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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 114
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
Rue du Chêne 5
phone: +32 2 511 92 62
(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 52 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
My buddy Arvid recommended this place, and I'm glad he did. It's relatively easy to get to. Just follow signs to the Mannequin Pis and look across the street. The vibe in the bar is friendly and mellow. It wasn't very smokey when I was there, and they do have an outside seating area if you want to watch 17,000 Japanese tourists take their picture in front of the Mannequin Pis.
Really good beer selection, and the staff can help you choose what you want if you tell them what you're looking for. A really nice place to stop.
08-21-2006 18:26:58 |
More by DaveFL1976
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here on part of a pub crawl in Brussels. Sitting outside on what I was told one of the nicest nights in Belgium all season. The outdoor cafe which is right next to Manekin Pis. In side it gets a bit creepy because this place used to be a puppet theater and they have puppets everywhere. Nice old wood and dim lighting makes this place feel very quaint. Just remember if you are sitting outside and have to go to the bathroom, it is inside, upstairs, through the bar, pass the creepy dummy sitting at a table, down the stairs passed the old stage with beer signs behind glass, make a right and there you go, but watch there is a window so people can watch as they come down the stairs. Anyway, I think the service was good, a bit overwhelming I am sure with a dozen Americans asking questions but he did good. A very nice selection of stuff I knew and never heard of. Lambics served in the basket and proper glassware all day.
09-29-2011 21:02:49 |
More by OWSLEY069
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Decent enough place. Huge bottle selection, and three drafts, which were all quality (had them all). They bring you a chex mix type snack with your beers. A nice spot to sit outside right across from the Maniken Pils. Good people watching/ relaxing atmosphere. Even cooler inside, but I wasn't gonna sit there on a nice day like that. Just like other places in the vicinity, it's close to major tourist attractions, and thus won't require a special trip.
They do not accept credit cards, so plan accordingly.
05-31-2010 04:11:24 |
More by SevaTse
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
After a failed attempt to visit Bier Circus (they were closed), we strolled on down the hill to try the "new and improved" Poechenellekelder (according to Tim Webb).
We tried several very nice beers: Gouyasse Tripel, Forestine (a spruce beer, very nice if you like that sort of thing), and Kapittel Prior ON TAP (Lovely, dark, sweet, with that Abbey-something) (also a sort of unremarkable St. Martin Brune). We agree that this was a better selection than on our last visit in 2003.
A nice and convenient option. Not in my top 3 destinations, but a fine stop along the way if you have time for a slightly more extensive bar tour. We were here mid-day so we had no smoke and fine (if naive) service from the bar back (we were the only people inside).
08-18-2007 15:36:36 |
More by 4thoseabout2bock
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
My group of friends stopped in here for a mid-walk refresher while on our way from the Grand Place to Cantillon. Great location, fun, eclectic atmosphere (although I found some of the dolls a trifle creepy). Not crowded at all at midday.
The beer list is solid, but uninspiring. All the usual suspects are here, priced higher than I saw pretty much anywhere else around Brussels, and without anything really exciting. Our group wound up getting Saison Dupont, Chimay Blue, Tripel Karmeliet, St Bernardus Wit, and maybe one other one I can't remember. All were, of course, served in appropriate glassware (you've got to love that about Belgium!). The service was fine. No complaints.
If this bar were anywhere else, it would rule. In Brussels, though, it was bereft of truly interesting beers and distinctly overpriced. I really wish we had just walked straight to Cantillon, but that Saison Dupont was indeed tasty.
09-09-2011 01:39:02 |
More by woosterbill
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Really enjoyed this place. We went near Christmas and it was good to drop in with lots of candles lit and a Santa with a string on its arm to the bar tender ... okay he waited till I was posed for a photo before pulling the sring to move the arm ... fool that I am ... but says its a fun and easy place to have a beer.
We were into the seasonals and they had lots. The service was good. Had to work at it once and a while, but all in all good.
We didn't eat there, so can't comment.
When I'm back in Brussels, I will be stopping in here. It's easy to find and close to the center.
04-10-2006 02:40:28 |
More by dougnboston
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Literally across the road from the Mannekin Pis statue. I stumbled across this place while doing my touristy walking around the Grand Place area.
The inside decore is modern kitsch, with all sorts of marionettes and such handing from the ceiling. Being it was a beautiful summer day (~23/75 degrees) I choose to sit out on the patio and watch the tourists go by. Being back in the more narrow byways its nice and shady in the afternoon too.
The server was friendly and chatted with me about Chouffe based on my selection of the Houblen Double IPA Trippel. The Chouffe came with a Magic Chouffe tulip and the server did a commendable job of pouring since the Houblon was pretty lively. Selection is good from an American POV with about 60 or so choices. Prices seemed a bit high tho.
Definitely worth a stop in while doing the tourist thing while visiting Brussels.
06-28-2006 16:36:46 |
More by jasonm
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3
A fairly easy bar to find, close to Grand Place. It is pretty much directly across the street from the famous Manneken Pis.
This is a dark, split level bar with puppets decorating the walls and corners everywhere you look. The atmosphere is mellow but yet very busy.
The puppets are an interesting touch, you'll even find clothing for the Manneken Pis here. In the basement, on the way to the toilet, you will stumble across the old sewing room where i presume they used to make the pupets...not sure really.
I thought this was a nice warm bar with a unique touch. Selection is limited so don't expect to find any hidden gems here but it is a nice place to pop in for a few after walking in and around the Grand Place.
10-29-2003 11:59:30 |
More by Popsinc
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Location is great - right next to the ridiculous Mannekin is. Interesting decor seems to focus on costumes and puppets and a small section dedicated to Mannekin Pis. Strange. Another room is cluttered with random beer related stuff, including a whole crate of Orval stuck upside down on the the ceiling. Quiet somewhat older crowd, mixed between beer and coffee drinker. The beer list is great, separated into about 20 browns, 15 ambers, most of the trappists, and what seems to be 40 or so blondes. There's a section dedicated to lambics and sours as well.
This was a good place to take a little stop while waiting for the rain to pass, and it was right where I was so not an out of the way place at all. Pretty reasonably priced, and the tap offerings were good as well.
11-05-2010 20:40:58 |
More by BucBasil
Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
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