Discover Amsterdam
Meetings and Conventions
Live, Work and Study
What's on
See and do
Travel and stay
City Card and tickets
Discover Amsterdam
Meetings and Conventions
Live, Work and Study
JD William's whisky bar signature cocktail
Image from JD William's whisky bar

Best bars for whisky connoisseurs in Amsterdam

Venture down the historic side streets of Amsterdam, and you’ll find cosy hideaways, sleek cocktail establishments and a surprisingly varied whisky scene. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or just along for the ride, here are our must-visit locations to sample your favourite and more unexpected whisky labels.

Café Zilt

Tucked away on the Zeedijk, this cosy haven for distillate enthusiasts doesn’t discriminate, pouring drams of curated whiskies from all over the globe - from Kentucky to Taiwan. For €39, enjoy a tasting of six whiskies, accompanied by snacks along with jazz or classical music (Sundays) and quiz nights (Thursdays). The bar also serves a tantalising selection of obscure rums, gins and local jenevers, with guided tastings for any or all of the above from their knowledgeable staff.

Café Zilt | Zeedijk 49, Centrum

L&B Whisky Café

Potentially the most flammable building in Amsterdam, bottles are stacked to the ceiling of this intimate whisky cafe, now in operation for over 50 years. L&B’s whopping selection of over 2100 whiskies ranges from well-known Scottish distilleries to rare Japanese labels. The passionate bartenders are always ready to share their expertise and help you navigate the extensive menu. Even if you don’t know your smoky Islays from your smooth Speysides, they’re sure to help you find something to satisfy your palate.

L&B Whisky Café | Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 82, Centrum

Liquid Gold

Though not technically in Amsterdam, Liquid Gold in Haarlem is well worth a short trip for liquor enthusiasts. Just a short train ride away, this speciality store is known for its exceptional selection of over 800 whisky types as well as cognac, armagnac, calvados, gin, grappa, jenever and liqueurs from around the world. The passionate staff will guide you through their extensive library, offering recommendations and sharing their passion for the spirit.

Liquid Gold | Koningstraat 33, Haarlem

JD Williams

JD William's whisky bar interior
Image from JD William's whisky bar

This sleek American-inspired bar in the Jordaan offers a creative menu of whisky-based cocktails that showcase the versatility of the spirit. JD Williams is a family-owned joint stocking over 250 varieties from around the globe, including special reserve Scottish whiskies, hard-to-find Japanese labels and exquisite American bourbons. If whisky isn’t you’re thing, you can knock back a few delicious craft beers paired with Asian-American comfort food and bar snacks.

JD Williams | Prinsenstraat 5, Centrum

Molly Malone's

Nothing beats the warm welcome and warming drinks of a good old-fashioned Irish pub. Molly’s is undoubtedly one of Amsterdam’s most legendary and holds a special place in the city’s whisky scene. Situated in the heart of the Red Light District, enjoy their generous selection of over 75 whiskies from the Emerald Isle and further afield. Unwind with a dram while soaking up the authentic Irish hospitality that has made this bar a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

Molly’s | Oudezijds Kolk 9, Centrum

Bar TwentySeven

TwentySeven cocktailbar signature cocktail
Image from TwentySeven

If you’re somebody who knows your Yamazakis from your Macallans, sink into the lavish armchairs at this impeccable cocktail bar off Dam Square. Bar TwentySeven offers an exquisite drinks list with a particular focus on fine whiskies from their 125-bottle strong collection. Guests can expect 5-star service and expertise in one of the most elegant settings in the city - complete with panoramic views.

Bar TwentySeven | Dam 27, Centrum

Honourable mentions

Vesper cocktailbar people having drinks
Image from Vesper
  • Door 74 - Amsterdam’s most notorious speakeasy on the Reguliersdwarsstraat is a prime spot to knock back innovative concoctions and expertly-crafted whisky classics from their award-winning bar team.
  • Vesper - This intimate little bar has a vibey atmosphere and a changing menu of creative cocktails with regular special events and showcases of popular whisky brands.
  • Hinata - Round off a warming bowl of ramen with a tasting from this cosy restaurant’s extensive collection of Japanese whiskies - from small local distilleries to award-winning labels like Suntory and Nikka.
  • Don't miss our round-up of the best cocktail bars in Amsterdam for more whisky-sipping holes.