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House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience

Paulus Potterstraat 14, 1070 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Museumplein)
+31205708575
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$72*
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86%
Ranked #20 of 307 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Educational Sites, Museums
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Owner description: 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.
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Didn't take long to go around the place, but had a nice few cocktails and came away with lots of bottles to take home.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Loved this place, I love the smelling section where you have to try and guess which bols your smelling :) Decent price and helpful staff. At the end of the tour you get a free cocktail (there's a selection to choose from) and 2 free shots again of your choice, you are allowed more cocktails at a pice of 5€... More

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Shepshed, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

An escape from the rain into the world of cocktail production and drinking!! The Bols House is worth a visit just for the fine cocktails on offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I like this kind of visit. All your senses is use. This was a great moment of surprise. And the bols bottle are great. The cocktail was great too. Excellent moment for us

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Monchengladbach, Germany
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83 reviews 83 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

A path through the history of Bols distillates utilizing the senses rather than pure descriptions. The museum is pretty interesting, but the best comes at the end when experienced bartenders will prepare the cocktail of your choice :) What is included in the 15 Eur ticket? the visit, 1 cocktail and the possibility of tasting 2 distillates. I would definitely... More

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Fritz Creek, Alaska
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198 reviews 198 reviews
92 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

A mix of history, manufacturing process, smelling and tasting different flavors, and of course the cocktails. I have fell in love with Genever. All in all definitely worth the price of admission.

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Darwen, England, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The tour itself isn't the longest ever but you do learn some interesting facts. The main attraction is obviously the cocktails you're given! You can choose the one you want and then you're also given 2 shots each. Very easy to get drunk during the day, here! We found a mini-card discount for this in our hotel and I suggest... More

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Florence, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

OK, I know there is nothing as rewarding as seeing those masterpieces you in art appreciation; but the Bols exhibit is just fun. At Van Gogh you wait in long lines then shuffle past paintings with no time to appreciate them. Now, cross the street and experience your senses of smell and taste. Tour is self guided with some interactive... More

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Marrakech
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Entry gets you a cocktail from the bar and 2 shots The museum is well thought out and takes you through the history of Geneva liquor- the origins of Gin, and the Bols family. There are over 38 different liquers that you get to guess in the senses room. You can also try your hand at Flair- the art of... More

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect of this and were using up our last silver pass on our Holland Pass. We were so pleasantly surprised. The whole experience is really interactive with a lot of emphasis on digital info and sensory experiences to tell the tale of Genever, its history and production. The ambience is very cool and I got... More

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