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[ Bar, Eatery ]
Rue du Chêne 5
phone: +32 2 511 92 62
(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 52 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Just returned to my hotel from Poechenellekelder. I reviewed this place a couple of years ago. Apparently BA doesn't let you do a separate review, but autofills your review from the last time. I used to visit this place about twice a month, because I have a pretty cool job. Since then my job changed and I haven't been to Belguim at all. Well I am back with my wife. I finally get to show off my favorite place.
Everything is exactly the same. The tacky decorations, the location, the music, the beer list. In fact the menus were so torn up the probably were original from the last time. Oh, and the wait staff is the same!!!
You can expect slow service, not so friendly wait staff (Introverted type B, same as all the other beer places in Brussels/Brugge), and a good beer menu.
What you may not expect is it seems to be always full, and nobody else speaks English. This is our second night and there were some British guys sitting close, talking beer (I'm thinking this is good). Whomever that was that reviewed this a "tourist trap"....it may be decorated that way but has been full of locals the past couple of nights.
All I can say is this, go in wist patience, leave with a happy buzz. Enjoy the cheese plate, and have a donner kebob on the way back to your hotel. Do not imitate Mannekin Piss, I saw lots of Police cruising around tonight!!!
Okay, back to my Westvleteren 8. Gotta go to the comic book museum tomorrow!
03-24-2009 23:53:00 |
More by tph767
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I really liked this place, probably my favorite in Brussels in terms of bars. Find the Mannequin Pis, turn right and there she is...
A--A little smoky. Check out the Mannequins, they are a trip. Be careful a few of them enjoy a good beer when you are not watching it.
Q--Clean and as is the case with any good belgian bar, they use the proper classware
S--Top notch, great server (theatrics and all) knew their beer and the owner greeted me a week later on my second visit like an old friend. I like that.
S--Nothing terribly mind blowing, but certainly high quality and more than enough to keep you happy for sure!
F--Mmmmm...Chimay cheese. Enough said.
Definitely a must stop when in Brussels.
02-27-2009 00:26:22 |
More by garbercury
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Our last stop in Brussels, and I'm glad we didn't miss it! Fun place, very lively, with an impressive offering of beers. They had a great selection of Christmas brews available. I was glad I'd grown familiar with Flemish beer menus by the time we made it here because theirs is not for the beginner. No English written here! But, our server was fluent, and we had no problems. He was very helpful, in fact. The decor is bizarre (guns hanging from the ceiling!) I could have spent the better part of the night drinking here. A must-stop in Brussels.
11-24-2008 23:02:15 |
More by i13tony
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ask for Cedric, one of the servers. He will guide you through the entire beer menu and give you a detailed desription of the differences of each beer. We had a great experience and went back 3 different times when we were there in July. It is mostly tourists but a lot of the local shop workers stop by for a wonderful selection of beers (all bottle). We did run into a beer club conducting a beer marathon/treasure hunt and spoke with two of the local club members. The weather was beautiful so we sat outside each time. When it gets cooler, the inside could get a bit cramped. This a great place and a must see in Brussels.
08-24-2008 21:10:22 |
More by steveflorida
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 | 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: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Poechenellekelder was on my list thanks to the BA reviews but I stumbled upon it on accident on the last night of my trip to Brussels. We went to check out the Manneken Pis and then I recognized the bar located right across the street. By the way, what is the big deal with the Manneken Pis? It's a tiny statue of a cherub peeing into a fountain. If I didn't know it was famous I would have walked right by it. Anyway...
The atmosphere (outside) is really nice here. The patio in front is large and spacious on a quiet corner near the Grand Place. After being inside of a packed Delirium, the relaxed vibe was a welcome change. The atmosphere (indoors) is a bizarre sight to behold: dozens of old puppets (marionettes) and antique brass instruments hang all over the walls. I felt like I was in the back-stage storage room of an 18th century puppet theatre. It was fascinating and creepy all at the same time. 50s Oldies but Goodies were playing at a low volume. If I was drunk, I would have been a little freaked out.
Our server was very knowledgeable and liked to prove it- one of the most arrogant people I have ever encountered. He was the stereotype of the rude French waiter (which I had never come across in Belgium or France). We told him that we had acquired a bottle of Westleveteren 8 at a store. He wasn't impressed and informed us that we had probably ruined it by walking around the city. Later, my friend was considering the Rochefort 10 and asked if the Roch 8 was also good. 'High alcohol doesn't mean better beer', he replied and walked away. That's when we stopped asking for advice. We ended up sharing a tall bottle of Cantillon which was refreshing for a summer's evening and a nice break from all of the heavy tripels and trappist beers we had been enjoying.
Definitely worth a visit while in Brussels but I hope you don't get this server!
07-06-2008 12:53:51 |
More by tubaguy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited in March with friends and my wife. Great location right next to the Mannekin pis. Although it was a bit colder and rainy at the time we visited, in the nice weather they have what looks to be a great patio right in front of the bar so this would be a perfect cafe to do some people watching in Brussels.
Although it is right next to one of the biggest tourist attractions in Brussels, we were able to walk in on a Friday afternoon and found a table for 4 with no problem.
I immediately noticed the old Westvleteren crates when you walk in the door and all kinds of mannekins hanging from the ceiling and other cool breweriana on the walls. There were also lots of Mannekin Pis related items on the wall including a little poster or cartoon of the Mannekin pissing on peoples heads. That was funny to see.
The bottle selection seemed to be well thought out at over 100 I would estimate. There was a nice selection of lambic beers, a bunch of the standard tourist beers like Kwak, Lindeman's, etc but still all fine beers. I have a few beers including a Malheur 12 and an Achel.
The service was pretty good as well. The waiter took time to answer some questions we had with beers on the menu.
This will be a definite stop on return trips to Brussels.
05-18-2008 08:10:44 |
More by ggaughan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I was hear for the second time at the end of March. This bar continues to be a place of destination for me in Brussels. Situated next to the Manneken Pis, some would argue that this place can be overrun with tourists, which may be true at times, but late at night there are far more locals than tourists. This bar does three things really well. The service is great with a knowledgeable staff that know how to do many things right, including a proper pour. They also know how to set a great atmosphere with great music, proper glassware, and great decor. Finally, there beer list isn't too long. If I can't know exactly what is available in a beer bar, what is the sense in having all those beers? I'm not saying that there list is short, they probably have about 85-100 beers there with some vintage brews, I just want to be able to glance over a list in a timely manner. This is a bar worth your time, if you make it there, try the Malheur 12!
03-16-2008 18:00:21 |
More by jastack
Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
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