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Strebs (211) St. Louis, Missouri | August 8, 2012| Updated May 26, 2013
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
This was probably the most authentic bar that I’ve visited in Belgium. Packed full of locals and certainly not the typical overly twee confection invented for tourists. This would be a perfect place for a bolleek of de Konninck, except for one thing. Be prepared for an aggressively anti-tourist
attitude from customers and staff. When out the blue I was insulted by a fellow customer, I looked to the bartender for assistance, and he didn’t do a thing.
rotjoch (79) Antwerpen, Belgium | June 4, 2012
48 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Ye typical ’bruin café’. do not expect a big list, just some of the classics... de koninck, tripel westmalle etc.
not really worth being on the places list for a city like Antwerp...
BlackHaddock (430) , England | March 29, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
This is how Antwerpen bars must have looked when the only visitors were seamen and traders, back in ’the good old days’.
I walked in at 11.56 on a Monday lunchtime and left again at exactly the same time. The huge clock hanging from the ceiling told me so. Time has stood still in this place for a reason, they like it that way, so do I.
As you walk in the bar is on your right, the only room is long and full of old mirrors (on the lefthand wall), the toilets are at the rear of the fairly large bar-room.
A little old lady comes across to take your order, no menu/beer card or noticeboard are visible to my wife and I, as we sit at the far end of the room watching the other customers. I noticed a ’Winter Konick’ badge on a beer font as we entered so I order a ’Bolleke’ for the wife and the winter brew for myself. Both are poured by a younger lady, the cliental are mostly elderly locals with shopping.
Outside the skating rink and Christmas Market stalls are all noisey and busy, in here not even the clock ticks, just a bunch of people enjoying the peace and quiet.
I ask for a Westmalle Double next, to my surprise it is on tap so I am doubley pleased!
A lovely old place and one I will use again when in Antwerp. The beer selection may not be huge and It obviously hasn’t tried to become fashionable or chic, it is just a throw back to old times and a joy to drink in.
jon_sutton (10) Manchester, England | February 17, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic classic smoky brown cafe in great setting on the grote markt. Beer selection is limited but the De Koninck is well kept enough to ensure you stay for a few bollekes before leaving.
loeki (10) , Belgium | February 5, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
PieterJan (10) Oudenaarde, Belgium | December 14, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
I think it’s a classic old cafe.
jRamon (15) , Spain | September 30, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Local al costat de l’Ajuntament, un dels més antics de la ciutat, visita obligada per fer un viatge en el temps.
Bart (108) Brussels, Belgium | September 3, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Typical old style "bruine kroeg" in the center of Antwerp. Normal beer selection, good service. Nothing special.
baxterfish (248) , England | August 9, 2011| Updated November 22, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
The classic cafe on the Grote markt with fantastic atmosphere and good service. Smallish but adequate beer list.
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