23rd Floor, Hotel Okura, 333 Ferdinand Bolstraat, Amsterdam, 1072 LH, Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)20 678 7111
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Sun-Thu 6pm-1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am
Style: Lounge bar
Recommended for: View
Price guide: Middling
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Bar-wise, a city is not a real city without a Harry's Bar and a bar atop a skyscraper. Well Amsterdam has a Harry's and at 75 metres up on the 23rd floor Twenty Third Bar ensures that Amsterdam makes the city count. The bar and adjoining Michelin starred Ciel Bleu restaurant are perched on the top floor of the Okura Hotel, Amsterdam's second tallest building after the Rembrandt Tower and on a clear day offer incomparable views of the low-rise city.
Brown tones on the padded ceiling, carpet and walls coupled with a blue glowing bar give this place something of a 70s feel. Early evening expect an aging business crowd mingling with hotel guests and those destined from the adjacent restaurants.
The extensive cocktail list veers towards Apple Martinis, blended Margaritas and disco drinks and the the beer front is a tad disappointing with only Heineken on draught. All that said, the view is great and the relaxed atmosphere good.