Cocktails with spirit

A bar is a place where you enjoy the world’s best drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. It has collected the finest in uniquely Dutch spirits available today and made them the backbone of its cocktail menu. This selection is enriched with the best drinks from around the world.

You will find our signature cocktails nowhere else. Each is inspired by the city of Amsterdam and one of its eight characteristic boroughs. From each of the districts a specific area is chosen as inspiration for the cocktails. But A bar has also many other delights for you to savour, such as exquisite wines or local beers that can be perfectly paired with delicious the delicious seasonal food to share.

#MONTHLY COCKTAIL €13

#Sour 55

Union 55 spiced Rum, orange, vanilla, Angostura bitters, egg white

Using the spiced and salted Union 55 Rum we have created a drink which is best described as a mix between an MaiTai and a ‘’sour’’. Enjoy some summery flavours during these cold winter days.

A bar Classic cocktails

#A bar’s French 75

€26

Remy Martin VSOP, sauternes syrup, lemon juice, ‘’R’’ de Ruinart brut
While modern day recipes call for gin as a spirit for this cocktail, the original one calls for cognac. In our opinion a far better choice flavour wise. The syrup made of Sauternes wine enriches the cocktail with flavours of sweet grapes while the champagnes gives it a dry finish

#Dutch Manhattan

€19

Millstone 100 Rye, Willems Wermoed, cherry liquor, orange bitters
The Manhattan is one of the most well-known cocktails. Classically it’s made with American Rye whisky, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters. The Dutch Manhattan is made with Dutch Zuidam Rye whisky, Willems Wermoed, Amsterdam produced vermouth and is enhanced with cherry liquor and orange bitters.

#Amstel Punch

€21

Macallan Gold, Hierbas de las Dunas, spiced biscuit syrup, lemon juice, orange
Our rendition of a classic drink originated in India somewhere in the 18th century. The name derives from the Hindi word ‘’panch’’ meaning ‘’five’’ referring to the amount of ingredients used in the classic cocktail. These most commonly are: alcohol, water, tea, lemon and sugar. This is a rich, autumn flavoured adaption to it.

#A bar’s French 75

€26

Remy Martin VSOP, sauternes syrup, lemon juice, ‘’R’’ de Ruinart brut

#Dutch Manhattan

€19

Millstone 100 Rye, Willems Wermoed, cherry liquor, orange bitters

#Amstel Punch

€21

Macallan Gold, Hierbas de las Dunas, spiced biscuit syrup, lemon juice, orange

Signature Cocktails

#Overtoomse Veld

€17

Caramel sea salt infused genever, fresh raspberries, orange, yuzu, vanilla syrup
In the 1950’s the “Overtoomse Veld” was well known as an area where lots of gardening and farming companies were located. Formerly seen as the garden of Amsterdam, as many herbs and fruits were cultivated here. We’ve used fresh raspberries and orange to balance the sweet and saltiness of our homemade caramel and sea salt infused Zuidam genever. Yuzu adds a refreshing finish to the cocktail.

#Czaar Peterstraat

€16

Dutch Courage gin, elderflower syrup, lemon, egg white, celery bitters, Port wine
The “Czaar Peterstraat” is near to the ‘’Oostelijke eilanden’’. This area was built during the 17th century. Around this time there were a lot of shipyards situated here and one of them was the famous V.O.C. They shipped many goods such as Port wine and elderflowers, These flavours play the main role in this rendition of the classic ‘’New York Sour’’.

#Albert Cuyp Markt

€18

Stroopwafel infused vodka, Becherovka, cream, chocolate bitters
The “Albert Cuyp markt” is a street market in Amsterdam situated in “De Pijp”
district. The street and market are named after Albert Cuyp, a painter from the 17th century. At this market you will find several market stands, where the owners will prepare this typical Dutch treat called a “stroopwafel”. In this cocktail we use Ketel One Vodka, infused with “stroopwafels”.

#Damrak

€17

Rutte Koornwyn XO, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, Willems Wermoed, grapefruit cordial, grapefruit bitters
In the early 19th century “Damrak” was one of the most important places for
import and export. The canals connecting the “Dam” to the “IJ” made this the perfect spot for trading. All the ingredients we use in this cocktail were traded on the “Damrak”. The Koornwyn XO is aged in American oak casks which gives it a hint of wood and citrus. Willems Wermoed has a rich herbal flavour coming from 24 different handpicked Dutch botanicals, to give this cocktail an extra edge.

Overtoomse Veld

€17

Caramel sea salt infused genever, fresh raspberries, orange, yuzu, vanilla syrup

Czaar Peterstraat

€16

Dutch Courage gin, elderflower syrup, lemon, egg white, celery bitters, Port wine

Albert Cup Markt

€18

Stroopwafel infused vodka, Becherovka, cream, chocolate bitters

Damrak

€17

Rutte Koornwyn XO, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, Willems Wermoed, grapefruit cordial, grapefruit bitters

#Sarphatistraat

€18

Hendricks Gin, Willems Wermoed, lime , lemon, Cointreau
Visionair of his time, initiator of building the Amstel Hotel and a Jewish doctor. Samuel Sarphati had a lot of influence in the prosperity and health of the Amsterdam people and wanted to make Amsterdam one of the more important cities of his time. He situated his practice in our hotel in the year it was built. The Dutch were a sailing nation and in that time scurvy was a common disease caused by lack of vitamin C. This cocktail will guarantee a scurvy free life due to its high content of vitamin C.

#De Dam

€17

Wijnand Fockink Apple brandy, the Stillery vodka, lemon juice, apple, old fashioned bitters
In the ''Pijlsteeg'' behind the monument on the dam, you can find the tasting tavern and liquor store from Wijnand Fockink. This company produces a large variety of liquors and is nowadays still determined to expand it’s range of products and selling it. The apple brandy from Wijnand Fockink is a dominant factor in this cocktail. The fresh and sour taste from the apple brandy, the kick from the spelt vodka, the sweetness from the apple syrup and the refined bitters make this cocktail complete.

#Zeedijk

€18

Millstone 100 Rye, Mandarin Napoleon, lapsang souchong tea, ginger syrup, whisky barrel aged bitters
The “Zeedijk” forms the heart of Amsterdam’s China Town. At the end of the 20th century a lot of Chinese restaurants and delis were opened along this street. Even the street names are shown in Dutch and Chinese characters. This cocktail marries the best of both worlds with Dutch rye whisky at its base, combined with the spicy flavours of ginger and a hint of smoke from the traditional Chinese black lapsang souchong tea.

Sarphatistraat

€18

Hendricks Gin, Willems Wermoed, lime , lemon, Cointreau

De Dam

€17

Wijnand Fockink Apple brandy, the Stillery vodka, lemon juice, apple, old fashioned bitters

Zeedijk

€18

Millstone 100 Rye, Mandarin Napoleon, lapsang souchong tea, ginger syrup, whisky barrel aged bitters

Virgin and Low ABV Cocktails

#A bar Fizz light

€9.5

Lime, vanilla, mint, grapefruit, Fever-Tree soda
Traditionally the Fizz is a combination of alcohol, citrus and sparkling water. It is one of the oldest styles of cocktails. In the A-Bar Fizz light there is grapefruit and lime for citrus taste, vanilla to subtle this cocktail with warming tones, mint as a fresh palate cleanser and the soda to let it sparkle.

#Basil Lapsang Smash

€9.5

Lapsang souchong tea, lemon, basil, egg white
This is a spin on a classic cocktail; the ‘Basil Smash’. As a base we’ve used lapsang souchong tea, this is a Chinese black tea that is originally from the mountains of Fujian. It distinguishes from other types of tea, as the leaves are smoke dried over pinewood fire, giving them a flavour of smoky pine. Together with the fresh basil and lemon juice it makes a well-balanced fresh drink with a hint of smoke.

#Negroni

€9.5

Chai Tea, Campari syrup, sugar syrup, angostura bitters
As a twist on the ‘Negroni’ cocktail, the drink contains a homemade syrup of Campari and Chai tea, which is a spicy Indian herbal black tea. Some of the spices that are used for making the Chai tea are; cinnamon, ginger, pepper, cloves and cardamom. A hint of orange, spices and bitters make this a perfect aperitif!

#Passion fruit Alexander*

€9.5

Espresso, fresh passionfruit, vanilla syrup, chocolate bitters
This is a perfect after dinner cocktail for the ones that have to drive home again after an amazing dinner, or for the ones who already had enough to drink. This is a twist on a classic ‘Espresso Martini’, only then with just 1% alcohol. We’ve added fresh passionfruit together with a surprising mix of espresso, vanilla and chocolate. We’ve finished it off with grated nutmeg.

#Carice

€9.5

Apple, pear, cranberry, smoked rooibos

#Basil Lapsang Smash

€9.5

Lapsang souchong tea, lemon, basil, egg white

#Negroni*

€9.5

Chai Tea, Campari syrup, sugar syrup, angostura bitters

#Passion Fruit Alexander

€9.5

Espresso, fresh passionfruit, vanilla syrup, chocolate bitters

Food – available until 22.00

Snacks

Anna Caviar ‘’Classic’’

Blini’s, sjalots, chives, crème fraiche, egg, parsley

30 gr.

€76

50 gr.

€120

Oysters Royal Cabanon ‘’David Hervé’’

6 pieces

€34

9 pieces

€50

12 pieces

€65

Veal croquettes (6pcs)

€10.5

Cheese croquettes (4pcs) (Veg.)

€14

Shrimp croquettes (4pcs)

€14

3-types of humus (Veg.)

€11.5

Charcuterie

€16

Jamón Ibérico

€16

Cheese platter (5pcs) (Veg)

€18

European cheeses

Amstel Classics

Caesar salad

€19

Chicken, anchovies, lettuce

Amstel burger

€24

Aberdeen Angus, fries, homemade ketchup

Bulgur salad

€19

Tomato, red onion, feta

Green salad

€17

Legumes, yoghurt, red wine-mint vinaigrette

Veal croquette sandwich

€15

Brioche, mustard

Sweets

Apple pie

€7.5

Ice cream

€4

Veg. = Vegetarian dishes
Should you require allergy information, please ask for the allergens card

Late menu – available from 22.00

Snacks

Pain Surprise, selection of sandwiches

€19,50

Caesar salad, free range chicken, anchovy, egg

€19

Smoked salmon, lemon, rocket salad

€21

Pizza margarita (Veg.)

€22

Pasta bolognese

€26.5

Amstel beef burger, lays crisps

€24

Crème brûlée, cardamom

€16

Fresh fruit salad (Veg.)

€16

Selection of Dutch cheese

€16