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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 114
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
Rue du Chêne 5
phone: +32 2 511 92 62
(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Sampled twice during late March 2006.
Ok.. so I got lost twice, thrice, well many times the few times I've been here, but hey.. it's old town Brussels. It's hard work for an American used to grids and the like.
But once you hit the joint. (Easy.. follow the crowds to the Pissing boy and then turn around.. bing), up the little stairs and there you've got a nice little cafe with nice menu of Brussels beers and big Belgian names. (Including a stupidly expensively Westy).
Lots of puppets, nice little cracker set and man.. a good collection of lambics. They even pull the out of the traditional lambic service with the a wicker basket and the like.
Definately one of the best small places right in the more touristy area of Brussels. Sit down, relax, have a Gueze and you're done. Oh and cash only.
04-12-2006 10:50:17 |
More by drewbage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Really enjoyed this place. We went near Christmas and it was good to drop in with lots of candles lit and a Santa with a string on its arm to the bar tender ... okay he waited till I was posed for a photo before pulling the sring to move the arm ... fool that I am ... but says its a fun and easy place to have a beer.
We were into the seasonals and they had lots. The service was good. Had to work at it once and a while, but all in all good.
We didn't eat there, so can't comment.
When I'm back in Brussels, I will be stopping in here. It's easy to find and close to the center.
04-10-2006 02:40:28 |
More by dougnboston
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
This place is a cozy wooden bar filled with kitsch: lots of drawing of Belgium and the manneken pis which is across the street, puppets. Crossbows and brass instruments hang from the ceiling on wooden beams. Like many of the bars here, this place doesn't actually have a bar: everyone sits at pretty little wooden tables in the split-level establishment. On a Saturday night it wasn't too packed, but had both locals and tourists flowing in and out. The selection was decent, but not fantastic. Overall the place was pleasant enough, but they didn't serve all the beer in its glassware, which most other bars in the city do. That was a big turn-off.
Not an essential place to go, but close enough to la grande place, that if you're near sight-seeing you might as well pop in.
03-20-2006 12:47:53 |
More by JulieRFoster
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited here in April 2005.... If you visit the Mannekin Pis then you really can't fail to find it as it's right beside it.... I expected the bar to be very busy from all the tourists visting the Mannekin Pis but thankfully the atmosphere was just right.... The upstairs of the bar is great for watching the look of disappointment on tourists faces as they discover that the Mannekin Pis really isn't very exciting !!!
Beer menu isn't the biggest you'll find in Brussels (around 50-60) but there was certainly enough to keep me very happy !! On tap i had the Delirium Nocturnum which was very good.... Also had the Cantillion Gueuze (great as always) and tried Duchesse De Bourgogne and De Dolle Oerbier for the first time...
Overall - recommended !!!
05-18-2005 14:16:34 |
More by mdagnew
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
We arrived in Brussels on a sunday, and it was the "car free" day. A great idea to be sure, but not fun walking a few blocks with suitcases full of Beer and Beer glasses...After dropping the bags off at the hotel, we could finally enjoy the day. Our first stop after the Grand'place was Mannekin Pis for my girlfriend, and Poechenellekelder for me!
With a big blue sky, no cars on the street, and two bands playing outside, one a more traditional 5-man marching band, the other an impressive dozen or so bagpipes (I think it was some sort of Scottish heritage weekend, we saw tons of kilts that day) we decided to kick back on the terrasse, where we were served quickly and efficiently by what semmed to be the manager or senior waiter. The nice selection of Beers helped to wash down the disgusting cheap cider the Mannekin Pis was, well...pissing.
I did take a few peeks inside, the place is very, very nice. I loved the "reserved" table with nametags of famous or infamous regulars, the sewing machines downstairs, and couldn't resist taking a picture of the picture of the Mannekin Pis in the Montreal Canadiens jersey. And look out for loose change as you go down the stairs.
09-28-2004 23:26:32 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I found this place thanks to GreenCard's Lambic walk, but after having visited Mannekin Pis (across the street) for the second year in a row, I couldn't believe I had missed it. I went here twice, and had two different experiences. The first night I was alone, and I couldn't get any service at all. It was like I didn't exist. I raised arms, tried to catch eyes, but they pretended I wasn't there. Finally got one beer, and promptly left. The second try, I made sure I had taken a shower first, and I was with others, and the staff then provided better service. But in general, they are very understaffed. This is not an ugly American syndrome- I know service is much slower and relaxed in Europe- they just were poor the first night I was there.
The atmosphere is great- I espeically like the old sewing machine tables in the basement that they use for tables. The location is excellent for tourists and tourist watching. The beer list is very good, but not top of the line.
09-13-2004 20:03:07 |
More by Dukeofearl
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4
A big thank you to BSF for leading me to this place. As you have read by now, it is right across the street from that little pissing boy the world knows and loves to photograph. The place is really quite small, though the outside seating is good. But if you can make it inside, go for it. It is full of charm and interesting things to see, including a make-shift art gallary on the bottom flore - by the restrooms. The beer list is great, though i am quite a novice to the belgian beer, though i bet you could not go wrong here. Didn't get a chance to taste the food.
07-13-2004 20:00:56 |
More by elmocoso
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 |
More by GreenCard
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
After having a look accross the street to the splendid little manneken pis, you might want to step inside this certainly attractive and beerful (or cheerful?) bar. The atmosphere follows the spooky belgian pattern of hanging mannekins all over, as well as old stuff on the walls making it rustic. Dim lighting. Decent service and quite a decent range of the glorious belgian beer, of all sorts. you can even select an array of many (not for me! i stuck to achel). Low music as well so you can do like tongerlo asks (to drink in silence). And the food looked good as well (but hey, don't ask me.)
Quite a decent downtown bruxèlles bar.
04-14-2004 16:31:06 |
More by Andreji
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
This is a nice little bar right across from the Manekin Pis in downtown Brussels. The atmosphere is lovely as it is mult-leveled with tons of decorations and bric-a-brac flaoting about. The place is pretty much all dark wood, with candles providing the light. The beer range is pretty good, if not a bit small, and the prices are generally reasonable. They have some good lambics here like Cantillon and Girardin (black label), as well as the staple abbey and trappist beers. I did have an Oerbier when I was here last, so that was nice. All of the beers are served in their correct glasses, and the bartenders were nice and quick. A good place for a few glasses of Cantillon Gueuze if you ask me! :-)
11-06-2003 18:52:23 |
More by francisweizen
Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
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