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House of Bols, the Cocktail & Genever Experience

Neighborhood: Museumplein
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Address: Paulus Potterstraat 14, 1071 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 570 8575
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Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Description: The House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (located opposite the Van...
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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Wasn't expecting anything special to be honest and we were mainly enticed by the free cocktails and shots offered at the end of the tour, but the interactive section and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Wasn't expecting anything special to be honest and we were mainly enticed by the free cocktails and shots offered at the end of the tour, but the interactive section and the walk-through where you can see the history of Bols and Genever was really good! Definitely worth a trip... And don't forget to go in the flaring room and get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Wow, I didn't expect this! I Would recommend this to anyone who visits Amsterdam! It's historie and craftmanship combined with fun and cocktails! Don't leave Amsterdam without a visit to this place! Just great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

It's roughly €13 to get in, but not only is it interesting, and the sniffing tests makes you realise that perhaps your sense of smell isn't quite what you thought. You also get a cocktail and a choice of two shots. I definitely enjoyed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The tour isn't super long or in depth but there are a few fun, interactive aspects that were interesting. In particular, we had laughs when trying to identify the smells of the liqueurs! You get a (tasty) cocktail and taster liqueurs included in the price. Consider going on Friday after 5pm for €5 off. It's opposite the Van Gogh museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

my boyfriend and i took the tour and loved it. the tour isn't really about the distillery process but is a really cool environment to explore the history of bols and taste and sense exploration. would really recommend and the bar at the end is a great place to have a cocktail (included in your tour)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was a lot of fun. The drinks at the end were superb and inspired us to make our own creations at home. The tour was self led, interesting and cool. This is a must see after the Van Gogh museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

If you love the art of mixing drinks, then this is a must. Even if you're a fan of going out and getting a cocktail its a must, because you get a free cocktail! The museum explores the history of the drinks company Bols and even shows their secret recipe for their Geneva (gin) spirit (if you can read old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We really enjoyed the House of Bols Experience. It has some hands-on and sensory driven displays. The entrance fee was very reasonable and you conclude the tour with a cocktail and shot of Bols! The bartender that helped us at the end was Mervin and he was helpful and lots of fun. He had some great suggestions for us on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

Really pleased that a group of us booked a visit here! The cocktails were fabulous! If only you could sample some of the many drinks in the 'smelling area'...that would be perfect!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My wife and I really enjoyed our visit to the House of Bols and had very little idea of the company or its history before visiting. We had been once before, on a previous trip, and were so impressed we visited again and had an equally good time. The story of Bols is quite remarkable and includes amazing facts including... More 

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