For a hotelbar, this one has a fairly extensive beerlist. While there are some really nice offerings listed (like the already mentioned Schlenkerla Rauchbier), there are no surprises here for the true beerlover.
But the main reason to visit the pub is the atmosphere, the interior being a cosy mix-up between a dutch "bruin cafť" and an english pub, a fat lazy cat, and a relaxed bartender.
Itís just a lot of fun watching the world of this seedy area of Amsterdam passing you by sitting at the large window in front, a big cat in your lap, sipping a Bamberg rauchbeer or a belgian trappist.
Benzai (207) Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, Netherlands | November 21, 2014
Another pub near the Zeeburg street which is quite crowded with pubs. This one is fairly big compared to some of the other pubs I visited this evening. Nothing special going on here. I didnít like the atmosphere either, but maybe thatís just me. About 30 different beers, which is not bad but I was hoping for more. Anyway, not worth a detour and I think this was my last visit as it is just not very interesting.
A nice little brown bar in a small street between the station and the red light district. Itís quite reminiscent of an English pub, with lots of dark wood, a couple of settees and a resident ginger cat. They have six taps - nothing outstanding, but good enough - and a reasonable bottle list with about 15 Dutch, 25 Belgian and 10 other bottles.
(Visited 23 September 2014).
A four-sided, British lookalike, pub located in the Red Light District and not so far from the railway station. A brownish pub with a cozy atmosphere. 54 bottles on the menu and four on keg. Mostly Nederlandske bieren and Belgisch trappist, lots of bottles from breweries like Texels and Jopen. Friendly and smiling service from the barmaid. Very quiet on a Monday before noon (visited with Frau Eva 21.07.2014).
Old style pub ambiance. Cat in front booth. Decent selection. Quite and pleasant. Older cliental.
Fin (950) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 11, 2013
This is another bar that I must have walked past on dozens of occasions without giving it a second glance, however this time we did (me & my dad) the beer selection was really pretty good, I have actually forgotten what I had now but recall that it was a pretty decent beer maybe it was the dry hopped version of the Christoffel beer, I think it was come to think of it. We had pleasant 30-40 mins in here and left just before the band were about to start, though they looked quite interesting with a banjo player amongst them. I had actually enjoyed listening to the Cure who were played at a sensible but pleasant enough so you could hear volume. This bar had a distinct cosy old fasioned slightly worn feel to it with plenty of old wood around and a view out of the large windows from where we were sat to the mayhem of this part of town. This is a pretty good bar in a pretty poor area.
Not the largest selection in the world, but an outspoken and surprising one. That with the great opening hours, and a certain ambiance not every one might enjoy makes this place a just great. For those days you just need a schlenkerla smoked marzen at 3 oíclock at night.
Visited July 2010. Went there several times on my holidaytrip. Not so much for the selection of beers, but for the atmosphere. Cosy, almost local atmospere though located in a tourist area. Very nice with the monstercat on the table.
Revisited March 2013. Still a monstercat on the table, still cosy.