Puppet theme. Good beer selection, decent food, lots of good cheeses. Mostly young and inexperienced waitstaff, but friendly, especially by Brussels standards. Don’t bend down to pick up the two euro coin on the stairs - it’s nailed down! Great for watching tourists go berserk over that puny ridiculous statue.
A quality beer cafe located directly across the street from Mannekin Pis. Gueuze, kriek, trappist (incl. Westvleteren), a fine beer menu. We ordered a Girardin Gueuze and a plate of meat, cheese, pickles and pearl onions and sat outdoors to people watch and relax on a sunny but chilly mid-morning. Inside it’s wooden and dark but the interior has a lot of character. I’d put this in the must-visit group if you’re in central Brussels walking around, drinking and eating.
The dolls, those freaking creepy dolls everywhere. It’s funny but a bit disturbing. They’re everywhere, except outside, which is where we sat. We had a table on the edge of the property, with in arms reach of the massive crowd of tourists snapping pictures of the manneken pis statue. That whole area is full of manneken pis trinkets including a giant chocolate one next door to the real thing. I understand that this place is touristy but the service was garbage. The guy was nice enough when he wanted to be but he only showed up once to take our order and that was quite a while after we sat down. Yeah yeah, we get it, your tip is built in to the price so you don’t have to give a crap about being friendly but you don’t need to be a prick about it. Next time I go to Europe I’m wearing the Homer Simpson Uncle Sam shirt ( http://i.imgur.com/IT3tits.jpg ).
The bottle list is pretty good. Not quite Akkurat but pretty good regardless. I got some random saison that I had never had and everyone else also got ticks. Besides ticks they have some lambic, some saison, and some trappist beers. I didn’t ask if they sill had any but inside the building were several cases of empty 1999 Bellevue Selection Lambic bottles.
Over all this is a pretty cool place but like much of Europe if you’re not pretending like you have a lot of money you’ll be treated like dirt. It’s funny that a lot of the scores I’ve been giving are considerably lower than the average but that’s almost entirely due to the shitty service.
A nice and popular tourist hang out, that is bustpy but still quaint. Lots of Belgian beers at reasonable prices and snacks. Large patio. A pleasant place to experience a fun environment. Nothing exciting beer wise, but you will find a Belgian you haven’t had before.
A very interesting bar. Plenty of outside seating which is much different from the rather cramped and eccentric/oddly decorated interior. Service was pretty decent, prices were fair, and the beer list was pretty solid as well. Right next to the Mannekin Pis, so you can stop here for a beer after snapping your photos.
Welcoming bar in the busy foot traffic zone around Manneken Pis. On a quieter day I can easily feel at home here, even with all the kitsch and quirkiness. Definitely loses the appeal when it’s jam-packed. Nice selection of lambics but exy for the privilege. Staff are efficient. Enjoyable. (Visited March ’10 and again in March ’11)
We visited Le Poechenellekelder on 30 March and again on 10 April when passing through Brussels. As others have said, it’s right next to the Manneken Pis and, on a sunny day, the pavement café area outside is always crowded and hemmed in by hordes of tourists loitering with their cameras pointed towards the diminutive statue.
The main bar, which has two rooms, is entered via metal steps up to first floor level (and there’s an equally steep descent to the toilets at the back of the main bar, next to two life size mannequins sitting near a table with comfy cushions on benches reserved for regulars). There are dark wooden tables with small brass plaques commemorating previous occupants and an array of slightly macabre puppets hanging from the walls. If you were to lie on your back on the floor, you’d have the impression of looking down on crates of beer and tables of glasses, which have been fixed to the ceiling.
There’s a reasonable 2-page beer list which included, crucially for me, bottled lambics – in my view, there is no other way to start or finish a visit to Belgium than with a Hanssens kriek or something similar. They are relatively pricey here but they are served in a pouring basket and come with a tiny bowl of nibbles.
Fin (1146) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 24, 2012
Back in 2008 with Lynn, Barry, Spud (Nick) and Treacle (Anna) we had a pleasant time here. Beer choice very good, Barry liberated an Orval bottle opener from here though he rather unconvincingly suggested that the barman gave it to him. Service was very good and it is fairly centrally located. Quite strangely we have not been here since, not sure why as we really liked this place.
This is a mix of theatre, junk shop and traditional beer bar all in the same square as the ’is that it?’ statue in central Brussels. We have always tended to end up in the same part of the pub, so I can’t say I have seen everything it has to offer, but with the traditional puppets lining the walls and a whole host of oddities, there is enough to keep the imagination going. The service is attentive and helpful, even if you don’t want to eat. The beer menu seemed a little restricted on this visit, I struggled a little to find anything really interesting. All in all a pub we will continue to visit on our infrequent trips. Definitely worth a look.
I love the ambiance in here. The decor is dynamic, with lots of puppets and marionettes, beer ephemera, crossbows - the usual. They’ve got around a hundred bottles, which cover all the classics. Beyond that they have seasonals and a handful of slightly more obscure offerings. Good value, friendly table service. This is a warm, inviting place, and I could easily pass a few hours in here.