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Hill Street Blues

bar in Amsterdam
Hill Street Blues 2000
Hill Street Blues 2000
View from rear 2000
Hill Street Blues View from rear 2000
Hill Street Blues
2004

Hill Street Blues was a TV cop show in the 1980s. HSB cafe-bar coffeeshop was so named because it was next door to the central police station. It's a big place, stretching from Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam's oldest street, to the Damrak waterfront. Every surface inside is covered in graffiti.

Originally it was a bar and coffeeshop selling alcohol and cannabis. Warmoesstraat was once the heart of the city with many coffeeshops along its length. Then came 'Project 1012', a municipal cleanup initiative named after the postcode of the old city area, which ripped the soul out of the centre. There are no coffeeshops on Warmoesstraat now so smoker's bar Hill Street Blues is a glimpse back to the heyday.

The first pictures here are from October 2000. In those days there was a wooden platform on the Damrak waterway used as a police car park.

Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
2008
Warmoesstraat northwards 2013
Hill Street Blues Warmoesstraat northwards 2013
Warmoesstraat northwards 2016
Hill Street Blues Warmoesstraat northwards 2016
Warmoesstraat southwards 2017
Hill Street Blues Warmoesstraat southwards 2017

Warmoesstraat

The 2013 picture looks roughly north, towards Centraal Station.

On the left is Elements of Nature, a still existent Smartshop, followed by Hill Street Blues itself. Then you might just about be able to make out the red sign for Coffeeshop 36. At one time 36 had a much bigger sign. Beyond that the purple and yellow splodge is Hunters.

On the right is Stone's Corner then the Dommelsch Bier sign is Greenhouse Effect Hotel bar. Baba Souvenir Shop still exists and beyond that are faintly The Coin and Hunter's Vodka Bar.

The 2017 picture looks in the opposite direction, towards Dam Square. By that time all of the coffeeshops on Warmoesstraat had closed (the closest open one these days is Babylon) but we can see where they used to be.

On the left Sweetella is what used to be Greenhouse Effect, Stone's Corner has become The Stones. Further along ex-coffeeshop Route 66 is just visible and the burger bar that replaced Sheeba somewhere in between.

On the right Hill Street Blues itself, Elements of Nature, then two smoker's bars that were never coffeeshops (as far as I know) Drink 'n Sink and Hot or Not. Further along were once Baba and Oerwoud. Most of the coffeeshops on Warmoesstraat seem to be burger bars now.

Hill Street Blues
2016
Inside Hill Street Blues
Inside Hill Street Blues
2017
Hill Street Blues
2019
Hill Street Forum Session 2019
Hill Street Blues Hill Street Forum Session 2019
View from rear 2019
Hill Street Blues View from rear 2019
Hill Street Blues
2019