Bo Cinq

Address: 494 Prinsengracht, 1017 KH , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)20 622 0682
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-3am, Sun 6pm-1am
Door: Open door
Style: Cocktail bar
Price guide: Middling
Food: Bar snacks
Established: 2009

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Review Words by Simon Difford on 2013-11-22

The 53-59 Lange Leidsedwarsstraat address you often see quoted for Bo Cing is actually for the brasserie that backs onto Bo Cing - better you approach from the Prinsengracht canal-side terrace.

An incredibly long concrete bar counter runs practically the whole length of the narrow, elongated, bare brick walled and floored room with a more loungy antechamber visible though openings in the wall opposite the bar.

Bo Cinq might lie in the heart of Amsterdam's nightlife and tourist district but weekdays have more of a neighbourhood bar feel - quickly filling with an after work crowd who stand in the bar area while a more glam set head for the Bo's more secluded lounge space.

This is the bar to come to for the "Dirtiest Martini Ever" with Moroccan olives and the "Bloodiest Mary Ever" with harissa spice and Tunisian chilli which "turns this Mary into a little Vampire". Not forgetting the Bo-Lini, a Bellini with dried apricots and star anise "to accompany your bubbles". On our visits we have found the cocktails, particularly the classics to be well made.

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