01/22/2013 07:35 am ET Updated Mar 24, 2013

5 Bustling 'Brown Bars' In Amsterdam (PHOTOS)

The Dutch word Gezelligheid
can best be translated as "a feeling of friendly coziness," which is exactly what you will discover at the city's signature "Brown Bars." These bars range from high-end watering holes to comfortable neighborhood grottos, but all are characterized by their 16th-century inspired wooden decors and walls stained by years of cigarette smoke.

Brown bars are similar to British pubs but, in true Amsterdam fashion, they stay open later. With their warm, antiqued interiors, these gems are hands down the most charming bars in Amsterdam.

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