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In De Wildeman
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
, 1012 PT
phone: +31 (0)206 38 23 48
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Reviews by taez555:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
For some reason I had a really tough time finding the Wildeman. The street name Kollegstraat was blocked by a sign so I kept going up and down the streets in circles. The kicker was, when I found it, it was closed. Good to note that its not open Sundays. But if youre heading from the central train station its really very close, just go straight down the main road (damrak I believe) a few blocks to where the canal on your left ends and take a right on the small Side street/Alley. Youll go past café 420, another little street, a Belgian french fry place and then it should be on your left.
The interior was very small. Theres a small bar on the left side as you enter. A few tables with locals smoking cigars on the right. A smaller seating area up a set of stairs towards the back with some old barrels against the wall. The whole place maybe seats 30 or 40. Very rustic Old World feel with a small bit of brewerania. I have to agree the Long Beach bums review; it sort of has this old drugstore sort of look to it.
The beer selection was easily one of the best in Amsterdam. In a city where Heineken and Oranjaboom dominate, this place is like walking into Belgium. A small assortment of tap beers was posted on the wall. A nice mix of common local and Euro standards as well as some more obscure Belgians and Dutch beers. The key to the Wildeman though is the bottle list. Had to be between 100-200 beers. A small world mix, a good assortment of quality Dutch beers, but for the most part Belgian beers. They were out of all the Westys when I was there, but beyond that a great selection of common and rather obscure beers. All served in the correct glass at the correct temperature.
They have a small list of food. Mostly some different cheeses and meats. We ordered some chips and salsa and an assortment of cheese that came with some really hardy pumpernickel bread. It wasnt to bad, but lets just say its a good thing the Belgian fry place is right next door.
The woman, who was tending bar/the wait staff, was rather helpful. Not the most friendly, but she knew her beer, even suggesting a few to try telling me this would probably be better after the trappist
When we were there it was mainly just locals smoking cigars and chatting. We actually met a very nice couple from the UK while there. We chit chatted about quality beer, he actually mentioned he was a member of CAMRA. Quality beer drinkers of the world unite.
Basically, if youre going to Amsterdam to drink beer, café in de wildeman is a must visit. Although, to be quite honest, when I was there it sort of felt like an Amsterdam buzz kill. This town is about weird sex, drugs, and Van Gogh. If I wanted Belgium I could just hop on the train for a short ride over the border. But, that being said, an amazing beer bar.
09-02-2004 08:14:17 |
More by taez555
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What makes Amsterdam so...dam appealing? First day in the city and everybody that I've run into speaks English (even the homeless folks!). It probably helps that the city is such a tourist hotspot. With the museums closing, it's time to go drinking.
Tables on the street outside, though I found my spot just inside the bar. There are two rooms, with a bar splitting the two apart. Lots of beer memorabilia around, especially at the front window, where you will see beer glasses the size of fish bowls!
In de Wildeman has well earned its repuation as a beer destination is Amsterdam. 18 different beers on-tap of different nationalities (Flying Dog, Texels, Mahrs, Ayinger, Del Ducato, De Leckere) and an additional 250 bottles (De Ranke, Schelde, Boon, Vis Beer, Bink, Mardesous, Fullers, Anchors, Budels, Jopen). Not only are the beers kept in good shape, but they're served with appropriate glassware and not too cold. I had two drafts from here, and both put me in a good mood.
It's just not beers that's here, but scotch too. If you're fond of both beverages, In de Wildeman should be near the top of your bar crawl. Heck, just the beer warrants a visit.
05-12-2013 16:25:51 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Vibe: The bar is short walk down a alley off the busy pedestrianized Nieuwendijk, but once you step in you feel like you've quickly exited the tourist district. It is very cozy inside with lots of decoration of old beer-related items in a display case and on the walls. It seemed that the place was popular with the locals and several people brought their dog. I visited around 7 pm on a Monday and was surprised to find some empty tables
Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperatures in a variety of glassware such as goblets and snifters.
Service: There were only two people manning the bar and also waiting on the tables so service wasn't very prompt, but this seems the norm in Europe. The bartenders did talk with some of the people ordering and paying at the bar.
Selection: The bar had about a dozen beers on tap, some of which seemed to be uncommon beers and limited releases. I was shocked to find a gose and a pumpkin beer on-tap.
They had light appetizers but I didn't try the food.
04-17-2013 05:53:53 |
More by metter98
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited back in June 2012:
Stopped in while on a recent visit to Amsterdam, among other places...and what can I say that hasn't already been said about the place. This place is an absolute must for any beer enthusiast. We walked into the place maybe around 6 or 7pm, don’t recall the day at this point, after stopping at the Burger Bar right down the street (which frankly a must stop as well) and the place was packed, both inside and out, but we were lucky enough to grab a table. The place is kind of small, but has a great atmosphere...a little light music and so many languages being spoken that I lost count. Very causal and relaxing. This is a place that you could easily hang out in all day.
As others have stated, there was a list of maybe 11 beers on tap and I didn't really recognize any of them, which was great, all different breweries and styles. I think that we tried maybe 4 or 5 on that visit. And the list of bottled beer was unbelievable...I think that my wife and I must have read over the thing for at least a half an hour, just in awe of the sheer volume. The service was decent, but the place was crowded, so I can't really fault the guy, but he was friendly and accommodating. Overall, it was a very unique experience.
11-01-2012 17:54:22 |
More by PhillyStyle
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I love In the Wildman! Been here plenty of times and planning on visiting when I go to Amsterdam in March. This is a great beer bar that is in the heart of Amsterdam (and it is right next to the Burger Bar, which is another story in in itself--bottom line--the best burgers in the world).
Anyway, In de Wildeman has a great selection of some really nice beers. I was introduced to Emelisse beers here and (surprisingly) some of flying dog's beers (Farmhouse IPA). Lots of beers and memories.
Service is great...the normal bartender (don't know his name--was there everytime I visited) is a great guy, who (if the place is not busy) will explain each beer to you.
Selection is huge. A must visit if you find yourself in A-Dam!!!
02-04-2012 02:44:35 |
More by 4thelvofbeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here while in Amsterdam recently and enjoyed it. It's down a tight side street near the center of town. Quite busy. My friend and I got a seat after standing for 15 minutes. Everyone is friendly. The bartenders were helpful. I had De Molen's DIPA, and a Wilde porter. Both deliciious. Proper glassware was used.
Music is light and leaves room for many conversations. This is meant to be like a coffee shop, except for beer. You go to chill, have a quality brew, and have conversations. There are no meals offered here. Just some snacks.
What's funny is that the american beer they have there is primarily Flying Dog...kinda random.
Definitely a recommended stop for any beer geek in amsterdam.
06-14-2011 21:12:22 |
More by jbertsch
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was recently in Amsterdam and this place was one of two that I had heard that I have to visit. It was fairly easy to find, basically in the center of town, about five or six blocks from Central Station, two or three blocks from Dam Square, although it's so unassuming you could easily miss it.
To walk inside (at least at the time that I did) you'd have no idea it was as unique a beer place as it is. Most of the clientele were older locals, many drinking heinekens, amstels, leffe, etc. The place is small and very unadorned. The bar itself was about a foot lower than a typical bar with no seats.
The beer list, however was amazing. I didn't recognize anything on the draft list. Many were from Northern Europe and included Belgian as well as American styles. I had two beers, an American IPA and a Russian Imperial Stout. Both were amazing. The bottle list was also impressive with beers from every country imaginable.
A must visit for any beer enthusiast and a great place to bring anyone.
02-09-2011 19:40:14 |
More by david18
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Found this place randomly wandering around Amsterdam. It's ona crowded side street bordering one of the main roads going toward the center (nieuwezijd voorburgwal) and right across from a coffeeeshop. Laid back atmosphere, lacking the "party" feeling of most other bars here in Amsterdam, which was nice. Decor is beer casks and beer lists, all wood with some old dim lights. A lot of good beers on the list here, along with a huge list of NL crafts which was nice to see. Menu separates Flemish and Wallonian beers, as well as Trappists, and a seciton of Abbey-style beers. The last page was British, German, Irish and Czech beers with a couple of American crafts even on there.
Highly recommended for someone looking for good beer in a place so often dominated by Heineken and Amstel.
11-05-2010 20:05:19 |
More by BucBasil
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
another stop that i missed on my first trip to amsterdam - locater literally across the street from my hotel and i could see it from the window
unfortunately closed on Sunday, which is odd, as Amsterdam doesnt typically align itself with the schedule of the church, but im sure they have their reasons.
stopped in on a Monday afternoon - maybe 40 taps including some strange american and other european offerings. I had a few De Molen taps, which were great.
This spot has a nice wooden interior and outdoor seating along a relatively busy alleyway.
They were hosting a cheese/beer pairing the day we stopped in which was awesome. They wheeled in a cart with about 10 different amazing cheeses, each paired with a specific tap beer. You order the beer, you get the cheese free. very cool
06-05-2010 07:13:53 |
More by dirtylou
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
A must visit in Amsterdam with a large range of beer on tap including Dutch, Belgium, US, German berrs as well as the ubiquitious Guiness and Strongbow Cider. The bottled beer menu is extensive with a huge number of Belgians, American, German and British beers.The bar as a bar area with a few tables and more seating at the rear. Service is Dutch style i.e laid back!
The only drawback is that the location draws a lot of tourists (like me) i had a group of English students next to me who had obviously been smoking something a little to strong for them!
Overall though a friendly welcoming place highly recommended!
02-17-2010 12:33:52 |
More by Clembo1957
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In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Netherlands