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Tasting spots | 5x taste and cheer in Utrecht

You couldn’t have missed it: We love tasting. Of course, those fancy cocktails in those chic bars are also delicious. But sometimes you need that living-room-vibe, pure flavors, and a passionate host. Cozy, catch up and toast to the beautiful things. What do you feel like? Syrah, IPA, whiskey, cheese, sausage? What could be more fun than tasting different wines, beers, and snacks? Enjoy the warm atmosphere and the delicious tastings at these 5 tasting rooms, we can’t think of anything better than this.

Rubens Proeflokaal
A ‘brown café’, but a bit more chic. On Saturdays you can participate in an open tasting, just reserve ahead of time! But you won’t regret it, the owner will passionately tell you all about wines, beers, and whiskey. And you can also grab a regular drink here, by the way. And then ask the server for the story behind it: fun! The snacks are delicious and it’s so cozy here, you feel like you’re at home. You could almost put on your slippers… rubensproeflokaal.nl
Café de Rat
Beer? Did someone say beer? The bar cat will welcome you to this little cozy pub. The same size as your living room. There are so many special beers on this menu, you’ll never be done tasting! They specialize in gueuze and kriek beers. It’s fun to follow their social media, they often post new beers there. The servers can tell you all you want to know about the drinks, they are so knowledgeable that they can remember all of that after all the beers. And the service? Unique in Utrecht. You can’t get any more personal. The cat will also come to curl up on your lap… Cheers! cafederat.nl
De Drie Dorstige Herten
Doinja and Maurits have a passion for delicious, local products, and they want to share that with you guys. To preserve the cozy atmosphere of the bar, only seated guests are served. The ultimate tasting experience! Cool detail: the bar is named after the alley, which has perhaps existed since 1300. So, old-fashioned tasting. From specialty beers, wines, distilled to single malt whiskey. Let yourself be surprised! Highly recommended! dedriedorstigeherten.nl
Kwestie van Smaak
Look for your own taste with Alexander. What do you find tasty? And how can you describe that? This man takes his profession and your taste seriously. Specialized in wine and whiskey. I once tasted his homemade distilled beverage. Strong stuff, and so interesting. You can learn a lot during his tastings. And if you’re not done yet? Then grab a bottle from his shop. kwestievansmaak.nl
De Zes Vaatjes
Utrecht’s best-kept secret. You have to ring the bell to get in so that only real tasters pass the threshold. This Utrecht treasure has been in the family for three generations, about a hundred years. Passion radiates from it! The master pourer doesn’t think twice about beautiful jenevers, herb bitters or liqueurs. Senior loved art, which is why you see a lot of it in this old tasting room. And the shop is full of unique, largely unknown drinks. Step into another era for a minute. You’ll be blown away by what you see, you’ll taste your socks off. And you’ll never leave! dezesvaatjes.nl
— Do beware, dear tasters: these locations sometimes have irregular hours of operation. —

About Alicia van den Berg

Alicia weet wat er gaande is in de stad, als cultuur en food liefhebber is ze up-to-date van alles wat er zich in Utrecht afspeelt. Dus wie kan jou beter vertellen waar je heen kunt gaan om van een fantastische avond uit te genieten. Van kunstexposities tot proeverijen in de Domtoren, ze kent het allemaal. Toen zij veertien jaar geleden in de stad kwam studeren heeft zij Utrecht in haar hart gesloten. Alicia werkt als sommelier en is haar eigen wijnbedrijf gestart. Zij is de perfecte kunst & cultuur editor voor Explore Utrecht.

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