If there’s one place that deserves a separate post on this blog, it’s Wynand Fockink; in all aspects that is, ranging from time & money spent, alcohol consumed (by me), historic value (both of the place and for myself) and people behind the bar.
I was introduced to de Wynand (as we call it) somewhere in 2001 I think, by Leonard and Joost, two friends of mine and my god why an introduction it was. I arrived at around 5pm, left less than 4 hours later, went home to bed and didn’t wake up until 1pm the next day.
Wijnand Fockink is a tasting room for liqueurs and jenever (gin). The liqueurs all have a story and some of them are brewed locally, in the same alley as the tasting room. ‘Naveltje Bloot’ for example translates to ‘Naked Belly Button’, a traditional drink to enjoy in the company of a pregant lady. Or maybe you like ‘Hansje in de Kelder’ (‘Little Hans in the Basement’) or ‘Volmaakt Geluk’ (‘True Happiness’).
Joost and I cooked up plenty of brilliant ideas for our business while enjoying a drink at the Wynand (well, back then we consider them to be brilliant, not so sure about that anymore right now).
The original distillery dates back to 1679 so it’s not only drinking one can do there; the historic value provides for a nice little excuse: ‘yeah… burp… I went… burp… sight seeing honey’.
A few tips & tricks for going there:
- if you don’t like waiting, stay away from this place on Friday evenings; the bar tenders are awfully slow (especially ex-prima-ballerina Hans, the bald guy) and the place has gotten some attention in some of the tourist guides lately, so it tends to get really crowded;
- take your jenever or liqueur with a big De Ryck beer. It’s Belgian beer that combines perfectly with the liqueur;
- if you do decide to combine the liqueur with a beer, don’t take more than 3 of these rounds on your first visit; you’ll go home waste;
- don’t spill any of the precious stuff. As soon as the glass is filled up, make sure to lean over and sip the first bit from the glass, without touching it;
- the place closes at 9pm (and it’s good they do);
- Wynand Fockink is located right behind the Krasnapolsky Hotel (on Dam Square). The address is Pijlsteeg 31.