This unique Brussels establishment offers a cozy and quaint doll-like interior and a street-side patio. The patio was nice for watching all the tourists pose for Manneken Pis photos. A diverse Belgian beer selection is offered by nearly rude waiters.
This is a mix of theatre, junk shop and traditional beer bar all in the same square as the íis that it?í statue in central Brussels. We have always tended to end up in the same part of the pub, so I canít 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 donít 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.
(Visited 12/2011): Le Poechenellekelder is located right by the Manneken Pis near the Grote Markt. We ducked in during a parade for a break from the crush of people.
The bar is multi-level and has an eclectic decor, with lots of breweriana and Manneken-related photos etc. Empty cases of Westy by the stairs is a cool touch.
There are 5 or so beers on tap, and 100+ available in bottles. A seasonal menu is provided, including St Feuillien Cuvťe de NoŽl and Gordon X-Mas on our visit.
Service on a crowded early evening was good. Our server was friendly and explained the beer options well.
We did not have food on our visit.
Overall this place is recommended for beer-lovers, especially given its proximity to the tourist attractions nearby.
Nondescript place, given itís in a location that would seem to be a tourist trap. And it would be exactly that were it not for the fact that they happen to have a few gems on the beer menu, with a focus on lambik. Faro will be on tap most likely. The interior decor is wonderfully Flemish kitch, and the outdoor patio is spacious. However, the food menu is sparse and overpriced.
Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 11, 2009
Across from that stupid statue. Had a couple of good beverage choices. The croque monsieur was poor value, though, as it was almost all bread for for seven euros thatís not good enough.
Certainly worth visiting for the interior alone. Thereís loads of creepy marionettes and puppets adorning the walls. The service is Belgian. The selectionís bigger than most cafes in Brussels. Draft lambics were available in addition to a decent selection of the more common sours. Prices were steep, befitting of the very touristy clientele. Overall, not bad.
Visited a few times over the years, most recently on 10 April 2011 - would have liked to sit outside as it was a very hot day but the hordes of pis-gapers milling around were a bit off-putting. Inside is quirky and rather kitschy - old & woody, wth lots of knick-knacks and a puppetry theme. Certainly quite atmospheric but the location rather detracts from the ambience. Service is functional and efficient, if a little gruff. The beer list is pretty solid with a fair range of lambics - Lindemanns Faro & Kriek (also Taras Boulba) on draught and some out of the ordinary stuff such as Zwanze & Horals Mega Blend available (at a price). The standard bottled geuzes & krieks seem a little overpriced, especially when you can get them a lot cheaper, often on draught, at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, which is just a couple of minutes walk away.
The bar across the manneken Pis may be touristy, but itís a comfortable corner bar where stepping in for a beer feels like the most natural thing to do in the world. The heavily decorated themed interior is certainly worth a look too. When we were there, the taps were all dry, relatively hoppy Belgian blondes, exactly my type of ales and I went straight for that. The bottle selection is good for the location, but not especially spectacular for a Belgian cafť on Ratebeer. Its location kinda makes it a must-stop if youíre in Brussels and not too rushed, unless youíve been here a few times before.
A solid bar in the touristy centre of Brussels. Itís good fun to sit outside and watch peoples disappointment when they see the Manneken Pis statue! Inside it has a nice quirky old-bar feel, with lots of old beer bottles etc (including a crate of empty Belle-Vue Selection lambic!). The bottled list is good, particularly the lambics. Last time I was there I drank cellared Orval, so canít complain. Itís not cheap, but this is the tourist centre. Food was decent enough, but also expensive for what it was. Still, it is worth a visit if you are in Brussels.
Good selection of beers, nice friendly and fast service. Rather crowded. Nice atmosphere. I will go back next time for sure. Only stayed for a few beers in the end of a drinking day though. Was surprised the urinating midget wasnít bigger.
rlgk (613) GŲteborg, Sweden | June 6, 2004| Updated July 29, 2005
A place where you can choose to have your beer indoors or outdoors. We found a table outdoors and had to wait for ages until we can order. The waitor was way too lonely when it got crowded. Nice beerlist, and a quite crowded surrounding
Visited again in July-05. We started a few days here with having a few good beers around lunch. Great pubenvironment indorrs and very quiet. The beerlist is still as goodf...