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Minibar: The Self-Serve Nightclub

Minibar, a new concept that recently opened in Amsterdam that offers a solution to the frustrations of ordering a drink at a crowded bar. The owners...

Dave Pinter
Dave Pinter on April 6, 2009. @DavePinter

Minibar, a new concept that recently opened in Amsterdam that offers a solution to the frustrations of ordering a drink at a crowded bar. The owners did away with the bartender all together and instead allow customers to serve themselves from one of 45 private mini-bars. They wanted the experience to be more like inviting your friends to hang out in a hip hotel room, than standing in line waiting for a drink at a regular bar.

Once inside, you check in with the concierge, they give you a key to your own fridge and then you serve yourself. A credit card or ID card left at the front desk is reclaimed after payment of the tab. The interior was designed by Amsterdam firm Concrete who made the wall of mini-bars the focal point of the space. The alcohol may be separated, but within the interior Concrete wanted the seating to encourage conversation and interaction. A long stepped sofa provides seating for separate groups of people while still keeping the space open.

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Dave Pinter is a senior editor at PSFK and focuses on automotive, design and retail news plus NYC culture. Dave is also a New York based concept designer.

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