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Paters Vaetje

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Paters VaetjePaters Vaetje

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 6.65%
Taps: 5
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Blauwmoezelstraat 1
Antwerpen, 2000
phone: +32 3 231 84 76

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Open very late (til the wee hours of the morning) on Friday and Saturday nights, until the last patrons leave. Typically closes between 1:00 am and 3:00 am other nights. Now no smoking until 10:30 pm.

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Reviews by BeerBelcher:
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%

I loved the Antwerp beer scene, and for me that started at Paters Vaetje. A homey little place right next to the Antwerp cathedral, this was a great place to start a beer tour of Antwerp.

It is a small wooden bar with a few tables and chairs behind a small store front facing the cathedral. Up a narrow staircase there is a loft with more seating and a ceiling so low you feel like you're in a doll-house. I really liked the atmosphere here.

Beer is 6 taps and 100+ bottles. Smoking is permitted but on the Saturday afternoon I visited, was not excessive (despite a packed bar).

Service was quick and efficient from three bartendresses behind the bar, although I judged the level of beer knowledge from behind the bar to be pretty average. Clientele was young people, but this bar didn't have a college bar feel and didn't seem touristy despite its location. It didn't seem like a beer-geek mecca, but rather a place for locals on the town on a Saturday that just happened to offer quite a bit for the beer geek (I had a Malheur 12 here).

Out of the 4 places I visited in Antwerp (Waagstuk, Oud Arsenaal, Paters Vaetje, Kulminator), this was my third favorite, but still a must-see.

BeerBelcher, Oct 24, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev -1.5%

uturn, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of toronto_beermaven
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

toronto_beermaven, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Sdmurray4
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Just got back from Belgium and this was our "go-to" place while in Antwerp for the week. It sounds like it hasn't changed much from the other reviews. The location is great right next to the cathedral literally a two minute walk from the Hilton. Like all places in Belgium it was small and cozy. It seemed that there were mostly locals in place whenever we went, they were always happy to make room for us and discus our traveling adventures. The food was pretty decent when we ate there. The toast cannibale was some of the best we had in Antwerp. Can't wait to go back!

Sdmurray4, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Chambic
4/5  rDev -1.5%

If you can, sit upstairs. There's a nice view from the loft space, because of the big windows. Though, sometimes it gets hot up there.

It's a fun place, the food is okay, and there are plenty of beers. The list is located on the wall next to the door. Oh, the door. I wonder if it's still stuck. I had a really hard time opening it when I was last there at the end of November 2009.

This place is special because the first time I was there, I partied with a bunch of cops. That's probably the first and last time I'll ever experience that.

Chambic, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Visit: 8-20-08

Following dinner at 'T Pakhuis, Elaina and I strolled back to the Cathedral area and the Monk's Casket. After drinking a 4 handled ceramic cauldron of the spicy and aromatic Deugniut Blonde, I went to relieve myself. There I am in the tiny dark wood bathroom humming to myself do-to-do and oh, ok...um, hi! The waitress is in there with me. Just as quick as she enters she is gone. I get back to business and then bam, hello. She's back. Turns out the dishwasher is tucked behind the bathroom and the only way the waitresses have of getting to it is to walk right through the men's room.

At any rate, I followed up the first beer with the boozey Keizer Karel Blonde. Once again it was served in a wonderful blue ceramic cauldron. Between 80 and 100 bottles and 6 taps were available. Prices were reasonable and service was quick, pleasant, and attractive. Definitely worthy of a visit.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of ministoat
4/5  rDev -1.5%

A thriving place very close to the cathedral. One of the few bars in Antwerp that was full when we went. It's one of those two storey jobs, non smoking downstairs and smoking upstairs where you can look down into the bar below.

We opted for a couple of arabiers which are always a favourite and even though they were served in oerbier glasses, our friendly bartender was keen to point out that it was really arabiers we were getting before we even noticed.

A great bar that is well worth checking out.

ministoat, May 29, 2009
Photo of tendermorsel
4.18/5  rDev +3%

I really enjoyed this place during a recent trip to Antwerp.

Above average selection of Belgian beers. Nothing too crazy or rare but about 5-6 taps and 60 different bottles. Pleanty of good stuff to choose from. I didn't try much food but I had a roasted pepper soup which was pretty good.

Great ambiance. Lot's of old style Flemish charm. It is smaller place. With a smoking section which is up a set of stairs and set above the main bar. Super friendly staff that was willing to take the time to answer questions and speak to me in English.

Major bonus points for location and hours. It is very centrally located. It's literally right next door to the main church in town. They have very late hours too. We closed the bar out @ 3:00 AM on a Wednesday morning. It think they may even have 4:00 closing on the weekends.

I even saw a Beer Advocate hat hung up behind the bar!

I would definately reccomend this place when in Antwerp.

tendermorsel, May 28, 2009
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev -1.5%

This place is probably the most accessible pub I visited while I was in Antwerp in terms of both opening hours and location. It was open by noon until at least 2 AM during my visit and is literally a stone's throw from the Cathedral of Our Lady, right in the middle of the main tourist area.

The atmosphere is small but cozy "brown bar" light. Lots of old and new beer signs but with some bad Europop on the sound system. I counted upwards of 70 bottles and 5 taps available. A good list too, not too "beer geeky" but plenty to keep the beer geek satisfied.

Service was good and pretty prompt for Europe but I was visiting during the early afternoon both times.

Probably my least favorite pub that I visited in Antwerp but that's hardly a condemnation. Definitely stop in for beer, chances are whenever you stop by it will be pouring!

ViveLaChouffe, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Visited Paters on a recent day trip to Antwerp. We had lunch here and were able to sit outside in the nice seating area, looking over at a cool old church. As it was a pleasant Saturday afternoon, the square was hoping with people which is one of the best reasons to sit outside.

For lunch I had a croque maison which is basically a croque monseuir with bolognese sauce over it and a Rochefort 10 to start. The sandwich was very good, a great way to start the day and the Rochefort 10 is a great beer. A bit heavy for my first beer of the day but still hard to pass up.

I went inside to the bar to use the restrooms on the way out and thought it would be nice to visit again and sit inside as the bar is small but has a cool vibe to it.

ggaughan, May 17, 2008
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Paters Vaetje in Antwerpen, Belgium
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.