CLOSED: Bar James

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    ( 7 reviews )



Javastraat 49, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Serves meat, vegan options available. Bar and cocktail lounge with some vegetarian and vegan food (breakfast, burgers, lunch, dinner). Large selection of vegan wine and beer, gin and whiskey. Est. May 2016 and turned non-veg in early 2017. Confirmed closed, Nov 2017.

Categories: Lacto, Organic, Western, Beer/Wine, European, Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by kwanza

No longer vegetarian/vegan only! - Edit

I liked the atmosphere and that there were multiple vegan options to choose from. Now this place is more focused on meat and fish eaters, with a limited amount of vegan main dishes. Really a disappointment. Not worth it for me personally to travel specially to this bar anymore.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-25

Pros: Lots of drinks, Nice interior, hip atmosphere

Cons: Less vegan options now, Hoisin sauce tasted more like miso!, Can be expensive

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Briggy 29 Jan 2017 - If we should believe the website, the "new new" menu doesn't even have a vegan main dish anymore. They added one more meat main dish :(.... and the vegan soup of the day starter is now a vegetarian soup.  

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happyowl 16 Apr 2017 - Fortunately there are still 2 main dishes and 2 desserts to choose from. And 1 starter. And 2 breakfast options. Although I'm sad this restaurant decided to go un-vegan, there are still some good options left.  

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Finally, a veggie Eetcafe - Edit

Tucked away in the east of Amsterdam is the lovely veggie restaurant Bar James. Actually, it's more a bar than a restaurant but it's still quiet and cosy with an extensive list of vegan choices. The staff are super friendly and helpful and know exactly what's vegan and what isn't. They have a choice of plant milks and even their coffee biscuit is vegan! As other reviewers mentioned it's hard to get traditional Dutch bar snacks so it's a treat to have them here. The food was great, we both had the burger which was carroty and delicious and, with chips is super filling. All their deserts are vegan and you can choose from around five but I had the vegan hot chocolate which even had vegan whip on the top! The atmosphere has the feel of an updated eetcafe and is very warm and comfortable inside. It's not cheap but it's also not overpriced and they have a really good cocktails menu with vegan choices clearly marked. Love it!

Updated from previous review on 2016-12-13

Pros: Cosy, Friendly , Tasty menu

Cons: None!

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small_trees 25 Feb 2017 - Oh god damn it! They started serving meat. Personally I'm going to boycott them to show them that this will only loose them money.  

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Another town where I get close to the bone - Edit

High end traditional American style cocktail bar decked out in plush fixtures and fittings. This place is dressed for success and aims to create a first and lasting impression. The fact it serves completely vegetarian food with many vegan options is a massive bonus. Located on the acceptably trendy Javastraat in the East, Bar James nestles in perfectly boasting a nice shade of blue. The gin and tonic menu here is excellent. You won't struggle to find a suitable juniper infused spirit to sharpen up your afternoon. At €8-€11 they're not cheap but this is Amsterdam. Unfortunately on our day of visit the kitchen didn't open until 18:00 so we had to make our way back to a new place called Spirit via a beer at the Brouwerij T'Ij which was very close by. Next time I'll make sure we sample the food at Bar James whilst enjoying an early evening reducer.

Pros: fantastic interior, vegan options , great drinks list

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bury me here - Edit

If I die, this is where I want to be buried. I love this place. It was honestly the best food, whisky, cocktails, people, ahhhhh!!! I love you!

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Hip with according prices and bad service - Edit

My boyfriend and I went there last weekend for dinner. This was our second attempt as last time we tried for lunch and the vegan burger wasn't prepared yet so we had to go elsewhere.

First off my boyfriend called the day before to make a reservation and was told that they don't take any and there will be enough space.....well, we arrived to find out that most tables were reserved and we got a spot because we arrived early and the people weren't due for another 2 hours or so.....I don't understand a thing about their system.....

It took ages to get our order through because the service is as in most places in Amsterdam quite bad and the waiters are usually more interested in a conversation with their colleagues or guests they know than in serving customers. They also don't have one menu but like 3. One for the main dishes, one for drinks and one for snacks/aperitifs and the waitress didn't think that it would be a good idea to just pass on all 3 of them but we had to ask for it......even though her first question was "what would you like to drink?" well.....what do you have???

The snacks are pretty good. It's really nice to be able to enjoy Dutch finger food with a vegan twist. So we enjoyed that a lot.

My boyfriend took the burger and it was good. The fries and the sauce were as well. It's not outstanding but definitely worth the money.
I had the Thai Massaman curry which was okayish. Not really restaurant quality and served in the smallest bowl possible. As we had some snacks before the serving was just about right but as a main dish and for the price it's ridiculously small.

The other thing that bothered us the most was that they actually serve fondue. I have to admit I didn't look that up before so I was clueless. But I believe it's a little bit unfortunate to be serving vegan dishes and then you let your vegan guests sit in this horrible smell of steaming hot cheese....I actually felt a little bit sick and had to calm myself as I'm not used to it.

So we had some nice finger food and our stomachs were filled at the end of the evening but we are probably not coming back.

Pros: Dutch finger food

Cons: They serve fondue, so be prepared for the smell, Service......even for Amsterdam it was bad, Portion size - value for money

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lekker vegan! - Edit

No nonsense vegan (eet)cafe in oost.

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As trendy a vegetarian spot as you're likely to find - Edit

This is a newly opened bar on Javastraat in the Oost area of Amsterdam, across the road from the Walter Woodbury bar (and under the same ownership, I believe). It is very modern and trendy with nice decor and ambiance.

The food is very good by pub/bar standards, but not quite at the level of the better Amsterdam vegetarian restaurants.

The starters cost between €6 and €10, and are all vegan. The summer rolls are nice but not as good as those you'll find at Vietnamese restaurants.

The mains cost between €12 and €15, and about half are vegan or can be made vegan upon request. The burger and fries were excellent.

The desserts costs around €5 each. Vegan options include sorbet, carrot cake, and dairy-free cheesecake.

The highlight for me were the bar snacks, especially the vegan bitterballen (vegan versions of thos classic Dutch bar snack as very difficult to find). The drinks menu is excellent, and includes craft beer, decent wine, Dutch liquors (from Wynand Fockink) and a massive selection of bourbons and whiskeys.

All in all, I was impressed, though please note that Bar James it is more of a bar than a restaurant.

Pros: Vegan bitterballen!, Excellent drinks menu, As trendy a vegetarian spot as you're likely to fi

Cons: Food is very good but not outstanding, Not 100% vegan, Quite expensive

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