`Zuipen in Utrecht' is a publication of CJM Publications Ltd.:
Jules Vleugels, and
Chantal Wentink, editor
Jules Vleugels, editor
Maarten Lamers, editor
Petr Svestka, contributing photographer
Martina Morlock, assistant to the photographer
ZUIPEN IN UTRECHT ISSUE NUMBER 1 (C) 1995-2000.
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What Closing Hours?
Utrecht is one of the few Dutch cities that have no official closing
hour for bars. In practice this means that each bar will have its
own closing time at which they will ask you (either friendly or
not) to leave, but these may vary wildly between bars, and even
Most bars close at 1am or 2am, but there's no need to despair if
at closing time you still haven't had enough--simply move on to a
different one that stays open longer. Many bars in the Nobelstraat
stay open until 4am and are consequently popular around these hours.
For truly-late closing times there are still the discos and a
handful of crack-of-dawn bars, or in fact any place where
you can convince the bartender to keep you around.
For those serious about going out--or suffering from insomnia--,
here's a selective listing of places that remain open way past the
small hours: Le Carafon is usually
crowded after 2am and open until 7 or 8am; 't
Pandje is notorious for staying open late but in reality usually
closes around 4am; A.S.P. has no fixed
closing time and often doesn't close until the first morning light;
and finally there's the famous de Zwarte Zee, which honestly
we don't know anything about.
Bars vs. Restaurants
UTRECHT, FEBRUARY 10TH.
Over the last few years it has become fashionable for bars in
Holland to serve not just drinks, but also food around dinner time.
Some cafes emphasize this by explicitly calling themselves an
, but not all bars that serve food do this.
The main difference between a restaurant and an eetcafe is the
selection of foods and the price: eetcafes tend to be cheaper but
usually offer less choices for dinner and slightly plainer food.
Also, they may run out of dinner choices more early in the evening;
therefore do as the Dutch do, and eat early. When going for dinner
at an eetcafe, always ask about the daghap, being the
cheaper daily special--if they have one.
Over the years this page has occasionally gained some media
Our first public appearance was on the local radio station
. In their weekly internet column our page was
compared to a Brand X bar list. Needless to say, we came out
Following this interview, the local newspaper Utrechts
Nieuwsblad devoted a column to our page for no apparent reason.
Upon reading this, the VARA national broadcast company--yes, we're
slowly moving up the ladder--in turn invited us to a live interview
at one of Holland's most popular radio programs Spijkers Met
And to top it off, the Utrechts Nieuwsblad recently ran
yet another article
on this site.