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Blog 11 – “The Alley”

The Alley

 

In the Kaya A.M. (Shon Toni) Prince, a side street of the Breedestraat, is since December 2013 the Alley. Was it before deserted in the downtown after closing the stores? When it’s Tuesday evening and I walk over the Wilhelmina Plein it isn’t boring at all. The downtown is alive. People are eating and drinking on the terraces. There are a lot of youth walking to de Steeg. “If you want to go, you’ve to go on Tuesday night”, told by Maarten Schakel – DJ of Radio Dolfijn FM, who regularly is DJ playing at the Alley – “It’s Happy Hour then, madhouse!”. Now a day’s there are more places to go out, they also have Happy Hours, get two drinks and pay one. The youth will only come for the Happy Hour and after that they will go home. That is not how it’s going by the Alley……

Madhouse! 

 

If I come in the whole pub is full of people, but no one has something to drink. There are long lines before the bar, people with empty cups in their hands. The bar staff is standing still, checking their phones or drinking a bottle of water. Then suddenly is releasing the music and the DJ calls out that the Happy Hour is started. Suddenly everyone picks their cup and go straight to the bar. They are screaming their orders and within a minute their cups will be filled with whatever you want to drink. The Tuesday evening Happy Hour of the Alley is one-hour unlimited drinking. For 15 guilders you can buy a cup at the door and between 9PM and 10PM you can fill the cup unlimited. Madhouse!

Architecture 

 

While I move through the crowd to make pictures. My eye falls on the plafond, or in better terms the absence of the plafond. For the biggest part is the floor of the second floor removed. On the sides there is still a part of the floor. There are the toilets and directly next to this there are doors leading you to the VIP area. Here you can see the dance floor, the DJ booth and the bar. An amazing view.

A lot of original details of this old building are still intact and despite the modern club there is still an authentic sphere. Behind the bar there is an old city wall. The building is build next to the city wall.

History  

 

Later that night I’m in a conversation with Kevin Sales, the marketing manager of the Alley. – He is also working for DMO – He told me that the Alley was the nightclub Jail in the 90’s. The building on the Kaya Toni Prince was a hospitality for years. With good sounds and noisy people within their walls. After a big fire the nightclub Jail stopped, the building was empty for many years. The fire is also the reason why the floor on the second floor is removed.

The removed floor has also its benefits. The Alley feels like a big building, but it isn’t.

 

Acquaintance 

 

The alley is a beautiful mix between a new and old bar in Punda. The downtown has to be alive, it has to fizz. And even if it’s not a club with unlimited drinking out of a cup of a chic five-star restaurant. Hospitality brings people to the downtown, even when the stores are already closed.

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