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“SHORT AND SWEET!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience

House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience
Paulus Potterstraat 14, 1070 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Museumplein)
+31205708575
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Ranked #20 of 306 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Educational Sites
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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 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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“SHORT AND SWEET!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Perfectly suituated in the museum quarter just 5 minutes walk from vondel park if you know the area well! It's opposite the van gough museum!

The whole bols experience (Museum type side to it) is very short but also interactive.
There are video's, tastes and smells and some rather quirky experiments within! You are also free to take pictures (Just like ours) not that there's a lot to capture!

The tour is a little expensive for what you actually get however you then come to realise that the cocktail and two shots at the end of it all actually are really good value!

The bar is fantastic though the pictures are mis-leading as the bar is tiny! However having said that the wait for your drinks is fairly small and the staff here are some of the best at what they do! Extra drink tokens were on offer for just 5Euro when we visited which is great value when you consider a full cocktail costs around £4.17!

Personally we managed to get in the bols experience and out to the bar in around 20 minutes which took us a little by suprise. It's definately worth a visit if you like bols, cocktails or just want something fun to do!

Visit suitable for everyone over the age of 18! I didn't see any lift's for disabled access because the main entrance is some steep steps. However there could be a lift hidden away somewhere.

Visited July 2014
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“Many tourists don't know this gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Probably one of the best museums I have ever visited. Interesting, fun and inspiring.
Disappointed by the long line of people in front of the Van Gogh Museum, we jumped into this friendly-looking building. The ticket may seem expensive (14,50 euros) but a drink and a couple of shots from the Bols selection are included. I learned so much from the visit attractions, for example that I don't pay enough attention to smells and scents: the visitor is challenged to identify a high number of different essences, from the green banana to the grape fruit. Even the various ingredients of the famous Genever are presented and explained. A number of objects related to history, production and marketing of the company is shown with a great taste. And of course a very satisfying part of the tour, as a fan, is the drinking experience: you can browse among various recipes, choose yours and drink a well deserved cocktail at the bar.
Also, never underestimate the power of the museum shop (try guess what's its proposal). Absolutely recommended.

Visited June 2014
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“interesting & informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Not being a big fan of cocktails I wasn't really up for this visit - the tour was very interesting providing a history of bols - there is an interactive room for you to try and guess the flavours - at the end there is an opportunity to design your own cocktail - the barman was very knowledgeable and keen to chat - overall a good experience

Visited June 2014
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“Interactive and interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Not too mentally challenging, but a nice mix of history and product information. The smell and taste interactive displays were fun, and the cocktails at the end were very good. I was very impressed with the bar tender who assisted me, Frank, and with the young woman who assisted me in the store. The store includes the spirits, but also high quality bar and glass ware. The tour price was a little high for the displays, but the drinks and samples at the end made up for it. Definitely go with a group and have fun.

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“Good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Just takes a hour or so, but worth the wander and good value with cocktail and two shots. It is a fun way to spend an hour.

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