Checkpoint Charlie is the gateway to West and Westerpark, at a collision point where De Jordaan and the Centre meet. We have Weihenstephaner ale on draft, awesome snacks like Berlin currywürst, served with an eclectic mix of rock, reggae, funk, soul, bluegrass and old school hiphop. We’re a real place, where the owners are where they belong; behind the bar. We got DJ’s, comedy, spoken word and loads of rock ’n roll. See our live section. This story started in when we, Jaro, Jeroen and Carina found a place in this fair city that made our hearts beat faster; it was big, ugly and available. Perfect. We got the money together by asking everyone around us. People lend us big chunks of the budget we were aiming for, but we gave everyone an opportunity to contribute by opening an account and paying in advance. An amazing thing happened. All the people we knew joined in, it went viral on Facebook alone and within a week or so we collected 10.000 euro. It finalized at 22.049… If that wasn’t enough to put tears in our eyes and goosebumps on our skins, every day we were rebuilding the place, people stopped by to lend us a hand. Painting, breaking, building, cleaning, you name it, our friends did it. We are so incredibly grateful for this, words can’t express. Now it’s up to us to make this what we want it to be: a place worthy of Amsterdam.
Types of beers we serve, 5 of them on draft
The amount of hours it took to revive the spot from the former sorry state it was in
Blood, sweat and an awful lot of painting from our friends, a.k.a. The Rebel Alliance. Some of them have proved themselves to be Jedi's.
The amount of people involved to bring this monster to life
From plumbers to painters, from grafitti artists to designers, from sound engineers to electricians; awesome people from all kinds of backgrounds.