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Speakeasy Bars in the Netherlands

Looking for a new type of bar to try out? Maybe even an ideal location for a birthday drink? Why not checkout one of the many speakeasy bars in the Netherlands!

So... What is a Speakeasy Bar Exactly?

Fun history fact: did you know that the concept of speakeasy bars derives from the American Prohibition era? Back in the 1920s-30s, these establishments were one of the only places that continued to illegally sell alcohol to its clients. Even after the Prohibition era had ended, these glamorous and mysterious bars continued to enjoy notorious fame. Nowadays, these trendy bars can be found in most European metropolises, including Paris and Amsterdam. These bars are often located in mysterious locations that are not obvious on first sight. In some cases, you may even need 'insider' knowledge (such as a password) in order to gain access.

Speakeasy Bars in the Netherlands

If you're looking for a new kind of experience, grab your friends and check out one of these well-hidden speakeasy bars in the Netherlands:

1. Wynand Fockink (Jeneva Bar)-Amsterdam

This bar is well-hidden in one of the side streets next to Dam square in Amsterdam. In around 1679, Wynand Fockink created a liquor distillery that was quickly accompanied by a tasting tavern for customers curious to taste and buy the products. Till today, this tavern continues to provide customers with liquors and genevers created following the 17th-styled crafting methods. 

2. Syndicaat- The Hague

Syndicaat is the first speakeasy venue in The Hague. From the outside, it is almost impossible to tell that a high-end cocktail bar lays just on the other side of the door. To get in, you need to ring the door bell and be let inside. Once you enter, it feels immediately as though you've been teleported back to the 1930s. One of the main attractions of this venue are the specialized mixologists who are trained at creating sophisticated cocktails. With dim lighting and funky music in the background, this venue is guaranteed to be an amazing night out.

3. Door 74... location unknown

One of the most unique speakeasy venues to check out, is by far Door 74. The exciting part about this bar, is that the location is unknown until you have made a reservation. Once you have left a voicemail with your reservation details, a bartender will get back to you using the number you provided and give you all the details you need to know. This is the first speakeasy style cocktail bar in the Netherlands, with a hidden door, antique bar area and sophisticated atmosphere. 

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