For a while Amsterdam didn’t really ‘do’ cocktail bars, though thankfully this has definitely changed over the past few years. But Door 74 was Amsterdam’s first speakeasy-style cocktail bar, one of the true originals which still manages to keep a fairly low profile. Maybe it’s because the Dutch don’t like to spend money (it’s not the place to come to for a cheap beer).
Deliberately hard to find, with an elusive feel and a dark Prohibition era style interior, this place is worth waiting in line for. They used to have a reservation only (on the day) policy, but they seem to have relaxed this. Still, it’s worth calling/texting them (again, only on the day itself) and trying to book a table in advance. The cocktails are expensive for Amsterdam (EUR 12 – 15) but they’re innovative and delicious.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 74, Amsterdam