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Basis, Amsterdam

Giving BYO a new meaning...


BYO, 'bring your own', is certainly not a new concept and is popular in many restaurants around the world where diners are invited to bring their own alcohol. But. Trendy Amsterdam restaurant, Basis, is giving BYO a completely new meaning and is inviting customers to bring their own food. WTF? Here's how it works...

Basis is a free spirited little restaurant/bar located at Vijzelstraat 66 | Centre that, from the outset, looks a little 'thrown together.' The bar boasts a funky interior of 60's chairs, vintage tables and unpolished woodwork, as well a unique centrepiece (to say that least) comprised completely of garbage. The centrepiece extends from the basement to the ceiling and resembles a giant tree, the perfect talking point if you're stuck for conversation. This kooky and rather awesome atmosphere is just the beginning, and it is the dining experience that Basis offers that is really drawing in the crowds.

Whilst Basis provides an extensive drinks menu (think beers, wines, spirits and cocktails), a stack of cutlery, crockery and table space, it asks diners to bring their own food. This means that you can get the same 'bar vibe' that you love when out with a group of mates, but can enjoy your favourite food at the same time! You can eat anything you want at Basis. Order a tasty snack from the bar, order from a delivery service, bring it from home or buy it at the supermarket, Basis doesn't mind, as long as you enjoy yourself! To make things even easier, the bar has selected some of its favourite delivery company menus which you can find at your table and will also hook you up with a phone for ordering and a microwave.

On top of allowing you to bring your own food, Basis also calls on its guests to bring their own vibe and ideas. There's no snooty door list here, the bar is open to anyone and everyone and the owners are keen to hear your ideas on how to make it even better. Basis already offers a packed entertainment program of DJ's, art exhibitions, music performances, dance etc but is also open to let its customers provide the entertainment.

This awesome idea is sure to catch on quickly so get yourself over to Basis stat and boast you 'saw it first!' For more info check out;

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