Stop #6: Gollem’s Proeflokaal
Beers: All Belgian, 10 on tap, 60 by the bottle (200 bottles in original location).
Tasting: Open Mon-Thu 1p-1a, Fri & Sat noon-3a, Sun noon-1a.
OK, this isn’t the original location of the 40yr-old forefather of Amsterdam beer bars (that’s tucked down a tiny alley near our next stop), but this is the location that has room to sit and a food menu. We’re at the halfway point of our crawl, so now would be a good time to fuel up and line the belly keg with some beer-soaked cheese fondue.
Next Move: Work your way back up the Overtoom the way you came and toward Leidseplein. This time, though, turn left onto the Marnixstraat before you get into the square (just after the American Hotel). Go one block and cross the bridge, and turn right onto the Leidsegracht on the far side. When this street dead-ends in a few blocks, turn left on the Herengracht. Turn right to cross the first bridge you come to, continue on the Wijde Heisteeg for one block, cross another bridge, and turn right on the Singel. Go one block and turn left at the tram tracks. Your next bar is the one with the big glass room of people staring at you now. (BTW, If you’re tired of biking, the rest of this route is easily walkable.)