The Minds is a hardcore and punk alternative bar, actually on their website they advertise themselves as “the only remaining punk bar in Amsterdam”. Well that is true. Beer is cheap, there is a pool table, a pinball machine, and punk rock, of course. I used to go there quite often after having paid a visit to the squatters center of Amsterdam, the Vrankrijk, which is just 100 meters down the road (check the Vrankrijk article). The Vrankrijk closed at 03:00, The Minds in the weekends at 04:00, so it’s no wonder that the two spots shared the same public.
When The Minds took over a former country bar they didn’t change the interior much but added used skate decks and a whole collection of used boots to it. Now it looks like a strange mix of a horse stable and a skate punk installation.
In the weekends it’s quite packed, you will have to fight your way through to the bar to get some drinks, but during the week you can have a chat with the man behind the bar. The whole area has been an important part of the squatters scene in Amsterdam, but there are only a few remainders of the glorious movement left, and the young aspirants of the scene like to gather in The Minds for a late night beer.
The rebellious attitude still lives on in The Minds. So, if you like punk rock, pool, billiards and beer: Check out The Minds…