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House of Bols, the Cocktail & Genever Experience

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Address: Paulus Potterstraat 14, 1071 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 570 8575
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 18:30
Fri 12:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 20:00
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The House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (located opposite the...

The House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (located opposite the Van Gogh Museum) offers a truly interactive experience into the world of cocktails and the exciting bartending culture, as well as a glimpse into the history of the world's oldest distilled brand: Bols Amsterdam 1575. A visit to the House of Bols is a spectacular journey for all your senses in which you learn how to taste a delicious cocktail of your choice.

Learn even more about Cocktails, Bols Liqueurs and Genevers and book a Tasting or a (private) event like a Cocktail Party or Cocktail Workshops.

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Fun way to spend an hour

We happened upon the House of Bols while walking through Museumplein area and wandered in. The tour was interesting and somewhat engaging. The highlight, though, was selecting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Phoenix, AZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We happened upon the House of Bols while walking through Museumplein area and wandered in. The tour was interesting and somewhat engaging. The highlight, though, was selecting your own cocktail and watching it being made by the bartenders there. The drinks were very different and very tasty, and we paid to have a couple more made before we left. We... More 

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Skelmersdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Brill place gaining knowledge how it started, then afterwards enjoyed watching and drink some lovely yummy cocktails. Spent a good few hours in here, I wonder why,,,,,,,,

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely loved this place, the staff were so friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time, The two ladies who ran our cocktail class following the tour were great and a good laugh, Very knowledgeable of Bols, I'd Highly recommended this place, the cocktail class was perfect activity for our Hen Do group of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Me & my fiancé booked the combo ticket (49 Euros each) which included a tour or the 'House of Bols' with a cocktail at the end and a 3 course meal at the Solo restaurant which included 2 cocktails with your meal - well worth the money. (If you break it all down - entry into the house of bols,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we were a group of 5 women, we loved this experience. we enjoyed the heightened senses part and received our videos, we enjoyed smelling all the different scents and flavors and thoroughly enjoyed our cocktails at the end, we also made our little video in the booth of our cocktail bottle throwing skills

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very friendly welcome, and fun way to be educated about gin distilling. It was quiet when we were walking round, so plenty of time to enjoy, listen etc. Would have been very different if it had been busy ... Like while sitting enjoying our cocktail !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A quick, modern, self-guided tour that dives I tot he history of Bols, the company that invented the predecessor to Gin (geniever). The hands-on parts make it interesting. Test your sense of smell, by blind guessing at the estimated 50 flavors they make. Make a video of yourself doing flair bartending. See how light, motion, and sound changes the flavor... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting and the booths towards the start are clever. It could've done with more interactive activities during the tour but good overall. Lovely cocktail each at the end.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked this event online before i went to Amsterdam and it was €18 each (i think!). You walk through different rooms and it shows you how the alcohol is made etc, and at the end you get to sample a cocktail of your choice in the impressive bar. This is something fun you can do as a couple or... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the House of Bols. It was a great multi-sensory experience topped off with a delicious cocktail served by very friendly bar staff! Worth a visit.

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Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
Top sites to see in this attractive and affluent part of town include the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, to name but two of the highly acclaimed museums of the aptly named Museum Quarter. And if you need a break from all the fantastic art, there’s the Neoclassical Concertgebouw music hall and Vondelpark, the city’s largest park. Shopaholics and luxury brand connoisseurs will love exploring the high-end shopping destinations of PC Hooftstraat, Van Baerlestraat, Cornelis Schuytstraat, and Jacob Obrechtstraat, where even the shop window displays are of museum quality. In the evenings, when the museums close and the daytrippers head home, the area becomes a quiet oasis of calm with a sophisticated and urbane tone.
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