Party Earth Review Situated on Amsterdam’s oldest street, Skek is an inexpensive, student-run café and bar that caters to a casual, sociable crowd of local hipsters and students. Housed in two historic 16th-century buildings, the space... ... read full review
M–Th, Su noon–1am, F–Sa noon–3am
Red Light District, Amsterdam –
Situated on Amsterdam’s oldest street, Skek is an inexpensive, student-run café and bar that caters to a casual, sociable crowd of local hipsters and students.
Housed in two historic 16th-century buildings, the space includes a small dining area and a brown bar and is most known for its unbeatable deals on good food and drink, as well as its program of live underground music.
Except for the rotating exhibits of contemporary paintings by young local artists, Skek sticks to its rustic roots with dark wood furnishings, simple string lights, and homey touches like soft retro lamps, worn out pillows, and beanbag chairs.
One of the most unique aspects of Skek is how sincerely it fosters a real connection between the place and its patrons, going so far as to solicit suggestions for additions and deletions to the excellent menu. And it is just that creative, open-minded character that keeps the equally creative clientele coming back for more.
Hipsters, neighborhood regulars, and students, 20s and 30s.
Live music Thursdays through Saturdays after 11pm, often featuring local indie groups, singer/songwriters, and jazz musicians. Free Wi-Fi.
Fresh, healthy menu selections change according to what is in season. Homemade pies. Lunch served noon–4pm, dinner 6–10pm. Students receive 1/3 off the total bill.
Sandwiches €3.50–€5.50, appetizers €4.50+, entrées €12+. Beer €2, wine €3, mixed drinks €5+, coffee and tea €2.
Live music nights are most popular. Thursdays are more relaxed while Fridays and Saturdays draw a larger crowd.