Belgium > Antwerpen
Travlr (1451) Washington, Washington DC | December 18, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
We came here on a Saturday evening and it was jam packed. Beers are the same you would find in any bar. Couldnít really think of a reason to come back.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | November 7, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
A convenient 2-minute walk from the train station, this is the place where youíd end up if thirsty before or after getting in or out of the station. Thatís fortunate because it would not be worth a large detour otherwise. The beer list feels rather mainstream for all its relative length and its proximity from the station removes any neighborhood feel it could develop in another area. Practical, but unessential.
Rune (370) TromsÝ, Norway | May 17, 2011| Updated July 3, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Noisy, very loud music, and crowded on a Friday eve. However, they have got one of the largest beer menu in town. The 88 pages Bier Encyclopedie is really impressive. Despite the noisy surroundings I had a great time with fellow ratebeerians from Norway. Sharing the 13% abv Bush de Nuits in friendly company was the highlight of the evening. Close to the railway station (visited, 29.04.2011).
BlackHaddock (305) , England | April 2, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 10/20
Visited during the weekend of the 16th Essen Christmas Festival, December 2010.
Someone has spent a lot of money in setting this place up and it looks fantastic, really well done, a true olde worlde feel to it (of course all fake). Lots of beery bits (advertising boards and mirrors etc, etc). Upstairs the disco bar is all íAustin Powersí in design, with a smaller tap and bottle selection.
Now the not so good: during the day there is just one barman and a young lady serving the tables, all a bit slow, but very civilised. At night the music is so loud you can hear it a block away (as an American would say) and fills with mostly young, also loud people. It has an interconnecting doorway to the Irish bar next door which of course is owned by the same people.
I thought the selection on tap a little weak in beer enthusiasm, meaning there was nothing really different to choose and they all came from the larger producers, the bottled list is however impressive.
We used it during the day when quiet, we went back later, the noise just defeated us and it was so busy we left straight away.
It isnít cheap either, the owners want a return on their investment. It is certainly popular with the Antwerpen younger set and I would recommend the less old beer geeks may well love it during the darker hours and those of us of an older dispostion will enjoy a more leasurely drink in the day, as we did, you could speak then (those not covered by my age suggestions should go early evenings).
So, an interesting addition to the Antwerp beer bar choices, but one I think will be visited just the once by most people with a discerning eye and palate.
JohnRMurdoch (301) Glasgow, Scotland | March 18, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Large beer bar close to Antwerp central station. Great selection of Belgian beers but they didnít have any of the ones I was looking for. Reasonably helpful barman but he served me the wrong beer.Spoiled by very smokey atmosphere. Worth stoppping off at on the way to Kulminator.
sebletitje (289) Enghien, Belgium | March 27, 2011| Updated November 19, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
Not far from Antwerp Central station on the main restaurant strip.
Sat outside on two different days. 20 beers on draft, some good ones, some forgettable ones.
Beer menu was nice and well explained, found the beers to be overpriced compared to any of the venues in other cities or even Brussels that serve similar products.
Waiter on our first visit was professional and courteous, poured us the beers the right way. Second day we had a younger gal who just brought us the bottles, no hello no thank you.
Place is nice and clean, on the way to the bathroom you get a nice view on their cellar which is impressive. Good selection of brews from around Belgium and again many beers listed were not available.
Sadly, it tends to have this Delirium feel of bars that ride the new-wave of specialty beer bars and fails at offering a soul to the place. Instead, we had a staff that certainly didnít seem interested in sharing a love for beer.
This to me contributes a lot to a bar atmosphere/ambiance, and I could not feel that coming from this place.
I guess the place is in line with the feeling you get from walking on that street, restaurants aplenty with menu in view and waiters trying to call passersby to stop for a drink or some food. Bier Central fits that format. Good for tourists, but if you want the real soul of a typical Antwerpse bar you must venture into the smaller areas of the town.
deanso (288) the Hague, Netherlands | July 6, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Tourist trap but not a bad place to wait for a train while having a beer. Service was quick when i was there. I ddidnít have time to go thru the menu and find out what they didnít have. There are much better places in Antwerp but its ok to wait here
savnac (285) Anchorage, Alaska | June 17, 2013
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Had dinner here right before we got on the train to head back to Brussels. Big place that was fairly busy. Service was just ok, he seems put out to have to wait on us. Food was alright. Good selection of beers, lots of drafts and a beer book of bottles. Prices were decent if you hunted for bargains. All around this place is just ok, seemed very corporate and the service kind of sucked. The location does make it a handy place to have a beer though.
JoeinEscazķ (278) Ozark, Missouri | August 21, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
Fake but cozy, as the suspension of disbelief comes easily to me. Twenty beers on draft, totally devoid of surprises. The list of 300 bottles had plenty to interest; Iíve heard many are not in stock, but I had no problems. Prices were a bit random. Staff didnít really seem to know or care much about the beers, considering this is an ambitious specialist bar in a choice location. But they were easy enough to flag down. Food was just OK. Lots of tables, big and small, including some interesting half-barrel nooks in the back. The TVs should be thrown out the windows of the upper level, immediately.
altonbrownd (213) Brussels, Belgium | November 19, 2012
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
Mixed feelings about this place. Itís a big, cavernous pub with 20 taps and hundreds of bottles. And itís right by central station, so lots of potential! But the taps are all common beers, with no rotation, and of the handful of beers I havenít rated among the bottles most were unavailable or the bartender "had never heard" while there is a picture of each one in the glossy menu.. Subpar. I felt the prices were also quite high overall. But a good visit perhaps if you havenít had a lot of Belgian beers yet.
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