Spent an evening here on a recent trip to Belgium. They have some. Incredible and rare beer. Prices are reasonable.
What made this place really special was the bartender, Dylan. He was exceptionally knowledgeable and really helpful in guiding me to pick the right beers.
Located in Hoogstraat, one of the pedestrian lanes leading to the Groote Markt with its beautiful City Hall and merchant houses, this rather tiny place has definitely an impressive selection of bottles, featuring the well-known and respected Belgian classics. The 13 taps have something decent to offer, too. the staff, two decent ladies, are kind and friendly. I have kot tried the food - perhaps next time. Not exactly cheap but decent. A nice place to visit when in town.
P.S. Bonus ambience points for the quite ingenious water tap in the toilet!
Simply put: the best beer bar -next to the Kulminator maybe- in the center of Antwerp. They always have multiple good beers on tap, of which the Struise-tap and the Rodenbach Foederbier-tap are my alltime favorites. They have great knowledgeable staff, and you will always find a couple of beer geeks to talk to if the staff doesn’t have time.
Pretty spectacular place that specializes in their bottle selection, which features some fantastic lambics and an extensive Struise selection among other things. Quite a small place, but in the better weather months, the small outside is very charming. Service was fantastic - Dylan (kraddel) was very generous. A must stop in Antwerp.
Eén der beste biercafés uit het Antwerpse waar ze met een persoon in huis die tapcursussen geeft uiteraard de perfecte pint kunnen tappen. De Struise Brouwers staat hier constant op tap. Spijtig dat er weinig zitplaatsen zijn en ze nog beslist hebben om er weg te nemen ook. De meeste werknemers kennen voldoende van het bier om deskundige uitleg te geven (gelukkig is die met haar Boeing getatoeëerd op haar rug verdwenen). Kwaliteit van schenken, bewaartemperatuur, properheid glazen, juiste afwasmiddel, propere bierleidingen, enz... staat hier op heel hoog niveau. Spijtig dat de sigarettenrook via het terras in de zaak komt, dat verpest alles en maakt de voorste zitplaatsen onbruikbaar. De zaak staat zelfs toe dat er vanop de eerste tafel in de zaak naar buiten toe gerookt wordt! Spijtig en het is in hun nadeel want ik kom er minder en minder door deze reden.
The ambience of these places with the dried hop vines and antique beer signs is kind of silly, but also kind of fun. The bottle cooler is in open view here, making the selection process simpler and more thorough; the bottle selection is extensive with lots of obscure options, while the tap list is solid. If already in Antwerp, this is the definite second place to stop, and the more comfortable.
Visited with Tom. Came here on a Friday afternoon to enjoy a nice bottle of lambic on the terasse in the sun. Nice newer bar in the center of Antwerp.They have a nice selection, a few good bottled lambics, some unblended lambics, a few good taps including a rotating Struise tap. Dylan gave us some top notch service and a nice welcome which was appreciated. Prices are reasonable, especially for the location (which is very nice). Great place to enjoy some beers.
Visited twice on a Friday afternoon/evening. The bar ambiance/crown seems to be a lot younger than the two others main bars of Antwerp (Oud Arsenaal and Kulminator). It wasn’t crowded when we visited and there was plenty of seating available. Service was made by Dylan (kraddel) who works than and was pretty good. The owner let us open a couple of our own bottles there and that was much appreciated. Selection is really interesting with a couple of lambics of tap as well as Struise Cuvée Delphine and Rodenbach Foederbier. The bottles selection was interesting too and included Hommage b2 and a couple of other good lambics. Prices are very reasonable too, especially considering how close this place is from Antwerp Center. Very good beer bar that seems to be on the rise (compare to Kulminator who seems to be on the decline). I will visit again for sure if I’m in the area.