Visited this pub several times in the past few years, and am pleased to revew it for Ratebeer for the first time. Narrow backstreet pub tucked away off Marnixstraat and a few minutes walk away from Leidseplein. Next door to Thermos Day sauna. Around eight taps and a vast selection of Belgian bottles kept here. Woodpanelling throughout and subdued lighting. Food is excellent but the kitchen is only open 6pm-930pm, maybe a little longer at weekends. Try the fish stew. At other times a platter of bread and cheese is available at the bar. As mentioned by the previous reviewer, the music is loud, although not extreme; and the pub certainly does overcrowd at weekends, and staff make a valiant effort to serve everyone as quickly as possible. This all points to Zotte being something of a victim of its own popularity. Punters were, however friendly, one kind enough to surprise me with a beer simply because I was sharing a table with him and his friends.
I recommend a visit but do be prepared for a "sardine tin" if you go on a Friday or Saturday night.
I love coming here. Old school rock is usually playing and there is simple honesty in the ambience. It isn’t trying to be anything. It is a beer bar with a slightly worn look. You have to arrive early or book a table as it is always packed. I love the cheese and pate platters with hot bread. The beer selection is good. A good variety of Belgian beers. It is a Belgian beer bar so don’t expect to see local beers.
Great little place to hide during Amsterdam’s cold winter or sit/stand outside in the summer. Classic selection of Belgian beers with bottles specials per month and week. The kitchen is good and their Belgian fries are the best in the city. Reserve a table or else avoid on weekend nights unless you are there very early or late.
A nice Belgian beer cafe, a bit on the side, mostly for locals I suppose, though some tourists end up here as well. Prices are fairly decent, good for the tap stuff. The known Belgians are here and of course the trappists. Eight taps with one seasonal (summer/winter) and one monthly. Nothing special in the bottle section though. Good food, serving a lot of trappist cheese fair and dishes cooked with beer. Also, three specials of the day. If you go, go for the food. It’s good. Nice enough service, friendly, knowledgeable, fast even when busy. A bit small, but it contributes to the more rustic and local feeling that’s the main attraction. Nice enough, old rock’n’roll music, but with a lot of people in a small place, it can get a bit loud.
Nice bar in relatively central Amsterdam. Has a pretty extensive list of draft and bottled beer, though not much of the selection is particularly rare or exciting. Worth checking out if you’re in Amsterdam for a while, but there are several nicer bars to check out before this one.
Has 8 taps and less than the 300 Belgian beers advertised due to a "distribution issue." That said, the ambiance was very pleasant, mellow. The service very friendly and food very good. The selection is wide but nothing special that I could tell.
Busy place, lots of tourists and some students. Good selecion of tap beer and lots of bottles. Good service from the waitresses. We tried the food, there’s a good selection, with daily special meals (daghap). Available prices, especially for the daghap. Good atmosphere.