Amsterdam

Discussion in 'travel and world' started by Fez909, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    There is a massive amount of snobbery about the Bulldog , Leidesplein -ticks a lot of boxes for me , you do not have to buy their so called "tourist weed" , I did invest in some Chocolope a few years ago and it forced me to seek a mid morning nap. Decent place for daytime people / tram watching - quite OK in the evening , with no hassle and comfy for the joys of a beer and a spliff. (or two) .......just wish we had this in that there London.
     
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  2. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

    Agree totally.

    They had a lovey 100% Sativa (G13) in there which was superb.
     
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  3. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    It's hard to answer that without appearing to be a...massive snob. But I'll try.

    I'm well out of date. Haven't visited for years now, though have been more times than most have had the proverbial hot dinners. But the Bulldog was always way, way down the list of decent coffee shops. If that's your thing, then far be it for me to put you off. But it always seemed one step away from a Hard Rock Cafe (albeit one that sells weed) to me. Popular, for sure.

    Anyway, I've just been looking up a few old haunts. The best hashish cafe in town was always this place called the Bluebird. I just checked their menu.

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    Stuff that. Malana Cream, great hash. Er...12.50 euro for 0.8g works out about £100 a quarter no? Away with ye. This is perhaps why I don't go to Amsterdam anymore. I can set up a growroom for you for not much more than that. And play better music.

    Shame. :(
     
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  4. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    I was just saying that it is a handy place for a "pit stop" - no need to buy !

    Bluebird yes , excellent - along with a load of good other places off the beaten track in the more "local - less tourist areas" - I go at least once a year - guilt free now retired and enjoy the cheaper and generally better product in the Jordaan and - to an extent the regional places - Haarlem is excellent , but my plans and reality are often compromised by the fact that tolerance is so low , - last trip (in March) - only 3 purchases saw me nicely done for 3 days and that with finishing off the really good Lemon Hash in (1.4 for 10 Euro) company with some chocolate on the train to Brussels. Ace journey that was
     
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  5. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    I went about two weeks ago and stayed in an airbnb in Westerpark. It was about a 20 minute walk into the centre but that meant much cheaper weed and a really quiet, friendly neighbourhood. We were on an estate with a central rec bit that had a great playground for small kids, a basketball court and a bar that served tapas. Made me despair for the UK :D

    Anyway I smoked some of the Bulldog's tourist weed too and it was absolutely fine, but yes pricey. Good people watching though and cba to look harder for different. There seemed to be only a fraction of the coffee shops that there were last time I was there, maybe fifteen years ago.

    Most confusing thing about the whole trip was the endless, endless queues outside the place that only serves omelettes :confused: Omelegg, if anyone is interested.
     
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  6. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

    I know what you mean, only ever stopped in the Bulldog once before for a coffee and bifta out the front, but I really enjoyed myself in there, the company obvs helped but the music they played for the 4 or so hours we were in there I play at home, and the G13 was lovely. I usually buy in Papillon in De Pijp but no complaints from the Bulldog.

    When we go back in July we’ll give it a miss but wanted to post that it isn’t as bad as the press it gets, not when with a big group anyway.
     
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  7. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

    To add, hotel rooms in Amsterdam as we all know are small but this time around it was the smallest hotel room Mrs Numbers and I have ever stayed in :D and we’ve been to ‘Dam maybe 20 times in 25 years, but not just ‘Dam, ANY hotel room we’ve ever stayed in.

    Weirdly tho’ we didn’t mind at all as the hotel was the bollox, great breakfast, eco winner a few years ago, great location, superb staff.

    We’ve booked the same place for July
     
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  8. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books


    One one occasion , seeing of the end of the evening at the Bulldog - having done a grand tour of better places , a film crew turned up with Lenny Henry doing some shots , felt quite paranoid in case I got spotted in the background. All turned out well. Enough of this.
     
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  9. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Which one?

    This is on my list to visit in two weeks; Excalibur Café | Heavy Metal & Hardrock Red Light District Amsterdam
     
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  10. Ming

    Ming Massive prawns

    Barney's Farm is a good place for a smoke. Nice food too.
     
  11. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

  12. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Showing City V Palace about 30 minutes after arrival :confused::thumbs::eek:
     
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  13. Ming

    Ming Massive prawns

    Fine choice. They’ve won loads of Cannabis Cup prizes. The weed’s great here in Vancouver also. And its legal. I always end up in places with good weed for some reason...
    See if you can see a show at The Melkweg or The Paradiso (i saw Primal Screen there).
     
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  14. KatyF

    KatyF Well-Known Member

    That's a staple stop on my pub crawl every time I go. Love playing pool upstairs and watching people from the windows. Only annoying thing is the ladies is always locked and you have to go downstairs to get the key and those stairs are tricky after a few pints.
     
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  15. hash tag

    hash tag member

    HELP. I know I can get the palace match soon after arrival, but, does anyone know where I am likely to get the Paris Roubaix on Sunday?
     
  16. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Our drinks Were poured on entering tonight :thumbs:
    IMAG0885.jpg
     
  17. hash tag

    hash tag member

    A game if in Amsterdam; spot the letter box.
    Want drugs, no problem.
    want a prostitute, easy.
    Wanta letter box, you'll be lucky. They were nigh on impossible to find and one we did find was locked :facepalm:
    Is this the way forward, is the postal system about to end?
     
  18. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Grateful for what I have.

    There is one in Central Station IIRC.

    This is the first year in the last ten that I haven't been in Amsterdam. :(
     
  19. hash tag

    hash tag member

    By bus stop C or D is it. One of the few :confused:
    Privatised postal system what did it I was told :mad:
     
  20. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I'll be in Amsterdam shortly. Feed me info on the latest must see/alternative/indie/underground things to see/do/eat/drink please!
     
  21. moochedit

    moochedit Mr Mooched It

    Posting a souvanir back were you? ;)
     
  22. hash tag

    hash tag member

    What would you trust to the post office, a private one at that? :rolleyes:
     
  23. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

    A few things to maybe look into.

    EYE Film Institute, behind Centraal Station, you need to catch the (free) ferry, takes about 5 minutes.

    OBA Amsterdam Library - the biggest in Holland, not far from Centraal either.

    Torpedo Theater - think it used to be an old puppet theatre but they have all sorts on, it's smack bang in the middle of the Red Light district but you'd walk past it a hundred times, a right little gem.

    Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, on the Keizergracht canal in a beautiful old canal house.

    You'd easily get all 4 in on the same or over a couple of days with other things, for food, if you fancy a traditional rice table give Sampurna a go, it's not far from Huis Marseille either and is a lovely walk.

    We're back over on July 12th for 3 nights :cool:
     
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  24. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Bar for me, and went back a few times (a short walk from Oude kirk) Excalibur Café | Heavy Metal & Hardrock Red Light District Amsterdam
    Great station bar/grand cafe (one of the best in europe (tucked away from the main concourse up a small flight of stairs) Home
    Can't do Dam without pancakes (a few doors down from Ann Franks place) Home
    If following Numbers to the far side of the station, one of the highest views over Amsterdam A'DAM Lookout - 360º Amsterdam & Sensational Swing
    Weird toilets up there, swing out over the edge and a bar on top.
     
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  25. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

    Another interesting area is the old Jewish neighbourhood. If you were to go to the Huis Marseille Museum, head East along the Keizergracht and you eventually get to the botanical gardens, + the only park left in the old City Centre and one of the smallest in Amsterdam, Wertheimpark, next to it is the Auschwitz Monument, the Holocaust, WW2 and Micropia/Microorganism museums and plenty of places to eat and drink, it does get busy there but where doesn't in Amsterdam.
     
  26. InfoBurner

    InfoBurner Everything Is Under Control

    https://wynand-fockink.nl/

    A gin bar and distillery, just off Dam Square. Open since 1679. Gets busy but it's worth it. We make it a stop on every Dam excursion.
     
  27. editor

    editor hiraethified

    The red light district is weird. And a bit uncomfortable. But I love the Excalibur bar. IMG_20190619_232040.jpg IMG_20190620_001134_058.jpg
     
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  28. hash tag

    hash tag member

    :thumbs:
    Enjoy. We snaffled seats in the windows a few times, watching the comings and goings and taking bets on how long to hook a client and how long the client took :D
    Have a look into some of the women's eyes As you walk past, You'll realise how sad it can be.
     
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  29. editor

    editor hiraethified

    A few moments after the photos above were taken I nearly got assaulted by a frothing, rage-filled homophobic brute.

    Still, thanks to the aforementioned homophobic twat, I learnt a new word in Dutch.

    When he came up to me all ready for fisticuffs, he kept shouting "flicker." I thought he may have been over enthusiastically promoting his flickr photo account, but in fact he was saying, 'flikker' which I later learnt meant 'faggot' or 'queer.'

    He was holding a bag of chips which I really wanted to shove in his stupid face, but wiser council around me decided it was best to leave it.

    Apart from that, Amsterdam was brilliant!
     
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  30. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

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