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House of Bols, the Cocktail & Genever Experience

Paulus Potterstraat 14, 1071 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 570 8575
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Paulus Potterstraat 14, 1071 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
+31 20 570 8575
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Good organize with history of making Jenever make it interesting and you will experience great time at the small cabine. Their staff seems like wel trained so they can answer all your question.

Thank Lamro S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My wife and I have done this tour twice and it was different both times. We've also visited the shop each time we've been to Amsterdam as we love the cocktails and licquer that bols have. The bar is fantastic, at the end of the...More

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The self guided tour is very well done. But you have to be interested in the liquor making process. There about 30 scents for you to train your "nose". You can feel and smell the various ingredients - learn at least 3 ways of extraction....More

Thank w945106
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The bad reviews of this are strange... someone complained that they thought they were going to learn about the making process.... there's a huge section about distillation where you can handle and smell all the ingredients, see the equipment etc. There's a big section about...More

1  Thank Emma L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall was okay but was only there for about an hour as not much to do. The highlight is the cocktail at the end but very limited seating so we only stayed for the free one. The bar tender was very good and all staff...More

Thank PrincessPanoullie
Reviewed 1 week ago

For those who don't enjoy beer or prefer cocktails (namely, my girlfriend) the House of Bols offers a unique alternative to the Heineken experience. The tour is informative and there are fascinating exhibits where you can experience the impact of your other four senses on...More

Thank neildOttawa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The visit of the museum itself is fun and entertaining , but the cocktail workshop is awesome! The cocktails are delicious , and the staff is really friendly and helpful. Loved it! Thank you guys (and ladies) of the House of Bols!

Thank Julien D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was part of a combined ticket with Reypanaer Cheese shop. Definitely worth a visit. My husband wasn't thrilled because he's not a gin drinker but in the end he said it was great. So that's telling you something. You start by learning the history...More

Thank Lynda L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well it's something a little different to do an A'dam and an interesting history about this company, and the smells and colors that make up their products. It also includes a rather strange but fun shot of Jenever (Dutch gin) in a box with flashing...More

Thank circusgurl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited and blown away by the experience! If you're interested in cocktails then this is a must You'll learn all about the history and the technique You'll get to experience all the scents and aromas You'll get a fabulous sensory experience with a free DVD...More

Thank roseannefearon
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
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26 October 2016|
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Response from Ivy291104 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a lovely gift shop. I thought the prices were fair to expensive depending on the gift. I did make a couple of purchases for friends birthday presents which I felt were special.
Emily P
23 August 2016|
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Response from karen p | Reviewed this property |
It takes a 1-2 hours .you have to be over 18 , to enjoy the end. we did not pre book, it opens at 1 pm so can be 2nd site of the day. you get a audio to walk around at own speed. its very interactive so good fun as well as... More
17 August 2016|
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Response from Arlene1986 | Reviewed this property |
We had to show ID at the door so I'm thinking not?