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. A lot of the ingredients used in the cocktails on their monthly changing menu are homemade, from the the bitters and syrups to the sherbet and foam. For serious lovers of cocktails, Vesper does two-hour workshops so you and your friends can get an up-close look at mixology.
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. They sell the stuff in bottles, too, to take Vesper home with you when your vacation ends.
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