Fin (1065) 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 íishí. 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.
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 didnít stay long since I had problem finding a free spot to enjoy my beers. Maybe next time... (Visited November 19th 2016)
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....
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. Lotís of wood and copper with an old-time feel to it. Brought me back to the days of old, but with better beer, Iím 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.
kermis (464) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | August 5, 2012
A fairly busy and popular bar located just outside of the main center of Amsterdam. Fairly small but quality selection of beers, focussed on Dutch and Belgian brews.
Visited early on a Friday evening. Smoking bar (not the bar itself just a reserved section but it still reeks everywhere). Kind of retro atmosphere, the bar is long and oddly shaped and the ambiance struck me as quite strange. The bartender was quite friendly though and the food was tasty. Not too much special going on beer wise, except this is by far the cheapest place in town for westvleteren and they have some cool taps (had andechser dopplebock, which was quite good, a few seasonal Dutch beers and many Belgian classics at an affordable price). I wouldnít revisit soon, but if itís in your neighbourhood still not a bad place.
I must say I was quite dissapointed. The 4 beers I had sought out on their website (3*liefmans abdis and a dentergems wit) havenít been served in more than a year. Second they had just been bought by Gollem, and although they now have a wider selection there isnít a single beer you canít get at the other well-known pubs and shops in Amsterdam. So nothing unique. That said, it is quite stylish and the do have all 3 Westvleteren for relatively cheap.
Visited on a Thursday afternoon not too long after opening so it was calm and there was plenty of seating available. Larger than Gollem and Gollem II. Interior is retro with a lot of beer memorabilia. The bar cat add to the ambiance. Beer selection isnít top notch, but thereís a few good beers available on tap as well as some classic Belgians. Decent bottle selection, but mostly Belgian classics. Thereís a couple of snacks available to eat, but I havenít tried any. Price for beers is good compared to other places in the city. Certainly not one of the "must visit" bar in Amsterdam, but a fun one if you are near Vondelpark or at one of the museums.