`Zuipen in Utrecht' is a publication of CJM Publications Ltd.: Chantal Wentink, Jules Vleugels, and Maarten Lamers.

The staff:
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. This magazine is published whenever the need arises.

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Zuipen in Utrecht
Dept. of Computer Science
Utrecht University
P.O. Box 80.089
3508 TB Utrecht
the Netherlands

Email: zuipen@welcome.to
WWW: welcome.to/zuipen

Revenues reviewed: 144

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 streets.

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 eetcafe, 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.

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Media Attention

Over the years this page has occasionally gained some media attention. Our first public appearance was on the local radio station Domroep. In their weekly internet column our page was compared to a Brand X bar list. Needless to say, we came out favorably.

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 Koppen.

And to top it off, the Utrechts Nieuwsblad recently ran yet another article on this site.