Wynand Fockink – Amsterdam’s Oldest Bar

By - June 10, 2005 (Updated: November 30, 2014)

Yesterday Drew and I discovered yet another wonderful way to become alcoholics in Amsterdam… (jenever, mango margaritas and now this… thank goodness we’re moving soon). In a tiny little hidden away bar, so small there are no chairs, there are shelves filled with a wonderful substance. The producer… Wynand Fockink the substance… brandewijn.


Like the name implies, it’s brandy (sort of) but it comes in a world of wonderful flavors. It is served in a liqueur glass. You drink it like jenever; standing at the bar, you bend over and slurp off the top. Then you pick it up and shoot or sip. We sampled several flavors and came home with two (after reading the take home menu, I think we need to go back). The first is Appeltaart (apple pie) and it tastes like apple pie with cinnamon. The second is citroen (lemon) and man is it strong. It tastes a lot like home made old fashioned lemonade and there is real lemon pulp in it. Be careful though, they pack a punch.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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1 comment

  1. Comment by Bill

    Bill June 13, 2005 at 14:46

    Sounds like a source of some of the highly recommended food groups in Canada’s Food Guide … it’s probably wise to drink it standing up to save yourself the potential injuries that could occur in rising from a seated position. Have a shot or two for me … that way they won’t officially count as yours.
    Have fun!

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