With it’s unmarked entry Door 74 takes its inspiration from the speakeasy concept, though given it’s located on a busy street of bars, it’s not exactly hidden, or much of a secret.

The cocktails here are excellent. Our bartender, who subsequently won Amsterdam’s Best Bartender award for 2013, plied us with the whiskey-based ‘Hugged by a Bear’ and set our hearts a-smoulder with ‘Betty Draper’s Revenge’…with predictable results. (A certain delicacy in the cerebral region the following morning coupled with a determination to do it all again!)

If you’re not really into the cocktail thing, it’s worth seeing what’s on at the Chicago Social Club, but do check before heading off because it does a mix of comedy and hipsterish DJ/dance nights, so you want to make sure you are turning up to the right one.

Door 74
Reguliersdwarsstraat 74I
1017 BN Amsterdam
Tel: +31 6 34 04 51 22

Reservations recommended. Opening hours:
Sun-Thur 8pm-3am; Fri-Sat 8pm-4am