New pubs and beweries are poppoing up quicker than I can keep track of. After decades where there might be one opening every two or three years, now all I have to do is turn my back and there's a new vraft beer bar.
The latest one to be drawn to my attention is in De Pijp, one of my old stamping grounds. My first Amsterdam flat wasn't far away. And De Pijp was an interesting, multicultutal neighbourhood with lots of odd specialist and ethnic shops.
Based on what I saw on Eerste van der Helststraat, those days are gone. The old shops on the short streeet have now mostly been replaced by various kinds of trendy emporia.The same gentrification that's sweeping most of Amsterdam inside the motorway ring.
The Wateringhole, I suppose, is a symptom of that process. I try to look on it in a positive way: another place to buy interesting beer. And it least it isn't another bloody trendy cofffee bar.
This was supposed to be just a photo essay. But I've ended up giving you far more words than intende. Yoiu'd best be grateful. I'll mostly let the pictures do the descriptive thingy. Bit cold looking inside. But that's the way these sort of places are decorated. The taps, in the form of amsterdammetjes, are pretty cool.
Rather too many imported beers in the selection. But that could just have been the day that I was there. And they did have St. Bernardus Christmas beer on draught. Also a snack that mostly consisted of strips of bacon with a tiny token sliver of bread.
Eerste van der Helststraat 72,
Tel: +31 20 237 4714
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