Party Earth Review Take the cover of a punk rock album, throw in some skateboard decks and a few beer-soaked tables, then add a talkative crowd sporting mohawks and worn out Chuck Taylors, and the end result is none other than Café The Minds... ... read full review
M–Th, Su 9pm–3am, F–Sa 9pm–4am
Nieuwe Zijds, Amsterdam –
Take the cover of a punk rock album, throw in some skateboard decks and a few beer-soaked tables, then add a talkative crowd sporting mohawks and worn out Chuck Taylors, and the end result is none other than Café The Minds.
Raw and gritty, the modest space features peeling punk posters, old leather boots dangling from the ceiling, wagon-wheel chandeliers, and a clunky wooden bar.
All in all, it’s the perfect setting for the local leftists who show up to pound cheap beer and rant about the latest clash with “The Man,” as well as the squatters and budding rockers who stick around to party all night.
It’s not easy to stay punk forever, but The Minds does its best by saying no to conventionalism and breaking the rules every chance it gets.
The bar is a place to drink beer other than Heineken, play air guitar to punk power chords, and joke around, all in the name of nonconformity.
Smoker friendly and open later than most bars, The Minds is a great choice for those who want to encounter Amsterdam’s true alternative scene.
Young punks, student activists, liberals of all ages, and retired rebels.
Music includes everything from 60s stoner rock to 70s punk, 80s ska, and 90s skater metal. Pool table and vintage pinball machine.
A variety of beer including Budels and locally brewed selections.
Beer €2, liquor €2–€3. Pool €.50.
Grungy or casual.
Thursdays and Fridays are packed with energy, while Saturdays are a bit more relaxed and bring in an older crowd.
Spuistraat is Amsterdam’s most well-known squatter neighborhood, where alternative lifestyle types move into abandoned buildings and live for almost nothing. The cartoonish, electric blue squat at Spuistraat 216 was once a famous café and still hosts a number of city dwellers.