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New Amsterdam Coffeehouse & Bar
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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
831 Exposition Ave.
phone: (214) 824-5301
Reviews by ballewblake:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
This bar has been in my rotation since I got into beer 7 years ago. The bar has gone through a transition in that time, from a coffeehouse/bar to 100% bar, accompanied with a name change and acquisition of a patio area. They bar teeters on European dive. Probably one of the coolest atmospheres (IMO) in the city, in one of the coolest areas of town. The Fair Park/Expo Park area is off the beaten track of most of the club and bar kids, its typically more laid back, easy to find (free) parking, the buses stop off right there, and a new rail station opening soon. The crews that go to Amsterdam have changed slightly over the last year. I don't see lots of the groups I used too (lost lots of the coffeehouse art peeps and others.)
The bar is pretty quiet during the day, being the first person that comes in tends to be around 6-7pm. On various nights its busier than others. Monday is a staple Jazz/blues night where they have a group come and plays out the place. Tuesdays is half price draughts; happy hour all night Wednesday, hoppy beer special Thursday and Sundays have gunniess specials (or stouts.)
The draughts change every few months, with gunniess, maredsous 8, ace, dogfish 60minute, being the staples. The other ten or so draughts vary more constantly, by memory, I think there are some Live Oaks, New Belgians, Dogfish brews up there. The fridge is packed with crafts and Belgians. I dig the selection as there is enough in there for any mood, plenty of abbey and abbey styles, lots of hoppy and wit's, triples, bocks, etc. They are constantly getting new brews in and changing out the boards.
They have just recently added a full bar to the backyard patio area in time for winter!
12-05-2007 17:39:16 |
More by ballewblake
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Had heard quite mentions of this place over the last few months so thought I would give it a try. At first attempt I learned that they do not open until 2pm on the weekends. I did not find a sign that said this outside anywhere nor was there an answering machine when I called, just asked the bar man the night I finally got to enjoy a beer here. Located in the Fairpark area it is a great place for a little beer bar. Not serving food shows why they do not open for a weekend lunch crowd. They had a great menu until I found out the menu was very outdated and many of the beers were either no longer available or were out of stock. Finally settled on a Belgian from the bottle cooler and it was good for a fair price. Even though I rattled off 6-10 beers which were out of stock they still had plenty of selection representing many different styles and parts of the US and the world. Shelton the bar man and a couple of the other guys working that Saturday night were more than helpful and had good recommendations. The crowd was cool with many different types of people around. The back patio was large and popular that evening. Aside from being out of a few items this was a cool place and I will go back again soon.
11-02-2009 02:34:05 |
More by jnezda
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
A: When you walk to this place you walk through a dark alley with lots of neat graffiti. The inside of the place is unique, beer friendly (as evidenced by the hanging New Belgium bike) with local artwork on the walls, and cool furniture. Back patio is huge and also interesting.
Q: Not sure I'd call it "quality". A nice dive bar to be sure though. I would go again, but it wouldn't be a place I'll hang once or twice a week. More like once a month. The neighborhood is slightly sketchy, but with plenty of police presence.
Service: When I arrived I asked for Live Oak Hefeweizen but they said they were out (said it was available on their board) so I asked for a bottles menu. Ordered a Midas Touch, but was told it was not available. Ordered an Aventinus and was told it was not available. Asked for a bottles menu that contained what they REALLY had, and the guy said "This is what we have" and pointed back to the menu. He asked what I was in the mood for and I told him "The beers I've ordered so far". I asked to look in the beer case and he obliged and I found Aventinus so I drank that first. The person helping me WAS new, but I figure he would ask for help if he can't locate the beers on their menu. Disappointing. I did meet the owner though (Sheldon) who was extremely accomodating, and likeable. Nice guy who saved the evening in terms of service for me.
Selection: Very diverse, and I saw things I haven't seen anywhere in Dallas including The Flying Saucer. Not nearly as huge (obviously) but the bottle selection is good, and the droughts appear to rotate frequently.
F: Did not order, not even sure they serve it to be honest. I didn't see or ask for a food menu.
V: I was extremely surprised to get a $26 bill after drinking 6 beers (some of them more expensive selections too) so the value for me was VERY high.
Worth trying this place. I assume for some they would love it because this place was filled with regulars. I liked it as well, but prefer other spots as my regulars.
03-30-2009 15:26:47 |
More by thirdeye11
New Amsterdam Coffeehouse & Bar in Dallas, TX