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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 114
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
Rue du Chêne 5
phone: +32 2 511 92 62
(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 52 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | $$
My first day in Belgium, jet-lagged, I went to the Cantillon brewery, the Mannekin Pis, and then stopped at this place for a respite. This place is adjacent to the Mannekin Pis, and is a great place to observe people at the statue and enjoy a great beer list (150+ beers) under a slightly creepy but cool marionette motif. This was the best beer bar I visited in Brussels (also saw Beer Circus, Delirium Café, and Beer Mania).
Ambience is a bit strange...lots of puppets and other kitsch hanging from the ceiling...reminded me of what a 150-year old TGI Friday's would look like if depicted in the movie EuroTrip, but somehow cooler than that.
Selection was terrific. Our server was also quite good. He spoke excellent English, and had a good knowledge of what was in inventory and was able to give recommendations based on what members of our party said they liked in a beer. Everyone was happy with what he brought.
I thought prices were quite reasonable.
If you are in Brussels, and you like beer, it would be a tragedy to miss stopping at the Poech. Subsequent visits to other beer places recommended in Tim Webb's excellent book Good Beer Guide: Belgium didn't make me think anything less of the Poech - great selection, great service, a non-tourist feel despite being next adjacent to a major tourist attraction.
10-24-2008 15:02:25 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Sampled twice during late March 2006.
Ok.. so I got lost twice, thrice, well many times the few times I've been here, but hey.. it's old town Brussels. It's hard work for an American used to grids and the like.
But once you hit the joint. (Easy.. follow the crowds to the Pissing boy and then turn around.. bing), up the little stairs and there you've got a nice little cafe with nice menu of Brussels beers and big Belgian names. (Including a stupidly expensively Westy).
Lots of puppets, nice little cracker set and man.. a good collection of lambics. They even pull the out of the traditional lambic service with the a wicker basket and the like.
Definately one of the best small places right in the more touristy area of Brussels. Sit down, relax, have a Gueze and you're done. Oh and cash only.
04-12-2006 10:50:17 |
More by drewbage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Poechenellekelder is a two-tiered cafe located within spitting distance of the most overrated tourist attraction in the world.
Still giddy from the Cantillon tour, we ordered up a 750 ml bottle of Rose de Gambrinus to split. Poechenellekelder is a classic Belgian brown bar but full of Mannekin Pis replicas dressed in little outfits created for the real one over the years. Marionettes hung from the ceiling and walls and the requisite beer signs were plastered over a glassed in square. Service was good but expect to be left alone. We snacked on the little crisps they made available and leisurely enjoyed our lambic. Prices were average for Brussels.
Beer list was good, both bottled and draft and lots of lambic, well north of 100 beers offered. Definitely worth a visit and not too far fromthe Cantillon brewery.
05-27-2010 12:46:43 |
More by ViveLaChouffe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 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: 4.5 | 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: 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
Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
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