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British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on July 6, 2007
This was a life saver for me. I was out shopping with my gf and a female friend. Needless to say I needed a beer after a couple hours of clothes shopping.
I absolutely loved the atmosphere here. It was soooo small but incredibly cozy at the same time. We got a nice (big?) table that could have sat 4 by the window. To the left as you walk in. Check out the website panorama QTVR to see exactly. It was a little smokey in there but that's to be expected and probably seemed worse at the time than it actually was. Our Vancouver-ite noses aren't used to smoking in bars.
I had a Chouffe on tap and my first ever Rochefort beer, the 10. What a treat! The beers were great and the service, friendly. This was only our 2nd day in Amsterdam so we weren't used to going up to the bar to order but once we got used to it, it was all good.
Bathroom was up an INCREDIBLY steep staircase, but I thought it was hilarious watching tourists try to stagger up there.
Prices I seem to remember were pretty reasonable. 4 for the Rochefort and like 3.50 or something for the Chouffe.
Next time I'm in Amsterdam, I will definitely hit this place up again.
03-29-2008 07:30:32 |
More by Hornet2003
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A very fun place packed with regulars and locals not a tourist in site. Stayed for a few hours and chatted up some locals. Place is very small but conformable enough.
Had some La Chouffes. Very good, selection is somewhat small as compared to Wildman, but still full of quality. 10 or so taps with 15-20 bottles on the list.
Service was slightly slow but understandable considering how full it was. People in the bar were polite enough to part when we walked up to the bar to order.
Had some cheese that was very good.
All in all a fun place with pretty good beer.
03-10-2008 21:56:55 |
More by bierme
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
How can such a tiny place stay open in such a popular spot in Amsterdam? This place is always almost full when we stop by, but somehow there is always somebody just leaving and we can get their spot, or we manage to get the last spot as we come in. Let's just call it good luck.
The selection isn't going make it into the hall of fame, but there is certainly enough to make a beer lover happy with providing some old favorites if not providing a salivating list of beers not yet tasted.
They were offering some rather odiferous abbey cheese to go with your beer. I think that added to the atmosphere.
10-22-2007 15:25:28 |
More by YankSubSomerset
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
What a wonderful little place! As others have mentioned, there are a half-dozen stools at the bar, and 3-4 tables. When we passed by in the afternoon, there were people sitting on the benches out front -- remarkable since it is January and was raining!
After dinner, we came back around 8:30 pm and found *one* empty table big enough for two. Perfect!
The service was gracious, shifted into English from the word "hello," and much more quick than the other places I've tried here in Amsterdam. (In fact, everyone in the place was speaking English -- somewhat surreal for a Belgian bar in Amsterdam...or maybe not.
The selection was appropriate. About 6 taps or so, and about 30 bottles. I tried a double I had never seen before, and also the La Chouffe. Everything served with it's own special glass, and that Netherlands layer of foam.
I was pleased with the experience, and can recommend it!
01-06-2007 22:11:31 |
More by cthrockmorton
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I've been lucky enough to visit Cafe Belgique a few times and every time the atmosphere seems better. If you like small Dickensian style pubs with red candles in jars on the tables, plenty of Belgian beers to try and a plate of cheese then this is the place to go.
This was the first bar I had Kwak in, served in the Kwak glasses with the test tube holder glass carrier. The pub is also handy for other great bars nearby. The old woodwork, list of beers, understanding my dodgy Hull accent, very close to the central station all make this a must when in Amsterdam, plus I have to work my way through the rest of the beer list.
01-23-2006 21:26:17 |
More by Johnny7
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Same caveat about the value here. I paid what I thought were decent prices for some of the best beers I can imagine. That being said here goes:
Cafe Belgique is awesome for sure. Gravenstraat is just to the west side of the city centre and a very cool location. The side streets of Amsterdam are wondeful and I could get lost in them for hours especially if I wound up in Cafe Belgique.
As previous reviews mention Cafe Belgique is absolutely tiny. There is very limited seating and even standing room. That being said the atmosphere is still very laid back and ambient. The lighting was almost candlelight like (probably from the candle like chandelier in the bar room). The walls were lined with Belgian breweriana.
The bar faces the door and had 8 or 10 taps of varying beers including when I was there Chouffe, Barbour, La Trappe etc. The Chouffe was some of the best artisinal beer I have ever had. I have had it in bottles but never on tap and never this fresh. There was a wonderfully fruity hop flavor that I never noticed before. And La Trappe on tap was velvet in a glass. The bartender apologized profusedly when there was only one La Trappe glass left for the two of us. In fact this may be the best thing about any place in Europe is that they take their glassware so seriously.
Belgique was a little better than Wildeman purely for their selection and attention to detail, seek this place out if you go no where else.
06-23-2005 15:13:25 |
More by GreatPondBrewer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very nice spot just off the beaten track, visited twice over weekend 15-17 Oct 2004. First time was late and crowded, but we still managed to grab a decent beer or two. Second visit was much better. Nine of us went there about 6pm on sat evening and upon entering, two patrons seated in the right hand alcove gave up their seats so that we could "take over" that table. Six draught beers, including Kwak and impressive Vlo (from local brewery t'Ij) available. Excellent beer menu to peruse, so you can be making up your mind on the next beer while enjoying the first one. Had Orval, Rochefort 8, Rodenbach in bottles. Minor drawbacks were the small size of the place (maybe not a bad thing!), and beware the stairs to and from the toilets after quaffing strong beer!
NOTE: Glad to see that nothing had changed for our visit in Oct 2005. Maybe the beer menu had shortened slightly, but great place!
10-29-2004 14:26:47 |
More by JohnfromDublin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
What a place to run into - and only steps from my hotel. A cozy little place wit room for 25 if packed. A nice bar tender. Great beers on tap and a atmosphere that is hard to beet. This joint was tiny but just what i was looking for. I met many-a-friendly local here durring my stay and this bar made my trip to amsterdam. I cant say enough good things about it. As a side not, and a show of the kind of Beer Karma that flowed through this place: I was sitting by the window minding my beer when i see a guy in a BA shirt stroll by.
07-07-2004 06:39:58 |
More by elmocoso
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
All jokes aside about the, ahem, extracurricular activities in Amsterdam, it's a great town to drink. Most places have a good selection of Belgian beers, and the excellent local Brouwerij 't IJ is available in most serious beer places. Café Belgique, while not as famous as Cafe In de Wildeman, is my favorite overlooked place in the city.
The selection is excellent, with around 10 beers on tap and a solid selection of Belgians. They don't have St. Bernadus or Westie, but other than they hit all the major highlights. Another reason this place is great is the staff, which is very friendly and knows its beer. The bartender the night we visited recommended good replacements when they didn't have a local brew, and also guided a new beer drinker to a good selection.
The interior of the bar is cozy, if a bit cramped, with space for around 20. I have no idea if they have food here, since I didn't check.
If you're in Amsterdam, this should definitely be your second stop after the Wildeman. Friendly service, relaxed interior, good prices. Be sure to try the 't IJ Columbus barleywine if they have a few bottles in stock.
05-02-2004 16:26:31 |
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