Cafe Sint Jan: The Best-heated Terrace in Town?
Despite it being late June the evening of our little meet was damp and chill and so for an after dinner drink the terrace of Cafe Sint Jan, with its row of gas-heaters, was particularly inviting. This is a pleasantly laid-back cafe with swift, friendly, service and a good range of beers. Prices are reasonable and because it's off the main square of the Korenmarkt it's that little bit more peaceful than the cafes there.
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In And Around The Korenmarkt: Where It All Seems To Happen
Arnhem's Korenmarkt is the square in the centre of the old city and is literally surrounded by terraced cafes and bars, which also extend into its side-streets. Because it is compact it's an ideal meeting place and whatever terrace you are sitting in you can see what's happening everywhere else.
For our mini VT meet this proved ideal. PJ arrived first and ensconced himself at the front of the terrace at Bloopers, which was as good a place as any. I arrived next and spotted him almost immediately and then when Paul and his son arrived we soon recognised them.
Bloopers is a friendly bar, with good service and reasonable prices, but then I should imagine they all are. Locals, I presume, have their particular favourites but for the casual visitor I doubt it matters which you start with.
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't Moortgat: Just An Early Evening Visit...So Far
I'd only dropped in for a swift beer early-ish evening before meeting up with PJ and Paul at 6 pm but that swift beer turned into two as I couldn't resist having a second one as I got caught up in what is a pleasantly lively little owner-run pub.
't Moortgat is a proper "brown bar", where beer and conversation are the only (unwritten) rules. I spent a total of thirty minutes here but was suitably-enough impressed with the friendly landlord, the convivial bar company, and the general ambience to make this a definite later stop-off next time I'm passing through Arnhem.
Not only that, but at 2 euros a glass for the Gulpener Blonde, it's one of the cheapest bars in town - I do like my Gulpener Blondes ;-)
Dress Code: "Gulpener Blondes" shouldn't be under-dressed: top-heavy is always good ;-)
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5th avenue: Dancing the night away
Great relatively new dance place on the nightlife square of Arnhem, the Korenmarkt. It's inside an old Lutherian church (mark the swan above the entrance) and now is a true temple of all ages and classes. First floor is a cafe, middle floor holds a few dining tables and on the top floor the music is making everyone dance 'til the early hours of the morning. Sadly enough at 2:00 hours it's closing time (no night permit here).
Dress Code: From casual untol as crazy as you can get ...
Joint Venture and other coffeshops: To get you as high as a "Vlaamse papagaai"
For those visiting Arnhem on behalve of their "Dutch" holiday in which they can't seperate the reality with the stories that go in some foriegn countries. No, Dutch do not take a joint for breakfast and are not constinuously stoned. We however have a very "soft" drugs policy. This means that one is allowed to have a certain (personal) amount of softdrugs with one. Officially selling in public of larger amounts is forbidden. Coffeeshops are - moer or less - the exception and here one can get a joint to try. Do not take "***" on the street, as it is not only forbidden, it is also often of dubious quality. In Arnhem there are several coffeeshops, one situated close to the nightlife centre "De Korenmarkt". This is "Joint Venture". So if you want to get higher then a "Vlaamse Papagaai" (a local bird) ... The link under here offers a selection of all Arnhem coffeeshops.
around the old city: around the old city
There are many good restaurants, bars and clubs around the old city. In my last visit I did not have the time to check any, but I guess that the night life is as fun as used to be when I was here long time ago.
De Katoenclub: Enjoy jazz & motown live in weekends
"De Katoenclub", when you translate it you will immediately understand what it's all about: The Cottonclub.
Indeed, this is THE Jazz-club in Arnhem that offers every weekend live on stage jazz (and motown) performances from local as well as international guests. The atmosphere is great and the club is always packed with jazz-lovers.
Rembrandt Theatre, Euro Cinema, Het Filmhuis: "Filmpje pakken" = in for a film / movie?
Of corse Arnhem offers also the possibilities to go to the movies or "een filmpje pakken" ("catch a film" - as we say). We used to have several smaller cinema's, but now have two large ones with several large and less large rooms. Rembrandt Theatre is one, the other is called Euro Cinema or in the people mouths "De Blikken Bioscoop" (the Tincan Cinema). Here all starfilms are presented. Does one want to see an art, cult (or "B") film, then in the middle of the Korenmarkt is the "Filmhuis" (House of film).
"Varkensstraat" = Pigs street: Discotheque Row
Running between Eurocinema and the shopping Janssstraat is the "Varkensstraat" (Pigs street ). Here one finds "Manhattan", my favourite discotheque. This place also is already there since I can remember and still quite a popular place to dance the night away. It is one of few places with a night permit, something stupid that the Arnhem city council did decide (opening normally until 02:00 o'clock, but discotheques, dancings with a nightpermit are allowed to stay open until 05:00). However, in these places real nightlife only starts after midnight and will be often overcrowded after the other café's, bars and dancings close. From 03:00, dancing is restricted to the 35 square centimeters that you stand on (-:
Alleys surrounding the Korenmarkt: From "Brown cafe" 'til trendy discotheque
The Korenmarkt itself has it's café's and open space with terraces, however surrounding the Korenmarkt is a cluster of nightlife spots in the many little alleys, such as the "Tullekensteeg". From door to door café's, bars, dancings, discotheques and a few restaurants are chained up for you. If you won't find your nightlife (G-)spot here, you won't find it anywhere! Recommendations:
Dutch (brown) café: "Alberts Puntje"
Catting café: Touché
Just a selection of an enormous offer.
Swing (café): Dancing that stands the test of time
Not many discotehques, café's, dancings and bars stand the test of time. Names change continuously as well as owners and often the style that a certain place brings. One however stood the test of time since 1977, which is in quickly changing nightlife and musical scene an amazing achievement. I am therefor proud to say that in the early days of this dancing / nightclub, I used to be present each weekend, dancing the night away on the lovely sound of 80-ies music.
Dress Code: Whatever suites you best and in whatever mood you are! ID is requested and age should be over 21 years young.
Lights along the river Rhine
Especially in spring and summertime, the city knows many activities and several festivals. Topping are Queens-day (3ost of April), our national holiday and the Rhine Festival (mostly the last weekend of August). Furthermore there is a "kermis" (fair) in spring, summer and autumn. All these festivals include one night with fireworks that usualy are lit along the river Rhine. It is truely magnificent to see the colourful explosions reflect on the riverwater from the kays. However, at night Arnhem also offers a nice view from one of the bridges (preferably the "New Bridge" or "Nelson Mandela"-bridge). How beautiful the lights shimmer and how majestically the aluminated Eusebius-tower sticks out above everything else.
Korenmarkt for a buzzing nightlife
Arnhem is, after Amsterdam, the second 'going out'-place in The Netherlands. ost nightlife is centralised around the Korenmarkt. Here you find numerous cafés, restaurants and bars as well as many dancing and several discotheques. Especially the Thursday, Friday and Saturdaynights are booming with teenagers and 'older teenagers'. The Jansplein is around the corner, where also some cafés and dancings are.
The concentration makes it easy to switch place if the atmosphere doesn't suite you. Thus it holds for everything something.
Dress Code: From casual to extravagance.
Club Manhattan.: Dance the night off.
Located in downtown Arnhem near the Korenmarkt. Club Manhattan is open at 11;00pm until 6;00am in the weekends. Most clubs in Arnhem close at 2:00am and some people will go to Manhattan to dance. Club Manhattan is mainly into trance music and can hold up 1,500 people.
Dress Code: Just not too casual.
All the bars around...
All the bars around 'Korenmart'
around this square 'Korenmarkt' are a lot of bars and small restaurants, In the summertime the whole square is filled with chairs and tables by the bars/pubs. That's where the action is.
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