Door 74

Cocktail Bar / Lounge
Door 74 True to the speakeasies of 1920s America, the exact location of Door 74 is somewhat clandestine and one definitely worth investigating. Amsterdam Holland 52.3659649 4.8935842
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Door 74 - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in Amsterdam.
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Party Earth Review True to the speakeasies of 1920s America, the exact location of Door 74 is somewhat clandestine and one definitely worth investigating. The sleek, upscale setting is the place for classic cocktails, flutes of champagne... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Tu–Sa 8pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Door 74 Review

The Scene

True to the speakeasies of 1920s America, the exact location of Door 74 is somewhat clandestine and one definitely worth investigating.

True to the speakeasies of 1920s America, the exact location of Door 74 is somewhat clandestine and one definitely worth investigating.

The sleek, upscale setting is the place for classic cocktails, flutes of champagne, and “proper late-night drinking,” as the bar itself says. It’s evident from the moment the swanky black-suited barman checks groups of people off the list and escorts them through the unmarked door into the dimly lit lounge that the bar’s Golden Rule of “Behave as ladies and gentlemen” is respected without question by the sophisticated clientele.

The bar itself is something of a marvel with its lustrous countertops and shelves lined with a spectacular array of liquors. A glass brick ceiling reflects the glow of 20s-inspired globe lights and casts a soothing light over the modern chocolate leather banquettes and tables.

One of Door 74’s main attractions is the solicitous staff whose impressive cocktail knowledge and mixing skills are surpassed only by the generous service that charms patrons and encourages them to take the time to thoroughly enjoy the experience.

The leather-bound menu offers fifteen seasonally changing creative cocktails that guests would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, from classics favored by Hugh Hefner and his Playmates in the 1960s to drinks with creative ingredients like oyster mushroom infused bourbon, or cornwine with lemon and egg whites.

A place of beauty blended with a welcoming ease, Door 74 is open to all who, as their motto states, seek “pleasant conversation over decent, grown-up drinks.”

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Tip from Adriana:

Door 74 is low key, and you can only get in by making a reservation. Leave a voicemail or text message at their phone number from 9am onwards on the day you plan to stop by. Remember to leave your number, too, so they can get back to you for confirmation.

  • Crowd

    Generally well-heeled locals and savvy travelers, 20s and up.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Classy, jazzy, swingy lounge music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    A generous serving of gourmet green olives and assorted salty nuts is included with the drinks, as are glasses of water.

  • Prices

    Cocktails €10, champagne €13.50, 2-person party drinks €15, alcohol-free cocktails €12.50, singles on ice €6+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays are busiest and thus the most difficult nights to get in, especially without booking ahead. The best bets for day-of access are Tuesdays through Thursdays, which still offer a great vibe.

Door 74 User Reviews

Average rating:
Not so exclusive and elusive
Marieke B. Jun 23, 2013
When i heard about the concept behind "Door 74" I jumped at the chance to attend one of the few classy, exclusive and yet slightly hidden bars in Amsterdam. I read reviews describing the inconspicuous door that could be mistaken for a house, how you then knock on the door and are greeted somewhat shifty looking individual who, after identifying your name on the guest list, warmly invites you into a magical escape from the tourist centre of Amsterdam. The concept, as well as I was assured they used to pull it off, has been somewhat neglected however. Maybe upholding the aura of mystique became tiring as an increasing number of individuals secured their spot behind the door at the drop of a text-message. So now, on arriving at the now shabby and cracked-glass door, you ring the doorbell and a young, nonchalant but very real and unequivocal waitress opens the door, checks your name on the guest list and points you in the direction of a table. I was seated cosily next to another couple at a somewhat cramped little table and had a menu thrust in front of me. No guidance was offered to direct me through the funky but frankly confusing menu. I eventually ordered a mediocre tasting cocktail and the staff did not interact with me beyond my initial order. Door 74, I had heard, used to be renowned for its intimate setting and personal contact with the customer. I feel like this ever so intriguing concept has succumbed to its popularity at the expense of its sole selling factor-its mystique.
Secret-cocktail-drinking spot!
elina s. Dec 5, 2012
A green door, with one bel and a big guy with a guestlist. If you have not called the mobile number (which you have to find first(), you might be dissapointed. They work with same-day reservations but it's totally worth it. Its tiny appearance makes this bar cozy and gives yohttp://www.partyearth.com/amsterdam/lounges/door-74-2/#u a superior feeling being incited in a secret society. Trust me if I say that the best cocktails you will ever have, will be in this place. It is not just a coincidence that one of the bartenders won a mixology award. Not only are they fabulous, they change the menu every season and make custom-made cocktails for your taste. Don’t hesitate to ask about any ingredient or liquor on the shelf, These guys are full of knowledge and will gladly share their knowledge with you. You might even get lucky and get some nice tastings of their various liquors or bitters!
Classy, friendly, and charming disposition
Amster M. Dec 4, 2012
The guy who more or less runs this bar is Timo, a bartending badass that competes in contests all over the world for the world's best bartender. And he's won quite a few trophies... which are on display in cases at Door 74. But he's not the only one -- those who mix here have received professional training from workshops and courses by people passionate about cocktails. Door 74 was the initial spark of Amsterdam's cocktail movement -- a slow yet growing trend that has led to a few other additional high-end cocktail bars and speakeasys in the city. These guys really know what they're doing, and you'll notice it before you even take a seat.
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