Welcome In de Olofspoort
Tasting house In de Olofspoort, located in the heart of Amsterdam, is not just a “brown cafe”. It is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious drink in an intimate and historical atmosphere. Not only Amsterdammers but also visitors from different corners of the world feel at home here.
There is no lack of choice In de Olofspoort because the house serves around 200 different drinks, including special high-quality genevers, liquors and bitters. Most beverages can be purchased in bottles, as the cafe doubles as a liquor shop. In de Olofspoort has its own bottle club and groups can come for tastings or cultural walks along the old city centre. Furthermore, the premise is also one of the most unique places to get married in Amsterdam. The reason for that is the building's rich History (1618). The house is available for wedding ceremonies, partnership registrations and private tasting parties from 15 people on.
The cafe is an oasis of peace in the centre of the roaring city, between the Red Light District and Central Station. When walking through the Warmoesstraat, one walks towards the premise. No flippers, no gambling, no flashy music (but there is a piano). This is a place where many friends, colleagues, and ex-colleagues hold regular appointments to see each other. Foreigners from different countries come to take a rest here from the hectic city of Amsterdam. This is also where the spirits expert can satisfy his cravings. From the 200 drinks, there are more than sixty-five Dutch and Belgian genevers, including fruity genevers and a large selection of spirits that got matured in barrels. Besides, one can choose from one hundred different Dutch liquors and bitters, from which many Old-Dutch traditional liquors from the 17th and 18th century with names as “Bride's tears”, “Rose without thorns”, “Kiss me quick”. Also a few home-made liquors such as Liquorice, Cherry Chocolate, and Red Berries (the “Red Light district walk” drink). And, of course, for the lover of classics, port and different wines. For the beer enthusiast, there is a good old glass of Amstel or Affligem (abbey beer) from the tap and Wieckse Witte from the bottle (wheat beer). Finally, there is a reasonable selection of soft drinks available.
History in a nutshell
On the location of the current tasting house, in 1341, the first stone of the main city gate to The Netherlands was set: the Saint Olofspoort. Around 1440, the Olofs chapel was built just against this entrance. The Olofs gate and the Olofs chapel got named after Saint Olof, the Norwegian saint, protector of cities (from Oslo), as an homage and acknowledgement to all the Norwegian sea-men who, from the high North, shipped ten thousand trees which got used as foundation piles for the construction of the city of Amsterdam. During the eighty-years war, the Olofspoort got used for Spanish prisoners. Following the expansion of the town, in 1425, the gate lost its function, and it got decided to tear down in 1618. At the same time, Hendrick de Keyser, the city-architect, became responsible for the building of the current premise on the Nieuwebrugsteeg. The house was built in 1618 also and first got used by a hat salesman. A drawing is carved in stone in the facade of the building, with the words “Hoede Kramer”. In 1801 it became an old Dutch bakery, a pastry shop. The backroom from 1602 got extended to the fronthouse, which initially went by the name “The Hamburger convoy”, in honour to the people of Hamburg who transported their beers to Amsterdam ( before the golden age we only had poor quality of beers ).
Riny Reiken: I started my Proeflokaal In de Olofspoort in the heart of Amsterdam.
The back room and club with private members and bottles got baptised as “The thirsty heart”.
The historical tastinghouse In de Olofspoort / Nieuwebrugsteeg 3 / Mokum opened on 27 juli 1988. Time to party, Cheers ! We celebrate 30 years with a lovely drink called Afzakkertje ( Settler ).
* Since 1918 the premise is the property of Association Hendrik de Keyser.