Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wine Bar Vyne, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Picture this: you've been standing in line for 2 hours to get into Anne Frank's House… You're fed up with all the other tourists… since you are a traveler, not one of them… and instead of having a latte in the museum bar…you'd rather have a good glass of wine, mingling with the locals.

Well, then I will let you in on a little secret: Vyne is the place for you. This totally cool winebar is located right in Amsterdam's city centre, close to… yes you got it, Anne Frank's, but also to the famous "Negen Straatjes" or nine streets and to the bohemian area called Jordaan.

The wine bar belongs to a 'chain' of fancy bars and restaurants (Supperclub, Nomads, Envy, Nevy) and was designed by Dutch architects firm Concrete. You can easily recognize their signature. Raw, pure materials, yet creating a cosy atmosphere.

Vyne is divided into two parts, on the right-hand side, you'll find the Old World (France, Italy, Spain): oak floor, walls and ceiling and a long brown leather couch (referring to the typical dutch 'brown café'). On the left-hand side the New World (Chile, South Africa, Australia) with an entire wall of stainless steel parts completely full of wine bottles, serving - as they say - as a wine library.

Vyne is specialized in creating exciting, out of the ordinary wine-food combinations. Probably one of the reasons why Vyne was chosen by magazine Perswijn as Dutch Wine Bar of the Year 2010.

If the delicious fingerfood was not enough… then continue by eating at neighbour (and "big sister") Envy. By the way, the name Vyne, in the form of an anagram, is a playful reminder of Envy. But you knew that already, didn't you?

Photos courtesy of Spice PR for Vyne.

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