Café The Minds

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Café The Minds 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. Amsterdam Holland 52.3707563 4.88912466931153
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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

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 9pm–3am, F–Sa 9pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café The Minds Review

The Scene

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.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

There are some truly fascinating characters here, and the older they are the better stories they tell. If you’re a fan of the music, check out the impressive CD selection behind the bar and make a request – then sit back and befriend the punky locals sharing your table.

  • Crowd

    Young punks, student activists, liberals of all ages, and retired rebels.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Music includes everything from 60s stoner rock to 70s punk, 80s ska, and 90s skater metal. Pool table and vintage pinball machine.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    A variety of beer including Budels and locally brewed selections.

  • Prices

    Beer €2, liquor €2–€3. Pool €.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Grungy or casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays and Fridays are packed with energy, while Saturdays are a bit more relaxed and bring in an older crowd.

  • Close By

    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.

Café The Minds User Reviews

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Beer People and Pinball
Simona C. Jun 13, 2013
"Cafè the Minds" is a very nice place with cheap drinks and a wide selection of beers. The place is small but manages to contain a round table, a large number of stools, a pool table near the toilet (be careful when you open the door) a pinball, posters on the walls and many friendly people. In an evening I met a Dutch painter of Amsterdam, a lonely traveler from NY, a group of Spaniards in Erasmus. The bartender smiles even in the chaotic moments and the service is quite fast. I recommend before going to a party over the weekend or for a beer with friends during the week.
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