September 22, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
For a low-key, G-rated evening, Ali highly recommends boating. At Sloepdelen Amsterdam, you can rent inexpensive boats that can comfortably fit 12 people (along with a fair haul of food and prosecco) by the hour. Puttering through the canals is an idyllic way to spend a warm summer evening. You could also check out Tuschinski, a stunning Art Deco-style cinema with six screens that shows a mix of English-language and Dutch films. Marvel at the throwback plush red carpets and intricately carved wooden details, and try to snag a balcony seat.
For a slightly less caloric time, head over to Boom Chicago, where you can watch a comedy or improv show that is sure to leave your stomach in stitches. Across the street from Boom Chicago is Café Struik, an unassuming, corner-side bar that hosts wall art that rotates regularly, pop-up food specials that range from burritos to baos, and karaoke, bingo and movie nights. Struik is often packed on weekend evenings, so be prepared to mingle.
If it’s the cliché Amsterdam high you’re after, pop by Abraxas. There’s great green and a friendly staff who are always willing to recommend the right Mary Jane for your mood and mindset. The interior is expansive and relaxed, with board games, comfortable pillows and a non-alcoholic beverage menu.
About The HUNT Amsterdam Writer: Born in Boston, raised in Maine, schooled in Vermont and England, and finally settled in Amsterdam, Ali Ronca is a roaming girl with an unshakable smile whose soul food is all things fascinating and foreign. When she’s not writing or traveling, Ali can be found cruising around Amsterdam on her ombre bicycle, absorbed in a novel, sprawled out on a yoga mat or feeding her bottomless stomach great, simple food. You can follow her daily Dutch adventures at amsterdamandbeyond.com.
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