Superb bar, which I probably enjoyed more than the Kulminator. Very spacious and nicely decorated with attentive staff and a great selection of beers, especially Lambics. Located on a nice square, a short walk out of the centre. With a patio, and several rooms this was unusual amongst my experience of Belgian pubs - not at all claustrophobic - light and airy in fact, with high ceilings. Excellent.
this is a bit off the beaten path in a small square but definately worth the pillage. cool outside courtyard area and awesome old wooden bar. we had several westvleteren blondes and a boon marriage parfait served in the appropriate basket. huge cheesplate as big as your head. highly recommend.
I realized that the Waagstuk was the right place for me when I met the guy here from the Antwerp Beer College, who was having their monthly meeting in the back room. I had a great visit here, the only shortcoming being that I wasnít asked to join their tasting in the back room.
This place is not easy to find. It is quite a few turns from the central square in Antwerp, and sort of down a dead-end. It is in a little square, but appeared to be the only place in the square open on the Saturday I visited.
It was quite smokey, so we sat outside in its courtyard. Atmosphere was pretty average Ė a small bar and a dining room outfitted in some generic wooden paneling without a lot of distinguishing decoration.
Our server was excellent. He was an older gentleman, who spoke excellent English and had an encyclopedic knowledge of beer. He did a great job making recommendations for our group.
Selection was quite good Ė a few beers on tap and a very high quality bottle list. I had a La Trappe Tripel and the best Saison Dupont Iíve ever had here.
In terms of beer-geek experiences in Antwerp, this was tops for me despite the Kulminatorís superior reputation.
mullet (230) Melbourne, Australia | June 28, 2005| Updated January 14, 2008
I loved this place, in fact it was my favourite in Antwerp. Just the right sized beerlist - loads of good options (especially gueuze) but not so many that itís difficult to choose, and barely any crap. I may be biased by the fact that they had unfiltered Rodenbach and unsweetened Liefmans Kriek on tap whilst I was there! Good cheap food too and nice people. Update: Made a return visit with some of the UK crew and still love this joint. They had Boon Lambik for Ä2 a glass and the old Oud Beersel Kriek which was fantastic. The guy didnít even bat an eyelid when reakt ordered three beers instead of a meal.
Great place! Because itís off the beaten track, it wonít get too crowded with noisy tourists. Friendly staff, always willing to help you find the right beer. Very good beer choice, offering the best of every style of Belgian beers, although they could add some more. Decent food, though nothing exceptional.