This rickety wooden shack looks like it should be in some sort of forested wilderness surrounded by bears and men with axes. But somehow this shantytown-style bar has been transported to a waterfront outcrop behind Amsterdam’s railway station.
It has one of the few serious beer gardens in the city with rows of multi-coloured, graffitied picnic tables underneath a flowery pagoda shaded by bright umbrellas. On a summer’s day the grassy verge fills up with people sat dipping their feet into the water sharing pitchers of cocktails and cold beers. Just to make sure it’s really got that summer flirty thing down, they have swing under the tree (that’s the ‘boom’ in the title, in case you wondered). Kick off your shoes, hop on and make like a happy drunk child swinging over the glassy water.
In winter, grab a spot on the comfy corner sofa around the totally badass industrial log fire and warm your hands on some Glühwein or hot chocolate with a hit of rum.
By day, they serve sandwiches and salads, and in the evening they get more serious about the food with a creative menu. Everyone from loved up couples on dates to families having Sunday lunch occupy the mish mash of tables and armchairs. But we like it best by night, when a band takes to the stage and everyone starts dancing, summer nights here really kick off, yeh man.