Try to go at least once a year. In fact I'm over there on the 8th to 12th December. Really good time to be there with all the Christmas stuff around.
about 10 minute walk (through flower market as well) to Dam Square. Expensive but there is a totally free bar which is well stocked.
Last time i was there I stayed at:-
http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/t … olsky.html
Which is actually on Dam Square. Once again quite expensive but pretty posh.
If you want some suggestions for a pub crawl (and a coffee shop crawl as well if you like that sort of thing) I'll try and remember the names of places. The big 'tip' is get the red light are out of your system as soon as possible and head for the outskirts as the beer prices drop significantly and the places are far nicer. there's one pub though smack bang in the middle of teh red light area which is normally full of the Dutch (and it's a pub with a nautical feel to it) which is great to sit at the large windows and piss yourself at all the japanese and asians plucking up courage to go with a prossie. You can see them bargaining with the women at their windows. then disappearing then 'coming' out a few minutes later like a teenager who has just had his first snog behind the bikesheds.
they have spoilt it a bit becuase you can't get alcohol in a coffee shop anymore. So even if you aren't into smoking pot you could go into a coffee shop, get a beer and enjoy the atmosphere. That's all stopped although the loophole in teh law is that some establishmenst allow you to smoke dope in their pubs.
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