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Joost Leinarts of Scheveningen's Snoeshaen says its all about the Negroni... and ice

Describe your venue in one sentence?

A easy approachable bar where everybody is welcome.

How did you come to work in the bar industry?

I started working on the beach of Scheveningen when I was fifteen years old and I think that was the first time I fell in love with the industry. That developed further when I grew older and started working in a lot of different venues.

What’s your venue’s most popular cocktail? Why do you think that is?

I think that’s the Negroni – it’s just one of those classics that are hard not to love.

What are the key drinks trends for 2019?

Most of the time I hate trends, but if you really want an answer on this one I think the beverages that are lower in alcohol or don’t even have any alcohol in will be ones to watch.

As a mixologist, if you could choose one liquor, what would it be and why?

Then that would be Chartreuse or Marachino, because you can combine them in so many ways.

How has the bar scene in the city changed in recent years? What does the future hold?

Bars in The Hague are really taking notice of serving top quality drinks and brands. I think that this is going to be the standard in ten years or so. I think people are not going to drink more, they may even drink less, but when they go out for a drink or make it at home they will go for quality instead of quantity.

Other than your own venue, where do you go to drink (and eat) in the city?

Vavoom, Le Café, Quero, and I really have to go more often to The Five Points.

Have you got a simple trick or tip you can share that will help people make cocktails at home?

Make sure you have enough – and good quality – ice.

Snoeshaen, Keizerstraat 97, 2584 BC Den Haag • 070 762 2876


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