Ouwe Dikke Dries
A cosy, working-class local in Utrecht — This local pub in the area called Wijk C retains its value.
If you look to the left of the entrance to the Ouwe Dikke Dries down the Willemstraat, you will see the mighty TivoliVredenburg rise at the end of the street. This contemporary cultural centre and pop stage attracts many visitors from all over the country. But for the authentic Utrecht resident, this local pub in the area called Wijk C retains its value.
De Dikke Dries (Fat Dries) was given its name in 1937, when the former café De Pomp (The Pump) was taken over by Marinus Johannes de Winter. This makes it one of the oldest pubs in Utrecht. The only pubs that are even older are found on the Oudegracht (café De Morgenster or Morning Star) and on the Lange Koestraat (café Van Wegen). The oldest pub of them all is located opposite the imposing TivoliVredenburg and is modestly named: Café Vredenburg. This establishment dates back over 260 years.