Theodoor van Boven: bow down at this Amsterdam liqueur bar - Halong Junk Cruises

Theodoor van Boven: bow down at this Amsterdam liqueur bar

Wynand Fockink is a bar and distillery much-loved by Amsterdam
Wynand Fockink is a bar and distillery much-loved by Amsterdam locals

Dam Square can be incredibly busy but this place, just around the corner, is on a quiet little alley called Pijlsteegv. It’s been around since 1679 but it’s not a museum. They make liqueur there, so there’s a lot of craftmanship involved. The distillery is open in the day and the cafe opens in the evening, and you can sit inside or out. It’s a cosy old-fashioned place I wouldn’t go there in a group, only on my own or with a friend. Whenever I have visitors I take them, and whenever I ride past on my bike I see people from the neighbourhood.

It specialises in traditional Dutch liqueurs and jenevers, or Dutch gin, and you have to drink them without using your hands. They make you bow down and sip them from the bar – that’s their thing. There’s such a variety of flavours, you’d get very drunk if you tried them all, so you have to be careful!
Pijlsteeg 31, +31 20 639 2695, wynand-fockink.nl

Theodoor van Boven is the founding director of Condomerie, Amsterdam’s condom shop and museum

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