picture eetcafe kafee de Baas
Lijnmarkt 8
Formally an eetcafé (a cafe where you can have dinner), De Baas serves environmentally non-destructive food at good prices (around fl 15). Often crowded during dinner time, but don't forget to check upstairs for additional tables. Run by volunteers, the proceeds are donated to the charity of the month. On Sunday afternoons you can unfortunately no longer listen to live jazz music, but on Thursday thru Saturday the bar now stays open late--no food served after 10pm though. And last but not least, smokers need no longer worry: de Baas has finally installed a cigarette vending machine (it's upstairs). This non-profit bar is always looking for a helping hand. If you are interested in working there, call them at 030-2315185. 9 FEB 00
Our rating: *** out of 5

stadscafe de Bacchant
Vinkenburgstraat 20

A new pub in the very center of town with an uninspiring interior and two levels. Serves lunch and a reasonably-priced dinner, along with a huge selection of different teas--there's even a separate tea list. Features regular live performances (mostly jazz dance) and on Sunday afternoons there's live jazz. Apparently a good place to go dancing at night, but during the day you often have to endure muzak. Cheap beer in large quantities every Thursday evening. 5 APR 99
Our rating: ** out of 5

old-brown interior Bartje
Donkeregaard 6

Always packed to the roof with fratboys and sorority girls--young people who prefer standing outside, showing off and talking loud. Their capuccino is pretty good though. 10 FEB 00
Our rating: ** out of 5

de Bastaard
Jansveld 17

This used to be Jules' favorite hangout a long time ago, but a couple of years ago they completely reworked the interior--not a great improvement in my opinion. Aluminium chairs and tables add little to the atmosphere. At the entrance you'll find four stalls which are nice to sit at; if they're already taken, go someplace else. On the up side, the personnel is friendly, the place hardly ever too crowded, and the audience quite varied. They have a pool table (fl 2 a game) and a small outdoors at the back. If the pool table jams after you insert the coins, hit it hard immediately to the right of the coin insertion slot. If this doesn't work, the bartender will happily hit it for you. 23 APR 99
Our rating: ***1/2 out of 5

Hamburgerstraat 17

Straight across from Utrecht's court building, you would expect many a customer drinking in joy or despair. However, the small cafe with a somewhat out-of-touch old-brown interior offers no such excitement. It's a fine bar, in a typical Utrecht-style street, but nothing special. Either closed down or changed both interior and name. 22 APR 99
Our rating: **1/2 out of 5

de Bastillion

(Sorry, not reviewed yet.)

picture eetcafe België
Oudegracht 196

Located near the popular het Wed, this place is frequented by a more alternative audience. In summer people are allowed to sit on the sidewalk in front, but be careful not to get hit by the occasional car. In honour of its name this cafe has a choice of over 300 different kinds of beer; the complete catalog (along with a list of last month's best-sellers) can be found on the huge chalkboard opposite the entrance. 9 FEB 00
Our rating: **** out of 5

de Beurs
Neude 39

Although the concept of this café was quite interesting, its terrible and noisy audience spoils it all. Just like at a real-life stock market, you could proffer your bids--but it's drinks you're buying, not stock options. If you were lucky (or either smart or fast enough) you would have ten beers for only fifteen guilders; but with some bad luck you might as well have paid sixty. On Fridays and Saturdays there is disco for students only. You have to show your OV-kaart or collegekaart if you want to get in, but a ten-year-old Woo-pass (the Woollomoolloo is a students-only disco) will do the trick as well. 24 APR 99
Our rating: *1/2 out of 5

old-brown interior Binnenbest
Biltstraat 63

Great place to meet authentic locals. Cheap, very friendly service, and in summer you can sit outside and watch the cars roar by. Typical old brown interior with portraits of regular constumers on the walls. Famous for being the first place in Utrecht to serve beer after WWII. Did we already mention that the service is really very very friendly? 22 APR 99
Our rating: ****1/2 out of 5

het Bolwerk
Lucasbolwerk 1

Yet another attempt to create a cozy atmosphere by stashing a bar with `antiques', which include musical instruments, old photo's and prehistoric guests. Not a place for the young and trendy, but presumably fine for a drink after visiting the city theatre across the street. Serves fancy birds such as ostrich and pheasant for those who can afford it. 10 FEB 00
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Boothill Saloon
Twijnstraat 5

A Wild-West-styled bar that opened somewhere during spring of 1996. Yeehaaaw interior, complete with saloon-doors, huge cactus in the front window and boots hanging from the ceiling. Strangely enough, the only American beer they serve is Budweiser; however, they do have their own brand of beer. Good atmosphere, unfortunately no nachos--but a pool table to make up for this. 23 APR 99
Our rating: ** out of 5

eetcafe Boslust
Mariastraat 31

Interesting cafe in the shopping-area with a nice interior, including an extremely lazy cat named Frits. A good place for passing sleepy Sunday afternoons. (Ehrm. It was recently pointed out to us that Boslust is, in fact, closed on Sundays. Luckily, Saturday afternoons are very pleasantly spent there as well. We apologize for any inconvenience.) The varied food is rather good, and includes a large selection of dinner salads. The small terrace is not very exciting. 9 FEB 00
Our rating: ***1/2 out of 5

Veeartsenijpad 150

This restaurant/cafe is situated in a beautifully restored stable on the picturesque grounds of the former Veterinary School. It has a nice terrace from which to watch people strolling by on sunny days and is a stylish place to enjoy a stylish, but unfortunately fairly high-priced, dinner. 22 APR 99
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eetcafe Broers
Janskerkhof 9

Has a nice terrace, especially if you like watching car-races three feet from your chair. (We're being sarcastic here.) Somewhat absent service. Reputedly mice have been spotted running around the place--and there's a lot of space to run around! The interior is somewhat reminiscent of Vienna during the twenties. On Sunday mornings during high season they serve an unbelievable champagne brunch for approximately fl 25. 9 FEB 00
Our rating: **1/2 out of 5

Drieharingstraat 22

Apparently now called de Dansfabriek. 17 FEB 00
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eetcafe parkcafe Buiten
Prins Hendriklaan 2

Most accurately described as a drinkrestaurant with extremely good (though slightly expensive) food, friendly service, and conveniently located next to the Wilhelminapark. Usually very crowded, especially around dinner time. Spotting the many bicycles going to and from the university campus de Uithof makes for an interesting pastime. 9 FEB 00
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