Stumbled on this place by coincidence, when we were searching for Craft & Draft, which is located a bit further away in the same street. Gollem’s third installment in Amsterdam apparently. Quite loud and very busy on a Sunday afternoon, but still cosy enough in a wooden interior. Beer list primarily revolves around Belgian classics and Dutch craft, completed with easy-to-get German classics and American craft, but overall, nothing a ticker’s paradise. Service was a bit inexperienced and neither very friendly or very knowleadgable. If you’re in this neighborhood, take Craft & Draft, which is cosier, much more exciting in terms of beer and much friendlier and more accessible in service. As for the Gollem chain: I still have to visit the other Amsterdam venues, but this one certainly is no match for the Antwerp installment, in my opinion, where many more tap takeovers and other special occasions are organized (though service is more or less comparable).
Not as grungy and dive bar as some of the other Gollem venues. 22 taps, a mixed bag and perhaps a little pedestrian. Pricing in line with comparable bars. A broad and mixed crowd on a Monday afternoon. Bottle list gives more airplay to local craft but for the most part focuses on classic Belgians. Relaxed vibe, I quite liked it, but not top tier for the city.
Compared with the tiny location in Raamsteeg, this Gollem bar is much bigger. But, it was late Saturday evening and the bar was crowded. Beer selection is almost the same as one in Raamsteeg, though some new ones for me. Live music and a cheerful atmosphere. I didn’t stay long since I had problem finding a free spot to enjoy my beers. Maybe next time... (Visited November 19th 2016)
Typische Nederlands Belgisch bierlokaal. Houten interieur en best rumoerig. Standaard bierselectie met ene paar spannende uitschieters. Gezellige sfeer maar voor het speciaalbier zou ik niet terugkomen. Personeel is aardig maar om eerst het verkeerde bier open te maken en dan zonder blikken of blozen de prijs voor het duurdere (verkeerde) bier in rekening te brengen is niet chique. Verder zijn de prijzer niet verkeerd.
Visited September 2016. It looked like rain and we decided to give it a try, after passing it several times. Traditionel dutch, city pub. Spacy and cosy atmosphere. Nice selection on tap and a decent bottle list as well. Friendly service, easy to get at as tramline 1 just passes. Nice selection of cheeseplatters and other lunch dishes. Beers served in good condition. For sure worth a visit.. A few outside seatings, and a special room for smoking people....
Visited on a busy Monday evening for the Belgium-Italy match. Very crowded of course, we somehow still managed to find good places in front of the screen. Simple interior with a bit of wood, rather bright colours and some beer enamels. A small patio with a handful of tables is in front of the café. The selection is very Belgian-accented, most of the trappists are available and other well-known goodies as well. However, there is also space for smaller Dutch breweries, some American and German beers can be found as well. Quite a good selection to just enjoy a beer, but not overly interesting if your are searching for new or rare beers. The prices are quite okay, nothing shocking in Amsterdam. Saw that the food was good and not expensive as well. The staff was friendly and attentive, but hardly knew what we were ordering when we asked for some of the beers recently added to their list.
Always happy to be here! don’t skip this venue when you are around!
Fin (1143) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 6, 2015
We visited this branch of the mini Gollem empire on Monday 5th October 2015. If you are visiting Craft and Draft also further on up Overtoom then this is worth popping into as it is close by. We sat outside but I did nip in to order the beer so managed to get some idea of what this looked like inside. It is a bigger and more conventially laid out establishment than the cute tiny little old one in town. A large L shaped bar at the rear and LH side with numerous boards displaying the beer choice is the main feature. On the LH side towards the front is where much of the seating is though there is some seating in a smaller room at the front on the RH side. There is also plenty of bench seating and tables out the front which if memory serves me right much of is covered by a large canopy /awning, they may even have some of those outside gas heaters as well I never checked. It was quiet when we were here at about 4pm ’ish’. It is towards the town end of Overtoom. Beer choice like many of the Gollems, is a little safer than some of the new kids on the block but it is still wide ranging though in safer Belgian territory for the greater part from what I could see. We had Gollem Precious and Gollem Blonde. I liked it here but as with Craft and Draft and tge Beer Tree I feel that my excursions out this far are likely to be few and far between, saying that we have a gig to go to tomorrow Public Image Limited at the Paradiso which is this end of town so we maybe back to here and Craft and Draft sooner than I expected.
Stopped in here on a busy afternoon. There was nowhere to sit at the bar, but we did find a table just behind the bar seats to sit. Lot’s of wood and copper with an old-time feel to it. Brought me back to the days of old, but with better beer, I’m sure. Within just a short time of sitting, we had a waitress stop and ask us what we would like. I ordered a Cantillon Gueuze and it came with the Cantillon tumbler. This was my first experience having that happen, and it was really cool. Pricing was pretty good, too. Seven euros for the beer and we were out the door. I saw those bottles priced higher in shops later on in the trip. They were tourist shops, but the point is still valid. I definitely recommend if you are going to be in the area. One of my favorite stops in Amsterdam.