Netherlands > Amsterdam
Tim Webb (183) Cambridge, England | August 8, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Judged as a small bar 50 metres off Dam Square this place is remarkable. Roomy and relaxing it ain’t never going to be, nor can it reasonably keep / keep reasonably more than 30-40 beers.
Borresteijn (153) Amsterdam, Netherlands | September 4, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very small café with a nice old Amsterdam-style interior. With some luck you might get a seat, but don’t count on it. Outside underneath the windows are 2 benches, but the only view is a painted wall and tourists. Nevertheless a nice bar, the only one as far as I know that is allowed to have IJ Vlo on draught, which is imo a big plus.
ogivlado (297) Zagreb, Croatia | August 28, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Small place, cosy atmosphere, rather ordinary Belgian beers. Lots of bottles and beer banners all over the place. I was there around 9 p.m. and inside was deadly hot and sultry, few tables outside were all occupied. Had five new beers here.
3fourths (1200) Boulder, New Zealand | June 4, 2008| Updated April 20, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Small and cramped but go in the early to mid-afternoon and you’ll find space. Walk by at night and expect a large crowd spilling out into the street. Beer selection is decent enough, ’t Ij Vlo on tap plus a few other good bottled Dutch beers. I was able to find a few new things and I’ve been to a lot of bars across the Netherlands. I struggle more in Belgium! Recommended while trekking around Amsterdam during the day.
FatPhil (262) Tallinn, Estonia | March 6, 2008
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
One of the few small cramped bar experiences that I enjoyed. However, it was too hot inside (in February), so I sat outside and had my nose assaulted by lots of pungent weed instead. Fairly competent beer list, seemed like more than 30, and friendly service.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | September 5, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Again, a very central location for this small, comfortable Cafe with more tourists than locals. Efficient and friendly, apparently knowledgeable service, but the selection includes mostly rather standard Belgian beers. The draught list is solid enough, but not comparable to the Wildeman and Arendsnest. This would be pretty solid in a town that does not have such strong alternatives.
mistersinalin (24) St. Paul, Minnesota | June 10, 2007
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Found this place on the way home our last night. Dropped in for one and ended up having two. the barmaid hap stopped by a coffeeshop before her shift I think because she mischarged us and forgot what we ordered. The bar is really small, but has great character. Seats about 15 inside and another 15 outside. Good beers on tap.
Stew41 (128) Woodend, Australia | January 2, 2007
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Did someone mention small? Very well located, perhaps only 150m from Dam Square. 8 taps inc t’Ij V’lo and ~30 bottles. Most of the Belgian big guns ex. Westy. Good range of ’toasties’ and around e2.50, cheese e4.00 and spicy sausage e2.50. Very good bar, plenty of character but not in the class of Wildeman and Arendnest.
shakespiers (11) , England | November 1, 2006| Updated January 8, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Superb little bar but nowadays full of dope smokers and non spenders.
altonbrownd (210) Brussels, Belgium | September 1, 2006
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Very classic Dutch ``bruine cafe’’ with impressive beer collection. Also right off Dam square, so easy location. Drank Vlo on tap there and really enjoyed it.
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