May 11, 2018
Amsterdam’s historic American Hotel, with its distinctive clock tower, dates back to1882. Combining Viennese style with a dash of Dutch Art Noveau, it remains a striking and attractive building. Given its history, the hotel’s Bar Americain is a surprisingly modern looking red and black space, the walls adorned with photos of the famous faces who have visited the hotel in the past. This might sound corny but it’s tastefully done and fits well with the classic hotel bar atmosphere. At the front of the bar, there’s a glass-walled conservatory area that has the same plush, if rather retro, red seats as the main room but with more of an outdoors-indoors feel which is great place to sit when the weather doesn’t allow you to lounge on the large summer terrace which looks out on the Leidse Square (though they do have heat lamps if you want to brave the elements). The cocktail menu is fairly extensive and contains some interesting drinks. The Lady Marmalade, rich with cherry and marzipan, is ideal for those with sweet teeth and there are a lot of other intriguing choices. While it’s true that the atmosphere is very much that of the upmarket hotel bar, a tiny bit sterile, the history of the place and the standard of the drinks – is more than adequate compensation. The adjacent Art Deco Café Americain is also well worth checking out if you’re in the mood for a bite to eat.