picture Flater
Oudegracht 140
The first thing you notice when you enter this pub is darkness. Pitch-black absolute nothingness. When your eyes have adjusted to the rather sparse lighting conditions, you'll be able to make out a tiny room with a few candles and two dimmed bulbs behind the counter. The walls are lined with images from the comic Guust Flater and the tables are wobbly but somehow this adds to the atmosphere. To get to the restrooms you'll have to climb a long way up the steep and narrow stairs--not the safest way to get home. Drinks are relatively cheap but unfortunately this place is frequented by young high school students later in the evening. 10 FEB 00
Our rating: **1/2 out of 5

de Flitz
Rozenstraat 15

A nice and cozy swing cafe with a ditto atmosphere to spend the late hours on a desperate night, especially on weekends. It attracts many different people as almost all kinds of popular music are played here (apart from house freaks for whom the dance floor is too small). In the early evening this is a nice place to drink a few beers or perhaps a `borrel' with your friends, play some darts, or just hang around at the bar while having some of the free lollipops (they're usually finished before 10pm though). A word of caution: for some reason the Dommelsch beer they serve here gets one drunk much faster than elsewhere. (Two popular--but rather unplausible--explanations are that either they add extra alcohol, or all other bars dilute their beer.) For some unclear reason they don't want you to park your bicycle in front of the cafe; park it around the corner instead. Although they close much later, you're not allowed in after 3am--unless you're not above a little bribery (depending on your social skills, fl 10,- to fl 15,- should suffice). The bulldog guarding the front door will tell he's taking a risk admitting people after 3am, but don't let him fool you: he is the owner. As a final word, some people say that if you haven't been to `De Flitz', you haven't been in Utrecht at all; that may or may not be true. 23 APR 99
Our rating: ***1/2 out of 5

Graaf Floris
Listed under G.

old-brown interior Fokus
Koekoekstraat 25

Old-brown cafe, and a good place to meet locals, talk about soccer and play a few games of pinball. 23 APR 99
Our rating: ***1/2 out of 5

the Frog
Adriaen van Ostadelaan 39

Fat bartender and a dark brown interior. The only interesting thing about the place is that it is facing one of Utrechts best ice-joints. Sources tell us that the Frog has recently changed owners and is now christened de Utrechter. 10 FEB 00
Our rating: **1/2 out of 5