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Wynand Fockink

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Pijlsteeg 31, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 639 2695
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

In around 1679, Wynand Fockink opened his spirits and liqueur distillery on...

In around 1679, Wynand Fockink opened his spirits and liqueur distillery on the Pijlsteeg in the bustling city center of Amsterdam. In those days distilleries usually included a tasting house and a shop; Wynand Fockink's was no exception. Today, three centuries later, the Pijlsteeg distillery contains an extraordinary collection of antique bottles in premises still furnished in the style of the seventeenth century. Wynand Fockink has continued, throughout the years, to specialize in liqueurs and jenevers which you can still see being made in the distillery. Join one of our guided tours, learn all about how our products are made and choose your favorite from our superb range of Dutch distilled products.

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Certainly worth a stop here

We visited this place several times during our stay in Amsterdam. It does not open until about 3pm, and closes before it is dark (in May), 9pm, so plan accordingly. It's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited this place several times during our stay in Amsterdam. It does not open until about 3pm, and closes before it is dark (in May), 9pm, so plan accordingly. It's difficult on choosing just one, so plan on either coming back a few times, or sample more than one if you only visit once : ) Next door they... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wide variety of spirits to sample. Ask to try the different Jenevers, then move on to the liqueurs. There are a lot of options here, I liked the Oude Jenever and the vanilla liqueur.

Thank k1ckstand
Amman, Jordan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled upon this place by accident while walking around the alleys. We stood in line for a while and when we finally got to the bar to order, we mentioned this was our first time and we're from Jordan, they lovely man (which I feel ashamed I forgot his name but he was the bald one) spent quite a... More 

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great stop in Amsterdam! Fun experience. We brought some home with us for the gin lovers in our family. Definetly worth a stop.

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Bargersville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rated 5,only because I've visited here for years. It's always been so quaint and rustic. It still is for initial visitors and is so worthwhile and fun to visit. It was purchased by Bols and now has more of the corporate feel I still love it and will visit but the corporatism hurts my heart.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was in Amsterdam to show my Aussie girlfriend the city I lived for 5 years and although she doesn't drink she loved this place. The bar man was entertaining and explained everything about jenever. Best spot for just a kopstootje and little break when you're exploring beautiful Amsterdam!

Thank Bram N
Maitland, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wynand Fockink is in an alley along the side of the Grand Hotel Krasnapolski heading away from Dam Square. It's a small tasting room from the 1700s where you can sample a huge variety of liqueurs, genevers and beer. The drinks are poured to the rim of the glass and you MUST bend over and take the first sip without... More 

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sought this place out as a part of the "pre-trip" planning. it was certainly worth the effort. such a vast array of jenever to try and a very entertaining barman that could have kept you there all day long. worth spending time to learn about the drink and then try a few based on your preferred taste profiles, and regardless... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great little tasting house, standing room only. It dates back to 1679. Great way to experience a variety of jenever and other liqueurs. On Saturday and Sunday you may book a tasting and tour of the distillery by making reservations on their website. Well worth the cost.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

I first found out about jenever (pronounce ya-nay-ver) from Anthony Bourdain. He had a layover in Amsterdam and a proeflokaal (tasting room) was one of his stops. It seemed very unique to Amsterdam (especially how you drink it - you take a sip while it's still on the bar, before you even lift the glass) so I definitely wanted to... More 

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