Café Gollem

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Café Gollem Café Gollem’s second location in the young and trendy De Pijp neighborhood is every bit as welcoming and comfortable as the original in Nieuwe Zijds (Raamsteeg 4). Amsterdam Holland 52.3560906 4.8908396
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Party Earth Review Café Gollem’s second location in the young and trendy De Pijp neighborhood is every bit as welcoming and comfortable as the original in Nieuwe Zijds (Raamsteeg 4). Like many brown bars, the décor consists mainly of steel... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 4pm–1am, F–Sa 2pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café Gollem Review

The Scene

Café Gollem’s second location in the young and trendy De Pijp neighborhood is every bit as welcoming and comfortable as the original in Nieuwe Zijds (Raamsteeg 4).

Café Gollem’s second location in the young and trendy De Pijp neighborhood is every bit as welcoming and comfortable as the original in Nieuwe Zijds (Raamsteeg 4). Like many brown bars, the décor consists mainly of steel beer signs and Dutch prints, dark wood tables dimly lit by candles and vintage lamps, and the ubiquitous chalkboards. But the assortment of young professionals, law students, regulars, travelers, and alternative types who haunt the place don’t come for the décor – they come for the 160 different varieties of Belgian, Dutch, and German beers on offer, many of them exclusive to Gollem or otherwise hard to come by. It wouldn’t be surprising to expect a rowdy scene with all those high-alcohol-content beers on tap, but the bar and its patrons manage to keep the vibe lively and upbeat without losing the warmly social atmosphere. In fact, it’s easy to lose track of time at Gollem, so just go with the flow, sample some new flavors, order an Indonesian appetizer, and sit back to enjoy the constant buzz of friendly chitchat.

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Tip from Jonah:

There’s no sense in going to Gollem if you don’t try one of the rare beers on offer. The Trappist Westvleteren 6, 8, and 12 beers are a great choice. Be warned, however: Belgian beers often have a high alcohol content and are served in glasses three times the size of a wine glass. Pace yourself!

  • Crowd

    A hip international mix of laid-back regulars, travelers, and university students, 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music from classic rock to jazz to indie. Pub quiz on Tuesday nights.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Appetizer menu of Surinamese, Indian, and Indonesian dishes, and an assortment of fine Trappist cheeses.

  • Prices

    Appetizers €2.80+. Beer €1.90–€4+, mixed drinks €6.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to smart casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays draw the largest crowd around 10pm.

  • Close By

    Mazzeltof (Ferdinand Bolstraat 40), which is open until 5am on weekends and offers affordable Dutch pilsners, is a good bet for late-night drinks in De Pijp.

Café Gollem User Reviews

Average rating:
OPEN but RELOCATED
Amster M. Dec 1, 2012
This place actually reopened but is in a new location off Overtoom. It's still small and still has the 100+ Belgium beer list, though I think it's lost a little bit of that rustic charm and old-man vibe. Beer lovers still go there, more now the student type and in large groups, and it's a bit more open and bright thanks to the big windows. But the staff are still friendly and I like the long bar. Right across from there is a new pool hall called Plan B, and just down the street is OT301. Put them all together and I think Overtoom just got a whole lot sweeter.
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