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[ Bar, Eatery ]
Rue Du Chêne, 5
phone: +32 (0)25 11 92 62
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Reviews by GreenCard:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
This place is simply fantastic. I'm a bit irked that I haven't been to it until now (only two months from when I will move from Brussels to the UK), so I will most certainly be coming back here a few times before my departure.
The dark wood and candle-light ambience is made even more enchanting when you take a gander at all of the great memorabilia that covers every inch of wall-space and some floor-space as well. Some tables have life-size costumed mannekins sitting at them and you have all the Belgian puppet artifacts hanging on the walls. Also hard to miss are the medieval cross-bows and a pike (long-spear) with some stuffed mice perched on it. There are essentially four levels to this place if you count the chairs outside on the sidewalk. Inside there are three separate levels. The tables downstairs in the back are Singer sewing stations with the sewing machines still in place.
The selection is respectable, though not boastfully quantitative as there are "only" 71 beers on the menu (14 of them lambic products). They have a wide selection of the more mainstream Belgian beers (Leffe, Chimay, Duvel, etc) balanced out with a lot of the more artisanal ones. A newly published beer-guide I had reported that this place had draft Giradin, but this turned out to not be the case (when we visited, anyway). We ordered a bottle each of Girardin Black label which was served in small pouring baskets (a memorable image for the "unitiated"). Some of the more touristy tourists in the place were craning their necks to see what it was we had before turning back to face their pedestrian glass of Chimay.
Service was speedy on this Saturday afternoon, but that would be expected on a slow Saturday evening when there are two waitresses on duty. Though we did not try any, the food menu was wide-ranging but mainly "petite restauration" (snacky stuff like cheese or meat plates). This makes it a great place to go before heading off to another restaurant for a full dinner.
07-04-2004 10:02:23 |
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had two beers there on a lazy Sunday afternoon (Forestinne Mysteria & Goliath Tripel), we were lucky as somebody just left his table so we could sit outside in the sun :). It takes some patience to get the attention of the waiter but once ordered, he treats your choice as it was the last bottle on earth ! As it is right in front of 'Manneke Pis' there are heaps of tourists queueing for a glimps of the little bronze man so if you want to enjoy silence, this is probably not the place to visit, if you like watching people and enjoy a good pint, this place is perfect. Nice selection of beers, tap and bottle but there are places in Brussels with a more extensive beer menu. All in all, I always enjoy this place when I'm in Brussel, especially if you can sit outside.
10-04-2012 11:14:04 |
More by BelgianBeerPope
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Just a few blocks from Brussels Grotemarkt plaza and onto a fairly prominent alleyway, an intersection that's marked by a statue of a black marble toddler peeing into a fountain and a street vendor of escargot tells me I'm close. I peer slight upward and leftward and see a faded sign that denotes the bar. On this most pleasant late April afternoon, I expect the exceedingly crowded patio to also resonate inside.
But up the narrow staircase and into the upstairs space reveals enough patrons to keep it lively but not enough to repel the group of nine of us who were thirsty and in need of an afternoon snack. A quick read of about 50 beers (eight or so on tap) lead me to the Watou Tripel from St. Bernardus brewery. As an accompaniment to the artisanal cheeses, meats, and mustard that was delivered I wished that I could spend an eternity here.
With the dusty puppets of circus-like whimsy and discipline, the framed political cartoons of undermined nazi regime, and the cases of Orval that are glued upside down to the ceiling... all fulfilling the notion of Belgian humor, historic burrs, and beer idiosyncratic mindset firmly put me in the mindset of Brussels past and present.
Reasonable prices, as are all throughout Belgium, and a full flavored beer menu that will satisfy every beer drinker to embrace their boarders, none will fill dissatisfied from the offerings delivered here. An easy order of De Rank XX Bitter, Orval Tappist, or Kasteel Donker would have satisfied just as well.
But with Belgium (as with Europe) the service will seem relaxed and appear not as attentive as American servers so a little extra patience and extra hand raising will have to suffice. But when the beers arrive, then the server does a fantastic job of decanting each persons beer with artistry and care.
Gotta love this beer cafe as it does all that Belgium does with beer culture and they don't mind if it's busy or sparse on customoership- they deliver each glass with class, friendliness, and professionalism.
05-17-2012 07:03:45 |
More by BEERchitect
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here on part of a pub crawl in Brussels. Sitting outside on what I was told one of the nicest nights in Belgium all season. The outdoor cafe which is right next to Manekin Pis. In side it gets a bit creepy because this place used to be a puppet theater and they have puppets everywhere. Nice old wood and dim lighting makes this place feel very quaint. Just remember if you are sitting outside and have to go to the bathroom, it is inside, upstairs, through the bar, pass the creepy dummy sitting at a table, down the stairs passed the old stage with beer signs behind glass, make a right and there you go, but watch there is a window so people can watch as they come down the stairs. Anyway, I think the service was good, a bit overwhelming I am sure with a dozen Americans asking questions but he did good. A very nice selection of stuff I knew and never heard of. Lambics served in the basket and proper glassware all day.
09-29-2011 21:02:49 |
More by OWSLEY069
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
My group of friends stopped in here for a mid-walk refresher while on our way from the Grand Place to Cantillon. Great location, fun, eclectic atmosphere (although I found some of the dolls a trifle creepy). Not crowded at all at midday.
The beer list is solid, but uninspiring. All the usual suspects are here, priced higher than I saw pretty much anywhere else around Brussels, and without anything really exciting. Our group wound up getting Saison Dupont, Chimay Blue, Tripel Karmeliet, St Bernardus Wit, and maybe one other one I can't remember. All were, of course, served in appropriate glassware (you've got to love that about Belgium!). The service was fine. No complaints.
If this bar were anywhere else, it would rule. In Brussels, though, it was bereft of truly interesting beers and distinctly overpriced. I really wish we had just walked straight to Cantillon, but that Saison Dupont was indeed tasty.
09-09-2011 01:39:02 |
More by woosterbill
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is practically across the street from the Mannekin Pis, so gets a lot of fraffic. I went twice while in Brussels, once in the afternoon when it was empty, and in the evening when it was fairly crowded.
I am not sure if this place is touristy, kitschy, or just weird, but I am leaning toward that last one. It is decorated with marionettes, Mannekin Pis costumes, old political cartoons, beer cases stuck to the ceiling, and a life-sized manequin sitting at a table on the way down to the bathrooms. The soundtrack when I was there was an old Wolfman Jack radio program on a 1/2 hour loop.
The beer list is pretty large, but mostly bottles. That seemed typical in Belgium. I didn't eat here, but the menu was exactly the same as in every beer cafe I visted in Brussels.
The service was decent in the day time, and comically indifferent, bordering on hostile in the evening. (Even by European standards.) Our server decided he didn't like one person in our party, and would only come to the table if one of the women in the group waved him over. He took our orders with a look of complete disdain and managed to convey pleasure in pouring our beers, while still making it clear he hated our guts. This, combined with the French couple obliviously making out at the next table, was so surreal it actually made the evening more enjoyable. I will go back to this bizarre bar the next time I am in Brussels.
08-11-2011 01:06:03 |
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped here for a bit on my tour of Europe after seeing that little boy across the way taking a wee. I tried one of the samplers to get the deepest breadth of what Belgium had to offer before we left the country. On the whole I enjoyed the feel of the place, nice old style location where you could hang out all night long. The service was pretty good (given it was a Tuesday afternoon). It seemed to me to be a bit pricey, but we were ordering Belgian beer after all, so it was worth it. Next time I'm in Brussels I would like to go back, but honestly I would try somewhere new next time.
01-05-2011 03:58:49 |
More by mdunman
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Located on Rue Mannekinpis, directly across from the Mannekin Pis Statue.
The decor is what makes this place, funky and tons of stuff to look at, but ultimately cozy and inviting.
The selection was pretty solid. All the beer worth while is served in the bottle. I would have liked to have seen more Flander Bruins, but they're selection of Gueuze was nice and they did have some good rare beers. However, the price of the rare beers was equivalent to what you find in the US. (i.e. Dues Brut Flanders was 30 euro)
My rating on the service has a caveat...I would have rated the service as poor, but once I finally got the waiter talking he opened up and directed me to some other great places in the area. This might have been because my french was poor, however, previous to the information session, the service was slow, he forgot our order twice in a row, and really wasn't well versed on his product.
Overall, I would give this place an A- and would return in a second, on a cold winter night it was the perfect place to drink delicious bier.
11-28-2010 19:57:22 |
More by kaitrin
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Decent reviews and quite a few on BA so I figured this place was worth checking out, IT IS NOT...Located kitty corner of the Pissing Boy so its in a nice locale and easy to find. At 5 in the afternoon this was already super busy and we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. Once we were seated we were presented with a bottle menu of about 40 beers and about 8 drafts, all winter beers. The selection was a lot of Belgian lower tier beers, but there were some of the higher end stuff. The beer selection isn't a problem, its more of the atmosphere. The walls are covered by some costumes of the pissing buy and tons of puppets, very strange. Its loud, and way too busy, and full of all tourists. The music was all American with hits by Mariah Carey and tons of Christmas music.This is a total tourist trap that because of a good location picks up traffic.
Avoid this place, just cheesy.
11-27-2010 21:43:06 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Location is great - right next to the ridiculous Mannekin is. Interesting decor seems to focus on costumes and puppets and a small section dedicated to Mannekin Pis. Strange. Another room is cluttered with random beer related stuff, including a whole crate of Orval stuck upside down on the the ceiling. Quiet somewhat older crowd, mixed between beer and coffee drinker. The beer list is great, separated into about 20 browns, 15 ambers, most of the trappists, and what seems to be 40 or so blondes. There's a section dedicated to lambics and sours as well.
This was a good place to take a little stop while waiting for the rain to pass, and it was right where I was so not an out of the way place at all. Pretty reasonably priced, and the tap offerings were good as well.
11-05-2010 20:40:58 |
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