Mulligans Irish Music Bar looks right out on the river Amstel, from which Amsterdam took its name eight centuries ago. Over the years its easy location, casual friendly atmosphere, and the blend of quirky characters who call it home, have somehow made Mulligan's into a legendary meeting place for musicians, writers, artists and other unsavoury types — as well as a destination for thousands of curious visitors from abroad. It's called an Irish music bar because much of the time, something is happening that's both Irish and musical. Noteworthy modern songwriters and traditional players from Ireland make regular appearances, as do the more accomplished locals. Every Sunday evening there's an open Irish session where musicians are welcome to join in. On the first Monday of each month the McSweeney Dancers hold a set dancing session with live music, inviting participation from beginners and experts alike. The other Mondays the dancers practise with canned music.