Belgium > Antwerpen
Rupa (11) , Belgium | January 28, 2013
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
Belgian beer needs is own glasses and thatís not the fact here. Too noisy and there is a awful smell in the pub. Maybe good for a tourist but not for the locals.
rotjoch (79) Antwerpen, Belgium | December 18, 2012| Updated December 27, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Nice selection, but pricey. a bit of a tourist trap. handy if youíve missed your train, being right next to the station
altonbrownd (240) Chevy Chase, Maryland | 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.
ShivanDragon (55) Leeuwarden, Netherlands | November 18, 2012| Updated November 15, 2013
44 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 2/20
it smelled like shit in the place, especially in the back.
not all beerís were in stock
however a good set of beers on the list
n0mel (10) , Finland | September 27, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Bier Central is located on a very busy street, in the midst of other restaurants/bars. In the summer, expect the outdoors area to be crowded. The indoors space is quite roomy and peaceful with a nice atmosphere. The bottle selection is quite decent, but the taps seemed to be mostly common beers. The beer list is exceptionally clear and informative. Prices are decent. For example the Viven Imperial IPA I had was 2,90 Ä. However, some prices seem to be set a bit higher than elsewhere (probably due to the location). For example Chimay Blue or Achel costs 4,80 Ä, which is quite high for such common beers. Service was decent, as far as I could tell. Overall, considering the central location, Bier Central is a pretty nice beer bar, but donít expect anything exceptional. If you visit this place midday or early afternoon, you can enjoy a beer (indoors) in peace and quiet.
JoeinDahlem (305) Berlin, Germany | 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.
tderoeck (172) Gent, Belgium | July 4, 2012
52 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
Although the place looks very cozy and they have a very big selection, itís one of the worst beer cafťís Iíve ever been to. To start with, the music was incredibly loud and annoying. I know it was a saturday night. But if everybody is sitting outside on your terrace having a drink and a chat, thereís really no need to play annoyingly and extreme loud dance music inside. Second of all, the service. Was horrible. It takes extremely long before you get your order taken, then again it takes forever to get your beer. Our solution: going in to the bar to get our own beer. After the second round, we were even ordered to do so. The beer we had was past itís date, and not really drinkable anymore. So instead of getting us some new beer, the waiter told us off to the bar where we had to settle things ourself with the barman (who was pretty much the only friendly chap around the whole place). Later on, they told us "enjoy your meal", as we were having a kebab from around the corner. After my evenly sarcastic "well thank you very much" we were lectured that eating on the terrace is normally not allowed. Well hereís a fun fact, mister waiter. At 2.30 am, nobody is going to be ordering any meals, and if they did, you would have told them the kitchen was closed for 3 hours already. We were drinking beers for a couple of hours, but no problem. Next time we get hungry, weíll go get some food and we wonít be coming back.
Long story short: avoid and take your shit elsewhere if you know your way around Antwerp. Think I might for that new Gollem place next time.
Caytinator (113) Tucson, Arizona | July 1, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Fun bar. The location is cool, the outdoor seating offers a great view of the iconic train station. The selection is very good as well, the service is just OK, but the value makes up for it! I like it!
Martinus (186) Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands | May 21, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Feels more like a Irish pub than a Belgian beer cafť. Despite the not too late hour of visit (Saturday around 19.15) quite a few people inside were already drunk. OK selection, though rather overpriced. Not the best or most exciting place, but as itís close to the train station it seems like itís a not too bad place to start a visit of Antwerpen.
Daddybeer (4) Rotterdam, Netherlands | May 10, 2012
48 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 7/20
Nice place, with a huge variety of beers. We sat here on the terrace, which was probably noticeable in the service. It took very long before our drinks were finally served. And it costs this place money too, because a couple of customers that took a seat on the terrace walked away because there was no service.
But, the waiter was a friendly guy which we had a nice talk with. Though we asked him to surprise us and he brought us Mongozo.... A sort of dutch beer with coconut or mango flavour. If hell was a beer, it would taste like Mongozo.
Another negative remark.... I had to take a dump, so I went to the toilet. Someone before me had the same problems with some sensitive bowels. Only he decided to rub the shit over the toilet seat.. After seeing that, I had to take a dump and puke at the same time. Thatís very hard, believe me. But anyway, I chose the ladies toilet....
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