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On the ball: Club 8 in De Baarsjes

Inside Club 8 at the Admiraal de Ruyterstraat in AmsterdamThe very best place for a game of pool in Amsterdam is Club 8 on the Admiraal de Ruyterweg in De Baarsjes.

There are other places, of course, like Plan B on the Overtoom (opened its doors last year) and Final touch on the Prinsengracht. But Club 8 is the largest poolclub in Amsterdam (in the Netherlands?) and it has that authentic, gritty, roughly hewn feel that a poolclub ought to have in my opinion.

The staff has been changing a lot recently but oldtimer Ben is often on bar duty during the days. He makes a mean coffee and usually plays laidback old soul, jazz and funky music.

Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons there are house tournaments. On Friday and Saturday night the music is loud and calling ahead to reserve a able is advised, as there can be a waiting line of about an hour.

Club 8 has 25 pooltables, shows big soccergames on a big screen and offers free wifi for members. It also houses a restaurant section near the bar, has an inhouse smoking room and there is a nightclub on the third floor.

Club 8
Admiraal de Ruyterweg  56b
1056GL Amsterdam

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