't Perrepluke: cafe on the River Maas
Whether you want a quite drink during early evenings during the week or you want a late night crowded pub with upbeat music 't Perrepluke and owner Alan will meet your need. One of the friedliest people in Maastricht (among many) Alan made us feel at home in the pub from the first week.
Dress Code: relax
't Pothuiske: Great Pub By the River Maas
On my first day in Maastricht, I made a brief stop at 't Pothuiske which is a small pub near the River Maas. I sat outside on the sidewalk, and I enjoyed a Christoffel Bier with some peanuts. Great beer, great place!
In the city center, behind the big departement stores Bijenkorf and V&D, you will find Edd's. Edd's is a place where you can have a nice meal at a table, or enjoy a few drinks at the bar. Perhaps in combination with some tapas? There are also some jazz concerts every tuesday at 22:15.
The most funy thing here is that the icecubes for the bar come out of a long tube from the ceiling.
If you are looking for a quiet place to sit down and have a drink, and you also want to listen to what someone else has got to say, Kaffee Priem is the place to be. It's a relatively small pub where you can also get a bite to eat.
It's open every day from 12 to 2. On sundays it opens at 2. Closed on tuesdays.
Take One: As Idiosyncratic As They Come
As soon as I walked into this little bar, which I discovered purely by chance during my wanders, I knew this was a John pub. Not only was it a John pub but is now firmly entrenched as one of my top 3 bars anywhere, joining such illustrious company as the Ruggle at Widecombe and the Cardinal's Hat (when it was in its heyday) in Worcester.
Take One is a narrow, elongated, one-room place with maybe a dozen well-worn barstools and about half that number of tables. What it lacks in size it more than makes up for in presence. This is a beer lovers Mecca with 152 bottles and 6 drafts, almost all from smaller Belgian and Dutch brewers, and the owners Peet and Merrie are intimately familiar with each and every one - the beers AND the brewers. In fact on their days off (Tuesday and Wednesday when the bar is shut) they scoot around Belgium and the Netherlands in their Take One van collecting supplies from far-flung breweries for whom it would be uneconomic to deliver.
The beers are all served in their individual glasses and at their optimum temperatures and instead of "tasting notes" you get individual guidance as to what to expect from the beers. Both Peet and Merrie are more than happy to suggest a succession of beers according to your own taste, or even mood, although Peet calls me a "Beetch" because I usually finished my night with a sweet nightcap such as the Rochfort 10 instead of continuing with the flavour profiles I'd been following.
Not only is the beer superb but this is also a very friendly locals bar and on each of my three evenings found myself in diverse bar conversation and got useful pointers about Maastricht history and directions for my Vaalserberg trip.
The freebie peanuts are bonus - just throw the shells on the floor - and it even has ashtrays.
"The pub doesn't open and doesn't shut", according to Peet, but the official hours are 4 pm to 2 am Thursday through to Monday.
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Mississippi: Biggest Coffeeshop in Holland
You'd think that the biggest coffeeshop in The Netherlands is in Amsterdam. But you're wrong. It's right here in Maastricht. That might be nothing to be proud of, but there are a lot of good sides to the story. The coffeeshop is located on a boat that's docked on the river Maas. Furthermore it's the one of the very few coffeeshops in Maastricht. This creates an almost drug free city center.
The Backstage: Underground Clubbing
This particular club is considered to be a club for the "alternative:" gothics, new-wavers and so on. but its i think a realxed place so so you can also go there even when youre not wearing black mascara or leather collars! Mostly they play eighties new-wave or undergroundmusic, now and then they have live bands playing the same stuff. Sometimes they have theme-partys. Besides the dance- floor they also have a game- corner with a pool-table, Pinball-machine, soccer-table and a slot-machine. If you just want to relax for a bit, then they always have a couple of sofa's standing around where you can just lounge around for a while. Its crowded on saterdays (about 500 people can get in the club) and there's no entrance fee, except when there is a theme-party.
Dress Code: I guess the "alternative" look is preffered (black t-shirt, especialliy with a name of an alternative band on it!; red hair and many pearcings) but its also pretty ok when you just wear jeans and stuff.
café De Pieter: The most bourgondian pub in town
Café with a typical atmosphere: its as if you are in France. It has an old wooden floor, with sand on it - to keep the floor clear - theres a piano and wooden tables. Mostly someone spontainiously gets up and starts playing the piano, the café suddenly turns into a singin' crowd. Now and then, local "celibraties" - show up for a couple of beers and then of course the evening ends with chansons or rock&roll, the place has kind of artistic scene; local artists, writers, students. Its a nice place to sit. On the walls there are old paintings and billboards of theaterplays, and photographs. The place is i guess quite unique for its french outlook; but it is not a trendy pub where only young people come.
Dress Code: casual or coat and tie; both is o.k.
Irish Pub De Twee Heeren: Cool pub with lot's of students
We saw this nice pub on our walk through the city after we had dinner. It seemed really nice and it was busy too. It was a great place. The music played is good and people are not older than 30 I suppose. The drinks are not too pricey either. I learned that this pub is home for all the exchange students in Maastricht.
Dress Code: No code.
De Poshoorn: pub who won the price of best Dutch pub 2002
when you walk from the marketplace and cross the St. Servaasbridge you directly pop into the cetrum area called Wyck (where the worldfamous beer Wieckse Witte finds its origin) just go straight away by feed or bike in the direction of the Railway Central station and you find De Poshoorn. They have (especially at evening when its sunny they have a cozy pavement terrace at the street next to the Wilhelmina Singel. The staff is friendly, they have doznes of refreshments that reminds the visitor of the typical Bourgondian athtmothfere Maastricht is known for.The pub's outdoor terrace is surrounded by old monumental houses. Th interior of the pub has completely been restaurated like it was in the old days (the poshoorn used to be a postoffice in the old day. The pub is also a hotel and has some 10 rooms. The interior of the pub flashes striking features and is a wooden brown pub. Its has some 10 typical special beers on tap and has some housemade local specialties such as "Poshoorn Plenske" (postoffice plate)
Dress Code: The public coming at the pub varies from college professors to students and locals who life in the /city Center so all sorts of people can come. Dress code is therefore "relax" allthough you could - in case you want to make aneverlasting impression - dress up as our Mayor GERT LEERS, allthough very risky to do since these days he is under hughe critic as he is troubling with the situation of trafic safety. So in case you wont be beaten up, just choose casual clothes
Nightlife for all ages: Nightlife for all ages
Walk the streets on a Friday or Saturday night, after midnight and you'll find yourself surrounded by many people of all ages doing the same. All the pubs will be full, restaurants as well.
I noticed that Maastricht pubs often have just Dutch music instead of the usual pop charts.
Maastricht people really love to go out.
Dress Code: Dress up a little bit. Not formal but just so that it really shows you are on a night out.
Nightlive: Nightlife in Nightlive
There is a club in the centre called Nightlive. Students and kids go there to party to good music. There are always loads of famous deejays at work like Dj Tiesto. But the best part of the club is that the building used to be a church.
Nightlife is only opened in the weekends. On fridays from 11 to 5, and on saturdays from 11 to 6.
You have to be at least 16 to enter.
Dress Code: There is no dresscode here.
The pub is situated at the River the Maas and has a terrace at the River with good sights. Its a brown wooden pub, which ressembles a french café. Many beers at the card and some good wiskeys as well. in summer you see people dancing at the street in front of the pub. The pub is very small. In the evening the music might be a bit too loud and then pub being too overcrowded. There is also live music.
Dress Code: casual
One of my favourite pubs. Its old, it’s a brown wooden pub with cozy small tables, and in summer a terrace located on the Our Holy Lady square, looking out at the basilica. The terrace at the square is at evening in summers nice, and athmosperic lightened up by the coloured lights in the sky hanging above you. As a little speciality they have a portion of ‘zuurvlees’ (maastricht sour meat) and rabbit in Maastricht style (a must taste). And they have many special beers on bottle. The staff is mainly students who earn some extra for their study, they are of course therefor a bit less experienced, it can take long before they spot you and it takes time before you get the bill, and then again, before they come back to let you pay. Staff is a bit impatient now and then, but they try to keep friendly. You know how it is to work in the tourist industry…run, run, run. Local owner, Simon, kept the place an attracktion to many locasl and visitors during the whole year.
Dress Code: casual
De Poshoorn: Another One For Us Beer Lovers!
With its 13 taps and 41 bottled beers its no wonder that De Poshoorn (The Posthorn) is one of only 41 members of the Dutch beer appreciation society ABT (there are two others in Maastricht including Take One).
This is a stylish bar, part of its eponymous hotel, but with a very laid-back and casual atmosphere. In summer the terrace facing the performance space in the central divide of Stationstraat is a perfect sun-trap whilst enjoying events such as the local brass band concerts In winter the intimate bar area, with its dark-wooded furniture and beamed ceiling, illuminated by the backlit stained-glass city fresco is positively cosy.
Service is very Maastricht; friendly and professional, and as well the beer selection it also serves reasonably-priced and excellent beer nibbles (as well as a more extensive menu).
In addition to being a member of the ABT it also regularly appears in the top half of the 100 best cafes in the Netherlands which, when you consider the number of cafes there are, is a well-deserved achievement.
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