Tasting Rooms   Proeflokalen

specialised in beers and traditional liqueurs

All establishments on this list have experienced and passionate staff who love to tell you more about different types of Dutch beers or geneva.

In the 17th and 18th centuries Amsterdam was the centre of the European beer and spice trade, and out of this grew a tradition of distilling 'medicinal' spirits, that developed into a full range of liqueurs. Proeflokalen (Dutch word for tasting taverns) specialise in these alcohols, and they have a disturbingly large range of beers and traditional liqueurs that you will never have heard of.

Famous proeflokalen in Amsterdam

home brewed draft beers

aandepoel Brouwerij 't IJ

In a windmill located tasting room with a large terrace during summer

Funenkade 7 / Oost

17 types of geneva

De Admiraal De Admiraal

Genever and liqueur tasting room

Herengracht 319 / Canal Belt

liqueurs and genevers tasting

wynand Wynand Fockink

From 1679. Dutch and Belgian Jenevers in a back alley of Dam Square

Pijlsteeg 31 / Old Centre

oldest proeflokaal in town

aepjen Café In 't Aepjen

Old sailors' tavern near Centraal Station and IJ Waterfront

Zeedijk 1 / Old Centre

50 types of draft beer

Arendsnest Arendsnest

Beer from Dutch breweries

Herengracht 90 / Canal Belt

4 home brewed beers

De Bekeerde Suster De Bekeerde Suster

The Converted Sister - 'Live' beer brewing takes place on Thursday and Friday

Kloveniersburgwal 6 / Old Centre

monastry beer from the Bijlmer

De Proefzaak De Proefzaak

Tasting room of Monastry Brewery Kleiburg in a green hangar surrounded by large office buildings

Hullenbergweg 6 / Zuidoost