Made by and made for students
Café in de Smitse has been on campus for over 21 years, her official birthday dates at April 23rd.
Let's go back to 1996/1997, the year in which the concept 'Smitse' was born. Back then, the Smitse was nothing more than a tiny 'bar', in the office buildings F/G, hosted by young and ambitious students. The Smitse wasn't contracted to any supplier, so the beer came from own-bought crates and less than 50 liters of beer was drunk on a weekly basis.
Clearly, it was time for a change! The Smitse board from that time, refered to as the Smitse's founding fathers, made a bet with the foundation's small savings and moved to a better and bigger location, at the ground floor of the T-building (Mandeville). Together with it's supplier, AbInbev, the Smitse was able to gain popularity on campus! Many (ex-)students still remember the Smitse from the old location.
The Smitse has been at the T-building's ground floor for a long time, and expanded near exponentially! Both popularity and beer consumption were on an insane rise as each board each contributed their own share of what they thought would be best for the guests, her volunteers, her stakeholders and most importantly, the beers!
The Smitse had evolved into a well-known and well-used social center on campus, in which study associations, students, professors and other people involved on campus could enjoy a cold beverage, have a good time and relax from a hard day's work, an ambition that is still the Smitse's main goal today!
In 2013/2014, the first plans were made to go to an even bigger location, since capacity was going to be an issue, considering the amount of beer consumed! After years of hard work and endless dedication, the Smitse was able to move to its current location in the Hatta-building, a fine and well crafted campusbar which resembles all the needs to be a modern, yet classic-styled place for every student that is in need for a social getaway.
The Smitse has been and always will be a campusbar made by and made for students. The former, current and future Smitse boards and her volunteers will always try and improve this beautiful concept of being the best campusbar in The Netherlands and maybe even.. the world!