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House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience

Paulus Potterstraat 14, Amsterdam 1070 CZ, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

Okay, maybe the museum isn't great but the cocktails and shots are.... The actual museum part is quite short but pretty good fun, a short taste exercise to warm up and then you get to smell and try and guess all of the bols flavours....fantastic! That's really about it. You can choose from probably about 16 different cocktails to try... More

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Rathmullan, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

For 9 euros it was worth the money. You get to see the history of Bols and get to choose your own free cocktail at the end along with 2 liqours. We had expected to have a tour of the factory but it was really just an exhibit of the origin of Bols. The cocktails were delish and it was... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2010

Went here on a bit of an impulse with some friends and was pleasantly surprised! We really enjoyed it and it got our afternoon / evening off to a great start!! Enjoyed identifying all the different aromas and the cocktail bar / tasting session... Gift shop is a bit pricey though - check out the airport duty free for better... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010 via mobile

The line into the Van Gogh was too long so we wandered across the road and came across the Bols Experience. We had never heard of Bols so we were not quite sure what we were doing but we thoroughly enjoyed the tour through their history (apparently oldest liqueur in the world ) their interactive stages of trying to identify... More

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2010

My mum and I were in Amsterdam recently and visited the 'House of Bols' . You get a good history lesson all about the Bols family and distillery and then you get a chance to smell all the different liquers. The final part involves getting the chance to pick your own cocktail and the guys at the bar make it... More

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Ann Arbor, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2010

This is not a museum about cocktails, but about Bols the brand name. The self guided tour is interactive and entertaining, though short (plenty long/informative though - dont you just want to get to the bar anyway?). I was unfamiliar with Bols since it’s not sold (much?) in the US. They have a ton of flavoured liquors and they come... More

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Cape Town
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2010

Loved the House of Bols where you first get a history lesson about the bols brand and then you get to the fun stuff. Loved the smelling test where you get to smell all the different bols liquirs. They all smell lovely! Then you get to design your own cocktail and the bartender will make the cocktail for you while... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2010

This place was pointless, but really funny. It cost 11 Euros, but there was a free bar at the end. As long as you drink 11 Euros worth of Bols, it is worth it. Simple. PS If you can't make it to Amsterdam, buy a bottle of Bols and look up Wilkipedia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2010

This isnt just about drinking!!! its an intteractive experience and its so much fun! you get to guess smells of different things like vanilla,caramel and stuff. then you get to touch dried berries and stuff but the most fun is to go and choose the cocktails. before you get to the bar you need to go to one of the... More

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Hudson Valley, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

The House of Bols experience was fun and a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Amsterdam. The price is right (especially since it includes a cocktail at the end of the tour). The tour part was short, but fun and interactive. The location is great (across from the Van Gogh museum); once you get to the Van Gogh... More

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