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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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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Bristol
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This is a pretty quick thing to do, it's cheesey but we found it really entertaining. It's opposite the Van Gogh museum, good bit of lighthearted fun after that the museums we found.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We have just returned from Amsterdam (8 girls in their 20's) and want to do something a bit different whilst in Amsterdam so we went to House of Bols for the tour and the Afternoon tea. House of Bols definitely exceeded my expectations! The afternoon tea was amazing too! Frank our guide taught us how to make the perfect layered... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A great alternative activity! Perhaps slightly overpriced but worth a visit if you need half an hour out of the sun In the summer. The video part of the tour was not working when we visited but staff were determined to make sure we went away happy regardless. The flavour sniffing part of the tour was a great social activity... More

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San Dona Di Piave, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We had the Bols experience on a Friday evening (when you pay 9,50€ instead of 14,50€) and I can say it's worthwhile. The experience you have is funny and you will use all your senses to understand how a perfect cocktail is made. Tastings are included in the ticket, extra drinks cost 5,00€ - that is quite cheap if you... More

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dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a small museum but well worth a visit. lots of very interesting facts about Bols and a fantastic bar at the end where the staff are very friendly and you get 2 shots and a cocktail!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I wasn't interested in going to a beer museum so my friend and I decided to walk across the street from the Van Gogh Museum and experience Bols. We had never heard of this alcohol but now we are on the hunt for it in Toronto. This place is interactive and in the end you get a cocktail of your... More

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Carpinteria, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Had a great time at the house of Bols. Well worth the hour or so it took to go through the tour. Great friendly people and awesome drinks at a cheap price.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The friday night Van Gogh line is long even with their late hours. So we wandered to Bols and their Friday night special after 5pm is 19 euro for 2 people. Includes 1 cocktail and 2 shots per person. (This is apparently better than any other discount you can get with coupons.) You can smell and purchase all 32 different... More

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