kermis (512) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | January 3, 2017
Another old bar in the area but very distinctive. As a previous reviewer mentioned it’s like a cross of an old Dutch brown cafe and and old English pub. There’s even carpet on the floor! Beer selection is uninspiring, but at least they have some. Nothing special on tap, and some bottles of Belgian standards as well as some obvious Jopen and Schelde. Quiet but entirely tourists as opposed to the little locally places nearby.
Our first stop this morning at 11 o’clock. Ready for a cold beer, again! Nice to sit down in a cozy sofa with a Jopen Jacobus RPA from tap. I liked the "brown pub interior" Wood panelling from the 1700th century and red skin on the front of the bar. Looks classy and expensive. The pub cat was very attention seeking too. A pub well worth visiting in this part of the city. (Visited November 19th 2016 with colleagues/Bjarte1)
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 café" and an english pub, a fat lazy cat, and a relaxed bartender.
It’s 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 (254) 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 didn’t like the atmosphere either, but maybe that’s 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. It’s 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 (1146) 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.