Party Earth Review Over one hundred types of Belgian and Dutch beers await in this snug Flanders-meets-Amsterdam brown bar, a place that has apparently radiated warmth and charm since the day it first opened its doors as a communist hangout... ... read full review
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 86
Su–Th 4pm–3am, F–Sa 4pm–4am
Leidseplein, Amsterdam –
Over one hundred types of Belgian and Dutch beers await in this snug Flanders-meets-Amsterdam brown bar, a place that has apparently radiated warmth and charm since the day it first opened its doors as a communist hangout in 1968.
Besides the requisite beer signs, posters, and a communal acoustic guitar, the walls also feature a row of chalkboards boasting the impressive list of Belgian Trappist and Dutch micro-brewed beers available on tap and in bottles.
Other boards list the limited food menu or offer the sale of single cigars and cigarettes, while a flashy floral bouquet – a twenty-year tradition at de Spuyt – adds a splash of color to the background of hustling workers and clinking beer glasses.
To enhance its homey, authentic personality, the bar works on the tab system, so patrons can just leave a name with the bartender, place an order, and take care of the bill when it’s time to go.
A talkative, somewhat artistic bunch of regulars, mostly 20s and 30s.
Hip selection of jazz remixes and indie rock tunes from the bartenders’ iPods. The bar staff also gives patrons the opportunity to plug in their own MP3 players.
It’s hard to find another place that serves Vlaamse biersoup – a savory stew of bacon and potatoes simmered in a Belgian beer bouillon and served with bread.
Vlaamse biersoup €4, tostis and salami and cheese selections €3+. Belgian/specialty beers €4, draft beer €2.10, mixed drinks €5+.
Busiest on weekends, especially during the cooler seasons.