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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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.
Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s notoriously photogenic de Jordaan nieghbourhood, J.D. William’s Whiskey Bar serves an exceptional selection of smoky malts from every corner of the globe. This classy establishment doesn’t shy away from experimentation and will gladly whip up classic or inventive cocktails for its clientele. Apart from these delicious, drinkable assets, the bar also has an outstanding food menu that revolves around Asian-fusion cuisine.
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.
Graceland is a true-blue American smokehouse in Amsterdam-West that bases its menu around slow-cooked and perfectly marinated barbecue staples. In order to fully recreate the charms of an authentic American eatery, Graceland also offers a mouthwatering selection of imported beer and bourbon. There is live music every Sunday and its owners regularly organize events during US holidays.
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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.
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.