In 1973 the van Wees family opened “Proeflokaal A. Van Wees” at Herengracht 319 in Amsterdam. At that time it was still called “the Admiral”. Now, nearly half a century later, “Proeflokaal A. Van Wees” is the prime spot to get acquainted with Amsterdam’s widely known genever culture while enjoying traditional accompanying snacks or have a beer from the barrel. The past 44 years “Proeflokaal A. Van Wees” has moved with the times, while keeping original traditions in place. Our genever has always been distilled in the Jordaan (one of Amsterdam’s oldest quarters) and still is. The original pump being used has now found a prominent place in our bar. Nice to know, the premises where we find ourselves, were built on an alley. Its original paving stones to be seen on the bar floor!