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.
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.
(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 Cuvée de Noël 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 it’s 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 (818) 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 that’s not good enough.
Certainly worth visiting for the interior alone. There’s loads of creepy marionettes and puppets adorning the walls. The service is Belgian. The selection’s 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 it’s 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 café on Ratebeer. Its location kinda makes it a must-stop if you’re in Brussels and not too rushed, unless you’ve been here a few times before.
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 wasn’t bigger.
A solid bar in the touristy centre of Brussels. It’s 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 can’t complain. It’s 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.
A great place to enjoy a lambic or other Belgian beers near to the tourist sites. A very nice inside with all sorts of belgian Beerania and a great little patio out side right across from the Manneken Pis. Service was great with a server who was happy to help us through the selections. A real nice bottle list with only a few taps. Didn’t order food on my visit but thought prices were overall fair. I really enjoyed my visit.