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Visiting from the U.S.

Hello from the land of the Great Satan.

So, My girlfriend and I are coming to Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and London for a short vacation early next month. We would love to attend some local pubs in each city. We are looking for the working class, non-tourist experience. Also, any hotel reccomendations in any of these cities would be helpful. We're not broke but we're not rolling in cash either.

Any help you can offer is appreciated.


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Greetings down there, you must be über excited.

A couple of good guides here below.

I like the patio at De Druff, it's near home and some of the nieghbourhood characters are a hoot.


The BDA is a fine institution and should be consulted on some of their favorite quaffing holes.


IF you are looking for a good old fashioned working class, non tourist experience, come to Harlesden in NWLondon. I will personally make sire its a visit you will never forget.
Thanks for the tips Max. They were helpful.
Here are a few suggestions:

De Nieuwe Lelie - a reasonably unspoilt pub in the Jorhdaan:

Cafe Eve-naar - very working class and down to earth:

Cafe de Overtoom - a proper working class local:

Schaper - unpretentious pub just past the Jordaan:

Ooievaar - despite being just opposite Centraal Station, on my last visit it was full of interesting members of the Amsterdam proletariat:

Ron Pattinson.
Dublin isn't short of pubs, so you'll at least have no problems with quantity. As for quality, I have a personal liking for the following:

The following have a tendancy to sprout tourists, but are worth a visit for one reason or another anyway:

- claims to be about 900 years old
- earthy proletariat + trad music
- fancy bar in city centre. Drinks may contain small umbrellas.
- Dublins smallest pub
- central location, cosy, atmospheric

If you visit the Gravediggers, make sure you go into the bar area. The lounge while not bad, is nothing special. The bar is something else. Ryans has a fine menu, and a real fancy menu in the restaurant upstairs. It is also the best pub in Dublin for sampling Whisk(e)ys from all over the world. The Brazen head has many rooms - keep wandering through it until you notice the ceiling is quite close - you're probably in the oldest part at that point.

That should be enough to keep you in pub crawl material for a day or two!
Wow, thank you very much.
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