Cocktail Workshops & Brewery Tours In Amsterdam

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Whether it's for a hen or stag do, or just a revel around town with the boys and girls, most people's trip to the Dam will involve some sort of tipple. This time, however, why not do something a little different to the usual Leidseplein pub crawl? In today's blog we've scoped out 10 exciting cocktail workshops and brewery tour experiences, because we all deserve to have our cake and eat it from time-to-time. Devise your own exotic brews, take home fun memories and maybe even discover a passion you didn't even know you had.

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Cocktail Workshops In Amsterdam

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1, Vesper Bar:

If you're seeking a celebratory night out with friends or a bachelor party, Vesper is your girl. Located between the Jordaan district and one of Amsterdam's busiest shopping streets, the ambience inside this bar would make 007 himself feel at home. All cocktails are served in style, with their signature tipple being the “Porn Star Martini”, a mixture of champagne chaser and a frothy passion fruit blend. Although Vesper regularly updates its cocktail list, the delicious flavours on offer are timeless.

Besides being a top quality watering hole, Vesper is an excellent spot for cocktail workshops. The bars’ custom cocktail making sessions are available for groups of at least 8 participants. And with the focus being on each individual, no one’s experience gets compromised.

Vesper Bar Cocktail Workshop Amsterdam

Vesper Bar Bond Altar

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2, Door 74:

If you're looking for a chic and sophisticated cocktail bar, look no further than the Door 74. Listed among the best cocktail bars in the world, it's the ideal place for a clandestine rendezvous. Entrance to the bar is via a hidden street address, so to gain entry, patrons must phone a secret mobile number.

Once inside you'll find yourself immersed in a dimly lit prohibition-era drinking den - the kind of relaxing place where you can easily lose track of time. Clad in black and white suits/dresses, the bartenders are seasoned professionals who regard each cocktail served as an art form. You're free to order from an extensive menu of pre-prepared concoctions, or you can tell the bartender which flavors you most enjoy, and a custom glass will be whipped up for you in no time.

Be sure to try one of Door 74's cocktail workshops if you're travelling with a larger group. The bartenders are very friendly, and will teach you and your friends how to assemble the cocktails that have made their establishment so renowned. Reservations can be made by visiting their website. Once booked and seated, relax and enjoy that warm feeling of swanky exclusivity.

Door 74 Cocktail Workshop Amsterdam

Door 74 Cocktail Lounge

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3, ABE Club and Lounge:

ABE Club and Lounge is a free-spirited, metropolitan bar that caters to both young and old. The club offers cocktail workshops for corporate events and private parties (minimum of 10 participants required). The workshops here are comprehensive; you first get introduced to all the tools of the trade, a brief history of cocktail making, then the mixing ensues. Open every day from 19:00 to 23:00, you will learn all this while enjoying a complimentary Prosecco. When the lessons are over, everyone receives a free Friday entry voucher for ABE Club & Lounge.

ABE Club and Lounge Amsterdam

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4, 5&33 Bar:

'5&33' is the bar of Amsterdam's Art’otel, a place well known for its gin and tonic combinations as well as the creative use of the hotel lobby. It's open every day and regularly hosts different events such as gin and tonic masterclasses. The dark and cushy interior offers patrons plenty of places to enjoy their concoctions, such as the lounge and library. 5&33's cocktail workshops are ready for any occasion, from birthdays to corporate team buildings. Individuals can also take the mixology lesson.

5&33 Bar Cocktail Workshop Amsterdam

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5, Cocktail Bar NJOY:

Travellers unfamiliar with Amsterdam could be forgiven for missing this quaint cocktail den in the bustling heart of Leidseplein. Once inside, however, the cave-like interior acts as a refuge from the touristy chaos above. Better still, it serves a staggering array of cocktails ideally suited to any taste or personality. NJOY's cocktail workshops and masterclass demonstrations can be customised according to your group's preferences. These are provided throughout the whole week.

Cocktail Bar NJOY Amsterdam

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6, House of Bols | Cocktail & Genever Experience:

Located on the Museumplein, House of Bols offers what is possibly Amsterdam’s most interactive museum experience. It tells the story of gin - one of the world’s oldest distilled spirits. Cocktail fans bound for the Dutch capital should not leave without paying a visit. Upon entry you'll embark on a spectacular journey through a world of flavor, smell, image and sound. Naturally, House of Bols offers a wide range of cocktail workshops suitable for 6 to 120 participants. First-time visitors are guaranteed an unforgettable adventure through the alluring world of cocktails, genever, and liqueurs.

House of Bols Cocktail Making Amsterdam

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7, Triple C Beverage Solutions:

Located in Westpoort Amsterdam, Triple C is an inspiring space where cocktail workshops are offered to groups of between 10 to 50 participants. During the two hour session, participants are not allowed to copy any existing cocktail recipe, since the bar encourages individuals to come up with their own concoctions. The whole experience is very upbeat, with friendly bar staff on-hand to suggest good ingredient combinations and mixing techniques. This fun workshop is perfect for family gatherings, corporate events, and bachelor parties.

Triple C Beverage Solutions Cocktail Workshop Amsterdam

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8, Tales and Spirits:

A little alley off the Singel canal serves as the perfect hideaway for Tales and Spirits, an elegant bar where cocktail lovers tend to stop and stay. The sophisticated interior features dark wood panelling and crystal chandeliers. Glass in hand and friends by your side, this creates the perfect mood for a relaxing night out. Our recommended tipple for first-time visitors would be the 'Fallen Lady', a super smooth concoction of raspberry and chocolate. Tales and Spirits also offer quality cocktail workshops led by expert bartenders.

Tales and Spirits Cocktail Workshop Amsterdam

Photo Credit: Tales and Spirits.


Brewery Tours In Amsterdam

9, Brouwerij't IJ:

Brouwerij't IJ is one of Amsterdam's most famous breweries, mainly on account of its location beneath the city’s tallest windmill. If beer's set to play a big role in your next trip to the Dutch Capital, then this is an essential stop. During the summer months Brouwerij't IJ's iconic beers are served outside, while the interior exudes a rustic cosiness. For anyone interested in broadening their beer horizons, it offers excellent, in-depth brewery tours and private tasting sessions.

Brouwerij't IJ Tour Amsterdam

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10, Butcher’s Tears:

Located in the heart of Amsterdam-Zuid, Butcher’s Tears is considered by many to be a leading craft beer brewer. The team behind the project is dedicated to crafting unique beers with a familiar yet surprising flavor. It has also adopted an unconventional approach to brewing. Tasting room doors are opened every evening from 16:00 to 21:00 - except on Mondays and Tuesdays. Beer aficionados are then allowed to sample a regularly rotated range of beers, whose names include "Lost in Space" and "Smoke and Mirrors".

Butcher’s Tears Brewery Tour Amsterdam

Photo Credit: Butcher's Tears.


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