May 11, 2018
This hip, laid-back bar in eastern Amsterdam takes its name from the cult American writer and a lust for life, literature and liquor permeates the place. That said, the spacious corner venue isn’t quite as grungy as its name might suggest it’s actually a rather attractive and light filled room with a white-tiled bar, tin ceiling and striking lighting. There’s a lot of wood, giving the place an appealing warmth, some handsome dark leather chairs, and a mezzanine dining area. The bar stocks a decent range of beers, both on tap and in bottles, European and American including Left Hand Milk Stout and Doggy Style Pale Ale. There’s a relatively compact but agreeable wine list, a good selection of harder liquor and the coffee is excellent too. Bar snacks include the ubiquitous bitterballen, flammkuchen, charcuterie platters, croquettes, and other Dutch goodies as well as American-style pancakes and French toast. There’s poetry on the walls and quotes by the man himself in the menus. Truth be told, there’s not a lot of Bukowski in the place, nothing you could really describe as Bukowskian, but taken on its own merits it’s a pleasing enough place. The sister cocktail bar Henry’s is also well worth checking out.