On our late night wanderings searching for the perfect Amsterdam pub, we quite literally stumbled across some American pilots from a major international airline who, upon hearing of our exalted task, took it upon themselves to help us on our quest. Frequent fliers who often drop their landing gear in Holland’s most exciting city, they were more than happy to show us some of their favourite watering holes. However, given the fact that they had to operate heavy machinery the next day, they could only show us a few of their favourite hangouts. We hit cruising altitude and set our course for the following venues: Café Belgique: one of the city’s smallest pubs also offers one of the widest selections of delicious Belgian beer in Amsterdam. Het Elfde Gebod: the 11th commandment (to enjoy life) is a classic brown bar often full to the rafters with beer connoisseurs and smokers. Café Casablanca: when we arrived at this tiny bar a 13-piece band was playing some excellent music to a small, but enthusiastic crowd. Louis Bar: the captains had to hit the rack, but they recommended this place just off the Dam as a must visit for its good beer and friendly atmosphere.