In the heart of Amsterdam, on the Lijnbaanssteeg, not far from Centraal Station, you will find Tales and Spirits. Without a doubt the drinking highlight of our trip to Amsterdam, as well as being the most fun venue we visited.
It was a Saturday night, so the place was busy, but didn’t feel mobbed. We started by standing at the bar, but were soon promoted to stools. As we wanted to experience the place properly, a position at the bar was ideal. The bartenders were great fun and very friendly, talking us through the menu as needed, as well as general chat about the bar and the city.
Here are some of the drinks we sampled and their descriptions from the menu (sorry for poor quality photos, the place was pretty dark!)
Row Row your Boat gently down the stream! You know what they say? “If you drink rum before noon you’re not an alcoholic, you’re a pirate!” If it’s a pirate life for you then remember – its noon somewhere right now! 3 different rums, Amandine almond liqueur, acid solution and sugar. Served prebottled and prechilled & a rum barrel to share…Life is but a dream!
This was a delicious sharing cocktail, really well-balanced, strong without an overpowering taste of alcohol. Also I love the little orange oar…br
Shut the F#$k up George! Sometimes you just want someone to stop talking…So for our good friend George who never stops unless he has a drink in his hand… 30-30 Reposado tequila, fresh lime juice, orange marmalade and agave syrup, served short over ice…So good it will make anyone stop yapping in your ear!
Another super tasty drink, deceptively simple but put together so well it was more than the sum of its parts.
General Lee Yeeehaaaaw! Knob Creek bourbon, Knob Creek rye, Disaronno & D.O.M. Benedictine stirred with Regan’s Orange and Angostura bitters. For the serious drinker only… “Blood is thicker than water, but money is thicker than blood” – Boss Hogg
A small and strong number, not for the faint-hearted. One for Mr Happy Hour to enjoy. To be honest, I was only really interested in the toy Dukes of Hazzard car they let us play with. It had a button that played that famous car noise
, which I never tired of pressing (thanks again to the fab bar staff for their patience…).
If you are visiting Amsterdam I can’t recommend this place highly enough. It also does food, which looked and smelled good, so you can settle in for the whole evening! Bit far for a drink this weekend? Take a look at my recent review of Sugar Cane bar
in Clapham, or Callooh Callay
Whatever your adventures, remember to enjoy (responsibly) x