De Groene Olifant

[Dutch Flag]

This split-level establishment features a small stained glass bar that hosts 12 stools and a four-tap "goal post-style" tower. Wooden tables and chairs cover the tiled floor, surrounded by stained glass ships and swans. Under the 20 foot stucco ceiling lie chalkboard menus, old beer signs and racks of custom glassware. The food menu offers soups and salads along with chicken and beef main dishes costing about 25 F ($12.50 USD). Restrooms are up stairs and smoking is allowed in the dining area.

18 bottled beers are available ranging in price from $1.25 to $2.75 USD. The draught Leeuw Pilsner is a light straw color with a very light body and a light crisp hoppy flavor and aftertaste. It's representative of a Dutch "light beer" but with some actual flavor. The current guest draught is the Bier de Mars from La Chouffe at $2.50. A thick creamy white head sits atop the hazy straw-colored light body as aromas typical of Belgian yeast strains emanate from the matching glass. Complex lactic flavors dominate any malt or hop presence.

An easy-going place to sample popular bottled products, it's also easy to reach via the number 6, 9 or 10 trams. Use the Muiderpoort as the closest landmark for navigational purposes. Hours are fairly accommodating with closing time at 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays and 1 am other days.

De Groene Olifant
Sarphatistraat 510
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - April, 1998

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