Great bar with beautiful decor and very bad service. Good beer list normal prices.
Countbeer (255) Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, Netherlands | June 5, 2011
On a tourist location, right across from Manneken Pis, youíll find this truely atmospheric bar. To enter the bar, you walk up the stairs and find a old brown wooden bar/museum. A good list of beer, with some nice Lambics from Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen, but more expensive of course. Prices for draughts are normal, prices for bottled beers are more expensive, like the prices for the Lambics. Service is good and location is good. You got to love the interior!
One of the best pubs in Brussels which is surprising considering itís location. Great atmosphere with lots of quirky paraphnalia and a highly intelligent beer menu specialising in new(Senne, BGV, Trois Fouquet) and more established(De Ranke,Kerkom etc) with the emphasis on quality rather than quntity.
We visited Le Poechenellekelder on 30 March and again on 10 April when passing through Brussels. As others have said, itís right next to the Manneken Pis and, on a sunny day, the pavement cafť area outside is always crowded and hemmed in by hordes of tourists loitering with their cameras pointed towards the diminutive statue.
The main bar, which has two rooms, is entered via metal steps up to first floor level (and thereís an equally steep descent to the toilets at the back of the main bar, next to two life size mannequins sitting near a table with comfy cushions on benches reserved for regulars). There are dark wooden tables with small brass plaques commemorating previous occupants and an array of slightly macabre puppets hanging from the walls. If you were to lie on your back on the floor, youíd have the impression of looking down on crates of beer and tables of glasses, which have been fixed to the ceiling.
Thereís a reasonable 2-page beer list which included, crucially for me, bottled lambics Ė in my view, there is no other way to start or finish a visit to Belgium than with a Hanssens kriek or something similar. They are relatively pricey here but they are served in a pouring basket and come with a tiny bowl of nibbles.
Visited a few times over the years, most recently on 10 April 2011 - would have liked to sit outside as it was a very hot day but the hordes of pis-gapers milling around were a bit off-putting. Inside is quirky and rather kitschy - old & woody, wth lots of knick-knacks and a puppetry theme. Certainly quite atmospheric but the location rather detracts from the ambience. Service is functional and efficient, if a little gruff. The beer list is pretty solid with a fair range of lambics - Lindemanns Faro & Kriek (also Taras Boulba) on draught and some out of the ordinary stuff such as Zwanze & Horals Mega Blend available (at a price). The standard bottled geuzes & krieks seem a little overpriced, especially when you can get them a lot cheaper, often on draught, at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, which is just a couple of minutes walk away.
Decent reviews and quite a few on BA so I figured this place was worth checking out, IT IS NOT...Located kitty corner of the Pissing Boy so its in a nice locale and easy to find. At 5 in the afternoon this was already super busy and we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. Once we were seated we were presented with a bottle menu of about 40 beers and about 8 drafts, all winter beers. The selection was a lot of Belgian lower tier beers, but there were some of the higher end stuff. The beer selection isnít a problem, its more of the atmosphere. The walls are covered by some costumes of the pissing buy and tons of puppets, very strange. Its loud, and way too busy, and full of all tourists. The music was all American with hits by Mariah Carey and tons of Christmas music.This is a total tourist trap that because of a good location picks up traffic.
Welcoming bar in the busy foot traffic zone around Manneken Pis. On a quieter day I can easily feel at home here, even with all the kitsch and quirkiness. Definitely loses the appeal when itís jam-packed. Nice selection of lambics but exy for the privilege. Staff are efficient. Enjoyable. (Visited March í10 and again in March í11)
Donít be fooled by tho location in a tourist hotspot, directly next to Manneken Pis. This is a serious beer bar!
Good choice of beers on the menu, but I especially enjoy their changing offer, which often features interesting brews, including one on tap.
Good atmosphere inside, friendly staff.