A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
Walking around in Amsterdam one evening I discovered this awesome bar on the Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam, a short walk from the train station.
The Bar-Café has been running for 26 years and is one of the oldest bars of Amsterdam. The outside in no way prepares you for the interior, filled with bric -a-brac accumulated over the years, so much so that it not only fills the walls, but also hangs down from the ceiling. There are enthroned ice skates, tires and furniture mounted upside down, signboards and company information panels. Immediately you get a sense of being in a place full of character, a veritable storehouse of stories stowed away in every little object that was successful to find a place on the walls.
The crowd is a nice mix of regulars and one-time tourists, and the atmosphere is very cosy and homely. There’s a good selection of beers and the owner is pretty friendly, perpetually involved in animated conversation with her customers. Definitely a place to go back to!