Maastricht, in The Netherlands, is loaded with very nice cafes and bars. Brusselesstraat is full of small bars and each has a real unique and friendly atmosphere.
Theater aan het Vrijthof
The Theater aan het Vrijthof is located in a former city palace from 1805. The theater was opened in 1992 after a renovation. The theater presents cabaret, dance, shows, concerts, music and opera.
With its 13 taps and 41 bottled beers its no wonder that De Poshoorn (The Posthorn) is one of only 41 members of the Dutch beer appreciation society ABT. This is a stylish bar, part of its eponymous hotel, but with a very laid-back and casual atmosphere. Service is very Maastricht; friendly and professional, and as well the beer selection it also serves reasonably-priced and excellent beer nibbles, as well as a more extensive menu.
On its homepage Sway introduces itself as “an openminded cafe in a historic building on the market square.” For “openminded” read “gay,” but it’s not exclusively so. For a late drink the bar is open from 5 pm until 2 am Sundays and weekdays and until 3 am on Friday and Saturday – closed on Mondays.
This is a lively, friendly little bar with music and dancing, beers are cheapish and if you are relaxed about this style of venue makes for an interesting night out.
In de Moriann
Visiting Maastricht absolutely must include visiting In de Moriaan. This is the smallest pub in the Netherlands. It’s only ten meters or so long and about 2 meters wide. It’s super crowded in the evenings, and it has a bigger terrace outside in the back with some 5 tables. Local artists come here often. Both day and night the St. Servaas bridge is the spot for people watching.
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