May 11, 2018
Gollem has been around for a while, since the mid-1970s in fact, nigh on 40 years; hidden down a tiny alleyway between the Singel and Spuistraat, after a period of closure it’s recently re-opened. Which is great because nice as Gollem’s two sister bars are, they don’t have the atmosphere of the old building on the Raamsteeg. With its black, moody frontage, the space is the archetypal Dutch brown café. Inside its similarly dark, with the menu written on the walls above your head; it’s a lived-in space, small but warm and full of character. The bar, like its siblings, specialises in Belgian beer and it attracts a crowd serious about all things hop-related. There’s an array of stools by the bar one which you can perch while you slowly sup your beer of choice while passing the occasional contented murmur to the bartender (these guys are very helpful and usually happy to chat if you want to know more about the beers on offer), as well as a mezzanine level if you’re more inclined to sit and chat while you drink. There are a number of hard-to-find brews to choose from, as well as a good range of Trappist beers and some interesting stuff on tap, though not much in the way of food, so it might be wise to fill your belly beforehand.