Proeflokaal A. van Wees


In 1973 the van Wees family opened “Proeflokaal A. Van Wees” at Herengracht 319 in Amsterdam. At that time it was still called “the Admiral”. Now, nearly half a century later, “Proeflokaal A. Van Wees” is the prime spot to get acquainted with Amsterdam’s widely known genever culture while enjoying traditional accompanying snacks or have a beer from the barrel. The past 44 years “Proeflokaal A. Van Wees” has moved with the times, while keeping original traditions in place. Our genever has always been distilled in the Jordaan (one of Amsterdam’s oldest quarters) and still is. The original pump being used has now found a prominent place in our bar. Nice to know, the premises where we find ourselves, were built on an alley. Its original paving stones to be seen on the bar floor!


Our assortment of Amsterdam genevers consists of more than 17 authentically distilled brands and we offer more than 60 different old-Dutch liqueurs, each with its own unique taste and identity. During tastings we’ll tell you about the history of our Amsterdam distillates, the distilling process and most importantly, genevers and liqueurs can be tried out! Our tastings are ideal for celebrating birthday parties, staff outings or gatherings with friends. In combination with our tastings we gladly organise other activities for you e.g. a walking tour through the city, a boattrip in one of those beautiful classic boats or a guided tour in our distillery “de Ooievaar”. For more information about all this please contact us at [email protected].


Appropriate with our drinks we offer a good traditional kitchen. Our dishes are inspired by the Dutch kitchen and are consisting of fine produce we get from well-known local retailers. Examples are our Dutch cheese fondue, our famous Zeeland Mussels and our homemade beef stew. Our Dutch Restaurant kitchen opens daily at 11AM for lunch and dinner. During weekdays we serve dinner till 10PM and on friday & saturday our kitchen stays open till midnight for late night dining.


Did you know that for our oldest genever the process of maturing takes some 20 years? We could go on for hours telling you about the different genevers & liqueurs that we serve at our tastingroom, but we have more to offer. At our tastingroom we also serve a variety of local craftbeers from draft, wines from all over the world and other spirits from our own distillery. Our location, in the heart of Amsterdam’s city centre is the ideal spot to come for a drink!


Use the module at the bottom of the website to make a reservation for lunch, dinner, or a tasting in our tasting room. However, we would like to emphasize that you are always welcome to walk in without a reservation. With a little patience, we will always have a spot available for you.

For group reservations (+12) please mail to [email protected]. We always try to reply within 24 hours.