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“A hidden gem. Superb”
Review of Tales and Spirits

Tales and Spirits
Ranked #60 of 3,853 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$45
Cuisines: International, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Centrum
Description: We love food, every second, every minute and every hour we think about food. Eating shouldn't be done only three times a day. We like to eat all day long. That is why our kitchen is open till late in the evening. In our kitchen we don't differentiate between starters and main courses. Just order what you like and if you want to eat more, you order another dish. Our kitchen combines the best of different international cuisines, using classic and avant-garde culinary techniques. Did we mention we love food? Hmmmm.... However we might love our drinks even more! The variety in drinks is so big, that nobody should stick to one drink in their life. At T&S we offer you a wide variety of spirits which all have their own story. We like to introduce you to new flavor combinations in our drinks and tell you the tale of the spirits which come together in your glass.
Worcester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A hidden gem. Superb”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

A group of us were looking for a late night drink not too far away from our accommodation, so wandering around just off the beaten track in the area we walked down Lijnbaansteeg where we noticed Tales and Spirits. Looking through the window, the place looked appealing so we walked in and we were not disappointed. The layout and decor were excellent, while the whole place was extremely welcoming and this was in no small part down to the staff. Some of the service provided by the staff were beyond what you'd normally expect from a bar, but it made the experience that extra bit special. The atmosphere was excellent and made the place warm and welcoming. As for the drinks, they're not the cheapest by any stretch of the imagination, but they were superb, quite possibly the best cocktails we've ever had anywhere while some of the drinks were interesting to say the least. You could say you pay for what you get and the quality of the drinks were superb. If I visit Amsterdam again, I'll definitely be making a beeline towards this place.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Fuzzynutter
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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“World-class cocktails and amazing food”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

I went here two nights in a row when I visited Amsterdam for work, and strongly considered going back for a third night. Airto, the head bartender, is a genius and a joy to sit and talk with while sipping delicious cocktails. The food was fantastic, from the tasty bar snacks like pork belly buns and crispy chicken, to the beautifully executed mushroom risotto. I can't say enough good things about the food, drinks, and staff. Tales & Spirits would be right at home as one of the top restaurants in San Francisco (and I wish it was!)

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank juliunruly
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Rome, Italy
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“What If...”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

What if you finally find this place for an aperitif and get their famous "what if" plus a second one selected by the barman ("quiz fizz", less interesting)? Very good way to start a saturday night. Staff should perhaps be less "present", by they were a lot for such a small place. Get there by 6. It packs up quickly.

Visited April 2014
Thank ziopao
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Great experience”
Reviewed 28 March 2014

Went here after reading reviews i love rum so asked for a rum based cocktail was recommended the flip of a coin ,I must say the best cocktail I've ever had,it was 15 € so took my time ,my wife had fallen lady not to my taste but she enjoyed?
It was Thursday night and We didn't have a reservation and it was full but the very friendly and helpful staff got us a seat anyway.
We didn't eat so can't comment ,but the food we saw being served looked the part.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Upupandaway2014
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great place for a drink before dinner”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Tales and Spirits is a very comfortable bar with a great atmosphere. It is a great place to have a cocktail or glass of wine before dinner. We did not eat there, but the food also looked good.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Evan_Usa
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