Amsterdam, the European capital of sin, sleaze and spliffs. I also forgot it is the home of Heineken, but for that it can excused. On new years day I flew from Prague to Amsterdam to begin the last few days of my Christmas vacation. Whilst the in-laws were cruising canals and walking around the red light district, I decided to revisit my favourite pub in Amsterdam – Café de Koningshut which is located on Spuistraat. For some reason this pub is not mentioned in Ron Pattinson’s Amsterdam pub guide, but I think it’s a gem with plenty of character. It’s what is referred to as a traditional or ‘brown bar’ and it’s a bit of a locals place with sand on the floor, whose upper reaches are rich with pre-war memorabilia, animal heads and hunting horns and dangling steins. You are also greeted to a warm welcome from the barman who is only to happy to have a chat whilst he polishes his glasses. The fire place is stoked so the warmth hits you as you walk through the door, it’s like a home away from home.