Why It's a Standout: With James Bond memorabilia lining its walls, this small (there's room for 30) and elegant bar in the Jordaan neighborhood has been a hit with the Dutch since it opened in 2010. And in 2012, one of its bartenders, Fjalar Goud, was named Western Europe's bartender of the year by Diageo Reserve. A lot of the ingredients used in the cocktails are homemade, from the the bitters and syrups to the sherbet and foam. On weekends, Vesper serves tea-based libations, a boozy take on traditional afternoon tea.
The Drink to Order: Hardcore cocktail enthusiasts should spring for the Vesper Martini, a seriously potent mix of Tanqueray gin, Ketel One vodka, a bit of Lillet Blanc, and just a dash of Angostura bitters.