Amsterdam has a number of Irish pubs, all of them quite popular, especially by Irish tourists (who seem to head for a taste of home as soon as their plane lands). And who can blame them? No one — provided the food, drink, and atmosphere at all these pubs is as good as you find it at O’Reilly’s.
As for us, we think O’Reilly’s is hard to beat.
O’Reilly’s amsterdam is one of the most popular & busiest bars in the city. We attract a cosmopolitan and varied crowd, proving equally popular with both our regular locals and international visitors alike.
We are a great city centre base if you’re visiting; just a stone’s throw from dam square, the pedestrian shopping streets and some of amsterdam’s top (tourist) attractions.
We pride ourselves on our hospitality, efficient service & delicious homemade food, which is served up in a friendly relaxed atmosphere, making o’reilly’s a true home from home.
– Source: O’Reillys Bars website
OK, that’s quoted from their own website, but the DutchAmsterdam team — which includes some Irish folks — can attest to the fact that it is all true (we actually refer to O’Reilly’s as our “dowtown office…” or our “home away from home.”).
Now, here’s what you get on a visit to O’Reilly’s. A warm welcome, excellent food — which you order from an extensive menu — good drinks, including genuine Guinness, and the type of atmosphere the Dutch would describe as ‘gezellig‘ (which everyone here will tell you is a word that can not be translated, but the meaning of which encompasses anything from cozy to friendly, and from comfortable to relaxing.)
[By the way, if you’re a tourist from fast-food country, you may want to read “How to Visit an Amsterdam Café.”]
Irish Pub Food
The menu changes seasonally. The portions are generous, and cooked to order. This is homemade food at a very decent price. Be sure to check the specials board as well.
The Full Irish Breakfast is served daily until 16:00 (that’s 4 pm). On Sundays you can expect traditional roast rib eye of beef served with all the trimmings, but you’ll have to come early since it always sells out.
The decor is warm, and the place has enough nooks and crannies to play a lengthy game of hide and seek. Wherever you sit, be in in the libary, the snug, the balcony, at the bar or on the main floor, feel free to settle in.
The glass display cases throughout the place — filled with pharmaceutical equipment and other antiques — came from an old apothecary in Dublin.
Mind you, this is also a sports bar with Irish and British games beamed in via satellite. On game days you will soon discover that the Irish (and those who want to be Irish) take their sports very seriously, albeit with good cheer (we did mention the Guinness, didn’t we).
Free wifi internet access available!
Address & Details
Paleisstraat 102-105 [Google Map]
1012 ZL Amsterdam
As you can see on the map, O’Reilly’s is at just a couple of minutes walk west of Dam Square.
Tel: 020 – 206 249 498 [Amsterdam phone info]
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