Amsterdam Sights
A. van Wees

Slijterij de Ooievaar

geneva and liquor store of A. van Wees distillery De Ooievaar

A. van Wees distilleerderij De Ooievaar has its premises in the middle of a residential area in the northern corner of the Jordaan. Next to the distillery in Driehoekstraat is a liquor store where you can buy all of the 15+ genevas and 60+ liqueurs of this only remaining distiller in Amsterdam.

Exterior of geneva and liquor store De Ooievaar in the Jordaan neighborhood

de ooievaarA van Wees products on display at Slijterij de Ooievaar

All geneva and liqueurs of A. van Wees are distilled by using natural ingredients and original recipes. No artificial aromas or flavors are added to the products.

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Tasting room

Proeflokaal 'De Admiraal' is the official tasting room of Van Wees Distillery De Ooievaar and is located on the Herengracht in the Canal Belt of Amsterdam.

All 17 genevas and 62 liqueurs of distiller A. van Wees can be tasted Proeflokaal 'De Admiraal' on the Herengracht in Amsterdam.


Genever is an age-old Dutch product, distilled from malt wine with juniper berries (Juniperus). These berries were stoked together with the distillate: on the one hand to broaden the taste, but also for alleged medicinal qualities of the juniper berries. Originally genever was mostly drunk as a medicine.

In the Golden Age, Amsterdam was an important European transit port. Amsterdam distillers were the first who produced malt wines from grain. On that basis they distilled genever. With new ingredients they made the spirits better and better. Genever became a popular drink in the 17th century.

Until the Second World War Amsterdam had at least 40 distilleries. Distiller A. van Wees is nowadays the last remaining one in Amsterdam. It was founded in 1782, and is still family run to this day.

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How to get there?

bus3 - stop Nieuwe Willemsstraat
bus18, 21, 22, 748, 753 - stop Haarlemmerplein

de ooievaarInside the store of A van Wees Distillery de Ooievaar

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Slijterij de Ooievaar

Driehoekstraat 10
Amsterdam (Jordaan)

+31 20 6267753

official website

Opening hours

Sun closed
Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Tue 09:00 - 17:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat closed

Did you know that ...

.. the Dutch invented gin or jenever as the Dutch call it?

Proeflokaal De Admiraal