The Best Whiskey Bars in Amsterdam

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Tom Coggins

Winding down in a quiet spot while sampling a fine whiskey is a pleasure that transcends national or even continental borders, and is particularly rewarding after a long day exploring a new city. In Amsterdam, there are several excellent, whiskey-orientated bars that range from high-class cocktail lounges to traditional Dutch brown cafés, where thirsty travelers can indulge in an exquisite selection of scotch or bourbon.

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Whisketcafé L&B

The bar of this down to earth café on Leidseplein is completely enclosed by hundreds of bottles of whiskey, that are meticulously arranged upon several overhanging display racks. The sheer quantity of spirits on offer at Whisketcafé L&B is absolutely astounding, meaning that whiskey connoisseurs are guaranteed to find something that appeals to their specific tastes.

J.D. William’s Whiskey Bar

Whisky on the rocks

Café de Dokter

Café de Dokter is among the oldest pubs in Amsterdam and was originally founded by a local surgeon in 1798. Over 200 years later, the pub is still extremely popular and is well regarded by Amsterdammers for its laid-back ambiance, excellent music and impressive whiskey cabinet. Besides its regular stock, Café de Dokter also adds a special, limited-supply whiskey to its menu every month.


There over 100 individual types of scotch and bourbon available at Café ZILT – a number that is constantly growing due to the bar owners’ insatiable thirst for quality whiskey. To show off its fantastic stockpile of bottles, Café ZILT regularly hosts tasting sessions and allows potential guests to book their seats online. The bar also keeps its shelves lined with a massive variety of international spirits, including South-American specialties such as rum, tequila and mezcal.

Bar Oldenhof

This stylish, old-school watering hole is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and enticing drinks menu, which features numerous single malt whiskeys and American bourbons. The bar is well known for its high-class service and friendly, professional staff – many of whom are expert mixologists and all-round whiskey experts. Bar Oldenhof is currently preparing to host an ongoing series of tasting sessions that will begin in March 2017.

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