A bit off the center, with a bit of a Mediterranean touch, Hesp stands out with one of the nicest terraces Amsterdam has to offer, right at the river Amstel.
A bit of an Irish pub style interior, it features about 40 brands of beer, fresh from the tap. But what I like Hesp the most for is the live music events on Sunday afternoon (not always – check first, if that’s what you are looking for). Hang out inside with a Sunday afternoon beer and a band, or outside on the lounge couches or the terrace when the weather allows it, it’s a fantastic way to swing out the weekend…
On Friday nights it is less crowded, but still a place to have good time. The bartenders are doing their best to entertain, and you can tell they love their job.
But Hesp is not only a bar to have a good time on a Friday night, Hesp also accommodates a full restaurant with a variety of international dishes for a reasonable price.
New is the small catering “Hesp to go” 20 meters away in the Overamstelstraat. (open 11:00 – 21:00). I recommend: spend your Sunday afternoon with a live gig at Hesp, and take your dinner home for a lazy evening on the couch.