Party Earth Review An old-fashioned Dutch liqueur distillery and tasting house in business since 1679, Wynand Fockink is an entertaining place where patrons can still take part in a unique Dutch drinking tradition. Snazzy shot glasses of... ... read full review
Pijlsteeg 31 & 43
Dam Square, Amsterdam –
An old-fashioned Dutch liqueur distillery and tasting house in business since 1679, Wynand Fockink is an entertaining place where patrons can still take part in a unique Dutch drinking tradition.
Snazzy shot glasses of sweet, bitter, strong, and/or fruity liqueurs are filled to the rim and lined up on the bar – and the trick is to lean over and drink the shots from where they sit rather than to lift them up.
There’s never any music and no place to sit except for the benches outside, but the bartenders are extremely friendly and love to introduce visitors to this aspect of Dutch culture.
Dusty wooden shelves behind the bar are weighed down by bottles of jeweltoned liqueurs, and descriptive menus explain the aromas customers can expect with each order as well as the history behind the humorous names of the shots.
The crowd of liqueur-loving regulars is usually infiltrated by a good number of young locals and curious travelers, all of whom engage in light-hearted banter in this small and cozy setting.
Wynand Fockink is an experience and a bar unlike any other in Europe – plus, patrons can buy one of those fancy shot glasses to practice the drinking tradition at home.
Ask the bartender for advice on which drink to choose, and then bring your mouth to the glass as it sits on the bar. Sip it, do not shoot it. This bar is a great place to experience some culture and do some drinking at the same time, but it’s not worth going if you’re not willing to drink like a Dutchman.
Older crowd of liqueur connoisseurs, late 30s and up, though the place also draws some young locals and travelers.
Interacting with other patrons and partaking in the bar’s drinking traditions.
Guided tours of the distillery available by reservation during shop hours (M–F 9am–5pm, Sa 1pm–6pm). The distiller is well informed and provides an interactive program about the preparation of Dutch liqueurs.
Beer and wine €2.20+, shots €2.20–€5.
The tasting room is open for only six hours every day. Patrons usually arrive after work around 6pm.