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Lijnbaanssteeg 5-7, Amsterdam 1012 TE

Owners Lydia Soedadi and Boudewijn Mesritz’s insistence on democratic teamwork to create signature drinks pays off with a robust range of cocktails, such as the vodka and goji juice Mo-Jo or an avocado fat-washed mezcal mix in a Mexican Zombie. Fancy something traditional with a twist? The bar’s Old Fashioned menu offers options from the classic to an inspired take tweaked with a truffled tincture.

Attention to detail takes presentation to great heights with carefully considered vintage and contemporary glassware or tiny temporary tattoo garnishes. Extras make customers feel special, whether it’s the free bottled water with every cocktail or longstanding team member Airto Cramer’s determination to remember every regular’s usual.

Located in a historic building, the décor is all exposed bricks, high ceilings and antique accoutrements. There’s so much cool creativity that it spills over into T&S Atelier, the adjoining boutique and bottle shop packed with rare bar tools, books and spirits.