Netherlands > Amsterdam
chriso (446) London, England | May 9, 2011| Updated September 6, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Just off the main pedestrian shoping drag. Close to Dam Square (and In DeWildeman). Tiny but convivial. Dark and woody. Lots of brewery memorabilia over the walls. About 40 beers, mainly Belgian plus a few from Ij. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary. Opens at 1400. If you are pushed for time there’s not really any pressing reason to visit here with Wildeman so close but I rather liked the place and found myself popping in a few times during my week long stay in Amsterdam.
Boudicca (900) London, England | April 25, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
This tiny bar is just off a main shopping street and always seemed to be busy – but it wouldn’t take many people to make it crowded. It’s dark and cramped inside, with very low amber and red lighting and the mirrored back of the bar area doesn’t help make it seem any more spacious or bright. There are two benches outside in the alleyway, presumably for smokers although I noticed that people were smoking inside – surely a fire hazard! There’s what looks like a cross between a ladder and a narrow staircase leading upstairs to the toilets. There was a small choice of mainly Belgian beers on draught. Nothing to write home about but OK for a break when out shopping or negotiating the tourist crowds if you really can’t walk the short distance further to the Wildeman.
GlobalVillager (15) , | February 27, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
What can you expect from a place so small you could build a full size replica in a large walk-in closet? Great, but limited selection, beer! This is a find, a place where you might believe you’d been transported back to a comfortable setting 200 years ago. Small but tasty selection of Belgian and a few Dutch brews. Expressing their revolutionary views by daftly ignoring the smoking ban. A crowd inside and out, but if you come, and appreciate a true old-hole-in-the-wall pub, you’ll know why.
Zarin (35) , Italy | January 13, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
From the outside I expected more, it was a pity to discover that this bar was ordinary and the service so shameful!
kermis (187) The Hague, Netherlands | December 23, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Very small but can make a nice alternative every now and then to the top bars like Wildeman and Arendsnest. Nice but more limited beer selection.
kerolasa (16) London, England | July 29, 2010
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nice but small place, and often too crowded. There’s few taps and some bottles available. For beer enthustic selection can be a bit small.
JanEric (39) Meppel, Netherlands | January 31, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Small place, only a few tables and some baarstools. Atmosphere is very relaxed, Nice reggae-like music. Decent beer selection, nothing special but a good choice. Bench outside.
dec23 (12) Amsterdam, Netherlands | August 16, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
The Belgique is nice if you are there when it is not crowded. Then it is a cute, cozy and stylish hole-in-the-wall place with a lovingly assembled collection of staples and a few changing beers that are also always quality stuff. The staff do their best even at times when the place is packed up to the ceiling. Sometimes you can catch the odd live music event there and wonder how space can be so warped to fit a band and an audience into this place at the same time.
Tim Webb (244) 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 (204) 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.
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