Hiding in Plain Sight, Bars, Pubs, Amsterdam
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Hiding in Plain Sight

4 out of 5 stars

On a corner in the north-eastern outskirts of the Jodenbuurt, cocktail gem HPS lives up to its name

Derek Robertson

Time Out says

What’s the vibe?

Discreet yet stylish, this corner bar oozes class and impeccable taste. A favourite of cool young professionals and those who favour substance over style, the 1920’s style décor lends a slightly old-fashioned, Gatsby-esque sophistication to proceedings; the buzz here is studied, yet refined. When you know, you know.  

What are the prices like?

It’s not cheap, but with the mixology expertise on display, complimentary olives and mixed nuts, and refined ingredients such as sotol, rare mezcals, and fresh fennel, nor should it be – the quality here is top drawer. Expect to pay between €16 and €20 for most concoctions.

What should I order?

Their menu is somewhat seasonal, and so frequently changes, but if you have a fave classic, they’ll make it with care and skill. Alternatively, and if you’re feeling brave, order ‘The Walking Dead’ – limited to one per night per customer, it’s a deadly, secret concoction that’s set on fire and served in a giant glass skull. Danger never tasted so delicious. 

What’s worth visiting nearby?

Head north and you can walk around the Oosterdokseiland docks, home to numerous old boats and the famed NEMO Science MuseumHead south, and you’ll discover the Hortus Bontanicus, which dates from 1682, and the Artis Zoo

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Rapenburg 18
Bus 110, 118, 124, 125, 225, 311, 312, 314, 315, 316, 317, N10, N14
Opening hours:
Open 6pm-1am Mon-Thu; 6pm-3am Fri, Sat; closed Sun
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