I like beer. So, having spent a few days in Amsterdam I had drunk pints of Heineken, Grolsch, Oranjeboom, Lindeboom and more... I had not as yet drunk a nice cold pint of Amstel, however. So it was whilst walking around the Jordaan district that I spotted an Amstel sign at Cafe Chris. So, hoping to slay my thirst, my partner and I ventured in.
Cafe Chris' interior was a smoky, wooden throwback, the likes of which is not seen so often these days. More than half the cafe was taken up by a large billiards table, at which two players duelled for the entire time we spent in the establishment. I had never seen an actual billiards table before so I was somewhat captivated by it's presence. There was something else in the bar, however, which I had not seen before. The plumbing for the toilet was outside of the toilet itself. So having relieved oneself, one would exit the toilet and only when outside, flush the chain. How very Dutch. It was the sort of thing that Belgian artist Rene Magritte might have enjoyed.
The cafe itself was cosy and more than reasonably priced when it came to the beer! The Amstel itself was refreshing and crisp. The atmosphere was friendly and jovial. Likewise, the service was attentive. My partner and I had four or five beers in all before getting on our way and bidding the cafe a light headed adieu.
Cafe Chris takes some beating for a cosy and somewhat surreal afternoon's drinking.
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