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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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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

fabulous museum of the oldest distillery in europe and cocktail tasting experience included with your tickets, and the staff were very helpful and friendly especially rox in the shop!!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This was a lot of fun. You go on a self guided tour that uses your senses of smell, touch and taste. The cocktails at the end of the tour are amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The House of Bols Experience sits firmly in the museum quarter of Amsterdam and is very much the opposite of the other museums in the area (e.g. Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh) in that it's fun, informal, and quite light-going, with a nice bonus at the end... I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It'd be easy to whizz... More

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Saintfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

If you like cocktails and how to make them...this is a compact interactive museum across the street from the Van Gogh museum. Well laid out and a clear history line throughout. I came away with a new cocktail book and some more tools for my cocktail cabinet. lol Just realised I bought the Dutch version! Oh dear...there must have been... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Wasn't blown away by this place but a decent little stop over between other attractions, you could walk through the 4or 5 rooms in this tour in 10 mins and thats with smelling most of the bottled flavors. Probably still worth the money due to the cocktails and shots at the end, rather disappointed you couldn't make up your own... More

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Not knowing the history of gin (or genever), this was a great primer and really interesting experience. I loved how the experience was divided into the various senses. Gave this vodka drinker a new appreciation for gin - Not to mention a new favorite drink!!

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Cambridge, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This gin museum is across from the Van Gogh Museum, and we went after reading some positive reviews. It gives you the history of Bols gin and has an interactive room with 38 atomizers containing the flavorings that might be added to a gin. Unfortunately for me, the Dutch are the tallest people in the world and I am not.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I went here on recommendation of a colleague at work and was so glad I did. The experience was very fun and definitely unique compared to other attractions in Amsterdam. The cocktail sampling and smelling of different scents that affect your taste was super interesting. The bartenders here are fun, knowledgable and make the entire experience worthwhile. A must do... More

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Greenbank, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The whole experience was a blast, but I came away having learned some new things as well. The two flair bartenders at the end of the tour were very entertaining and rather funny. A really great way to have spent an afternoon.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This felt like a hidden gem, visiting in the middle of July yet there was probably a maximum of 30 people visiting at the same time as us. It was great had the opportunity to smell all of the amazing samples available. By far the best part in the complementary cocktail and shots at the end.

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