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De Balie
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10 (553 51 31). map
balie.jpg (4123 bytes)Part of cultural center 'de Balie', this bar caters to a theater and movie going public. Housed in the former Leidseplein prison, this is a large and airy place, with an upstairs restaurant and a bar below. Nice view of the hustle and bustle of the Leidseplein.
Open 11am-1am (2am weekends).
Kitchen open 6pm-10pm.
reviews  [2 reviews, avg 9/10]
De Brakke Grond
Nes 43 (422 22 66). map
This bar-restaurant on a quiet little square is part of the Flemish Cultural Centre which, in the same building, also houses a theater and a gallery. During summer, the square transforms into an enjoyable and sunny terrace. Flanders being a part of Belgium, the Brakke Grond is famous for its large selection of Belgian beers, and of course for its Flemish cuisine.
Open noon-1am (2am weekends).
Kitchen open 2pm-10pm.
reviews  [3 reviews, avg 10/10]
De Doffer
Runstraat 12-14 (622 66 86). map
De Doffer in fact is both a bar-restaurant and a separate 'brown' bar, each with their own opening hours. During summer it's possible to dine outside on the sidewalk. Situated in a beautiful part of town, which is perfect for an after-dinner stroll, the Doffer serves good food at low prices.
Open 11am-3pm (4am weekend),
kitchen noon-3pm & 6-10pm.
reviews  [3 reviews, avg 9/10]

De Engelbewaarder
Kloveniersburgwal 59 (625 37 72). map
Started out as a 'literary cafe' in the seventies but the focus has shifted to music and food. Decent kitchen, moderately priced. Popular live jazz jam-session every Sunday from 4-7pm.
Open 12pm-1am.
Kitchen 6pm-10pm.
reviews  [6 reviews, avg 9/10]

Festina Lente
Looiersgracht 40b (638 14 12). map
Cosy and intimate, a real neighborhood hangout. On the menu various 'lentini'; small dishes, largely Mediterranean in origin. Excellent place to while away some time.
Open daily 10.30am-1am,
kitchen 6pm-11pm.

reviews  [3 reviews, avg 9/10]
Kapitein Zeppos
Gebed Zonder End 5 (624 20 57). map
Spacious and airy bar-restaurant Kapitein Zeppos was named after a famous Belgian television star of the '60s. Divided into a bar area with a stage, and a restaurant area with a glass roof that can be opened on warm sunny days. Zeppos also has a cobblestone courtyard which makes a very pleasant terrace. Live music every Sunday, the highlight being the monthly cabaret.
Open 11am-1pm (2am weekends).
Kitchen noon-4pm & 6pm-11pm.
reviews  [3 reviews, avg 9/10]

De Koe
Marnixstraat 381 (625 44 82). map
De Koe (the cow) is a bar upstairs and a restaurant downstairs, catering to a 25+ crowd. The interior sports lots of references to the cow theme, and the ceiling is left to a different artist every now and then, leading to interesting work. Cheap food, and regular live music on Sunday afternoons.
Open 4pm-1pm (3am weekends).
Kitchen 6pm-11pm.
reviews  [5 reviews, avg 9/10]

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