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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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The House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (located opposite the...

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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House of Bols

Very interesting visit. Very informative and we also had a great time choosing our cocktails and visiting with the wait staff. I also loved the gift shop.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Stratford, Connecticut
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Stratford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very interesting visit. Very informative and we also had a great time choosing our cocktails and visiting with the wait staff. I also loved the gift shop.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Hoyse of Bols visit takes about an hour and simple a must see historic piece to understand comercial roots from Amsterdam to the world for 500 years! Then understanding the products, cocktails histori, trying flavors! Understanding Genever ! And having some other experiences with the fantastic Bols Team when trying Cocktails at the bar Or while traveling on the... More 

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Kahalu'u, Oahu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

At first I wasn't going to check the House of Bols out, but decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did. It is an interactive museum that gives you the history of Lucas Bols and the genever he created. This experience hits all your senses! At the end there is a cocktail involved!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is small but concise and doesn't drag things out for the fun of it. I took my mother as a birthday present for her whilst she was visiting me in Amsterdam and as a gin lover she had a great time. Choosing cocktails at the end was fun but it sucked that the computer for choosing cocktails and... More 

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Bushmills, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The house of bols was nice to visit , it wasn't very big but had interesting things to see , the cocktail at the end was nice !!! And the boy serving the drink wasn't bad either !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amsterdam has some wonderful and very well known museums but I recommend adding the House of Bols to your list. We spent a morning taking a fascinating tour into the history of Bols and the exhibits into how the spirits are made. We then got to choose and enjoy our own cocktails made by one of the excellent bar tenders.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I really enjoyed our visit to the House of Bols. The museum was full of interesting facts, we loved the guess the scent area. The cocktail tasting was, of course, a great part as was the video room were we had lots of fun learning how to flair bartend. We weren't very good but the video is... More 

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Hasselt, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In this museum you'll see the history of the Bols' liquor and genever. There's really not much to tell about. The museum tour lasts +\- 20 minutes and afterwards you can taste two cocktails. Worth the money if you take the combi-ticket with the diner at the Solo restaurant. If not, it's the average (fun) tourist trap...

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had been to the House of Bols 4 years ago, but it was closed after our visit to the Rijksmuseum. We were so disappointed! Now they have extended their open hours - I believe till 7pm and we loved everything about it. The company has been in existence over 400 years, so there is a bit of interesting history.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We spent a couple hours here doing the tour and enjoying a few cocktails afterward. The museum is very interesting and then you select cocktails from recipes that are then made fresh for you. It was a lot of fun chatting with the bartenders as well as the others visiting and drinking. You can buy extra drinks for only 5... More 

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Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
Top sites to see in this attractive and affluent part of town include the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, to name but two of the highly acclaimed museums of the aptly named Museum Quarter. And if you need a break from all the fantastic art, there’s the Neoclassical Concertgebouw music hall and Vondelpark, the city’s largest park. Shopaholics and luxury brand connoisseurs will love exploring the high-end shopping destinations of PC Hooftstraat, Van Baerlestraat, Cornelis Schuytstraat, and Jacob Obrechtstraat, where even the shop window displays are of museum quality. In the evenings, when the museums close and the daytrippers head home, the area becomes a quiet oasis of calm with a sophisticated and urbane tone.
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