Door 74

Address: 74 Reguliersdwarsstraat, Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam, 1017BN, Netherlands
Tel: +31 63 404 5122
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Sun-Thu 8pm-3am, Fri-Sat 8pm-4am
Door: Make reservation
Style: Speakeasy
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: High-end
Food: No food

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Review Words by Simon Difford on 25-May-2016

Door 74 is quite simply Amsterdam's, indeed Holland's most revered bar. Hidden away behind an unmarked door on the same busy street that runs from Rembrandt Square as Feijoa.

Door 74 follows the speakeasy theme so this former garage workshop now boasts what is purported to be Holland's first pressed-tin 1920s-style ceiling which hangs over secluded leather booth seating and an impressively stocked bar that seats ten.

Being a pseudo-speakeasy you have to ring before 8pm and reserve a table on the day you plan to visit. And once outside there is no actual number on door 74 or much else to indicate that what looks like an abandoned shop is in fact a bar. Look for the paper 'fietsen worden verwijderd' (meaning 'bicycles are removed) sign in the door window and ring the bell to the left.

Once inside this Prohibition-era den, seated in your own secluded booth area surrounded by gentle background-volume jazz, that street outside will feel like another world away. The extensive cocktail list is updated four times a year and if that were not enough, there is a cocktail of the day to choose from.

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