The history of the bike bar dates back to the world headquarters of the bicycle – in The Netherlands. 19 years ago the bike that you see around downtown Adelaide today was invented by Brothers Henk and Zwier Van Laar. They were asked by a friend who owned a bar to make a float for the Queen’s Day Parade – the request was to make a bicycle bar combining 2 favorites of the Dutch: Beer and biking. Henk and Zwier went to work and what you see is the result! After the parade it was such a hit they started renting it and the rest is history.
We’re honored to offer tours of Adelaide with the world’s first bicycle bar. Look close and you’ll see dutch wording “Het Fietscafe” on the bike, which is a word that Henk and Zwier made up of existing words (Het = the, Fiets = bicycle, cafe = bar). Pictured at right are Henk and Zwier with their HandleBar t-shirts and 2 of our bikes before they were shipped from Amsterdam! Something else The HandleBar is proud of is that we’ve made design improvement suggestions to the clutch system and they have already been implemented to the bikes that are shipping worldwide.
"Had an absolutely awesome time doing this on Sunday to celebrate my birthday! Had so much fun and the staff made it even more enjoyable because they were so lovely and helpful. Highly recommended "
"We booked a tour for 10 girls & we had so much fun thanks! Sam the driver was excellent! A great way to spend an afternoon in the city"
"This is the 2nd time I have done the HandleBar. Hard work peddling but lots of laughs, our driver was great as well. Can't wait to do it again."
Curious about what The HandleBar experience is really like? Check out these photos of riders having a great time with friends, family, and coworkers while biking and checking out bars downtown.
Ready to get in the action and get the most unique tour of downtown Adelaide? The bikes are waiting, the beer is flowing, and we’re ready to guide you through the streets.
We are more than happy to help you better understand what The HandleBar experience is all about, how to book your tour, and to let you know what to expect during your ride through our amazing city’s streets.