Superb bar, which I probably enjoyed more than the Kulminator. Very spacious and nicely decorated with attentive staff and a great selection of beers, especially Lambics. Located on a nice square, a short walk out of the centre. With a patio, and several rooms this was unusual amongst my experience of Belgian pubs - not at all claustrophobic - light and airy in fact, with high ceilings. Excellent.
this is a bit off the beaten path in a small square but definately worth the pillage. cool outside courtyard area and awesome old wooden bar. we had several westvleteren blondes and a boon marriage parfait served in the appropriate basket. huge cheesplate as big as your head. highly recommend.
I realized that the Waagstuk was the right place for me when I met the guy here from the Antwerp Beer College, who was having their monthly meeting in the back room. I had a great visit here, the only shortcoming being that I wasn’t asked to join their tasting in the back room.
This place is not easy to find. It is quite a few turns from the central square in Antwerp, and sort of down a dead-end. It is in a little square, but appeared to be the only place in the square open on the Saturday I visited.
It was quite smokey, so we sat outside in its courtyard. Atmosphere was pretty average – a small bar and a dining room outfitted in some generic wooden paneling without a lot of distinguishing decoration.
Our server was excellent. He was an older gentleman, who spoke excellent English and had an encyclopedic knowledge of beer. He did a great job making recommendations for our group.
Selection was quite good – a few beers on tap and a very high quality bottle list. I had a La Trappe Tripel and the best Saison Dupont I’ve ever had here.
In terms of beer-geek experiences in Antwerp, this was tops for me despite the Kulminator’s superior reputation.
mullet (230) Melbourne, Australia | June 28, 2005| Updated January 14, 2008
I loved this place, in fact it was my favourite in Antwerp. Just the right sized beerlist - loads of good options (especially gueuze) but not so many that it’s difficult to choose, and barely any crap. I may be biased by the fact that they had unfiltered Rodenbach and unsweetened Liefmans Kriek on tap whilst I was there! Good cheap food too and nice people. Update: Made a return visit with some of the UK crew and still love this joint. They had Boon Lambik for €2 a glass and the old Oud Beersel Kriek which was fantastic. The guy didn’t even bat an eyelid when reakt ordered three beers instead of a meal.