Café Jan Primus | Utrecht,
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Café Jan Primus
Exceptional based on 10 ratings
Type: Bar

Jan van Scorelstraat 27-31
Utrecht, Netherlands 3583 CJ [ print map ]
030 251 4572



Hours: Sun-Thurs 1500-0100; Fri/Sat 1500-0200


Mayor: caesar (4) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 150


Café Jan Primus

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Beer Available At Café Jan Primus (arranged by most recent)
Cuvée Clarisse 49, Witkap Pater Singel 85, La Trappe Isid’or 95, vandeStreek bier Hop Art #2 89, De Prael Nick en Simon 81, Duvel 99, St-Feuillien / Green Flash Belgian Coast IPA 89, Maximus Pandora 66, Poperings Hommelbier 92, De Witte Leeuw Stroatige Jannus (7,5%) 48, Eem Xtreem Centennial 87
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10 reviews for Café Jan Primus
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  73%
 Selection  77%
 Food  70%
 Value  75%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  81%
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74
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
ads135  (150) Lawrence, Kansas | January 1, 2013
This is a nice little Belgian beer cafe in what used to be the outskirts of Utrecht, near the Rietveld-Schroeder Huis and the University College Utrecht campus. During my stay there, this was the nearest decent pub, better than the campus bar and better than anything outside the center.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Fin  (537) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 10, 2012
We visited here on Saturday 29th September 2012. The location is a little further out of town than I expected, however as we were cycling it was still fairly quick and easy. It wasn’t so cold when we arrived so we took the opportunity to sit outside, the bar is situated on a corner at a crossroads in an area with both houses and some shops and restaurants. I had a Giradin Black Label Loz had a Jannus IPA, both were fine as was the pleasant bar, though it was still between that late afternoon and early evening time so was a little quiet. However I did think that the barman/landlord wasn’t particularly friendly, to be fair he wasn’t rude or anything but he just didn’t seem welcoming at all and didn’t appear to have any interest in us at all, maybe he was having an off day or maybe my poor pronunciation of Gueuze and then Jannus IPA frustrated him, but I sort of got the feeling that anything I said or did was going to be picked upon or questioned, never mind. However this was a nice bar, beer choice was good, locals seemed friendly and I think that I would probably venture out to here again if in Utrecht.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
erickok  (152) Tours (and Paris), France | February 10, 2012
Small, neighborhood-focused bar that has a pretty decent selection of bottles and taps for a small place like this. Offers are mostly Belgian, including all trappists (except Westvleteren) and some sours. Some Dutch brews and the rare English one (cider) is also offered. Taps apparently change fairly frequently which is always good. Apart form that you probably won’t find anything very rare though. Service was friendly without being special and with seemingly enough knowledge. People come here to quietly enjoy a beer or two after work or dinner. Also some tasty cheese available (but I didn’t rate this since it’s not a meal or anything). Prices are friendly.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (671) London, England | October 12, 2011
Jan Primus is a little way out of town (and off the free map available from the tourist office) but it’s a nice walk there through Wilhelmina Park or you can get the number 4 bus, which goes through the central station, and hop off right outside. It’s at a crossroads in a quietish residential area. There are a few tables and chairs outside by the big picture windows, which have a nice art deco stained glass frieze. Inside, it’s mainly dark wood with a nicotine stained ceiling from the days when it must have been a brown café. Now it’s smokeless of course and very pleasant. They have several taps and a good range of mainly Belgian bottles, including a few lambics and geuzes. (Visited 25 September 2011).
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
mao  (47) , Italy | August 30, 2011
Bel posto tranquillo con discreta selezione. Unica valida alternativa al Kafe Belgie in città. Scomodo dal centro ma vicino al campeggio.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe  (77) Amersfoort, Netherlands | April 30, 2010
Some decent brews. Small but cosy pub. Good cheese. A bit off track, but near my place :)
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 10, 2007
I visited this pub for a quickie as it’s a bit out of the Center and I had little time available, but I would gladly have stayed longer. Locals and students alike chatting loudly and creating most of the atmosphere themselves. Solid, varied draught list and a selection that may be even deeper than Belgie’s. Also friendly and apparently knowledgeable staff.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
skortila  (153) Baarn, Netherlands | July 13, 2004| Updated July 7, 2006
No music, good conversation. The only pub in Utrecht where you can drink decent gueuzes. Not as much beers as kafe Belgie, but only good quality brews. On tap they have always something interesting. (like a 4 year old la Trappe Quadrupel, every month a different english ale, etc) Good cheese.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen  (20) Bussum, Netherlands | February 15, 2004
Small pub, but very nice. No music, so easy to talk to each other. Frequently new beers.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
caesar  (273) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | January 14, 2004| Updated July 13, 2005
Very small ’brown’ pub with a large selection in beers. The rare (most of the times little ratings on Ratebeer) English Ales circulating on tap is one of my main reasons to come to Jan Primus. No background music. Because it’s so small, it’s also often quite crowdy. Good staff, good selection and also some Trappist cheeses!

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