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Rivierenbuurt houses Amsterdam
Practical Stuff
Where do I find Pubs?
Dutch breweries (large)
Dutch breweries (small)
Belgian breweries
Amsterdam breweries
Bockbier Tasting 2004

Amsterdam Pubs
Overview Map
Nieuwezijd (Dam)
Oudezijd (Nieuwmarkt)
De Jordaan
De Pijp
Amsterdam East
Amsterdam South
Amsterdam West

Rivierenbuurt doorways AmsterdamLooking upon the wonder that is my Amsterdam pub guide, I noticed a huge blank spot: the Rivierenbuurt. (Actually there are two blanks - the Rivierenbuurt and Amsterdam Noord - but like a native Amsterdammer, I don't really consider the latter part of the city.) Odd, because my first Amsterdam address was Churchillaan, the neighbourhood's main artery. There is an explanation: I did my boozing in De Pijp.

Built between the wars, the Rivierenbuurt is one of the posher bits of inner Amsterdam. It's home to some of the very best bits of Amsterdamse School architecture; I recommend taking a look at Vrijheidslaan. But its bourgeois population, short history and the presence of the massive RAI exhibition centre on its southern flank, mean it isn't the best part of the city for pubs. Most, in the form of cafe-restaurants, cluster around the edges of RAI. The better ones hide away in the back streets. Now you won't have to go searching for them.

If you're wondering why it's called the Rivierenbuurt ("River Neighbourhood") the answer is simple: most of the streets are named after Dutch rivers.

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Amsterdam Pub Guide

Cafe The Corner
Scheldeplein 2,
1078 GR Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 - 662 9627
Cafe The Cirner Amsterdam
Opening hours: Sun - Thur 10:00 - 01:00,
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 03:00
Number of draught beers: 4
Number of bottled beers: 10
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals. Affligem €3.85 for 0.33l.
Cafe The Cirner Amsterdam interiorYou don't have to be a genius to guess that Café The Corner is positioned on, well, a corner. The junction of Scheldestraat and Scheldeplein, to be precise, right opposite RAI.

The corner location lends it a weird shape, tapering to a point. What does it look like inside? The lounge bar of a Bass tied house circa 1978. Rather too much red velveteen gives it the air of a down-market knocking shop, though if it were one, I would expect young ladies as well as suited businessmen. I'm getting the idea now where they get most of their trade from - the exhibition centre.

The draught beers aren't very inspiring, but there are four drinkable bottled beers: Affligem Dubbel, Westmalle Tripel, Kasteel and Duvel.

Does anyone else remember the Corner Cafe in Leeds? Not a pub, or even a café, but a good, cheap curry house.
Rating: * Public transport: Bus 15 to Scheldeplein.

Scheldestraat 182,
1078 GJ Amsterdam.
Tel: 020 - 679 7366
Cafe D'Overkant Amsterdam
Opening hours: Sun - Thur 12:00 - 01:00,
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 03:00
Number of draught beers: 3
Number of bottled beers: 7
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks, meals.Westmalle Tripel €3.25 for 0.33l.
Cafe D'Overkant Amsterdam interiorThis bit of the Rivierenbuurt is full of cafe-restaurants, catering (quite literally) to visitors to RAI. Being right opposite both The Corner and RAI, the name D'Overkant (Dutch for "the opposite side") is very apposite.

The names of crappy defunct British pub chains keep popping into my head today. Overkant reminds me of a Berni Inn circa 1981. It's obviously keener on the restaurant side of its identity. The steak knives neatly laid out on the tables are a bit of a giveaway on that one.

According to my trusty Amsterdamse Kroegen Encyclopedie (I wonder if they are ever going to publish a new edition), this used to be a semi-serious beer pub with a bottled list running to 35. At some point the name has been changed and the number of bottles available divided by 5. One of the 7 that remain is Heineken Pils, which is a bit of a waste of time as they already sell it on draught. There are two drinkable offerings: Westmalle Tripel and Duvel.
Rating: * Public transport: Bus 15 to Scheldeplein.

Café Klasen
Maasstraat 55-HS,
1078 HD Amsterdam.
Cafe Klasen Amsterdam
Opening hours: Mon - Thur 12:00 - 01:00,
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 03:00,
Sun 16:00 - 01:00
Number of draught beers: 3
Number of bottled beers: 4
Regular draught beers:
Food: Snacks. Affligem Blond €3.50 for 0.25l.
Cafe Klasen Amsterdam interiorThe leaded lights boasting "Koffie", "Thee" and "Cacao" and the 30's lettering on the window drew me in immediately;In this bit of pre-war Amsterdam art deco is both authentic and appropriate.

Away from RAI, the cafes take on a more local character. Though having taken a look in the second room, where deep red sofas conjure up the atmosphere of a chillout room, lead me to believe that I might have been premature in my judgment.

Cafe Klasen Amsterdam no smoking roomThe disadvantage of this being more a locals' pub, is that the blokes at the bar are not only all smoking, but a high percentage of them have cigars. Mike would already be running for the door. Though not the exit, but the door to the chillout area. One of three no-smoking rooms I've so far discovered in Amsterdam. In case you're wondering, that's the main reason Klasen gets two stars.

Yeah, the beer selection is average (in the Aussie sense of the word), but Heineken haven't buggered up Affligem (yet) so there is one drinkable draught.

The sort of pub where middle-aged saddoes like me pass away their dull days over jenever. Perfect for a wet Thursday afternoon.
Rating: ** Public transport: Tram 12, 25 to Maasstraat.

The Amsterdam Pub Guide Continues:
Amsterdam Pub Guide Part One
Dam Square - Leidseplein
Amsterdam Pub Guide Part Two
Amsterdam Pub Guide Part Three
De Jordaan
Amsterdam Pub Guide Part Four
De Pijp
Amsterdam Pub Guide Part Five
Amsterdam East
Amsterdam Pub Guide Part Six
Amsterdam South
Amsterdam Pub Guide Part Seven
Amsterdam West
Amsterdam Pub Guide Part Eight
Weteringschans - Utrechtsestraat
Amsterdam Pub Guide Part Nine

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