Belgium > Antwerpen
JoeinEscazú (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; I’ve heard many are not in stock, but I had no problems. Prices were a bit random. Staff didn’t 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 (140) 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, it’s one of the worst beer café’s I’ve 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, there’s 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 it’s 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 here’s 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, we’ll go get some food and we won’t 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 (108) 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 (140) Nijmegen, 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 café. 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 it’s close to the train station it seems like it’s 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. That’s very hard, believe me. But anyway, I chose the ladies toilet....
emartell (23) Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico | April 2, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Excelente lugar ubicado a unos cuantos metros de la Hermosa estacion de trenes de Amberes.
Un Lugar muy jovial, con instalaciones muy originales y una terraza deliciosa.
Una seleccion de cervezas bastante buena en donde es posible degustar practicamente todas las Trapenses existentes.
Los precios no son tan altos como pudiera esperarse, lo que permite ser un lugar indispensable para los amantes del mundo de las cervezas que se encuentren en Amberes.
BlackHaddock (308) , 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 ’Austin Powers’ 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 isn’t 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.
palmbier (2) , Belgium | March 5, 2012
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 10/20
This place looks very nice, but is too commercial ( and expensive), and has no real "feel" for the beers.
Travlr (1453) 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. Couldn’t really think of a reason to come back.
PieterJan (10) Oudenaarde, Belgium | December 14, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
I was here yesterday! Never seen such place: nice ambience and a huge selection of beers and a nice christmas atmosphere ; more than 500 beers, amazing! We had real belgan food; very good. We will visit again
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