Unlike in many European cities, the craft-cocktail movement is just catching fire in Amsterdam
. This swanky watering hole, tucked inside the historic, canal-fronted Pulitzer Amsterdam hotel, is one of the best examples. The vibe is vintage gentlemen’s club, befitting its 17th-century-canal-house setting: Comfy leather armchairs, antique furnishings, deep-green walls lined with books, oil portraits of stern Dutch ancestors, and a roaring fireplace. Its cozy, candlelit nooks are ideal for a clandestine beverage. Or grab a stool at the long wood bar and watch the suspendered, bow-tied bartenders whip up signature updates of classic cocktails, like an old-fashioned made with jenever
(Dutch gin), fermented pineapple syrup, and Creole bitters.