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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Same caveat about the value here. I paid what I thought were decent prices for some of the best beers I can imagine. That being said here goes:
Cafe Belgique is awesome for sure. Gravenstraat is just to the west side of the city centre and a very cool location. The side streets of Amsterdam are wondeful and I could get lost in them for hours especially if I wound up in Cafe Belgique.
As previous reviews mention Cafe Belgique is absolutely tiny. There is very limited seating and even standing room. That being said the atmosphere is still very laid back and ambient. The lighting was almost candlelight like (probably from the candle like chandelier in the bar room). The walls were lined with Belgian breweriana.
The bar faces the door and had 8 or 10 taps of varying beers including when I was there Chouffe, Barbour, La Trappe etc. The Chouffe was some of the best artisinal beer I have ever had. I have had it in bottles but never on tap and never this fresh. There was a wonderfully fruity hop flavor that I never noticed before. And La Trappe on tap was velvet in a glass. The bartender apologized profusedly when there was only one La Trappe glass left for the two of us. In fact this may be the best thing about any place in Europe is that they take their glassware so seriously.
Belgique was a little better than Wildeman purely for their selection and attention to detail, seek this place out if you go no where else.
06-23-2005 15:13:25 |
More by GreatPondBrewer
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I found this place on the web. It is tiny! But the experience was awesome!
Nice Selection,cute beer tender and friendly to boot. I spent 3hours drinking and tasting all the drafts and talking to the beer tender.
They have cheese and small snacks. All the prober glasses and a fair bottle selection
For this place I would say it does not have the largest selection of drafts or bottle,s however the qty is clearly outweighed by the quality of the place.
Nice place to go, you will suppirsed at how small it is, and crowded it gets, but stop in and enjoy it.
10-18-2011 11:47:33 |
More by xmorgan
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My favorite beer bar on my recent trip to Amsterdam.
The place, as other reviewers have pointed out, is very small with a couple of tables and maybe 6 bar stools.
I had three nice beers on the evening on my visit, all served appropriately: Wildebok (6%), Blanche de Nemur, and a Hoegaarden Grand Cru.
Met a nice family from the southern part of the Netherlands and also a father and son from England. The father was a WWII vet, aged 85 and a real hoot.
I found that the Brits love to drink Kwak out of those goofy glasses. They had it on tap and was constantly being poured.
Also, this was the only beer bar I found in Amsterdam that had t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale.
Not to be missed when you visit this fun city.
11-04-2009 00:38:08 |
More by bnietz
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on July 6, 2007
This was a life saver for me. I was out shopping with my gf and a female friend. Needless to say I needed a beer after a couple hours of clothes shopping.
I absolutely loved the atmosphere here. It was soooo small but incredibly cozy at the same time. We got a nice (big?) table that could have sat 4 by the window. To the left as you walk in. Check out the website panorama QTVR to see exactly. It was a little smokey in there but that's to be expected and probably seemed worse at the time than it actually was. Our Vancouver-ite noses aren't used to smoking in bars.
I had a Chouffe on tap and my first ever Rochefort beer, the 10. What a treat! The beers were great and the service, friendly. This was only our 2nd day in Amsterdam so we weren't used to going up to the bar to order but once we got used to it, it was all good.
Bathroom was up an INCREDIBLY steep staircase, but I thought it was hilarious watching tourists try to stagger up there.
Prices I seem to remember were pretty reasonable. 4 for the Rochefort and like 3.50 or something for the Chouffe.
Next time I'm in Amsterdam, I will definitely hit this place up again.
03-29-2008 07:30:32 |
More by Hornet2003
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stumbled into this place on our honeymoon in Amsterdam .Right off the Dam on a side street it wasn't opened during the daytime. Finally at nite on our last weekend there we visited this place. At first we felt like intruders to the mostly local crowd but they soon warmed to use when they found out we were honeymooners. A German sheperd came by a few times and we pet him and then he went back to his corner to lay down. As I stated before it was all locals except us. Met a cool guy named Volley(Voldemier) I think. He told me that if someons stole his bike , he would steal someelse's Haha. Later that night they locked the doors and wouldn't let outsiders in just people they knew. Oh and the Beer was a real taste of Belgian Ales, White, Trappe, Red, All kinds of tastes and potency. Finally we called it a night and stumbled the few blocks to our hotel. I guess anyway!!! To this day I don't remember leaving, or entering our hotel. Next day we went to the Liedesplien to watch the EAGLES/Giants game at a sportsBar. VERY COOL PLace and people. if you fit in that is.
03-10-2013 21:34:01 |
More by MarkTwain
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Tiny little pub with lots of character. On a small side street very close to the main tourist part of Amsterdam. Three tables with about 10 seats and another six stools at the bar. Lots of old breweriana on the walls and warm-dark wood everywhere.
Good selection of draft and bottled beers. Mostly Belgians with some Dutch beers as well. Very friendly bartender who also served the few drinkers at table. I didn't try for any samples or talk beer with her. Beer served in correct glassware for each brand.
No food available other than a peanut machine. Prices were about average for small Amsterdam pubs; similar to Cafe Gollum.
A pleasant place in the afternoon but it gets really crowded on the weekend nights. I would happily visit here again. One could describe this place as a "Cafe Gollum wannabe" but still a good stop on your pub crawl.
06-29-2009 14:19:36 |
More by joedon
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 |
More by jed
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