there’s always something to celebrate
Just graduated? A birthday? Or ‘just because’, there’s always something to celebrate with a Borrel. Leeuwarden’s got all sorts of Borrel-ing spots available, whether you’d like a true Frisian beer, wine, or a fine cocktail. Cheers! Or, as a Frisian speaker may say, Tsjoch!
Leeuwarden has loads of cocktail bars, including some that offer workshops! There’s as many places as there are tasting notes on a menu, with some that offer an exciting mix of creativity and flavour.
At Kelder 65 is just one of the places offering workshops. An experienced mixologist will lead you through the creation of your drink, and explain all the different options: from fresh, to bitter, to fruity. Naturally, you can also leave it up to the professionals to mix for you!
If you’d prefer a terrace experience then head to Fellini City Lounge, which has a broad range to choose from.
For a more exciting experience, though, seek out Dr. Watson. This ‘speakeasy’ bar is hidden in the middle of town, and through an unassuming door you’ll step back in time.
If you’re a true oenophile, you might want to try a ‘High Wine’ arrangement. Great to do as a group activity, a High Wine includes four or five courses of wonderful wine, complete with tasting notes, guides to flavours, and little-known facts.
Truly outstanding beerSpeciaalbiercafé De Markies
If your idea of a true Borrel is beery, Speciaalbier Café De Markies has you covered with a huge menu in a raucously cool environment.
Feel at homeCafé De Strohoed
From Tripel and Blonde, to IPA, Porters, and other incredible beers, Café de Strohoed is the spot to be. Danny and his team make everyone feel at home, and provide lots of guidance towards something to quench your thirst.
Ireland in Leeuwarden (kinda)Irish Pub Paddy O'Ryan
Every city in Europe has an Irish pub, and Leeuwarden has an outstanding one! Paddy O’Ryan has both hearty Irish fayre and a wide range of Ireland’s best beers.
Gezellig Borrel-ingGrand café De Dikke van Dale
Grand Café De Dikke van Dale lets you experience two Dutch traditions at once! Head there to Borrel on their selection of beers, and settle in to an atmosphere of true gezelligheid!