Groups of guys hazing a groom are a common sight in this city. If you're going to go all the way to the Netherlands to celebrate a groom's impending nuptials, you may as well make it memorable. Here are some ideas to make your bachelor party in Amsterdam an uncommon one.
Rent a 'Beer Bike'
Truly a unique and unforgettable Amsterdam experience, renting this pub with pedals is by far the best way for groups of beer-loving bachelors to see and sip in the city. Who wants to worry about keeping your entourage intact when you could all belly up to a bar on wheels? While some companies require that you supply your own sober steering bartender, the folks at Beer Bike take care of that for you.
If your celebrated bachelor is a true beer connoisseur, be sure to check out our picks for Amsterdam for beer lovers. Find an organic local brewery next to a windmill with some of the tastiest (and most affordable) brews on tap, visit an authentic Belgian tasting pub and browse bottle shops stocked with beers from both, as well as impressive worldwide collections.
Curious about the coffee shops here? Be sure to know the dos and don'ts before you delve into the potent products they sell. And don't forget: they don't sell alcohol. Try out a location of these three Amsterdam coffeeshop empires, and head to these smoker-friendly venues and attractions when you're ready for a change of scenery.
See Live Music
Whether you see a favorite headliner at the Paradiso or an unknown regional band at the Melkweg, seeing a show at one of Amsterdam's best live music venues can give your guys' night out more gusto. Or perhaps by the end of a boys' weekend you're ready for something more mellow? Chill out at any one of several bars and restaurants offering free Sunday jazz.On the more sober side, classical music aficionados shouldn't miss a production at the Dutch National Opera.
Rent an Apartment
Let's face it: groups of rowdy guys can be a nightmare for other hotel guests. So why not stake out your own Amsterdam bachelor pad as the pre- and post-party base? Renting an apartment in Amsterdam gives you and your buddies plenty of room to hang out together (and you can make late-night snacks in your own kitchen). Note: this doesn't mean you should trash these fine flats.
Edited by Kristen de Joseph.