Great place. A few benches out front. Inside is small on the first floor, a couple of booths, four stools at the small bar. Modern piano jazz playing. Eight taps, 20 bottles or so. Nice bartender. Dim lighting, some candles. No really exciting beers but likely something new for most people. Tops for atmosphere, above average for selection.
chriso (667) London, England | May 9, 2011| Updated September 6, 2012
Just off the main pedestrian shoping drag. Close to Dam Square (and In DeWildeman). Tiny but convivial. Dark and woody. Lots of brewery memorabilia over the walls. About 40 beers, mainly Belgian plus a few from Ij. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary. Opens at 1400. If you are pushed for time there’s not really any pressing reason to visit here with Wildeman so close but I rather liked the place and found myself popping in a few times during my week long stay in Amsterdam.
This tiny bar is just off a main shopping street and always seemed to be busy – but it wouldn’t take many people to make it crowded. It’s dark and cramped inside, with very low amber and red lighting and the mirrored back of the bar area doesn’t help make it seem any more spacious or bright. There are two benches outside in the alleyway, presumably for smokers although I noticed that people were smoking inside – surely a fire hazard! There’s what looks like a cross between a ladder and a narrow staircase leading upstairs to the toilets. There was a small choice of mainly Belgian beers on draught. Nothing to write home about but OK for a break when out shopping or negotiating the tourist crowds if you really can’t walk the short distance further to the Wildeman.
What can you expect from a place so small you could build a full size replica in a large walk-in closet? Great, but limited selection, beer! This is a find, a place where you might believe you’d been transported back to a comfortable setting 200 years ago. Small but tasty selection of Belgian and a few Dutch brews. Expressing their revolutionary views by daftly ignoring the smoking ban. A crowd inside and out, but if you come, and appreciate a true old-hole-in-the-wall pub, you’ll know why.
Small place, only a few tables and some baarstools. Atmosphere is very relaxed, Nice reggae-like music. Decent beer selection, nothing special but a good choice. Bench outside.
dec23 (12) Amsterdam, Netherlands | August 16, 2009
The Belgique is nice if you are there when it is not crowded. Then it is a cute, cozy and stylish hole-in-the-wall place with a lovingly assembled collection of staples and a few changing beers that are also always quality stuff. The staff do their best even at times when the place is packed up to the ceiling. Sometimes you can catch the odd live music event there and wonder how space can be so warped to fit a band and an audience into this place at the same time.