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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 114
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
Rue du Chêne 5
phone: +32 2 511 92 62
(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ask for Cedric, one of the servers. He will guide you through the entire beer menu and give you a detailed desription of the differences of each beer. We had a great experience and went back 3 different times when we were there in July. It is mostly tourists but a lot of the local shop workers stop by for a wonderful selection of beers (all bottle). We did run into a beer club conducting a beer marathon/treasure hunt and spoke with two of the local club members. The weather was beautiful so we sat outside each time. When it gets cooler, the inside could get a bit cramped. This a great place and a must see in Brussels.
08-24-2008 21:10:22 |
More by steveflorida
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Our last stop in Brussels, and I'm glad we didn't miss it! Fun place, very lively, with an impressive offering of beers. They had a great selection of Christmas brews available. I was glad I'd grown familiar with Flemish beer menus by the time we made it here because theirs is not for the beginner. No English written here! But, our server was fluent, and we had no problems. He was very helpful, in fact. The decor is bizarre (guns hanging from the ceiling!) I could have spent the better part of the night drinking here. A must-stop in Brussels.
11-24-2008 23:02:15 |
More by i13tony
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is in my opinion the best pub in Brussels for many reasons. The atmosphere of the interior is great; cozy, warm, interesting, not overly touristy. The patio is also fantastic. The servers mostly speak good english and are more than happy to give advice on beers and make recommendations. More often than not they're happy to see customers come there to get quality beers and are happy when you don't order a leffe blonde.
This is above all a beer bar and there is a good beer menu. You could spend quite some time delving into the menu and discovering some not-so-common Belgian beers. They also have rotating taps.
06-02-2009 11:42:08 |
More by EatsTacos
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My first day in Belgium, jet-lagged, I went to the Cantillon brewery, the Mannekin Pis, and then stopped at this place for a respite. This place is adjacent to the Mannekin Pis, and is a great place to observe people at the statue and enjoy a great beer list (150+ beers) under a slightly creepy but cool marionette motif. This was the best beer bar I visited in Brussels (also saw Beer Circus, Delirium Café, and Beer Mania).
Ambience is a bit strange...lots of puppets and other kitsch hanging from the ceiling...reminded me of what a 150-year old TGI Friday's would look like if depicted in the movie EuroTrip, but somehow cooler than that.
Selection was terrific. Our server was also quite good. He spoke excellent English, and had a good knowledge of what was in inventory and was able to give recommendations based on what members of our party said they liked in a beer. Everyone was happy with what he brought.
I thought prices were quite reasonable.
If you are in Brussels, and you like beer, it would be a tragedy to miss stopping at the Poech. Subsequent visits to other beer places recommended in Tim Webb's excellent book Good Beer Guide: Belgium didn't make me think anything less of the Poech - great selection, great service, a non-tourist feel despite being next adjacent to a major tourist attraction.
10-24-2008 15:02:25 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had two beers there on a lazy Sunday afternoon (Forestinne Mysteria & Goliath Tripel), we were lucky as somebody just left his table so we could sit outside in the sun :). It takes some patience to get the attention of the waiter but once ordered, he treats your choice as it was the last bottle on earth ! As it is right in front of 'Manneke Pis' there are heaps of tourists queueing for a glimps of the little bronze man so if you want to enjoy silence, this is probably not the place to visit, if you like watching people and enjoy a good pint, this place is perfect. Nice selection of beers, tap and bottle but there are places in Brussels with a more extensive beer menu. All in all, I always enjoy this place when I'm in Brussel, especially if you can sit outside.
10-04-2012 11:14:04 |
More by BelgianBeerPope
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
My favorite bar in Brussels.
Good laid back atmosphere, especially inside. Outside, all of the tourists swarming the Mannekin Pis can be a bit much at times...at least it is interesting.
The service there is very good. Very very knowledgable and friendly, at least in my experience. The kind of guys who will talk to you about the beers, and then remember your conversation the next time you come back.
The selection is not vast, but it is very high quality. De Ranke, De la Senne, Ellezelloise, Kerkem, etc etc.
The food is nice enough, though nothing out of the ordinary.
Overall just a great place to sit, relax, and drink good beer.
07-07-2008 17:27:30 |
More by philipquarles
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I came here two or three times while in Brussels as the location, ambiance, selection, service, and prices were hard to beat. It's located right next to the Mannequin Piss and near the Grand Place, so it's easy to find and a fun area to walk around; it's a good spot to sit outdoors and people-watch as they gawk at the miniature micturating mannequin. We only sat outdoors, but the inside is cozy and full of interesting dummy-related decor. The beer selection is expansive, providing lots of options at reasonable prices. The service was the most impressive out of all bars/restaurants we visited; the waiters really seemed to appreciate and take care in presenting and pouring our beers. They were also attentive and checked in on us from time to time, which is rarely common.
08-21-2008 14:31:02 |
More by JEdmund
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
So, you are looking at the little guy peeing with all the tourists gawking...turn around and look to your left and that is where you want to be.
Poechenellekelder, the puppet cave, is about as good as it gets when it comes to Belgian beers. You can sit outside on a nice day and watch the tourists or go inside and enjoy the atmosphere. Inside you'll see lots of things dedicated to beer, Mannekin Pis and puppets. Its a pretty awesome mix to be honest.
The beer selection is outstanding. You name it and they've got it including daily specials. We had a bunch of different things but what stood out was the fresh and aged Orval presented in different glasses for comparison's sake. It was just perfect.
We also had some Chimay cheese that was served with the traditional brown bread and really hit the spot. Does it get any better than great cheese, bread and beer. The monks have it right on.
Definitely not a place you want to pass up in Brussels. In fact, if you only have time to go to one, screw Delirium and check this place out!
05-27-2009 01:26:57 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Across the street from the most famous statue in Brussels, Poechenellekelder is my favorite bar in the city. This is much more low key than the Delirium, and is a great place for a relatively cheap bite to eat as well as a superb bottle list.
I visited around 2:00pm and had some lunch (spaghetti jambon-fromage) and a Cantillon Kriek. The menu had an impressive list of Lambic, Gueuze, and trappist/trappist-style ales as well as sours, etc. Also had some vintage bottles such as Cuvee van de Kaiser from the last couple years and Cantillon Lamvinus. I didn't see Westy on the menu although they have a few crates of empties on display so not positive if they have a regular stock or not. My Kriek was served in a Cantillon glass at the perfect temperature.
I liked all the seating areas - patio outside near the Manneken Pils, the upstairs tables, and a downstairs which might be for parties. For the volume of tourist traffic coming through this area, I was stunned at the completely reasonable prices and lack of overcrowding (at least when I visited). Staff was very cordial and more than happy to make recommendations.
I wholeheartedly recommend a visit and enjoyed my time here more than the celebrated Delirium Cafe.
07-31-2009 00:12:36 |
More by steeltown71
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