Opened recently Raecks Wijnbar was a keenly anticipated addition to the many beer venues in the surrounding two streets. Previously finding a glass of decent wine was difficult unless you were prepared to walk that extra 100metres to the Grote Markt.
The Raecks Wijnbar concept is self-service. Customers are given a card that requires them to add credit in €10 minimum increments, before allowing open selection to the wine dispenser. The selection choices are available in three sizes: taster, half and full glass sizes. The choice of wines is fantastically broad with wines of all sorts coming from new and renowned wine growing regions. Undoubtedly something to please every wine palate and almost every budget.
So, after an afternoon spent with a group of close friends talking and sipping delicious wines with the sunshine warming us through the large windows – we came to the following conclusions. Wonderful selection of wines; self-service idea means that you end up paying or drinking more to use the money you have put on the card (human nature hates to lose such a challenge); and that the addition of gratis nibbles and carafes of water would be a welcoming gesture. Overall, a good addition to the neighbourhood.
Adress: Raecks Wijnbar, Raaks 1, 2011VA HAARLEM. (tel: +31 23 532 6629)