May 11, 2018
Once a fairly anonymous Dutch brown cafe, traditional and unexciting, Bar Struik was given a revamp by its current owner (who also owns the nearby Bar Brandstof) and transformed into a hip hang-out for a young stylish crowd. The space is urban and edgy, with graffiti sprayed on the red brick walls and a pounding sound-system. There are rotating displays of street art by local artists and lots of plump sofas for lounging with your laptop. Music plays an important role here and on most nights there will be DJs spinning hip-hop, soul, funk and jazz. It’s a popular after-work hang out, a favourite with local creative and media types and the place has a real buzz about it. Things really take off after 10pm when the pre-clubbing crowd arrives, out to have a good time. Bar Struik offer a standard range of beers, wines and bar snacks but they also host regular pop-up dining events with guest chefs in the kitchen. Their burger nights are particularly epic.