Image by Martin Sollmann

Cafe Pollux – A Tom Waits hang-out

Walking alongside the harbor towards the east, you will, right after the impressive facade of the Amrath Hotel, come across a small cafe/bar with a prominent marquee and a red carpet in front. (I do sound like a tourist guide, don’t I?) Once inside you’ll feel teleported back to a time where neon lights and reactive floor tile lamps made your night – a ’70s nightclub experience -.

Contrary to what it promises from the outside it is actually pretty small inside. A half-round bar fills up half the space. Neon and LED lights, a 50s jukebox and cozy lounge seats make up the rest.

Pollux as a bar is a curious mix of bar-flies, tourists and clubbers, depending on the time of the day. Touristy time is mostly during the day, cruise ship passengers who are exploring the city dropping in for a coffee – that is because they don’t know that the night time is the right time for Pollux: a late night dive bar.

I was told that they used to have topless pole dancing, but I can’t confirm this from my own experience. But it somehow would fit the charisma of Cafe Pollux: It is one of those bars that gets crowded late, when the other bars close, and the night is still open for anything to happen.

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Prins Hendrikkade 121, Amsterdam

Telephone number


Opening Times

Sun & Tue - Thu 12:00 - 03:00, Fri - Sat 12:00 - 04:00


Warsteiner: € 2.50


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)