My name is…
Fjalar Goud

My role is....
Diageo Bar Academy trainer in The Netherlands

I’m based in…
Amsterdam, Netherlands

I’ve been bartending for…
Over 10 years

I love working with…
Ron Zacapa rum and Tanqueray gin

Top tip…
Enjoy what you do! Remember that it’s all about the guest, the drinks come after…

Here are three bars, in and around Amsterdam, you’re likely to find me on a day off:

Mr. Mofongo

A restaurant, cocktail bar, distillery and rum ageing warehouse rolled into one, Mr. Mofongo is easily one of the most talked about bars in The Netherlands. Two hours north of Amsterdam, it opened in 2013 and has already accumulated an impressive number of awards from prestigious F&B rankings and leading lifestyle magazines (and therefore worth the drive or train ride!)

The team, well reputed for serving up such innovative experiences as crocodile meat paired with an aged Negroni, is headed by Lennart Deddens who placed third at Diageo Reserve World Class Netherlands this year. Previously hailing from a speakeasy-styled bar in Belgium, Lennart’s menu features the classics as well as contemporary creations with an emphasis on jenever. Visit to marvel at the in-house distillery while you treat yourself to a Cosmopolitan Daisy:

Cosmopolitan Daisy

50ml Tanqueray No. TEN gin
10ml Raspberry syrup
25ml Lemon juice#
2 dashes of triple sec

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled champagne coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.

(1.7 standard drinks* per serve)

Drop by at… Oude Boteringestraat 26, 9712 GJ Groningen, The Netherlands
Dial +00 31 50 314 4266
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Snappers | Resto-bar

At this brand new establishment located in Amsterdam’s city centre, guests are welcomed into a relaxed, retro space with a Mediterranean-Caribbean twist. Expect lots of fresh fruit and homemade juices and syrups. Tiki and tropical cocktails feature on the menu alongside comfort foods like Surf ‘n Turf and Fish & Chips. Barrel aged cocktails are a highlight, as is the expansive selection of Gin & Tonic variations. The bar team is helmed by owner and head bartender Oscar Steginga, a stalwart in the Dutch bar industry and a veteran in the competition circuit. Don’t miss out on the Healthy Pluym.

Healthy Pluym

40ml Ketel One vodka
5 fresh raspberries
40ml Green tea
20ml Rice syrup
15ml Lemon juice
Prosecco to top up

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass drinking jar. Top up with Prosecco and garnish with a mint sprig and raspberry.

(1.4 standard drinks* per serve)

Drop by at… Reguliersdwarsstraat 21, 1017 BJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dial +31 20 845 8144
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Mystique Amsterdam

Regarded by many in the industry as a ‘proper bartender’s bar’, loyal patrons return for the unpretentious crowd and a world class barside experience which has been well awarded – Best Bartender Drink 2013 for De Haakse Slijper at De Gouden Strik Awards, Best Bartender and Best Bar nominee at de Venuez Awards 2014. The team’s creative driving force is head bartender Eldrige Arah who makes an impression with his no-nonsense approach and charming sense of humour. Try the famed De Haakse Slijper, every bit deserving of the kudos it has received.

De Haaske Slijper

50ml Tanqueray No. TEN gin
20ml fresh red grapefruit juice
Fever Tree Indian tonic water to top up

Build over ice in a double old-fashioned glass and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.

(1.6 standard drinks* per serve)

Drop by at Utrechtsestraat 30 A , p.o. 1017 VN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dial +31 20 330 2994
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(*One standard drink contains 8gm of alcohol)