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House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience

Paulus Potterstraat 14, 1070 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Museumplein)
+31205708575
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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... more » 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. « less
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I visit Bols Experience every time I have guest. Located just next to Museumplein, it is a great place to pop in, learn about the world famous alcohol, our senses and... best part of it... actually get a taste of it. The price of the ticket covers a cocktail and 2 shots of Bols liqueurs. And I never leave the... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Have been here three times as it is so much fun, You get to walk through the history of Bols. Then there is the smell experience which is fantastic. The whole place is really interesting and then you get to the bar! Selecting cocktails is fun and watching the bar staff make them is entertaining. Will go back if ever... More

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Rijswijk, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The museum itself is really small. We bought the tickets at one of the canalside stalls that you can get the pedalos from. You can get good deals and save lots of €s. The museum was quite small with a couple of rooms giving an explanation of the history. There are some nice interactive things to do - smell and... More

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Colchester
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Get the Amsterdam App and get 25% off the entry. The history was awesome but the highlight was the cocktail you get with entry and two taster shots. Green Banana is a 5 all day Son! Well worth the money

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The obvious highlight of the tour is the tasting but I'll get to that in a minute. The smell experience is excellent, with some really confounding your senses. The exhibits were clear and easy to understand, emcompassing a wide range of Bols related topics. The tasting was entertaining and had a great atmosphere. Perhaps two smaller cocktails would be better... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We had not planned on visiting the Bols experience. We were heading for the Van Gogh Museum (which i had been before) and on arrival, as it would be in the summer, the que was probably about 1 and a half to 2 hours long. So after waiting 20 minutes and not really moving, we noticed across the road the... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is an over the top experience...If you like cocktails, while learning the rich history of Bols Gin, then this is your best bit... Lets start with pricing, this cost and average of 13.50 euros per person, which includes 3 cocktails of your choice from a extensive list of Bols best cocktails, artistically prepared by bartender professionals in a very... More

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Have visited the house of bols cocktail tour twice now and never disappoints. The staff are very helpful and more than happy to answer any questions you have about Bols. During the self guided tour you get to smell and taste different flavors that make bols - good fun and interesting. at the end you taste two liquers of ur... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This place is a hidden gem. We arrived early in the morning and had the whole place to ourselves. The exhibition is interesting and the interactive elements are fun too but the highlight is the mirror bar at the end. Both barmen were very engaging and let us sample a number of new cocktails for their upcoming menu. The cocktails... More

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Staffordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

A really small but interesting experience with a twist at the end. Greeted by friendly staff who explained how the tour worked. A basic look at how genever is made( a precurser to what we call gin). A go at trying to sniff the 36 different types of Bols product, that was a laugh! Then down to the serious business... More

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