Netherlands > Amsterdam
FatPhil (302) 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 (664) 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 (146) 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 (213) 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.
Racegoer (7) Indiana, Indiana | August 29, 2006
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Wandering around Amsterdam we came upon this pace, nice to stop for a few pints on what the Dutch called a hot July afternoon. Low 80’s low humidity was great weather. I will say that the Heneiken is much better her in A-Dam, still it is what is is. Kepano is correct like most places in the Dam you almost have to wander in a place like this. Takes a day or so to get used to the street names and the maps, great city Amsterdam with good shops :)hotels, restaurants lots to do or little depending on the mood. Relaxed small pub that I would recemmend.
Quinten (4) zaandam, Netherlands | May 19, 2006
38 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
all i got jet. nothing more
caesar (294) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | March 15, 2006
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Very small bar in the centre of Amsterdam. You enter the bar through a curtain and your standing almost immediately at the counter. Only a couple of small tables are available. Small beer selection, but still some good ones. More typical Amsterdam atmosphere around here probably than the bigger bars like in de Wildeman. Nice to visit once, but I would obviously prefer in de Wildeman!
kepano (24) Los Angeles, California | January 15, 2006
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
My friend and I were prompted to visit Café Belgique after talking to the friendly barman at Brouwerij ’t IJ. He assured us that their beer ’Vlo’ was better on tap and only available this bar. Like all good things in Amsterdam, this place is in a small side street and is not necessarily obvious even if you are looking for it. The bar is small but not cramped with just a few stools and a couple tables. On draft, Vlo of course stood out, and their "tap of the week" was St Bernardus 12 which was a good surprise. The bottled list is quite short and includes mostly common Belgians such as Rochefort or Gulden Draak. Snacks are tasty, and decently priced. A few cheeses are available and the "toasties" are also good. The air was a bit smoky but overall the atmosphere was reposing. Overall, service was quick and clean which I always appreciate. Not the best bar in Amsterdam by a long shot but definitely the place to try ’t IJ Vlo!
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