas. It is one of the oldest pubs. The building dates back to 1566. According to the city archives, De Druif got its liquor license in 1631. It's definitely been around longer, though, because the Dutch naval hero Piet Hein wrote multiple times that it was his favorite place to party -- but he died in 1629.

In former days De Druif used to be a distillery (Likeurstokerij) what is still visible inside on the spirit barrels lining the walls behind the bar, gas chandeliers lighting and carpet-covered tables, which is so typical for a Dutch bruincafé. De Druif has also a very nice and peaceful terrace on the wide pavement in front of the building.

De Druif was a embarkation café where sailors came to register to get on board of one of the ships of the Dutch East India Company.

exterior interior
Old casks are lining the walls


Café De Druif is situated close to the Entrepotdok and characteristic Kadijksplein (square). The Scheepvaartmuseum (Amsterdam Maritime Museum), science centre NEMO and East Indiaman Amsterdam (VOC ship) are on about 5 minutes walking distance from the pub.

De Druif is a well-established pub visited mainly by locals. There's no music in the pub but it's really worth a visit!

How to get there?

The pub is a bit difficult to reach by public transport and you can't get very close to it.
By tram: Take line 9 or 14 (from the Dam), stop Hortus Botanicus
By bus: 22/42/43 from Centraal Station, stop Scheepvaartmuseum.

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De Druif

Rapenburgerplein 83
Amsterdam (Old Centre)

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