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Music was our first love, and you’re goddam right it will be our last. That’s why we not only play a broad range of cool stuff, but we have dj’s from Wednesday to Saturday and semi-acoustic live gigs on Sundays, with acts from around the globe.

On Kingsday the 27th of April we go all out with a big stage outside. And then there’s stand up comedy in the shape of Ken Parson’s Ironic Curtain Comedy Club, spoken word by Word Up and and open mic improv theatre jam by Improganga. While the above are all in English, our monthly pop- or pub-quiz is in Dutch.
  • Sean Taylor (UK)

    Roots, raw guitars

    23/9

    Sean Taylor is a superb guitaris with a raw and original style, but don't take our word for it. Here's some reviews:

    “‘’Superbly tailored songs’’ **** DAILY MIRROR
    ’’Articulate ... Compelling ... Brilliant’’ MOJO”

    n absolutely superb guitarist... reminiscent of John Martyn" Bob Harris, Radio 2

    ''Superbly tailored songs'' (Four stars) Daily Mirror

    ''Articulate, compelling ... brilliant'' (Four stars) Mojo Magazine

    ''A bluesy devotional intensity that rightly draws comparisons to John Martyn" Q Magazine

    "A fine blues guitarist ... Taylor is a man to watch" Guardian

    ''The lyrics are absolulety amazing'' BBC Introducing

    "My main listen today - Springsteen and Taylor are cheering my day...brilliant, stunning songs. Great album.' Mike Harding

    "Formidable and skilled...recalls Chris Isaak.' (Four Stars) Uncut

    "Sean Taylor's work just gets classier ... his talent might yet puncture the mainstream" Classic Rock 8/10

    ''A star in the making ...a superb talent'' Metro

    "Sean Taylor is a wonderfully talented modern troubadour whose sincere, thoughtful songs pull you in. I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him. He swings. Check him out!"  Eric Bibb

    "Sean Taylor is the king of the singer-songwriter styling ... A classic album"  MaverickMagazine

    ''Bold and brilliant masterpiece'' Folk Radio UK

    ''Remarkable'' Danny Thompson

    "Sean Taylor is the finest acoustic blues talent to appear in the UK for many a year...Exceptional. Expect a Mercury nomination''  Love Music Hate Racism

    "The raw beauty of the guitar and piano...raw, cliche free; tugs at the soul"  Acoustic Magazine

    "Prodigiously talented singer-songwriter...touchstones would be Tom Waits and John Martyn'' R2 Magazine

    ''Great!'' Willy Vlautin

    ''Let the soothing sound of Taylor's soft, smoky voice engulf you like mist on an autumn morning'' Morning Star

    ''Characterised by his soft smoky voice, superb guitar playing and lyrical intensity'' Irish World

    ''Calm, collected ... sensual. Hypnotic''  Guitar and Bass Magazine

    "Beautiful...driving...an album I have come to love"  (Nominated for album of the year) Fatea Magazine

    ''Effortlessly beguiling...quite superb...this classy and understated work assuredly evokes the ghost of John Martyn'' Blues Matters

    ''A massive young talent...the voice of a poet...superb" Flying Shoes

    ''Chase The Night confirms Sean Taylor as one of the country's leading roots rockers'' - Get Ready To Rock

     Convinced? STARTS AT 17.00!

  • Tom Holliston (No Means No)

    acoustic adventures

    10/10

    Look, I'm not going to introduce this guy overly. He was No Means No's guitarist. No Means No was one of the best live bands of the 90's and beyond, period. Tight as yoga pants, angry and loveable at the same time. But that was then and this is now.

    Tom has already made 4 solo albums, and he will be playing his own music in his own time at his own pace. It doesn't get more punkrock than that, really.

    STARTS AT 20.00!

    From his slightly weird Facebook page:

    Genre:

    Music of the musical genre

     

    Full band members:

    Tom Holliston

     

    From:

    Vancouver, BC

     

     

    Tom Holliston: post modern dichotomy of suave meeting sophisticated.

     

    Biography:

    Heroic and epic.

     

    Influenced by:

    George Kennedy movies

welcome
to west
You are about to enter Charlie’s world, where liquids, solids & sounds merge freely to form a universe all of its own. Get yourself a drink, fasten your seatbelts and rock with us!

Sunday till Thursday 1 pm till 1 am
Friday and Saturday 1 pm till 3 am

Checkpoint Charlie is the gateway to West and Westerpark, at a collision point where De Jordaan, the Centre and the Westerpark area meet. We have Weihenstephaner ale on draft, awesome snacks like Berlin currywurst, served with an eclectic mix of rock, funk, soul, reggae, ska, bluegrass and old school hiphop. We’re a real place, with an excellent staff and friendly owners behind the bar. We got DJ’s, small live gigs, comedy, spoken word, improv jams, pop and pub quizzes, and loads of rock ’n roll. See our ‘sounds’ section for more.

This story started in 2014, when we, Jaro, Jeroen and Carina found a place in this fair city that made our hearts beat faster; it was big, ugly and available. Perfect. We got the money together by asking everyone around us. People lend us big chunks of the budget we were aiming for, but we gave everyone an opportunity to contribute by opening an account and paying in advance. An amazing thing happened. All the people we knew joined in, it went viral on Facebook alone and within a week or so we collected 10.000 euro. It finalized at 22.049… If that wasn’t enough to put tears in our eyes and goosebumps on our skins, every day we were rebuilding the place, people stopped by to lend us a hand. Painting, breaking, building, cleaning, you name it, our friends did it. We are so incredibly grateful for this, words can’t express. Now it’s up to us to make this what we want it to be: a place worthy of Amsterdam.
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The number of different beers we serve, 7 of them on draft
862
The amount of hours it took to revive the spot from the former sorry state it was in Blood, sweat and an awful lot of painting from our friends, a.k.a. The Rebel Alliance. Some of them have proved themselves to be Jedi's.
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The amount of people involved to bring this monster to life From plumbers to painters, from grafitti artists to designers, from sound engineers to electricians; awesome people from all walks of life.
liquids

Beer

We have eight taps, two of which are reserved for our regular ale, the absolutely wonderful Weihenstephan pilsener, and one for the Hefe Weisse from the same Bavarian brewery, with a history of almost a thousand years the oldest official brewery in the world. We’re proud to be one of the few café’s in Holland serving this pilsener from draft.

The other taps contain mostly local beers, ranging from IPA’s to triples.

Draft Beer

weihenstephaner pilsner 5% – vaas

2,6

weihenstephaner pilsner 5% – pint


5

weihenstephaner hefe weizen

3

weihenstephaner hefe weizen 5%–pint

5,5

brouwerij ‘t ij, zatte 8%

4,8

Brouwerij jopen, mooie nel ipa 6,5%

4,8

Brouwerij Bruut, gajes 8%

4,8

texels skuumkoppe 6%

4,8

BIER VAN HET MOMENT

4,8


ciders

strongbow cider 5%

4,8

bear apple cider 5%

5

Bottled Beer

jever 0,3%

2,5

boon kriek 4%

3,8

brewdog, punk ipa 5,6%

4,8

BRUUT Soelaas 7%

4,8

brouwerij ‘t ij, zatte 8%

4,8

BRUUT STENNIS 5,5%

4,8

corona 4,5%

4,5

duvel 8,5%

4,8

guinness 4,2%

4,5

karmeliet tripel 8,4%

4,8

la chouffe 8%

4,8

oedipus mannenliefde 6%

4,8

oedipus thai thai 8%

4,8

pilsner urquell 4,4%

3,8

ij natte 6,5%

4,8

ij IJWIT 6,5%

4,8

hard liquor

In our search for the right stuff we always go for quality. If that means avoiding the big factories, even better. Our tequila for example is 100% agave, we have a very honest Venezuelan rum and a Scottish peat whisky from Islay that will make you want to call your loved ones.

WHISK(E)Y / BOURBON

four roses

4,5

Jameson

4,5

Tullamore Dew

4,5

Jack Daniels

4,5

Makers Mark

4,5

Glenmorangie 10 yrs.

5

GLENLIVET 12 yrs.

6

Laphroaig 10 yrs.

6

vodka

partisan

4,5

wyborowa

4,5

Zubrovka

4,5

rum

pampero bianco

4,5

pampero anejo especial

4,5

diplomatico anejo

6

TEQUILA / mezcal

tequila corralejo blanco

4,5

tequila corralejo reposado

5

tequila corralejo anejo

6

mesqal curzano rojo

4,5

Mezcal nuestra soledad

5

cognac

Courvoisier V.S

5

Remy Martin V.S.O.P.

5

Dutch gin

ketel 1

2,5

Filliers 5 yrs.

3,5

Filliers 8 yrs.

4,5

gin

Bombay Sapphire

4,5

DAMRAK AMSTERDAM GIN

5

hendrick’s

6

OTHER

103, brandy de jerez

4

amaretto disaronno

4

aperol

3

Baileys

4

Calvados

4

Campari

3,5

Eau de Vie

4

grappa nonino vendemmia

4

Jägermeister

3

kahlua

4

Limoncello

4

liqor 43

4

Malibu

3,5

Ricard

4

Sambucca Molinari

4

SPecht Slivovich

4

Southern Comfort

4

parade vieux

3,5

weduwe joustra berenburg

2,5

wine

So much to say, so little time. But we’ll try: we have two whites and two reds. Our organic housewines are a wonderful white blend from Spain, containing sauvignon blanc, verdejo and airen grapes, and a robust red tempranillo from the same country. Above the rim we have a more bodied and complex white pinot grigio and a very tempting sangiovese di Toscana, ripe with fruits, both, of course, from Italy. We also serve prosecco, and, perhaps surprisingly, a more than decent sweet white from France as well as an elegant Spanish rosé.

white

Sauvignon Blanc-Airen-Verdejo - Green Trail, Spanje - bio

frisse citrusfruitaroma’s, tropisch fruit, zacht, dorstlessend
3,8/21

pinot grigio di veneto - Cavazza, Italie

wit fruit, amandelbittertje, kaneel, nootmuskaat, verleidelijk
4,3/23

red

tempranillo - Green Trail, Spanje - bio

lichte houtrijping, rood fruit, laurier, vriendelijk
3,8/21

sangiovese di toscana - Caparzo, Italie

aardbeien, zwarte bes, zeer soepele tannines, mensenvriend
4,3/23

wine of the season

5/25

rose etc.

prosecco frizzante 0,20 l

La Goioisa, Italie
6

prosecco frizzante 0,75 l

Vallotaj, Italie
20

blanc moelleux

Allure (sweet)
4,3/23

tempranillo rose

Green Trail, Spanje - bio
4,3/23

kopke port, ruby

4

coffee & tea

Since coffee is probably the most important commodity on the planet, after clean water and love, we treat this subject seriously. The beans are grown in Brazil by Bruno Souza, whom we met when he was in Amsterdam. They’re roasted in Noord, just across the water, by Kees Kraakman and his boys, a.k.a. Keppler. Dilmah is a family owned tea company from Sri-Lanka, producing some of the finest Ceylon tea’s in the world. A part of the proceeds go into projects for local farmers.

espresso

2,5

black

2,5

cappuccino

medium or strong
2,5

latte

2,5

tea

2,4

fresh mint tea

2,5

cold milk

1,5

hot chocolate

3

whipped cream

0,5

soft drinks & juice

We’re living in exciting times when it comes to soda’s and juices; lots of small but passionate companies around Europe are creating pure and tasty alternatives for the usual suspects. Our cola is from Hamburg’s own Fritz-Kola, and it actually tastes better than you-know-what. Special shout out goes to Agroposta, a juice with all natural fruits and herbs, handpicked in a.o. Croatia. Yes, you read that right, and we’re not even kidding.

soft drinks

fritz kola

2,4

fritz kola Light

2,4

Fritz Orange

2,4

apfel-kirsch

2,4

Fritz bio-Apfelschorle

3

Fritz bio-rhabarberschorle

3

LIPTON ice tea

2,4

SCHWEPPES Gingerale

2,4

KINLEY bitter lemon

2,4

KINLEY tonic

2,4

Chaudfontaine Red

2,4

Chaudfontaine Blue

2,4

Chocomel

2,6

Orangina

3

wostok dragon-ginger

3

LEMONAID LeMON

3,5

CHARITEA GREEN

3,5

AGROPOSTA LIMONADE

elder blossom, sage, raspberry, lemon of lavender
3

club mate

3,5

juice

tomatojuice 100% pure

2,5

olmenhorst apple - bio

2,6

schulp orange - BIO

2,8

schulp apple/elderberry - bio

2,8

schulp pear - bio

2,8
solids
We like short lines of transport from our suppliers to the bar. That means we serve locally produced goodies, like our 200-grams currywurst by Brandt en Levie, pie’s from Natasja, who lives around the corner, organic quiches made by our good friend Nicole, and righteous triple layer tosti’s from Clubtosti. And last but certainly not least, bitterballen and more from Oma Bob. Because let’s face it: There Can Only Be One.

cool

Charlies mixed nuts

2

piper’s chips


sea salt / sweet chilli / cider vinegar & sea salt / Cheddar cheese & onion
2

mixed olives


Di Casa Rinaldi, Italia
3

sweet

Tasja’s treat


homemade organic sweet snack
see bar

Whipped Cream

0,5

fried food by grandma bob

mini beef croquettes


8 pieces
5

VEGETARIAN MINI CROQUETTES


8 pieces
5

mini cheese croquettes with rocket(v)


8 pieces
5

cheese sticks(v)


8 pieces
5

hot

Curry Wurst*, Brot, sla, tomaat und Charlie’s Geheimsaus


*200 gram, by Brandt & Levie
6,5

NICOLE’S quiche (V)


slice of organic quiche with tzatziki, lettuce & tomato
5,5

tostiES


triple layered toasty by clubtosti
4,5

- ham/cheese: cornbread with extra ham, young cheese & mustard mayo

- CHICKEN/BACON: CORNbread with GRILLED CHICKEN, BACON, CHEESE AND CURRY MAYONAISE

- OLD DUTCH: DARK bread with DUTCH CHEESE AND MUSTARD SAUCE (v)

- guacamole: tomato bread with guacamole, jalapenos and cheddar (v)

pics & vids
cpc crew

contact

You Left something in the bar?
Have a quick question?

Call us.

Wanna discuss a broader plan, like organizing world domination?

Send us an email.

0031 20 3708728
info[at]cafecheckpointcharlie.nl

Nassaukade 48
1052 CM Amsterdam

Birthday?

You’re most welcome to celebrate your birthday, your graduation, your new bicycle or your flawless GTA victory and any other reason you might have for a party, here at CPC.

This is how it works:
Call or email us with the date, the hour of arrival, the estimated number of people, and of course your name. Your first beverage is on us.

If you want to buy your friends a couple of drinks you can either tell the staff how much you want to spend, if it’s for any drink or beer/wine/soda’s only, or, if it’s just about a welcome drink, you can get any number of coins at the bar.
You can also bring a cake and some food if you want, but please let us know upfront. Any other questions, just ask.

It’s not possible to rent the place exclusively, we feel very strongly about being open for everyone. But don’t worry, there’s enough room for all of us.

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