Rob Reaks , March 12, 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands’ capital, is our Comeback King for Hens and Stags. Canals, Van Gogh and Anne Frank: culture and history combined with a legendary entertainment scene. Club till the early hours then chill by day in the Vondelpark. Wander round the bohemian Jordaan and see the stunningly renovated Rijksmuseum.
Or just play bubble football, drink Dutch gin and eat super sweet Stroop waffles and chips with satay sauce. Whatever you do, marvel at the beautiful canals and gabled houses and don’t miss the Bitterballen bar snacks: these deep-fried Dutch meatballs were just made for soaking up the booze.
For central city luxe, check into a 5 star hotel, on Amsterdam’s main square with views across to the Royal Palace. With contemporary interiors and a great cocktail bar, it’s close to all the main museums and Anne Frank’s House plus there’s a great department store next door.
Or check into a 4 star hotel, situated in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, a borough comprising the most western neighborhoods of the city. Relax in it’s impressive spa with Turkish Hammam and boasts the 737 suite with the cockpit of a real Boeing 737 and flight simulator, Amsterdam is easy to get around and this modern hotel which does a great gourmet burger is close to the city centre.
Take part in the ultimate cocktail making experience, at an extraordinary Dutch gin museum, fantastic for being both a great insight into the secrets behind Dutch GIn and cocktail mixology as well as including plenty of important sampling. You can do all sorts of tastings here and channel your inner bartender in the specialised bar.
If beer is more your thing, then nothing says The Netherlands like a tour round the Heineken Brewery. It’s an informative and a fun afternoon as you discover everything about its ingredients, the brewing process and the Heineken brand before you get to taste some, too.
There’s all the classic stag and hen entertainment and group games here: bubble football, battle zone archery, go karting and don’t forget to do a canal cruise. You could always check out some of the city’s ‘coffee shops’. Cannabis was decriminalised for personal use by the Dutch in 1976, though it’s still technically illegal. Let our expert guide show you the way.
Taste the signature dishes at ultra cool restaurants. Eat succulent steaks, have your mind blown with some skillful Teppanyaki at a Michelin star restaurant.
After you’ve experience the wow-factor with some great food, dress to impress and dance into the early hours at Amsterdam’s luxe nightclub which has won prizes for it’s design and sound displays. We’ll reserve you a VIP table. For something different, try Amsterdam’s Ice Bar. You wear a thermal coat to drink your cocktail (it’s minus 8 degrees in here).