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House of Bols, the Cocktail & Genever Experience

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Address: Paulus Potterstraat 14, 1071 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 570 8575
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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. Learn even more about Cocktails, Bols Liqueurs and Genevers and book a Tasting or a (private) event like a Cocktail Party or Cocktail Workshops.
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Cocktail heaven

A great afternoon spent here. One free cocktail and two tasters included in your entrance fee. Additional cocktails at 5 euros! If you don't fancy the ones on the menu, you tell... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A great afternoon spent here. One free cocktail and two tasters included in your entrance fee. Additional cocktails at 5 euros! If you don't fancy the ones on the menu, you tell the mixologist your favourite ingredients and they will prepare an individual drink to order. The tour isn't too bad either!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Great little stop along museum row. Interactive exhibits with smelling the various liquors and exploring the history are grand. When things get too advertising-like. The drinks at the end are a delight with the bartenders kind and knowledgeable.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Picture a 1992 frat party. Yep... You got it. Mirrors. Lots of mirrors. And while interesting, the level of advertising greatly outweighed actual information. Was fun and was only 14,50 pp which includes a cocktail and two shots.

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Streetsville, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This was a spur of the moment decision and one we are thrilled we took. The history is amazing and how Bols evolved is a great business success story. Now add to that the cocktail of your choice and 2 shots of Bols liqueur and you will want to go back for more,

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Shelton, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

$18 euro for a self-guided 'tour' that ended with a 'free' cocktail. The brochure and advertisements alluded to much more.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

All the other reviews here are really good but I thought it was a bit boring. You walk around on your own reading about Bols and smelling drinks. It's really small and a bit bland to be honest. It would be better if there was more tasting of drinks and a more interactive experience but there's not much going on.... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

My mom and I happened upon this place because the line to the Van Gogh Museum was way too long! We had a blast and it was fun and educational. We loved it!!! If you want to sip on a cocktail and learn a little about genever liquor, you should definitely go!!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This was an interesting tour--I loved the sniff test area. Very neat. At the end of the self-guided tour, you get a cocktail and two shots of genever. The cocktail was great, but I should have gone for some of the flavored genever. I tried one of the ones that was more like a whisky (which I do like), but... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

From only knowing the Bols brand by its unique bottle style, I didn't realise it was steeped in history. This tour is an eye opener, the brand is very well established and has some interesting events through its life. There are several interactive features through the tour; taste, smell and vision. At the end of the tour you get to... More 

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Surprise, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We weren't really sure what this was all about, but we knew about the "little houses" that we got from KLM, made by Bols. There were 36 different sniff tests -- fun! We learned a lot from the tour. There is an original Rembrandt on display -- unexpected! At the end of the tour, you get a mixed drink and... More 

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