The best places to go for a drink in Leeuwarden

With 20,000 students, there are plenty of bars in the city. After our city walks, we are happy to give you tips on the best places to go for a drink. Below we have described some of our favorite places. You can also find them on our map.


De Markies is the Craft beer café in Leeuwarden with more than 250 beers on their menu and 12 different beers on tap. Be sure to try their house beer Grutte Pier. This beer was made together with brewer Frans Filius and was voted the best triple in the Netherlands at the World Beer Awards in 2016. Owners Menno and Michelle have helped with the brewing themselves and are also happy to advise you about all the other beers on their menu. Location: Groot Schavernek 19, Open: Tues-Thu from 4:00pm-1:00pm, Fri-Sat 3:00pm-2:00pm, Sun 3:00pm-9:00pm


Café de Strohoed is a cozy brown café with a young and diverse audience and alternative rock/pop in the playlist. They serve many different specialty beers with a varying selection each week. There are also many (board) games available at the Café. Location: Eewal 72


Paddy O’Ryan is the Irish pub in Leeuwarden. In the Irish Pub you will be served by native English speaking staff. You can watch sports all day long, there is regular live music and you can also have dinner there. Location: Tweebaksmarkt 49 Open: Sun-Thurs 12:00-1:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-2:00.


In de Brouwerij (in the brewery) is located in a very beautiful historic building that they have restored very nicely and there are also a number of new murals placed by Art-Decor. They also brew their own beer!
Address: Ruiterskwartier 115


Dr. Watson is a speak easy cocktail bar in the basement of one of the buildings on the Eewal. You really have to look for it. But once you have found the golden numbers 221B, you can go down the stairs to the bar. Address: Eewal

Explore more tips about Leeuwarden or check the various walking tours we offer to discover the city with one of our guides!