Attached to The Bulldog Hotel is another of the brand’s coffeeshops, The Bulldog Energy. This shop is located on the same canal-side street in the Red Light District as the more famous Bulldog 90, just a bit further to the south. Energy used to be the “Smart Shop” for The Bulldog brand. It sold a variety of energy, herbal, and psychedelic products including magic mushrooms. Today, changes in local law mean that no mushrooms are to be found here. Instead, the place has morphed into what would aptly be described as a “trippy” coffeeshop.
The décor in Bulldog Energy is hard to put into words. The experience is fantasy-like, a theme along the lines of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. Just about everything is custom in here, and quite intricate in detail. It begins with rocks, which are cemented into the walls of the entryway façade and bar. The walls inside curve in a bit, and are painted beige. Decorative spider webs cover many of the light fixtures, which tend to throw off only dim light. The tables look like moss-covered boulders, and the benches appear to be made of old fencing. It all makes for the visitor a feeling of being in a cave or hobbit hole. It is very abstract and trippy!
Fret not if you prefer the light of the outdoors. They do have outdoor seating. Like The Bulldog 90, there is a large sectioned off area that sits canal-side. Here, you will find several large wooden tables with pull-up chairs. On a sunny day, this is a great spot.
Aside from the décor, the shop’s offerings are consistent with those of The Bulldog brand. There is a digital cannabis menu here, with a formidable list of offerings for both flower (weed) and hashish. On the weed-side, expect to find some of the old-school strains that made Amsterdam famous. The hashish is also traditional; pressed imports from places like Morocco, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. They do not chase the latest high-potency THC strains and extraction techniques at Bulldog. Instead, the focus appears to be more on flavor, and providing an experience consistent with fond old memories.
They offer other things on the menu aside from cannabis, starting with a fairly large selection of coffees, teas, and drinks. If you need to stave off the munchies, they also have some odd snacks and desserts. Further, there is plenty of Bulldog memorabilia available here for purchase if you want to bring something home to remember your visit.
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The Bulldog Energy is a “cave” themed coffeeshop, with an artistic and trippy decor. If you are looking for some of the more interesting shops to visit in Amsterdam, this establishment should be on your list.