Haarlem is a small city to the west of Amsterdam. Far more than just a satellite town, Haarlem has an important history itself, and provided the name for the New York suburb. The heyday of beer brewing in Haarlem goes back to the 15th century, when there were no fewer than 100 breweries in the city. And it’s twinned with Derby, England, oddly.
There are a good number of cosy and warm Dutch pubs (brown bars), and a jewel in the crown is Café Briljant. They stock around 50 beers, with a heavy Dutch and Belgian prevalence, offer 5 changing taps and 29 whiskies. They also serve a real community vibe, nestled as it is in a quaint suburb. There is great window seat to watch people go by (below) or an equally appealing alcove seat at the back.
A relaxing venue, and perfect for gathering some energy after a wander around some very pleasant, meandering, historic streets.
A great bottle range and 5 changing taps to keep you interested.
The definition of a hidden gem