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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
I was a bit cagey about this place knowing it was in the center, to my surprise this was not only one of the places (prices were not inflated either) to be but it is also open till 5am on the weekends … not sure about the other nights. Living in Eastern Standard Time 5 am (Belgium) is only 11 pm in my mind, so after the Kumilator closes this is where you should go.
Nearly a 100 beers to choose from, the glassware is there and the help knows how to serve it as well. Slow service at times, but this is only due to the packed crowd as well as the bartenders not willing to put up with anyone’s crap. Out of the 100 different beers you’ll be satisfied, I consumed more Hommelbier than anything else.
Oh yeah, awesome place to get some stellar grub in the wee hours of the morning, make sure you hit the frites shop around the corner if your esophagus has so room left in it.
01-21-2003 15:25:21 | More by Jason
4.18/5 rDev +3%
When in Antwerp, the Paters Vaetje is a must to get your fill of food, atmosphere, late night hanging out (open until 5AM most days) and of course ... good beer. The beer list hit around the 80 beer mark with an excellent and varied selection (it's where I get my fix of Poperings Hommel Bier and Kasteel).
It's a small bar, with seating to your left as you first walk in, in the back and at the bar. There's a tricky, and old, windy and steep stair case (mind your head) that leads to a small balcony that sits about a dozen people and overlooks the downstairs (if you go up the stairs further, or rather if you were allowed, you'd find an apartment -- how cool would that be!). The space is very open, making it a lot less smokey. And, like many of the bars in Belgium, bathrooms (downstairs in the back) are co-ed.
If found the service to my liking. Very attractive women, very pleasant and although the service can get slow as the place gets busy, all you need to do is switch your gears to European mode and realize that waiting isn't always a bad thing. Just relax ... they'll get to you.
Decent selection of food, that's served until very late (I've ordered past 2AM) and should appease your night of drinking appetite. Go for the pan-skillet omelettes!
Wish I was there now ... oh, and when your done, take a right as you leave walk up about a block or two, then take a left and you'll find one of the best frites shops around. Frites, a mystery meat croquette and a can of Jupiler ... and your ready to find your hotel room!
01-17-2003 01:00:24 | More by Todd
More User Reviews:
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!
02-03-2012 17:34:17 | More by Sdmurray4
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.
02-04-2010 22:44:33 | More by Chambic
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
11-15-2009 16:42:57 | More by DaPeculierDane
United Kingdom (England)
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.
05-29-2009 20:44:01 | More by ministoat
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.
05-28-2009 17:25:16 | More by tendermorsel
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!
10-26-2008 22:34:36 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Paters Vaetje in Antwerpen, Belgium
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.