Taps: 8 / Bottles: 114
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.73/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Out of all of the Brussels Bars, this is probably the easiest to find.
Why? Well, because it is right opposite that most Belgium of symbols, that incredibly annoying little fat-bellied continuously pissing boy better known as the Manneken Pis statue.
After you have walked past the statue 14 times, and realized that you missed it because it really is that much smaller than it looks. And once you have your touristy photograph, then go and slake your thirst with a beer, or nine, in the Manneken Cellar just opposite.
The Beer range is low in quantity, perhaps just a shade under 50 beers, but it has quality in depth, and is therefore well worth a visit. Has a good solid selection of beers, all of which are well worth trying. The best of which for me are the Cantillons, the Poechenellekelder stocks several offerings from the hometown lambic masters.
The Bar is very interesting as it is on several levels. Usually a walk up one flight of stairs is required to get a seat at busy times, but have a wonder round all the floors if you have time, as it reveals an idiosyncratic interior. Paintings, Puppets, and a weird & wonderful collection of other bric-a-brac items, give this Bar a real eclectic and eccentric feel. It stops short of being Mad but its not far off. If you get chance to sit outside do so, and laugh at all the other Tourists that continually walk past the Manneken Pis and continually say its so much smaller than I expected. Then order another Cantillon Kriek.
02-14-2003 21:26:11 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
cool spot - location is adjacent to the Mannekin Pis - that pissing little statue gets a ridiculous amount of visitors. Poechenellekelder provides a wonderful oppurtunity to drink lambic on the sidewalk and watch the idiot tourists (note: i guess i am one of them)
on our first visit we sat outide and had a Cantillon Kriek and Geuze. on our second visit we sat inside for some 3 Fontein and Boon lambics. service was OK, but nothing special on both occassions. i guess when you speak different languages, that can happen.
the interior and exterior both provide strange vibes revolving around this silly pissing statue - the inside is kind of a shrine to the boy.
beerlist was strong, good amount of cantillon to choose from and lots of other belgians. there is a waffle stand outside of this place that is pretty divine too.
05-30-2010 22:35:34 | More by dirtylou
3.38/5 rDev -17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is a breeze to find if you just look across from the Mannekin Pis. We first went inside on a hot September day. The inside was an ecclectic mix of puppets, Singer sewing machines and beer. You had to reach the inside via a spiral stair. After over 5 minutes of not being waited and sweating to death we decided to head outside.
We plopped down outside and basically received the same service as inside, none. After another 10 minutes or so we ordered a beer and it took another 5-10 min to arrive. 25+ minutes without a beverage on a hot September day is just not the way to run a business. Once served payment was requested which was a great idea since I doubt anyone could stand to stick around and wait for a second round.
The beer list was pretty good as I recall, I penned a note that it was, but did not make a notation of how many drafts and beers that were available. I'd drop back in if walking by, but would not suggest based upon the service that this is a place to seek out.
Visited on September 14, 2006.
10-20-2006 21:08:01 | More by GCBrewingCo
United Kingdom (England)
3.86/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Full of tourists and hanging things, it is still worth finding. The bar is upstairs the toilets and puppet theater downstairs.
The drinking area is cramped, but fun, the ceiling being full of dangling bits adds to the feeling of overcrowding. However the beer choice is above average for a purely tourist pub. The quality of my beers were also fine on both visits.
If going to see a little boy with his penis out having a pee is your thing, then you may as well cross the junction and have a beer in this place!
08-14-2006 14:34:38 | More by BlackHaddock
4/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
This is a nice little bar right across from the Manekin Pis in downtown Brussels. The atmosphere is lovely as it is mult-leveled with tons of decorations and bric-a-brac flaoting about. The place is pretty much all dark wood, with candles providing the light. The beer range is pretty good, if not a bit small, and the prices are generally reasonable. They have some good lambics here like Cantillon and Girardin (black label), as well as the staple abbey and trappist beers. I did have an Oerbier when I was here last, so that was nice. All of the beers are served in their correct glasses, and the bartenders were nice and quick. A good place for a few glasses of Cantillon Gueuze if you ask me! :-)
11-06-2003 18:52:23 | More by francisweizen
4.5/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
After a lovely morning touring and drinking Cantillon, Elaina and I went to see the Japanese tourists taking photos of the Manneken Piss and buying overpriced chocolates. The Poechenellekelder's large patio gave us the perfect vantage point for this and better yet it came with large bottles of La Moneuse.
The Poechenellekelder's atmosphere was impressive. In addition to the large patio and humorous view, the tavern boasts a comfortable though lively bar area and a cavernous cellar complete with its namesake puppet theater. I also enjoyed a giggle or two at the painting on the wall featuring a Waffle with a large red X through it and the motley decorations found inside the establishment. Service was exceptional to the point where I felt compelled to photograph our waiter. We had a nice chat with the friendly fellow who was good enough to keep our glass full with one of our most favorite beers. The tap list was good and the bottle list extensive. Highly recommended.
09-16-2009 01:23:08 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.29/5 rDev +4.9%
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
4.36/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My last stop in Brussels, and it was a good one. In a location few tourists could miss, this is a great looking beer bar full of puppets and beer stuff, but also full of tables, leaving little room for maneuver. I was sucked in by the long list of Christmas beers on the chalkboard outside (in early December), but was truly intrigued when I saw the case of (empty) Westy bottles at the bottom of the little staircase one must ascend to get to the two main drinking areas. Seating for perhaps 100, with another small room down the backstairs on the way to the toilets. The very small bar with no stools is in the far corner of the second room, and is so covered in various decorations that it is almost impossible to see the bartender. Pop and rock on the sound system. When I entered at about 2:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, I was the only person in the place. I took a table right next to the bar, and STILL had trouble getting the bartender/waiter's attention to place an order. The beers came out quick, though!
I counted 8 taps, all top quality Belgian. I lost count on the bottles, but would guess something like 50-75, almost all of which were also top quality Belgian. They seemed to have a glass for everything, and brought the beers out in good condition and at the right temperature. Perhaps the pour was a bit too hard, as the heads were frequently three fingers or more, but that might just add to the atmospherics. Prices were high - no surprise given the tourist potential of the location. Still, a great place to reliquify after watching the boy relieve himself for a while. (By the by, I guess size really doesn't matter, as the boy is very, very small.).
12-06-2006 21:01:01 | More by Globetrotter
2.98/5 rDev -27.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
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
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
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Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
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