There are far worse things imaginable than doing time at De Bajes – Dutch slang for ‘prison’ – at the Utrechtsestraat. Following Hong Kong and New York, the very first Street Art restaurant will open its ‘prison gates’ on Amsterdam’s Rembrandtplein February 16th. Some of the world’s most renowned street artists have turned the imposing walls into their canvasses: The London Police, D*Face, Ben Eine and Laser 3.14 were temporarily incarcerated at De Bajes. As powerful as the visuals may be: the all-day menu is equally exciting. After it’s “light’s out” for most, Bar & Bikkesement De Bajes lends itself to cocktails, craft beers, bar bites and a diverse DJ-programming.
De Bajes is the brainchild of owner Sven Toering. Together with Matthijs Kanis and several others from Flinder Café, Sven runs three other successful cafes and restaurants, and now calls himself the proud owner of this new establishment.
“In Bajes, everything we love finally comes together. High quality food and drinks combined with the very best street art. We’ve been playing with the concept since 2010, but once the location at Utrechtstestraat 11 became available and we saw those tall, empty walls we immediately knew: this is the place we’ve been waiting for.”