|Amsterdam Bar and Hill. |
Pedal Pub out front, but
didn't find out why.
Having a bit of time before One Voice performed at The History Theater, I parked in the flat lot across the street from the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown St. Paul. I've had a pint or two here before for happy hour, but have never stayed very long.
|Gnomegang and tap list|
|Dutch cheese broodje and frites|
For dinner, I ordered a Dutch cheese broodje (small sandwich) and the smaller $2 happy hour frites (Belgian fries). Multiple sauces can be ordered with the frites, so I tried the curry mayo and ketchup. Having had frites in Amsterdam before, I need to have both mayo and ketchup to eat them. While not completely authentic, the frites were definitely better than the ones I had last summer at Brugge Brasserie in Indianapolis. The onions were an addition I've never had before but I liked them. The broodje was heated and excellent for just being a cheese sandwich. It was definitely small, so ordered a second sandwich: grilled vegetable. The very friendly waitress said it was her favorite, and it was extremely tasty. I'll start with it next time. Later in the evening, I was chatting with someone about the Amsterdam and she recommended the house cured salmon broodje. Definitely enough foodsoptions of reasonable size and high quality to warrant more sampling.
Beer friend (and beer writer) Jim walked in with his wife Louise and I suddenly felt like I was in my local. The bar was lively in the early evening on a Friday with the after work happy hour crowd chatting happily. With the summer sun, it was lighter inside than it has been when I've stopped in the past. Nice atmosphere, but the music from the stage speakers behind me was a bit loud for easy conversation. I've never been here late night, but the website (and stage behind be) indicates that it is a music destination, but I have no idea of its quality. I haven't heard of it as a music venue like Triple Rock Social Club or the Blue Nile, but me not hearing of it for music does not mean much. A final odd note--I noticed an excessive number of beer mats on the bar--seemingly strewn about for easy use. For some reason, I like the messy look.
For dessert, I ordered an Amstel Wheat (to add to the database) and finished with a Deschutes Inversion IPA. Overall this is a good beer bar with a nice atmosphere. Plus they always have La Trappe Quad on tap--an excellent go to beer for my wife. I won't necessary travel downtown just to visit the Amsterdam, but a stop is definitely in order the next time I'm heading to a show or hopefully my wife's co-workers will do another happy hour here again.