Taps: 8 / Bottles: 114
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by adamette:
5/5 rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place, just feet from the Mannekin Pis, is not to be missed. Classic Brussels beer bar and a Beer Advocate must see. Here is the breakdown of my visit on 6 28 09:
Atmoshphere: Could not be improved. Mannekin Pis costumes of the past, Belgian beer signage, oversized bottles of beer from around the world (with an emphasis on Belgians), great tables with a place marker near most seats with prior benefactors listed, great little metal winding staircase to say nothing of the incredible outdoor seating for about 80 again just opposite the Mannekin Pis. Not only it is a BA must see but it is not easy to miss, so close to a tourist stop like the Mannekin Pis.
Quality: Cannot be improved where I can see with about 400 beer bottles served in appropriate glassware in the highest class way.
Service: Excellent introduction to beer provided by our mutilingual waiter who was patient and right on in his assessment of their available beers. Much of what he had to say was already understood by me but it was very nice of his to provide the overview and I thought to myself if I had not known anything about beer this would be the ideal introduction. Bravo!
Selection: As stated, 400 bottles and (possibly..I did not check) a few taps with a concentration on Belgians. Need I say more?
Food: Did not attempt. I am not even sure that they offer food. I was so entranced by the beer there.
Value: Just fine. My wife and I each had a beer and it was something like $10 USD.
Notes: Special thanks to BA (again) for being able to know about this place and look for it. You came through again!
07-05-2009 12:37:02 | More by adamette
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4.14/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
A most interesting stop on my first Brussels beer sortee October 2013.
I didn't come to see the boy statue taking a pee, nor to look at the tourists having their picture taken in front of him. I came to visit one of the most unique beer drinking places on earth. I was fortunate to sit beside the General Montgomery mannequin, several locales waxed poetic as they walked by 'The Liberator of Brussels'. If I described the rest of the interior, you still wouldn't believe me: marionettes everywhere, a great breweriana collection. a nice cool vibe, and a great wait staff, I never had to wait for a beer on a pretty busy night and it was always delivered with a smile. A decent selection of the usual suspects in bottles. While I didn't eat, the quality and the portions looked quite good, especially the lasagna which should be enough for two hungry people. Prices are ala Grand Place, cash only. Did I really visit this place or was it some type of evil dream. I can tell you with some confidence, you will never visit another beer place on earth like Le Poechenellekelder. An absolutely essential stop, I'd suggest getting trashed at Delirium and coming over here and listening to Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles on the soundtrack.
11-07-2013 17:45:44 | More by jdense
4.51/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had two beers there on a lazy Sunday afternoon (Forestinne Mysteria & Goliath Tripel), we were lucky as somebody just left his table so we could sit outside in the sun :). It takes some patience to get the attention of the waiter but once ordered, he treats your choice as it was the last bottle on earth ! As it is right in front of 'Manneke Pis' there are heaps of tourists queueing for a glimps of the little bronze man so if you want to enjoy silence, this is probably not the place to visit, if you like watching people and enjoy a good pint, this place is perfect. Nice selection of beers, tap and bottle but there are places in Brussels with a more extensive beer menu. All in all, I always enjoy this place when I'm in Brussel, especially if you can sit outside.
10-04-2012 11:14:04 | More by BelgianBeerPope
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.06/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here on part of a pub crawl in Brussels. Sitting outside on what I was told one of the nicest nights in Belgium all season. The outdoor cafe which is right next to Manekin Pis. In side it gets a bit creepy because this place used to be a puppet theater and they have puppets everywhere. Nice old wood and dim lighting makes this place feel very quaint. Just remember if you are sitting outside and have to go to the bathroom, it is inside, upstairs, through the bar, pass the creepy dummy sitting at a table, down the stairs passed the old stage with beer signs behind glass, make a right and there you go, but watch there is a window so people can watch as they come down the stairs. Anyway, I think the service was good, a bit overwhelming I am sure with a dozen Americans asking questions but he did good. A very nice selection of stuff I knew and never heard of. Lambics served in the basket and proper glassware all day.
09-29-2011 21:02:49 | More by OWSLEY069
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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
3.59/5 rDev -12.2%
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 | More by
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Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
91 out of 100 based on 55 user ratings.