Hiding in Plain Sight

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  • Cocktail bars
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On a corner in the north-eastern outskirts of the Jodenbuurt, cocktail gem HPS lives up to its name. Upon entry, the small ground-level bar and cramped seating area don’t seem to offer much more than the staff’s smiles. Up a flight of steps, however, a luxuriantly louche leather-couch seating puts you on eye level with chalkboards full of chemistry notations above the bar. Flashes of florid wallpaper play backdrop to bookshelves and worn curiosities like an antique radio, pinned butterflies and pocket-watch motifs.

Beautifully turned-out staff members will presently appear bearing free water, massive, fresh green Cerignola olives and mixed nuts, along with a stack of exquisite letterpress-style menus. And the menu is all about the 16 craft cocktails on offer, ranging from €8 to €16. The €16 price tag is reserved for house specialty, 'The Walking Dead', whose cinnamon sprinkles crackle and spark as the drink is set on fire at your table. Racier drinkers will find the concoction goes down a little too smoothly...

Venue name: Hiding in Plain Sight
Contact:
Address: Rapenburg 18
Amsterdam

Opening hours: Open 6pm-1am Mon-Thu; 6pm-3am Fri, Sat; closed Sun
Transport: Bus 110, 118, 124, 125, 225, 311, 312, 314, 315, 316, 317, N10, N14
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