Café Zondag: Sunday Pub
Benschattenberg and me were recently in café Sunday and this is our impression. 1. Service: quick and friendly. 2. not expensive 3. ambience: relaxed, casy students, artists, live-music wooden small tables with candles on it, large windows to observarte the passing pedestreans at the street, there is also a pavement terras. 4.Floor, in the old days the floor was wooden with rests of peanuts on the ground, nowadays its tiled in artdeco style. 5: Walls: full of folders about whats going on in town, posters, small paintings. this all with jugenstill-would be windows. Bartender: quati alternative type in black with piercings, possible a Sisters of Mercie fan. Pro's: the publicis mixed you can have a good conversation at the tables not too loud. Con's: no pinguins in the aquarium.
Dress Code: upper-underclass shirt, mustach which is not buring, golden teeth in mouth, sneakers, not white soxand sunglasses (polaroid)
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AuxPays Bas: In Holland
From Highschool on this was my favourite pub, the students form my school gathered here after school was out and now it brings back old memmories of the old days yet it also became a place where students from university found their way. The public therefore is young between 16-30 the bartender of course is MR Poplular. My favourite drink is Gladiator and Bellevue and Ice tea, the pub has two parts near the entrance there are mirrors and wooden tables making the space looking bigger in the back you find wooden chairs and big round tables on a sort of podium. Selecting a good spot amongs the many clubs and pubs at the central Vrijthof Squaire the AuxPais bas (french for The Netherlands) this plca hits the number one spot!
Dress Code: jeans, casual clothes, but also ties, jackets, relax semi-sportwear everything is possible exeppt for pinguinsuits
In Den Ouden Vogelstruys: Oldest Pub in Maastricht
In Den Ouden Vogelstruys is the oldest pub in Maastricht that still serves to this day. Literally translated it means "In The Old Ostrich". The pub dates back to 1730 when it was an inn. Nowadays the pub is also known as the living room of Maastricht. It's known to be popular amongst the old nouveau riche in Maastricht, but students like to come here as well. Mainly because here you can still get a beer that costs less than 2 dollars. The pub also has a large range of whiskys and you can get something to eat here as well.
in den Ouden Vogelstruys: Cafe Vogelstruys
in the summer its hard to find free seats to have a beer at the Vrijthof, great atmosphere on this square, day or night.\On the picture not the Vrijthof but another impression during the last Maastricht meeting 2005
Dress Code: casual
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Sway Cafe: Another Idiosyncratic Late Bar
On its homepage Sway introduces itself as "an openminded cafe in a historic building on the market square". For "openminded" read "gay" but it's not exclusively so. For a late drink the bar is open from 5 pm until 2 am Sundays and weekdays and until 3 am on Friday and Saturday - closed on Mondays.
This is a lively, friendly little bar with music and dancing, beers are cheapish and if you are relaxed about this style of venue makes for an interesting night out.
My last visit was on December 5th, Sinterklaas Eve, and barmen were dressed as Sinterklaas's helpers, the "Black Peters" which added a touch of seasonal festivity and by all accounts it is especially colourful during the Carnival in February.
Dress Code: No dress code as such but a touch of flamboyance doesn't render you out-of-place ;-)
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A place were you can taste quality wines from all over the world. It is also possible to buy a ‘strippencard’ with which you can do a personal tasting at the so called ‘Enotheek’ whish has some of the topwines. They also have a small food card for little apetizers. Beer is also possible as well as wine, but you should of course visit this location for a glass of good wine. However, it is a rather expensive place.
This location is situated at the basin and has a nice interior as well a pavement terrace that overlooks the port. It is located in an arch cellar and the bar has many cocktails. It has the classic ones (grasshopper, blody marie, manhattan) as well as new ones. During daytime they serve house made soup. The bassin is a new neighboor, a more ‘elegant’ one in town, and surely this quasi molo is ‘the’ place to enjoy the scene, wich is a average sized haven for middle sized fun boats. Surrounded by renovated old store houses.
Dress Code: elegant
In the old days at the location where this pub is, there was a grain market. The building has been build in 1660 as a breweryhouse and it was already standing there in times that Lous XIV put the town under siege. The painted and paved front is typical 17 th century architecture. Opended in 2003 at the festival d’Artagnan, the pub is now already an important must-go. Just for feeling the historic athmoshere of the old bistro.
Dress Code: casual
Popluar pub amongst Maastricht locals who live in the town centre, mainly older public. Loud Limburgian music in summer and a small pavement terrace. The pub is small, so very crowded. It is opened till 2.00 and located at the Helmstraat 10.
Dress Code: casual
Brand Beer hoes
Near the railraod station, a pub with a small pavement terrace in summer. Its interior is cozy. A wooden pub. Thy have several special beers on bottle. The cafe is a good way out to spend your time in case you missed the train and dont want to wait in a boring trainstation. It is not a crowded place, sometimes it is used for billiard
Café de Highlander
A pub especially popular amongst foreigners, mainly sudents from abroad that study here. So if you want to meet local ‘foreign’ students, from all across the world, this is the place to be. The place is however not so ‘typical’ maastricht, is located a bit furher outside the centre as pub Aux Arcades and seems to attrck drugsusing public. If that is ok with you, you can hang around there and play a game of pool. The prices are also lower than in the café’s in the centre.
Dress Code: casual/alternative
Surely you wont be able to pay a visit to all the cafés I suggested here in my list. As has been said, Maastricht has a few hundreds of pubs. Outside the centre each neighbourhood has also a few of their own. Many of the locals in these neighbourhoods and of course in the old annexed villages, don’t even go to the historic centre for their beer. That’s like everywhere, although the café cultus is here very prominent. Belonging to the pub, mostly connected to the rich club- and voluntary work, is important to the locals. The pub thus is the cornerstone of peoples social network. Also politics are discussed in the pubs and the pub enrols activity for the local communities within the city. Local politicians in the communual councel who live in the particular neighbourhood open their ears for the needs of the neighbourhood and clubs. Jan hoen, a local well known ex politician was the ultimate example of such. When you visit the town, you must visit some ‘classic’ old pubs. Just as said before, only to sniff the history and local customs. The Vogelstruys, Mouton blance, Bon Femme, and de Pieter are recommendable. For cozy, (brown pubs), with soft music and candle lights, the Knijpke, Perroen, Charlemagne are good options. For early nightlife, having beers and meet others and mix up, the Cést la vie, Shamrock, Printemps and Clinique are good places to go. For life after 2 am and dancing: Kadanz and Alla are absolute the places to go as well as the Printemps. At 5 am pubs close, except for the Dolle Dries at the market that opens then. Here a very mixed public comes, a few students who don’t have enough of partying, and mainly local characters. A few times maybe you meet international students who also cant stop the party and see in the Dolle a good way of continuing till afternoon. Richard the owner, always a friendly guy, makes sure drunkness doesnt get out of hands. (oh its not a place to wear ties or elegant clothing of course, its more a port café)
During the daytime it is a restaurant at night it is a dancing in the cellar. It is not that big. only one dancefloor and a separate room where there is a bar. yet the place is overcrowded, during weekdays by students, during the weekend by locals. There are also salsa dancing lessons that you can follow.
Dress Code: casual, no sportshoes.
A wooden two stored pub at the Amorsplein with a pavement terrace. In the summer you enjoy the sun and in winter you relax at a wooden table inside. There are about 70 beers on the list and for conaisserus there are special "beermenues" you ll leave definely tipsy not to say complete drunk.
Dress Code: casual
Café C'est la vie
This pub is the ultimate partypub in town. it has very loud music, is overcrowded by young people who sing along with the charts the DJ plays. Everyone is dancing at the tables and a normal conversation is impossible. The pub has a small terrace were you can eat untill 9 pm.
Dress Code: casual, partyclothes
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