In Amsterdam it seemed to me that the Dutch market for alcohol focuses on beer and wine. But my preference is for cocktails, so I spent some time researching bars near the areas I was staying. J.D. William’s Whisky Bar popped up in my search as a dedicated haven for drinkers of whisky, a liquor that isn’t featured nearly as prominently at other establishments. Plus it’s located in the very-trendy Jordann area, which is known for its plethora of cool concept shops, that I was intending to explore anyways. We stopped by in the afternoon post-shopping.
We tried a sampling of their menu: the chicken karaage, Asian dumplings, and tempeh Vietnamese spring rolls. Each came with their own concentrated dipping sauce and packed enough flavor to contend against our strong drinks. It’s definitely a different type of menu from other bars that seem to offer heavier fried or cheese based bar bites.
The interior of the bar is not to miss either. I can imagine J.D. William’s Whisky Bar being a local spot for a quick bite and drink with friends after work or an evening favorite for date nights. Either way, it’s not to miss if you’re seeking well-crafted whisky cocktails in Amsterdam.