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
Address: spoorweglaan 4
Directions: Railroad station
Once superpopular café. In the eighties-early ninethees trendy amongst local youth, then after these days a lot of renovation has been done, the staircase in the middle of the pub got removed and new colours were painted. The pub stayed out of popularity for years as suddenly the ‘onnafhankelijke disputen’ some studentsclubs found their way to the pub as well as locals, more elder public, rediscoverd the place. Now it is a trendy pub, with a long bar, charis and small tables in black tunes, a dark light and very crowded in the weekends. Music is not too loud. In the back of the café you can stand with your drink as there is not much space and chairs to sit down. Music is contemporary opomusic. (charts top 40).
Dress Code: trendy/fashion
Address: Bredestraat 14
Yes, Maastricht has more than 100 pubs, maybe a thousand as is said, and café’culture is a staedy part of Maastricht life. Maastricht cannot be imagined without this cylture that goes on already since the middle ages and it is not overdone when they sing “Maastricht is one big pub.” So, for tourists, visiting pubs becomes a sort of sightseeing, exploring local culture and tradition. Therefor one can say, a range of pubs really belong on the list of pubs to visit as a form of tourism. Other pubs can be left aside till later in the evening when the partylife starts and you will go to less ‘cultural interesting’ places like c’est la vie, the clinque or ‘the Alla.’
Visiting Maastricht absolutely must include visiting In de Moriaan. This is the smallest pub of the Netherlands. It is only a ten meters or so long and 2 meters or so braod. Its supercrowded neverentheless in the evenings and it has a bigger terrace outside in the back with some 5 tables. It is more of an artist pub, artists of the town come here often.
Address: Stokstraat 12
Directions: stokstraat kwartier
An off the beaten caffee as you may call it. But being off the beaten it is cheap for its prices on special beer. That’s the main reason for being there. I once used to live in the neighboorhood where it is located (Brusselse poort) so I got to known the pub and the owner, Herman Paulissen. There are about 3 bigger tables and a billiard. Most people hang on the bar. Games can be played (chess) and little snacks can be ordered. The café is now and then poular amongst students who live at Anadal, as they pass by the analane to go to the old city. This pub is really off beaten, but you see another face of Maastriccht, the typical neighboorhood pu, since the pub is build -- according the paroch system -- in the quartier of Brusselsepoort, with the St. Lambertus church and the Lambertus elementary school. the cafe houses the neighboorhood carnival organistion and the neigboorhoods biliard club as well as a chess club. Since Brusselse poort is since old days also a popular housing area for students cafe 1900 (at the orleans plein) and aux arcades are visited by students. it is a place where locals and students really do mix.
Address: st annalaan 11
Now this is a typical Maastricht café! Not for clubbing or flirting, no cool misic, but the typical locals drinking theit ‘pilske’ or ‘dröpke.” It’s a palce were the middle class meet and menier and medam dresses up, a bit too much ‘rouge’ in the face, an expensive furry coat, long blinky earrings. But its nice to sniff the typical local atmospere. For some local ‘famous’ it is the favourite pub. My old math teacher, a local celebrity, for what ever reason, frequented the pub. The pub is centred around a bar and has little tables. Since this building was in the old days the twonhall, it is a cultural sight that must be visited, look also at the stone tablet.
Dress Code: casual/elegant
Address: Kersenmarkt 10
Directions: Grote Staat - Maastrichterbrugstraat
A nice interior, old brown café, a bit small with wooden tables. Fierndly staff. They have a nice pavement terrace looking at at the river Maas, next to the terrace there is one jeux de boules track, if you like to play. They have Grimberger, triple Leffe and Kasteelbier as special beers. Next to the Vogelstruys this pub is from the ouside and inside one of the most picturesque the town has.
Dress Code: casual
Address: graanmarkt 1
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
Address: Helmstraat 10
This is a nice cafe with a terrace overviewing Maastrict. It is located near the fort Sint Pieter at the hill, it is ieal for having a few drinks enjoying the nature, the open air and possible you visit the stay with a visit to the caves that have guided tours starting from there. It is opened in the summer season from 10.00-22.00. you can also eat.
Dress Code: casual
Address: Luikerweg 71
A new pub at the Vrijthof square at the corner to the Bredestraat. Modern, modern. Modern. Style is fitting with the classic bar, but the cold athmospere it craetes doesn’t invite to go in as it is not so crowded. But, after dinner time (they serve dinners and lunches) the café gets turn into a modern club-like place, that attrackts many youth and is amongst one of the new fashionable places to meet up. The interior doesn’t matter then, does it. Not so popular amongst students however in weekends, the locals younger population likes it here on stareday and Friday night.
Address: Vrijthof 16
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
Address: Onze lieve vrouwenplein 24
It is a pub which is ineed located a bit out of the historic town centre. You find it at the end of the citypark, where you cross the street (Tongerseweg) and near the poolcentre its on your right hand. The café is interesting for art lovers. First it houses the art work by a local initiative “artifoni” for music, exposition and poetry. There is a ‘litterair’ café, in which the pub becomes a sort of open stage. Writers, poets can meet. Each Monday you can expect live jazz (entrance 2 euro). In summer when it is not so crowded by toursist over here – since it is off beaten – located, you can sit on the pavement terrace, which looks out at the city park.
Dress Code: elegant/casual
Address: Cannerplein 1
Many times I ve been here, bar hanging or playing a game of pool. Preferring bar hanging actually since I am bad at pool. The bar is small and long with barchairs, a soace where you can stand, some 4 tables with benches and a pool table in the back, with also some space for playing darts. The bar is popular amongst foreigners. It has a lot of drinks and the athmosphere is relaxed. Play king of the table, for 1 euro a game. Darts: euro 0.50. Foodball game: 0,50There is also live sprts on the three TV’s and a big screen. Check the games that are scheduled to show, and if not scheduled, ask the staff. The music is rock and film music
The pub now and then organizes parties. The pub is opened 7 days in the week.
Dress Code: casual/trendy
Address: brusselsestraat 49
Directions: vrijthof , to the west
Located in the historic builing “sociëteit the momus’ this pub used to be a popular pub amongs youth in the eighties. Then it had a bar centred in the middle of the pub and bar hanging was the way of staying there. The terrace still remained popular of the pub, but the pub lost its popularity as nightlife spot in the ninenties. Recently years the pub has done renovations. A long bar is now in the back, and in the central place of the pub there are cozy reet chairs. This is special, since reet chaits are not to be found usually in the pubs. Dim lights with candle lights completer the athmoshere. The staff is always friendsly. With special beers you can also order ‘bitterballen’ or a dish of local chees.
Dress Code: causal/elegant
Address: Vrijthof 8
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
Address: Graanmarkt 3
Directions: near OLV square
It is a crowded place, and a good sence of hospitality is hanging over the place. The staff is quick, not waiting so long before you can order and get your drink. Some tables inside and a bar, both overcrowded and the service is personal even when it is so crowded. The pub is already 20 years in the hands of the owner. The pavement terrace is a bit hidden from the crowded Maastricht street.
Address: Sint Pieterstraat 13
Directions: OLV plein-Koestraat-pieterstraat