Solid biercafe all around. Excellent setting, excellent design, wonderful food. I had the spinach soup, some coffee, and an order of olives for around €5-6. The only beer I tried was Zeppelin, which is supposedly made specifically for this cafe. It’s a bit of a walk, but it was good to travel through the university district and see some more interesting restaurants and shops in the area. Worth visiting.
This was our last stop in Antwerpen on a fairly ridiculous pub crawl led by Matt Rooney, commentated by Uli, and chauffeured by Kurt from Belgium in a Box. I competely forgot that you can drink beer at a younger age in Europe than in the US so I was a bit surprised to see what looked like highschool kids sitting outside drinking beer. Inside was an interesting scene. I got to drink Chimay white out of a ceramic Chimay mug and I was informed that if I break it and I couldn’t replace it (of course I can’t, they’ve been discontinued for 20+ years) they’d extract it’s value in the form of a pound of flesh. That punishment would presumably by administered by the big Russian-looking guy with the Stalin-esque mustache who was menacing and for whatever reason wearing a sash. All this was in good fun of course. He tried to convince us to come to his beer festival later that week but that was going to be our last day in Brussels so we opted not to head back to Antwerp for this. The other servers were very friendly and happily poured beers for us. There were a couple of ticks available but as mentioned above I went with the half liter of Chimay in the fancy mug ( http://i.imgur.com/0JvLOA8.jpg ).
Over all the beer list was pretty decent. The atmosphere and service were pretty good though. I had a blast here and would come back.
Wouldn’t have necessarily assumed this was much of a beer place from the outside. Fairly interesting setup, I’m still not quite sure I understand it. Decent selection of tap beers and not a bad bottle list either. Friendly service with some interesting characters at the bar.
Wasn’t really feeling this place to be honest. Not the greatest atmosphere and the music was distracting with cheezy pop music blaring. Damn, I’m starting to sound like an old man...now, the beers. Decent range with the house blonde ale. Bottles offer lambics and a few other regulars. Food was very disappointing and the ingredients were not fresh at all. Forgettable experience. Perhaps I just visited at the wrong time. Will revisit one day I’m sure.
Fin (950) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 21, 2011
Visited here every time I’ve been to Antwerp so about four visits now. Its got a very nice atmosphere, has never been crowded and the service is friendly. Good choice of beers, some are a little expensive but there is a decent choice. However Westvleteren at 15 Euros a bottle didn’t interest me.
A cosy backsteet pub/cafe a bit off the beaten track in Antwerpen, but still within walking distance from the railway station. I think we walked for about 15-20 minutes. They had two tasty house beers, Zeppelin and t Waagstuk, the latter being an alias of the delicious Tripel de Garre in Brugge. In addition they had a solid bottle beer menu with enough trappist, bruin, lambic etc to choose from. Not too many dishes on offer when it comes to the food menu, but what we ordered tasted fine. Friendly welcome and service by the table in an attractive atmosphere – the place has, in fact, got a cottage feel to it. Small beer garden outside. This was our first stop on a 10 days trip to Belgium,and we were very satisfied (visited together with Finn, 28.04.2011).
Visited on the Sunday afternoon of 2010 ZBF weekend.
Three rooms, all completely different, no food allowed to be eaten in the bar area, so we moved into ’The Zeppelin’ room (you’ll see why I called it that if you go) for our healthy deep fat fried beerfood selection of Cheese Puffs, Bitterballen and mini Lumpia’s.
The bar is fairly barron in looks, dusty old steins are in evidence and a large branch clings to the ceiling with a small light at the end of each twig, very effective and adds a rural feel to the bar room.
The third, or back room is darker and more boring than the other two, lets call it ’Odenbach’, again you’ll know why if you visit this lovelly tucked away place.
Service was friendly and swift, the young lady who served us had very good English and knew her stuff, beer wise.
Stone walls and solid wooden furniture in all the rooms, a typical Belgian ale house, the building dates back to 1548.
Even though it is not easy to find and well away from most of the other ’recommended’ beer bars of Antwerp it was fairly full. The customers were both local and beerhunters like my wife and I who were over for the Zythos Beer Festival and staying in Antwerp (mostly Brits).