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J.D. William's Whisky Bar
Ranked #1,184 of 4,628 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 9 - US$ 19
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Neighbourhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Description: Nestled in Amsterdam’s beautiful Jordaan neighborhood, J.D. William’s is a concept bar that focuses on whisky, whisky cocktails and gourmet Asian-fusion style bar food in an industrial chic setting. Our aim is quite simple: we want to spread our passion for whisky! Whether you are an expert looking for one of Scotland’s rarest single malts or a novice looking to try whisky for the first time, J.D. William’s is the place. We serve all of our whiskies in Glencairn crystal tumblers with water at its side. At J.D. William’s, quality over quantity reigns supreme. The full bar experience is what completes our concept. Our kitchen is a big part of what we do, serving gourmet Asian-fusion bar food. It is the perfect complement to our drink menu. The Bar opens daily from 15:00 (3:00PM) everyday with the kitchen opening at 17:30 (5:30PM).
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

This place is amazing. Knowledgeable bartenders. No regerts. one hundreds percent. Whisky Tango Foxtrot!

Hogs out!

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

We stumbled upon this bar on a rainy day. We have been walking for hours and were very cold and the drinks definitely warmed us up! The prices are on par with whisky prices anywhere (in the world, not just Amsterdam). The selection was so good it was hard to pick. The service was friendly and attentive. I will always remember the trip up the bathroom because I was already a little buzzed and the stairs were so steep! Definitely a good place to be on a cold day!

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank buttercup1211
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We only went for one drink, but the choice of whiskies is truly astounding! I chose the house special of a selected whiskey with orange peel, cinnamon and maple syrup which was delicious.

The only word of warning is they only serve whiskey (durr!), so make sure any friends going know this up front!

We could see food and nibbles being prepared and the smell was delightful. Only wish we had stayed for some!

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank Matt F
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

My wife and I stopped in to J.D William's Whiskey Bar on a walk back to our hotel from the train station. First, the owner himself was our server and he could not have been a nicer person. Daniel was a perfect host. Great conversation Really enjoyed his wide selection of beers and my wife enjoyed a local whiskey. We could also see that a lot of repeat customers came through the door, all greeted warmly by Daniel. Repeat customers are a clear sign you are in a highly regarded establishment. We had the Korean Taco's and Asian Dumplings and they were outstanding. Really liked the atmosphere of the bar. We wanted to go Genever tasting on this trip, so the chef being an expert, recommended a few places to us that turned out to be outstanding.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Thank MichaelO177
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Reviewed 19 December 2017

We came here as a group to taste some whiskies and eat food. The whiskies server were great, and they even have something where they serve us 4 different types from whisky, and all of that was really great.

The problems started after, with the food. Although one of our group's tables (we were divided between several tables) got the food quickly, all the others had to wait almost an hour for the food to come.

And no, it was not because the food was being cooked (which would be understandable), but because the food was waiting for 40 minutes (!!!) on the bench of the kitchen, waiting for the waiter to pick it up, and of course, when it reach our tables, the ribs were cold.

Worst than that, they serve to some of the tables half portion of the food (we could compare with the only table that get the expected food), and although they explained it after we complained about it, saying that they didn't had enough food (which would be understandable), they never said nothing about it BEFORE they served the food.

So, in the end, this is a nice place to taste whiskey, but the service is bad enough for me to go to some other place instead next time.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Thank colazero1000
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jdwilliamswhiskybar, Owner at J.D. William's Whisky Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2017

This couldn't be the furthest from the truth. First off the person posting this was not the person who did the food ordering for this group. It was an Asian lady in your group. I politely told her that the food would take between 45-60 minutes as there was another very large group in the bar also that had just put there 18 person order in. She agreed that this was OK and put in the order for your group. Your group had already had its starters and she said the wait would be fine. Before it was even 45 minutes she was in the kitchen disturbing our chef. Yes...in the kitchen! This is never allowed. Then I saw your group taking plates to the table. This is never allowed also. The chef didn't even have a chance to explain to me that she was low on a certain product nor did I have the chance to see or talk to her because your group took the plates to the table. And to compound things you took another table's order! This already happened earlier with another part of your group and I told them to not take plates off the counter. This is never OK in any restaurant. And this was only your group doing this. I regret not asking your group to leave then.
So not only did you stress my chef out by disturbing her and harassing her, your particular group's manners were horrible.
If you are going to make complaints at least be 100% fully informed and also tell all the facts. I have never once seen any group or people behave this badly in our bar/restaurant.
Going into our kitchen and yelling demands at our chef is not allowed. Taking plates off the service counter is not allowed.
We are considering posting a sign on our kitchen window saying this but we truly believe this was an isolated incident with a bad-mannered group.

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