What started off to be THE place with the most beers in the world, soon became one of the laughing stocks in Leuven bar scene. Visited couple of times in beginning, this is how it goes: this one. NO. This one. NO. After selecting the 10th beer, finally they have it in stock. Arrogant service, waiters are not knowledgeable. 20 taps, mostly commercial big brands. No Stella in a Leuven bar, a bit of a shame ha. Nice try, but this kinda place will only work for some tourists...
Visited 28Nov.2016 and this place certainly made up for Fiere Margriet and M-Café being closed. Lots of interesting beers on tap and bottled. Place was busy with people from all walks of life. Staff pretty clueless about beer.
Huge place with outdoor service and indoor service in 2 stocks. Long bar with 20 taps in floor stock. Lcraibrary lookalike room in the back. Small and long. First floor crammed with small tables. You’ll have to order from the waiter on the floor, man behind the bar is just pouring the beer. Sort of arrogant service. I counted 894 bottles on the beer list. Did not see any food. Was not offered any.
OK, they have had time to settle down now. I wrote in strong defence of what they were trying to do but I suspect they no longer expect to get there. It could still be a whole load worse but far too many beers are missing from the list and I have no idea how many are really there. Sees to be like so many bars in Leuven, getting by on the term-time trade and summer tourists without trying to deliver something special.
Visited after bierfestival dijleschuimers. Heard a ton about this place, including 100 % negativity. Went here ’just for sake off’ rather than by wanting to go here myself. Anyway. The place is crowded ( touristic, mostly) , and the interior consists of a mis-matchin ’old’ feeling they wanted to put in ( wallpaper displaying bricks , with a made-to-look-worn-out wooden bar. On the other side, the door and building itself are modern style ( not sure what this was before the capital, but it must have been something quite fancy ) . On to the menu. Everything is sorted alfabetically. Meaning, if you want a certain style, or brewery, it is a very hard-to-use menu. They went for quantity over quality, so there’s a lot of crappy beers, a few interesting ones ( ticks, one might say) but its a whole job to filter these out since the book is so big. Multiple mistakes (pictures, names, ... ) as well, and since the staff doesn’t get hired by knowledge, you actually have to give the code ( don’t ask , for instance, 3 fonteinen oude geuze, but rather ask ’beercode 256 , by example ) The pouring of a beer is done by the customer, since- again- the service isn’t hired by quality either. many beers are out of stock, when still in the menu, but I got only denied my first beer, which is very OK in my opinion. The service -appart from all negativity mentioned before - was very friendly and patient. A bit pushy for me to choose, but this was by no means ment negative by them towards me. The prices are high, yes, but IF they would work 100 % legal ( taxes on staff etc) I would agree with them. hypothetically, lets say they are 100 % legal. The washing of the glasses was a bit of a shame, yet I did not expect any quality here either ( washes are put in a dishwasher ) . All and all, we got a bar with reasonable prices, a huge yet random selection, and a friendly, yet unknowing staff. As for the staff, this is the case in 95 % of the beer(!) specialized bars, so I’ll cut them some slack. whats left is a huge selection, only to be matched by delirium, who has the most epic, terrible service I ever had. So all and all, this bar was not to bad. of course, I didn’t have a horror story of ordering 6 in a row that were ’out of stock’ , or the owner looking at a beer to see wehter it’s infected or not ( my god...) and when I do, I will def. have to change my opinion. but so far, this feels like any random beerbar to me, only with a bigger selection.
Visited on a monday evening. Big place with relatively low lighting, which is good, and a bit artificial decoration, which is not so good. 20 taps but not a very interesting selection, mostly commercial and bigger Belgian beers. Beer menu appears impressive in a big binder. Most beers are Belgian and they are sorted alphabetically, not by style or brewery, which makes searching for specific beers quite a hassle. You have to order them by their number instead of the name, which does feel a bit ’wrong’. Outside they advertise as having 2000 beers but many of them were not available, which seems to be a common problem reading some of the other reviews. Still, I found a couple of worthwhile new beers here. The young lady behind the bar seemed friendly enough, but it was clear she knew next to nothing about the beers she was serving. They only accept cash, and I was bit annoyed to have to go to a nearby cash machine and return to pay. Overall this bar is a mixed bag, I’m glad I stopped by but you have to lower your expectations, this place doesn’t have a lot of ’heart’.
Admittedly interestingly decorated bar, which claims to have the most beers in the world. Well they do have a very big book, but several beers I asked for weren’t available... So much for that claim. Atmosphere was very good despite the tourists and uninterested staff. Still got a nice tick able beer and sitting outside was pleasant, seeing the locals a tourists come by. No as bad as the reviews here made me think. And you might actually run into a new release or in known beer, so that’s good. More expensive than needs be.