The Rookies

coffeeshop in Amsterdam
Reviews of The Rookies Number of Positive Reviews 34 Number of Neutral Reviews 2 Number of Negative Reviews 1
Positive Review Nikolaï sent 15 May 2023
Large, modern coffeeshop with XXL seating areas and top-notch commodities. Tiny terrace but the venting system inside makes it suitable even for non-smokers. Welcoming staff that comes to the table to serve - it's nice, however you won't fall asleep either ^^ The coffee is delicious but a bit expensive. Average decoration, some nice tracks.
> Kashmir at 13.40€/g Quality looking black hash, soft, oily, sticky (cooking paper is usefull there), with a nice, but common earthy smell. A little bit difficult to roll up because of the stickyness, but not the worst. Burns slowly with discrete smoke and lightly spiced taste. Powerful, sativa-leaning effect, a lot more stronger than your average black hash ; giving you an intense, dreamy high, fuelled by disorientation and psychedelia - as far as cannabis goes, anyway ^^ Going down is however a little bit difficult and leaves you mostly hungry and tired. Great option if you're looking for Asian hash with a kick.
> Himalayan Gold at 10.70€/g Classic, second-grade Nepalese hash, soft, smelly and overall really good looking. Easy to roll, burns well. Smells and taste wonderfully. Gentle, comfortable, relaxing and light-headed effect that goes up and down so softly you won't even notice it. Not the best hash from the region but kinda honest for the price.
Positive Review Max23 from UK sent 28 Mar 2019
This place has been renovated recently. As you go in, you're straight onto the cannabis bar. There's a couple of LED menus on the wall and a printed one on the counter. The barista bar is at the far end. By the way, the coffee is excellent. There's seating for 100+, which I like, as it's quite roomy. All the team are very friendly, and helpful if you ever pull a whitey. I've been to a few coffeeshops and this is the one I'm most comfortable in. The house joints are quite strong for me, a few puffs lasts for a couple of hours. For a change though, I bought 1gm of Gardella. It was nice to roll my own after all these decades. Also it done what they said it would. A nice uplifting high that lasted 3-4 hours. I really like the vibe in here. Worth visiting for sure.
Positive Review ChrisPi from UK sent 25 Feb 2019
Lovely place to chill. Cannabis is of good quality. I'm going to be in Amsterdam next week and will hit Rookies for the legendary Isolator. Can't wait.
Positive Review Max23 from UK sent 19 Feb 2019
I have not had a joint in 32 years. I'm a regular visitor to Amsterdam and thought maybes it's time to get high again. I read some nice things about The Rookies so thought I'd start there. I bought house joints, one weed, one hash. The first three puffs of hash took me back. Clang honk tweet, the hash was surprisingly strong, so I hit the weed. Six puffs in, I was out of my nut. What a great feeling. Went there a couple of more times and really enjoyed the vibe there. Got chatting with some of the team and some customers. All good things.
Positive Review El Maestro from Austria sent 3 Sep 2011
Thank god a friend of mine recommended me this shop. Made this my "homebase" for my Amsterdam trip. Really nice staff, relaxed atmosphere and good weed. Bought some Cheese (11,60E/g) which was some of the best stuff I've had in a while. Would really recommend everybody to go there!
Positive Review Mark from UK sent 30 Jun 2009
One of my favourites, a great old style coffeeshop. Bought 5gs of haze during my stay from here and was not disappointed. On previous trips in 2008, 2007 and 2006 have bought Santa Maria, Bubble Gum and many others from here and it's always been consistently good stuff. The coffee is good too.
Positive Review Glenn from Canada sent 14 May 2008
My first purchase this trip was at Rookies minutes after checking in at the Rookies hotel upstairs and I was very happy with the helpful dealer and the overall quality. I bought a gram of Super Maroc for 10E which was a smooth hash and brought a great lasting high, I also grabbed a gram of Power Plant (Dutch Skunk) for 8.80E. It was a more mellow buzz but good for museum tripping especially after trying the volcano vaporizer for the first time! Later in the week I grabbed a gram of Afghan Pollen Super Special for 17E and it was a smooth intense high. On our last day I bought a gram of Ice 'o' Lator for 24E which is a ton of cash but was completely worth it for a long lasting high.
Neutral Review Stoner Association from UK sent 9 Nov 2007
Leaving the hotel early for our annual wake and bake (seven in the morning - Little rules!), we stumbled across a local youth who was wondering around from the night before and laughing at an old crazy lady in the street. We got talking and he said "go Rookies buy Fantasia it's the next best thing to hard drugs", so we went and it was.
Positive Review Dave from UK sent 17 Jun 2007
I really like it here, it's like a bar inside very lively, similar to Dampkring.
Positive Review Bubbalicious and JP from Canada visited 18/04/05; sent 22 Feb 2006
Wheelchair Accessibility: Totally accessible.
Positive Review Chris from UK sent 19 Oct 2005
First time we visited we really enjoyed this place. Nice tunes playing, and I got an excellent deal on some sativa but when we returned the next day the (different) staff weren't as friendly, although they weren't rude.
Positive Review Matthew from England visited 14-18 Feb; sent 22 Feb 2005
I love this place, an English man's paradise. Great atmos, half decent tunes every now and again (In general the music in Amsterdam's coffee shops is rubbish, these days your average toker doesn't listen to thumping dance music!) I actually heard Massive Attack.
Positive Review Robin from UK sent 5 Jan 2005
The pub-like, beer-serving atmosphere suited my more alcohol friendly companions. Nice atmosphere and pretty good weed, our first holiday spliff left us staring inanely for 20 mins whilst trying to stop our hearts from jumping out of our mouths. Then the giggling started. Do not be put off by the phrase pub like, I definitely mean it in the old sense of the word not like the theme pub vibe you get from Grasshopper and Bulldog. We all had a good time there and despite visiting other coffeeshops this is where we would return for the laid back yet bustling atmosphere. Window seats were best.
Positive Review Jonathan from USA sent 11 Dec 2004
This is a real "bar" feeling kind of place. It has a very large bar on one wall serving all kinds of hot and cold drinks, including beer. The atmosphere is much different than a lot of other coffeeshops. If you're looking to go to a place, just like any bar, and have a beer, but instead also smoke a spliff then check this one out.
Positive Review Winterdam Boyz from UK visited 10/12 Nov 04; sent 19 Nov 2004
More of an English style pub than a mongy coffeeshop, still a good ambience in there. There was some building work being done outside so you could possibly walk right past the place without realising it's there! Still a good smoke and the pool table's only 1 euro a pop. A very extensive souvenir shop across the street is well worth checking out, for both Rookies and non-rookies stuff to take home and impress your mates. A good all rounder especially if some of you wanna drink and some wanna smoke.
Positive Review Mary from USA visited 2-8 Nov; sent 9 Nov 2004
Rookies is and always will be my home base while in Amsterdam! Best pre-rolled Northern Lights (with or without 'bacco) ever. I was stocking up daily on the NL while sampling other shops! I probably smoked more Northern Lights from there than any other shops combined. It is getting harder to find pre-rolled joints that are straight 100% weed. So far Rookies still offers both.
Negative Review Patrick from USA visited March '04; sent 6 Nov 2004
I got really bad vibes from this shop. From the time we entered, to the time we left it seems that all eyes were on us. Made all of us feel unwelcomed. It was one of the largest shops we visited. Had two pool tables that were always in use.
Positive Review Tom from England sent 19 Oct 2004
This is the best most lively coffeeshop in Amsterdam all the staff were sound, they had a good atmosphere and if anyone has ever heard of a band called fishbone I met em in here.
Positive Review Lee and Deb from South Africa sent 17 Oct 2004
A handy place to go for a last minute skyf before the Mike Bike tour.
Positive Review Craig from UK sent 6 Oct 2004
The Nepali Temple Ball from here has pretty much fixed itself to the shopping list for all future trips. A personal favourite, I think more for the flavour than anything, but a good quality smoke at a decent price. This place blends both the coffee shop and bar/pub characteristics well enough to create a good social atmosphere.
Positive Review Pipo from Switzerland sent 9 Sep 2004
There is a nice ambience and a friendly atmosphere that makes you feel relax and well-adjusted. The weed is excellent and you can also drink beers (that is not allowed in every coffeeshop).
Positive Review Craig from UK sent 26 Aug 2004
More of a smoke friendly bar than a coffee shop this place but still really cool to spend some time here. Had a few beers and a game of pool and everyone seemed pretty friendly. Didn't buy anything here but came back a couple of times for the lively atmosphere.
Positive Review Sebazz from France sent 13 Aug 2004
Cool place near Leidsplein. The barmaid is very very cool the weed is quite good and there's a pool. Had funny times with Dutchmen and English playin' and smokin'. Recommended by all the guys I know who get there.
Positive Review SummerDam Boys from UK visited 30/07/04; sent 9 Aug 2004
This place has a more British pub style ambience to it, with the difference that you can skin up in here! The goods are pretty good too, we bought some Moroccan hash here which packed quite a punch. We arrived in Rookies after a sesh sitting in the Vondelpark, and chilling out in here on a baking hot Friday afternoon is certainly better than being in work! For some reason every girl that walked through the door was stunning, so we just had to stay till it was whitey o’clock. The pool table’s only 1 euro a go too.
Positive Review Remik from Poland sent 6 May 2004
This is great place, but I didn't have too much time to stay there. I liked this place very much. I think this is the best grass I've ever smoked, I think it was called Super Silver Haze but I'm not sure. I smoked it with my friends in other coffee shops, but I don't remember its name :( I think that Rookies is one of the best coffee shops in Amsterdam, but I will have to compare it with others :)
Positive Review Natalie from England visited 12-14 Mar 04; sent 15 Mar 2004
The atmosphere is very welcoming - unlike some places where you first walk in and feel like all eyes are on you. The music was good and I was able to tap my feet to most of the tunes. You can buy pre-rolled joints either pure or with tobacco, whatever tickles your fancy really. I quite liked the idea that with every purchase, you also get a little 'joint holder' - very useful if you want to save your joint for later and not worry about it getting damaged. The staff were very friendly. They know the possible effects of smoking and advise you to go easy at first by taking a few drags to begin with, leave it for a few minutes, then if you feel fine, well puff, puff away! One lady wasn't so lucky as I saw her collapse. All was fine though, the staff routinely carried her outside for some fresh air and brought her over a glass of water. All in all, a great place - go check it out!
Positive Review Gasper from England sent 18 Feb 2004
A lot of British people like The Rookies because of it's 'pub' feel. It's very much like a British pub except for you can buy and smoke weed. The staff are usually very friendly and helpful and their souvenir shop is across the street. It also has a pool table. It's quite well laid out although I've never rated their smoke. A good one if you're feeling home sick.
Positive Review Gaz from UK visited New Year 03; sent 5 Jan 2004
Rookies was by far my favourite coffeeshop because you could drink quality beer, buy quality hash and listen to quality tunes. The staff were very friendly and I got some great Victory skunk which brought us all up to a beautiful high!
Positive Review Doody from USA sent 12 Nov 2003
I literally stumbled upon an old friend from the USA one afternoon while around the Leidseplein area, near "Rookies". He and his wife were at a cafe terras table, I was walking down the street not seeing them, and I heard this, "No way.......Doody?" I turned and we both started laughing. He then directed me to "Rookies" and said he would be there in a moment. "Rookies" is very nice inside, a sort of brown bar interior, lots of wood and a warm feeling. They have outside terras tables, but it started to rain so we went inside to enjoy our smoke. I don't know what my mate bought for us to smoke, but it was very good tasting and did the job for all of us. I do highly recommend their Northern lights joints, I got one for the road. I really enjoyed smoking there with the laid back atmosphere, good music and good friends. They also have a bar, coffee drinks, energy drinks etc., a juke box, slot machine games, and chess boards and bongs to use. They also have a hotel with very nicely priced rooms. A very laid back place in a busy part of town, perfect for an afternoon in the rain, or outside in the sunshine, 3 stars.
Positive Review Mary from USA sent 19 Sep 2003
My absolute favorite. Rookies is close to my hotel and I just love the pre-rolled Northern Lights!!!!!
Positive Review Michelle from UK sent 16 Sep 2003
Nice little place serving alcohol, apparently it is meant to resemble a Dutch brown bar, its more like your Brit Pub with dark a pool table and just that pub feel about it.
Positive Review TG from UK sent 20 Jul 2003
I have been in this coffeeshop probably more than any other in Amsterdam but don't ask me why????? It's not to do with the weed as I was not overly impressed with the green on offer or even the music but it has a homely vibe and is open until 3am on Friday and Saturday. I normally stay near Leidseplein and this is one of the best in the area (behind Rokerij) for a chilled out smoke. I'd recommend that you get your weed elsewhere (Noon or Rokerji) but take time to experience what Rookies has to offer!
Positive Review Jeremy from USA sent 15 Jul 2003
I've always wanted to stop by here and finally did during the Cup last year. Unfortunately it WAS during the cup and well, we all know how that sucks. The place was packed but that's okay as this is one of the larger shops you'll find. They have an excellent fully stocked bar and a great selection of both weed and hash. I'm not sure what their entry was for the Cup, but all my notes say is; GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!! I think they have some type of head shop or souvenir shop across the street.
Probably not the best name for a bar. Every American I've ever met up with is under the same impression that this place is probably heavy on the tourism and light on that old Dutch feeling. Nothing could be farther from the truth however as it is way less touristy than those "Bulldogs" and the place does have a certain "neighborhood bar feeling" to it.
The place is huge, easily one of the largest "flats" in all of Amsterdam. A mammoth bar accounts for the right side of the shop while several tables, chairs and pool tables make up the balance. Of course you can expect full service bar here. I've heard that you can get both decent hash and weed here but have to say that I've never bought anything here besides beverages and the cup entry. Connected to its own hotel, the Rookies is a prodigious establishment.
Positive Review Mark from USA sent 19 Feb 2003
They have both pure and half and half, pre-rolled at the Rookies, price was reasonable, and I really liked the helpful staff they have, nice atmosphere too.
Positive Review N_Mo from USA sent 27 Dec 2002
The Rookies is for us pros as well ! Great h+sh in particular and, of course, budz to go with it. Don't let the title fool you...if you are just arriving in town be SURE to let the housedealer know you are just showing up. If you "overdue" your intake you may end up snoring the rest of your day off, and I prefer not to do so when just starting. This is a very nice c-shop, probably in the top 20 of all in A'dam.
Positive Review Tom and Clairey from UK visited 9 - 12 Aug 2002; sent 14 Aug 2002
This coffeeshop is our personal favourite, loads of room to sit and chill, great tunes, good selection of weed and hash at decent prices, good lighting inside. A must for anyone who has never been.
Neutral Review B-Li from USA
This shop, located just off a side street from the Leidseplein, has pool tables, air conditioning, a full bar and some sort of hotel all skinned into one. They also sell smoke by the gram or by the joint, with or without tobacco. I walked into the place late on a Saturday night, and it was wall to wall packed out.
I purchased a pure cannabis joint for fl 10, made from some un-disclosed form of weed. The bartender asked me if I wanted it with or without tobacco (a trend that has caught on a little more considerately with the hipper shops over the last few years), but misunderstood me and gave me one with tobacco. Luckily I caught this by smelling it as I walked down the street. After a moment or two of internally swearing, I went back in to attempt to exchange it. That's why I asked you if you wanted it pure or with tobacco, the tender replied back. Not in the mood to argue, I coughed up the extra 2.50 for a pure one and hit the road. IMHO, ten guilders is way too much for a single doobie, but it came in a nifty carrying case, was well-rolled, and burned ultra, ultra slow and nice under windy conditions outside of Schipol Airport. And it got me sufficiently baked for the two-hour wait for the voyage home. All and all, it's a spacious shop worth checking out once for novelty's sake, but not the cheapest place in town when you're looking for a pre-rolled in a pinch. Be sure and get there early on weekends, because it fills up fast.