Café Rouge is what used to be the Monopole bar, which was very popular in the 1980’s and 1990’s (with mustache lovers!). When it was still the Monopole, on Sunday afternoon there could be so many men that they spilled over to the streets, sometimes blocking the street by their numbers.
How different is this today. On the Friday evening we visited our little GayLinc tour group easily outnumbered the clientele PLUS staff. The bar was dreadfully silent, and there was no atmosphere to speak of. We saw the same thing on our previous GayLinc tour, when we peeked in, and decided to go somewhere else.
We don’t know what caused it – the barman was kind enough, the flowers nice, the collection of Royalty pictures impressive, the interior kind of typical Dutch brown cafe….
Apparently, it’s just not the place to be on a Friday night.
We hope it is better on other evenings.