Spijker (Closed Temporarily)

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Drinking and smoking and playing pool in the Kerkstraat
Cozy and casual local bar in the Amsterdam 'brown café' style (lots of wood, nicotine-stained walls), started in 1978 during a more leathery era and run since 2006 by Englishman Paul (from Manchester). Not at all trendy, with video porn, Tuesday all-day cheap-drink beer busts, daily 5–7pm Happy Hours and Saturday 6pm bingo hosted by drag personality Dora Royale (as of 2019). Gets particularly busy around midnight at the weekend, and the pool table — one of few to be found in a gay bar in this town — is actually used for serious playing. Smoking and darkroom distractions are relegated to the upstairs floor. The building dates from 1904, originally a showroom for high-end Dutch car manufacturer Spijker, which translates as 'nail'. Located in the same street as Club Church [see entry].


    • welshledge
      welshledge Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great place hot men was in there 5 mins was sucking the bar tender in that time hot as

    • DaddyWayne
      DaddyWayne Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Too smoky
      Visited on a Sunday afternoon in early September 2012 and the bar stunk of cigarette smoke as guys sitting at the bar were smoking. Older crowd. Didn't try the back room as the stink of smoke put me off. I thought all bars in Amsterdam were smoke free

    • shawnndt
      shawnndt Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fun crowd
      One of the more fun bars I visited while in Amsterdam. The drinks were cheap, and there were a lot of friendly locals at the bar. I never saw anybody using the darkroom upstairs. Make sure you check out the daily happy hours for the best beer prices I've seen in Europe!

    • FotograafErik
      FotograafErik Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Good place to get started or chill out
      Review below is correct. Quite often used by guys who are going to visit Club Church (in the same street) or have a drink after the party in Club Church (Tue, Wed)

    • christiaanscott
      christiaanscott Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great bar!
      What a little gem! Friendly and cute bar men - very helpful. Lovely atmosphere and friendly crowd.