Ventured into Delft for dinner or check out the Vermeer exhibition and want to stop off for a drink afterwards? The town has lots to offer, no matter your poison. But sometimes you have to get off the beaten path to find the best spots.
Delft is most known for its beer pubs. And the Klooster has the largest selection of speciality beers available in the city. It’s also a cosy brown cafe with an attached restaurant that serves a menu made with and inspired by beer. Ask the staff for a recommendation, they are incredibly knowledgeable and hopefully they will head down to the cellar to find you a great beer.
Want to branch out from beer? De Klomp has an extensive jenever selection and will even offer you a tasting of several for less than five bucks. They have a nice selection of specialty beers too. It’s also the oldest pub in Delft and, if you’re lucky, the owner might be in to give you a quick tour.
If you want some entertainment with your beverage, the Bebop jazz cafe offers up live jazz several nights a week. It’s a small space and popular with students, so you may find yourself packed in while enjoying one of their 90 beers. There’s also a courtyard in the back which is a great spot when the weather is nice.
Big groups might find a better location at Proeflokaal, a spacious place with the vibe of an English pub. There’s several spaces to play darts, the bar also has a very popular pub quiz in English and it can be a popular place to watch sports, as it has a huge projection screen. Be sure to bring cash, as they don’t take card.
Repeatedly named as one of the best establishments in the Netherlands, Doerak has a great beer selection and a very knowledgable and friendly staff. Get something from the tap, it’s a rotating list of beers and there’s always something new and delicious. They also serve an excellent cup of coffee.
Really, really don’t want to drink beer? Wijnbar Ron, as you may be able to discern from the name, serves a great selection of wines. The atmosphere is upscale but the prices aren’t unreasonable. Don’t want a glass of wine? They also have a large selection of gin.
Words: Molly Quell / image: Heather Montague