18 Rapenburg, (corner of Peperstraat), Amsterdam, 1011 TX, Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)6 2529 3620
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Thu: 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat 6pm-3am
Door: Open door
Style: Lounge bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: No food
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With the proliferation of speak-easy-style bars pooping up in cities around the world, HPS - short for 'We Are Hiding in Plain Sight', has a moniker that might suggest such a venue. However, it indeed stands in Plain Sight on the corner of Rapenburg and Peperstraat with its tables falling out onto the street. What makes it hidden is its location in the far eastern side of Amsterdam's Old Centre, safely away from the tourists in a sleepy residential back street, across the other side of a bridge over a picturesque canal.
While HPS is not hidden, it's interior (with bare wooden floors, high tables downstairs and slouchy leather sofa seating upstairs) and cocktails more in line with what you'd expect from a speak-easy bar.
The excellent cocktail menu changes regularly and never disappoints. Classics are also lovingly executed. A must visit when in Amsterdam.