Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Butcher

It doesn’t get much more exclusive than this hidden gem situated at Albert Cuyp Market. From the outside it looks like nothing more than a fast food joint, but that’s not quite the  case once you step inside. As you arrive head for a door towards the rear of the restaurant. Here you’ll find a buzzer, which you will need to ring to gain access.

Only the odd few get to enter and you’ll need to email in advance if you fancy your chances. If your booking is successful, a password will be provided. The fun starts behind a silver door, which once open, will reveal your hostess. Velvet and Chesterfield sofas invite you in, while the stylish bar instantly steals your attention.

With a capacity of just over 100 people, this concealed setting is extremely relaxed, and with its 3am closing time come weekends long drinking sessions are strongly encouraged.