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Afspanning 't Waagstuk
Taps: 5 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 (0)32 25 02 19
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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Great beer, greater food!
Make sure you try the Zeppelin. It's a fine dark belgian ale, worth the trip for this alone. I thought it was contracted out by the restaurant though I am not so sure anymore. It is definitely a DeKoninck production though who came up with the recipe I am not so sure of. Maybe it's time to read that review. Anyway, on to 't Waagstuck...
The chef and bartender is really cool and can always recommend fantastic meals and beer pairings. When they ran out of one of the meals I ordered he gave me the rest of what they had plus a few other samples of beer cuisine. On top of it he brought us some nice Oude Kriek's on the house because he felt bad for running out of one meal.
I definitely recommend going here instead of Gouden Ecu. I am not knocking Gouden Ecu, I just couldn't get in to try any food. They are reservation only and there is a pretty forbidding sign on the door emphasizing that point. Regardless, if you are in Antwerp head here for some food and then on to De Kulminator for a nice aged brew!
01-25-2007 19:59:39 |
More by Big78CJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
I ended up here somewhat buzzed after a very lengthy stay at the Kulminator. A nice multi-room bar with a casual and pleasant atmosphere. A great collection of ceramic beer mugs hang all over the ceiling....some Belgian, some not.
On this particular day in Oct/03 the impossible to find De Troch unfiltered gueze was NOT available. Damn nation! I did have a bottle of Zepplin however, which was a 9%, dark-black-licorice flavoured beer. Not too bad. The rest of the beer menu was very good. Plenty of gueze and a few imports as well.
We also stayed for dinner here where they offered some traditional Belgian dishes and cuisine a la biere. I had a lovely chicken & Chimay sauce and my wife had a rather interesting choice of pork-meatballs w/cherries. Excellent meal!
Worth a visit. Another highly recommended bar.
10-29-2003 18:52:51 |
More by Popsinc
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Visited this place on 23/3 2010.
The place is separated onto 2 sections of which one is non-smoking and it is only here they are allowed to serve food.
When we got there they had a beersampling-session in progress in the non-smoking section so we had to enjoy our first two beers in the bar. Belgians do smoke alot when they drink, don't they :) House seems old and there is alot of red bricks and wood all around. Cosy!
They had about 6-7 beers on draught among them Chimay Blance, Tripel Karmeliet and Rodenbach Classic. We tried the Chimay and the Rodenbach and they were both execellent. 2.80e per glass. Quite the bargain.
They have a good selection of belgian classics including lambics and food is average but good value. Owners are very friendly and the place is very relaxed and not very infested by tourists as many of the other places.
We had a really good time here and i would definetively recommend people who are in Antwerpen to check this place out.
04-05-2010 21:25:47 |
More by baggio
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We had expected to have trouble finding this place, but it was actually ok for us, maybe through luck!
Our first beer was the Zeppelin, which was a fantastic sweet stout-like beer, and had just come back to the pub after a few months of being unavailable. We also had a XX Bitter, which was recommended in "100 Belgian Beers to try before you die", but this turned out to be one of the worst we ha on the whole trip! Obviously not the pubs fault, but it goes to show how different tastes can be.
The waitress was very friendly, and recommended that we tried the Triple Karmeliet or Chimay on tap, though we had other places to go we would have done if time had allowed!
A note for the person who mentioned that you get rice here instead of fries, this (ridiculous) rule was explained to us one night by a restaurant owner: If a restaurant/cafe serves fries, then they cannot allow customers to smoke there. Restaurants that do not serve fries or other cooked potato snacks are not classified as 'proper' restaurants, and therefore smokers (like myself!) can enjoy a smoke with their beer.
05-29-2009 19:12:52 |
More by ministoat
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
On the stadswaag, a square in the north of the historical city. Within the city’s second expansion. The square itself was the created in the 16th century. Since, it was inhabited by merchants who had their warehouses here. Even until the 20th century. Then it became part of Antwerp’s night life when most of the historical cellars where turned into bars and discothèques. With the natural allocation of the partiers, the square died. This changed again during the last 20 to 30 years, when bars slowly started to return.
It has the doubtful honour of being the first neighbourhood that was bombed by German Zeppelins during World War 1. It was the first deliberate attack on civilians in this war. This is symbolised in the bar by the zeppelin shaped chandeliers.
6 beers on tap: Maes, De Koninck (Bolleke [pale ale] and Winterkoninck [called Winterzeppelin]), Rodenbach, Chimay and Waagstuk (re-labbeled Piraat).
Around 90 bottled beers on the menu. All trappists and Lambic products included. The offer expands and decreases because of “Beer(s) of the month” actions and aged bottles.
The establishment spans 4 historical buildings around a central square. The square has a gate that gives access to the Stadswaag. When you enter the complex, the building to your right contains the counter. There are a few tables here. The ceiling is decorated with steins. The walls are covered with beer memorabilia. The counter itself is a salvaged piece in kitsch Art Deco / Art Nouveau. Very common during the first decennia of this century. Derived from the model I would presume it’s from a village bar. The floor is tilled.
The second room has no window are door that accesses the inner square. It’s the largest room. It has a wooden floor. In the corner is a fireplace installed. The decoration is very plain here, but the zeppelins are hard to miss. Beyond this room is a small terrace that is roofed now. The two main points are the gas stove and the huge plants against the wall. Adjunct is the kitchen. This room is the smoke free area.
Right from the largest room is another cosy area. Intimately lit, chocolate paint, reproductions of old pictures of the city against the wall and a big wooden dresser cupboard. Adjunct from this room is the beer and glassware stockage.
The bar also offers two caved cellars. They are rented to students, used for beer tasting sessions or party’s.
They bar also caters for beer sessions and Breugheltafels.
You can order beer tasting sessions. They have different combinations and prices. You can choose to have food during these sessions.
For groups, receptions or meetings they also prepare Breughel meals. A large assortment of warm and cold dishes all-you-can-eat. Here too you can choose from four arrangements.
The food in general is decent with a healthy variety of dishes. From little snacks like crisps, tapa’s, cheese, … A bit heartier are the small range of typical Flemish and small lunch dishes. Also salads, pasta and desserts.
At my second visit I had the Loze vinkjes met gebakken ui from the Flemish selection. The quality is acceptable, the portions not. OK I’m not in a restaurant and I didn’t pay a lot. But looking at the kind of people they want to attract… I would find it more then reasonable to pay more, but to really get more.
All in all this is a more than satisfying establishment.
07-07-2006 13:10:23 |
More by Bierschenker
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
If you're Antwerp, go to this place!!!! They have a fantastic selection of beer. They've got Westvleteren, Rodenbach, Cantillon, Chimay, Rochefort etc, etc. I had some Chimay White on tap, Westy 12, some aged Drie Fonteinen Kriek, Boon Mariage parfait Kriek (wow what an awesome brew!!!), Vlaamse Bourgogne (yummy!). The staff were very friendly and poured the beers with great care and precision. Very cosy, friendly atmosphere. Its refreshing to know places like this exist in the world, i will be back here one day, you can count on that!!!!!
02-07-2003 00:53:43 |
More by rastaman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Kulminator may have the most impressive cellar but Waagstuk is our favorite beer bar in Antwerp. Co-owners Lucy and Dieter were very knowledgeable and were happy to discuss the local beers. Dieter had just returned from the Drie Fontainen brewery which had recently experienced an explosion which will threaten their continued existence. He shared some one year old lambic he brought back from the brewery in a plastic bottle. When Lucy learned that one of our favorite beers was Chouffe Houblon she insisted that we take some Houblon glasses home! What wonderful owners!
Beer selection was much better than average for a Belgian beer bar, inlcuding their special Zeppelin beer. Food was very good and reasonably priced. I had a croque madame and my wife had the pumpkin soup, both excellent.
I highly recommend the Waagstuk for those exploring the Antwerp beer scene.
03-05-2010 01:25:47 |
More by dandeibler
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