Important message

Despite a message in the media that the Amsterdam Moses House is going to close its doors, we would like to inform you that this has no consequence for “The Spirit of Amsterdam”. The festival will take place on 1 March in the Moseshoude and the Moses and Aaron Church and the Waterlooplein (Waterloo Square) in Amsterdam.

Drams and payments

The specially created dram (“AmsterDRAM”) is the way of payment for the visitors of the festival, that want to taste the exclusive whisky’s .
One AmsterDram represents one Euro and the drams can be bought at the organization desk at the entrance.  You can pay cash or with a card.  The “AmsterDRAM ” can only be issued and spent during the festival “The Spirit of Amsterdam” in the IGC and will lose its value when leaving the event.

Festival Regulation

The international whisky festival “The Spirit of Amsterdam” is intended to introduce our guests to a variety of whiskies.  The purpose is to taste and sip the whisky and not to drink large amounts of strong liquor.

The organization has every right to – whether or not warned previously– deprive your entrance to the festival and/or building, in case the organization suspects that you:

a) have reached such a level of alcohol influence, that you have become a danger to yourself and/or others and/or cause inconvenience;
b) cause violence or threat other with violence and/or commit actionable facts;
c) do not follow up other instructions from authorized personnel.

Persons who are at least 18 can entrance the festival in case they have a valid ticket and a valid identification card, so they can identify themselves when uncertainty about their age occurs.  Identification is mandatory.

To identify guest status of  “The Spirit of Amsterdam” guests and exhibitors get a wrist strap. With this it is possible to leave and re-enter the location. Click here to read the full festival regulation.

Food and beverages

In a separate location in the IGC sandwiches, coffee, tea and fresh drinks can be bought. These foods can only be paid with special coins and can be obtained at the organization desk. The wrist strap allows you to re-enter the festival.  It is not allowed to takes drinks outside the building, or, as a guest of the festival, drink outside.

In the surroundings of de Dam are many lunch- and dinner establishments that welcome you before or after one of the sessions. Click here to see a list of restaurants that serve delicious whisky menu’s.


In the IGC smoking is prohibited. Smokers are allowed to smoke in a specially assigned smoking area. With the wrist wrap you can re-enter the festival.

Measurements against alcohol abuse

Due to new regulations from the importers and whisky sellers and urgent advice from the foundation alcohol prevention Stichting Alcohol Preventie (STAP)  the duration of the sessions will be limited to 3 hours instead of 4 hours.  In the course of this year all whisky festival will maintain these regulations.

The afternoon and evening sessions are scheduled as follows:

13.00 and 19.00 p.m.: doors open and entrance
13.30 and 19.30 p.m.:  tasting starts
16.00 and 22.00 p.m.: last half hour of tasting
16.30 and 22.30 p.m.:  tasting closes and last half hour of sessions
17.00 and 23.00 p.m.: closure of session

We ensure our visitor’s however that in the two short periods at the beginning and at the end of each session there will be enough te explore and we will have nice entertainment.

Rent a bob 

Rent A Bob offers you the opportunity to be brought home with your own car, when legally you are not allowed to take part in the traffic anymore. The other day you immediately have your own car available.

Rent A Bob brings you home in your own car!

For more information go to For reservations you can call us on 0900 90 90 888.

NOTE: When you decide to use the service of Rent A Bob during The Spirit of Amsterdam 2013 we kindly ask you to make a reservation on forehand, to avoid any conflicts in our schedule.  If you make a reservation at least one day before the event you get a five euro discount on behalf of the organization.


As soon as the tickets for the 2021 edition of The Spirit of Amsterdam become available, this will be announced here.