But one that's been around for ages. And is just around the corner from where I live. Café Schinkelhaven.
I think I might have nipped in for a beer once, but that was years ago. I've walked past it a lot recently and noticed adverts for Jopen beer. Definitely a step up from what they used to sell, which I think was mostly Heineken stuff. Though a glance at the beer list suggests there's still some sort of Heineken tie, what with both Amstel and Affligem present.
But the improved beer list wasn't really what prompted me to stop by. It was the trees. We've been having some unseasonably warm, sunny days (you don't expect that during a Dutch summer) and Schinkelhaven has a lovely terrace where you can sit in the shade of mature trees. Not something that's very common in Amsterdam. It reminded me a bit of Franconia. Well, other than the bike motorway along one side and the main road along another.
I arranged to meet Mike there for a Saturday afternoon beer or two. We got a table outside so all was good. And some beers, obviously. One word of warning. This is one of a growing number of places that doesn't accept cash. It's the same at brewpub chain Troost. No biggie for me, but could be tricky for some foreigners, if you don't have the right type of card.
The prices aren't that scary for current Amsterdam - around €4.50 for a glass or bottle of the posher beers. Which tells you just how ridiculous the prices here have become.
Schinkelhaven is located right at the back end of Vondel Park. Making a nice little outing if you've taken your life into your hands and rented a bike. Every time I go into town I see tourists teetering uncertainly on bikes, seemingly unaware of the dangers of cycling in the city centre. Especially if you've fuck all clue about the rules and road markings. I dread to thing how many tourists have horrible accidents on bikes. Dolores won't cycle in the centre: "Far too dangerous, Ronald." At least if you ride through the park there aren't any cars.
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