Two-tiered bar setting, dark and comfortable and bit clubbish in feeling. Beer selection on draft is respectable, but overrun with Belgians instead of Dutch, but at least they were Belgians I hadn’t seen elsewhere in Belgium. No complaints about the crowd or staff, fairly benign visit on a rainy afternoon. Would visit again as a change of pace since you can’t exactly sit in ’t Arendsnest for 12 hours all day.
Gollem is a delightfully old fashioned brown cafe in a side alley between Singel (one of the central ring of canals) and Spuistraat. It has a great beer list with about 15 taps and numerous bottles. It’s full of character. The bar is downstairs and there’s a small mezzanine balcony overlooking it. The mismatched furniture is dark brown wood and there are bottles and tin plaques lining the walls alongside the blackboards listing the beers. The furniture looks home made, as do the simple wooden slats which have been installed over the bar to hold the glasses. There’s also an intriguing box with slots, each of them labelled with a person’s name. It turns out that until about two years ago locals could have a tab; their receipts were put into the appropriate slots and they would settle their bill on a monthly basis. All in all it’s a great place (although I have to say I wasn’t overly enamoured by the barman’s choice of music, which was dreadful French torch crooning).
(Visited 29 September 2013).
Fin (996) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 3, 2013
After numerous attempts at visiting this place over the years were foiled through poor timings, it being closed for a while etc, we finally managed to get here on Monday 30th September 2013. You enter abd tge bar is immediately in front of you to you left. This place reminds me a little of the small bar in Antwerp near the church in the centre, that place also has a small upper floor where you can look down on the bar area. Beer wise it was great to see the likes of Dochtor de Korenaar Belle Fleur and Troubadour Magma Galaxy Hop version on tap both were great. This bar is very small and dark and would be a great stop off in the depths of winter. Really liked this place and being so close to Bier Temple and Bier Koning it us in a great beery area.
Great little bar in central Amsterdam, there seems to be a good mix of locals and tourists. There is a stab at banter in here even if it does get a little lost on us. I was lucky and got a seat at the bar, which made the tasting range a little easier, you get one at a time in here rather than a tray. The barman knows his stuff, the feel is brown cafe and the trip to the loo is hazardous. Great place.
Straight in front of the Cracked Kettle store, so you’d have to be a fool not to step in. A large belgian bottle selection of perhaps 150 candidates and a limited selection from other countries. What was the most interesting to me was the 10 or so draughts including the likes of la Chouffe, Christoffel Blonde, kwak... Globally, I can entirely see how this place is attractive to the local crowd, it’s small, friendly and not too expensive for Amsterdam, but there are 2 other bars within walking distance which are of world-class level or almost. A bit thrashier and younger crowd here though.
Visited september 2013. What a great place, cosy relaxing atmosphere, friendly smiling staff, and a great beerselection as well :-).. Being close to the train station an ideal place to start a sunday pub crawl in Amsterdam. Beers served in good condition, really a great beer spot to visit.
Nice little pub (literal), nice little selection of beers (litotes), nice staff, shame about most of the customers. The smokiest place we entered, but fortunately that will change in mid 2008. Grungy loo (singular) too. With different customers, I believe this place will be worthy of a re-rate to a higher value.
First time visited since it re-opened. Was very quiet (a Wednesday in February, but still), the beer range seemed very old and jaded, especially those on tap. Very little ambiance, a sad decline - hope it can recover. Revisited July 2013. Getting better again, still not very busy.