This was our first beer bar in Amsetrdam, so I'll always remember it for that. We got into town on the wings of a rainy windstorm on a Tuesday evening. As we walked the old, narrow cobbled streets and got soaked, we sidestepped huge puddles and eventually saw the sign for this place and got excited (if we were going to go to just one bar that night, it was going to be a good one and I was willing to get soaked to find it). Being an old city built on top of the water, the amount of flooding we saw in this neighborhood coupled with the intensifying rain made me think the city was going to just drown. Anyways...all the miserable weather disappeared as soon as we walked inside.
The decor is very traditional, and the small place was more or less filled with happy drinkers. I'm a sucker for old fashioned drinking establishments, so this was right up my alley. We weren't sure how things operated, so we ordered a drink at the bar, and then sat down at some available seats at a back table and eventually a server came to us The table we sat down at had an old lady and her daughter or granddaughter just blissed out and laughing behind a sampling array of 20+ beers. I was immediately impressed with the ladies in Holland, as this was the first thing I witnessed at a Dutch bar. I love beer and I've never been so bold as to order a sampler of every single draft beer at a bar...all at once. We come to find out later that a group of Swiss bikers/tourists were in a few hours prior to our arrival and ordered the sampling...and the ladies were just sampling the leftovers. either way, it made for an interesting moment.
Probably one of the tastiest things we ate in Holland was the gigantic plate of dutch cheese and mustard that we ordered from here. I actually can't believe we finished the whole thing between the 2 of us. It was at least 1 pound of cheese if not more.
The beers were excellent. We went outside our comfort zone of flavors and tried the darker, stronger drafts. My favorites were a Dutch spelt ale from Lindeboom and a wine cask-aged strong ale called Bommen & Granaten from De Molen. The list of Holland beers was impressive , and had we no time constraints, we would have sampled a lot more of the bottles.
The service was slow (but very friendly and informative when he came to check on us)...finding the waiter to pay our bill took longer than I would have liked, but we weren't rushing back into the monsoon, so it didn't matter.
I wanted to come back here again, but in the interest of trying new things every day, we didn't return. Next time I'm in Amsterdam, I'm going to save some time for this place again.