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In De Wildeman

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In De WildemanIn De Wildeman
BA SCORE
98
world-class

48 Reviews
Reviews: 48
Visits: 74
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Kolksteeg 3
Amsterdam, 1012 PT
Netherlands
phone: +31 206 38 23 48

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @indewildeman

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Reviews: 48 | Visits: 74
Photo of david18
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was recently in Amsterdam and this place was one of two that I had heard that I have to visit. It was fairly easy to find, basically in the center of town, about five or six blocks from Central Station, two or three blocks from Dam Square, although it's so unassuming you could easily miss it.

To walk inside (at least at the time that I did) you'd have no idea it was as unique a beer place as it is. Most of the clientele were older locals, many drinking heinekens, amstels, leffe, etc. The place is small and very unadorned. The bar itself was about a foot lower than a typical bar with no seats.

The beer list, however was amazing. I didn't recognize anything on the draft list. Many were from Northern Europe and included Belgian as well as American styles. I had two beers, an American IPA and a Russian Imperial Stout. Both were amazing. The bottle list was also impressive with beers from every country imaginable.

A must visit for any beer enthusiast and a great place to bring anyone. (1,000 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Found this place randomly wandering around Amsterdam. It's ona crowded side street bordering one of the main roads going toward the center (nieuwezijd voorburgwal) and right across from a coffeeeshop. Laid back atmosphere, lacking the "party" feeling of most other bars here in Amsterdam, which was nice. Decor is beer casks and beer lists, all wood with some old dim lights. A lot of good beers on the list here, along with a huge list of NL crafts which was nice to see. Menu separates Flemish and Wallonian beers, as well as Trappists, and a seciton of Abbey-style beers. The last page was British, German, Irish and Czech beers with a couple of American crafts even on there.

Highly recommended for someone looking for good beer in a place so often dominated by Heineken and Amstel. (787 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

another stop that i missed on my first trip to amsterdam - locater literally across the street from my hotel and i could see it from the window

unfortunately closed on Sunday, which is odd, as Amsterdam doesnt typically align itself with the schedule of the church, but im sure they have their reasons.

stopped in on a Monday afternoon - maybe 40 taps including some strange american and other european offerings. I had a few De Molen taps, which were great.

This spot has a nice wooden interior and outdoor seating along a relatively busy alleyway.

They were hosting a cheese/beer pairing the day we stopped in which was awesome. They wheeled in a cart with about 10 different amazing cheeses, each paired with a specific tap beer. You order the beer, you get the cheese free. very cool (791 characters)

Photo of Clembo1957
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A must visit in Amsterdam with a large range of beer on tap including Dutch, Belgium, US, German berrs as well as the ubiquitious Guiness and Strongbow Cider. The bottled beer menu is extensive with a huge number of Belgians, American, German and British beers.The bar as a bar area with a few tables and more seating at the rear. Service is Dutch style i.e laid back!

The only drawback is that the location draws a lot of tourists (like me) i had a group of English students next to me who had obviously been smoking something a little to strong for them!

Overall though a friendly welcoming place highly recommended! (620 characters)

Photo of winetrdr
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Spent the weekend staying next door to this fantastic bar in the middle of everything going on in Amsterdam. There's no bar to sit at but 2 separate rooms and a few tables outdoors leave plenty of room for drinking alone or with others. About 17 taps, one handpump, one gravity keg and an extensive bottle list offers a great choice of Belgians, Dutch and even 2 American beers (Titan IPA and Flying Dog Hefe Weizen). Everything was served in it's proper glassware including my session beer for the weekend, Zinnebir...a poor man's XX Bitter. Nick, bartending the first night, offered recommendations from my descriptions that were spot on. Bathrooms are okay, not great. Atmosphere is very comfortable with a showcase of large glasses in the front. A great place to sit outside and watch Amsterdam go by. Coffeeshops within a few steps along with kebab, pizza, McDonalds and anything else you may want at 2 in the morning. (923 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place was a beacon of metaphoric light in the smoky town of Amsterdam. Every beer in this place was amazing. Even though I had heard of nearly everything on draft, I was amazed to find how incredible Maredsous 8 tastes when it is fresh!!

As stated, the selection is incredible. The establishment itself if also incredible. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 on the atmosphere is that the bar was eerily quiet despite being full. I am used to the murmur of lighthearted conversation when in a pub, but here nobody seemed to talk above a near-whisper, and I found it a little awkward to try and keep the volume of my conversation down.

The servers were incredibly knowledgeable, and the service was prompt. This is definitely a place I want to revisit again and again! (776 characters)

Photo of ComicalAli
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This cramped old bar tucked away in a hidden alley near the red light disrict (described as a "dive" by the younger and more female members of our group) is absolutely one of my favorite beer bars in the world. The service was great and fast, the bottle selection was impressive and heavy with good Belgians, prices were moderate for the area and the bar itself is older than the United States. I had the kriek on tap, a Cantillon geuze and another geuze that I can't quite remember. If you like sours, you won't be disappointed here.

After your stop at the Wildeman, why not step across the alley into Coffeeshop Ben for some....coffee? Also right down the block is a hamburger shop that is extremely crowded but served the best hamburger I ever tasted, although my time at Coffeeshop Ben may have influenced my enthusiasm. (826 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The establishment is done up in a typical brown bar fashion. Space is fairly small but they don't over crowd it with tables so you always have elbow room. Service gets the job done but didn't impress by any means. Selection was fairly solid .... about 15-20 taps and a 100+ beer list. Mostly Dutch, Belgian, and German brews. Food offerings mainly consist of meat and cheese platters. Reasonably priced and recommended!

I go to Amsterdam yearly and always make Cafe In de Wildeman a "must do" on my list. The atmosphere is what its all about for me. I absolutely love the center table "up top" where you have an impressive commanding view of the store. (653 characters)

Photo of azorie
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

WE have been to the Wilderman over 50 times now (maybe more in 16 trips to Amsterdam as we always go over and over), as we love the location and its hard to find for most tourists, so its never crowded during the daytime. They have great drafts and a really great bottle list, always in the correct glasses. They have both a non and smoking side. I met some great beer writers in this place, and lots of interesting folks. To us its just a great place to relax, I can pop across the alley to smoke a few pipe loads. Like 200 or more bottles and like 10-20 drafts, the drafts are good deals. The people are great and the service can be great, they seem to know me... I wonder why. They even speak English, that's an inside joke, you cannot get 2 words of dutch out to them before they laugh.

It not far from the beer store either. That said its a bit pricey and it really is if the Euro is north of 1.50 which it was during this last March/April 2008 trip.

We love Amsterdam and we always visit here and this bar is always NUMBER 1. The smoking side can be more fun, but unless I am totally baked I cannot take it.

Some Dutch beers here but mostly Belgian. (1,158 characters)

Photo of crenegar
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

In A'dam 11/6 - 11/8 visited here mid afternoon, nice time of day not too crowded. 18 beers on draft - some of the more mentionables were, Texels Bock, De Prael Johnny, Floreffe Prima Melior, Rodenbach and Brugse Zot Blond. Oh yeah - Left Hand Milk Stout too - cool.

Met a women who lives a couple hours away by train but stops in every few weeks when many of the beers change. She reads BA but doesn't post here (c'mon girl! :-).

This place is less the party scene and more the serious beer bar - a great place to visit in A'dam. (532 characters)

Photo of baggio
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited this place during a weekendtrip to Amsterdam.

This place looks really _old_ and i don't think it has changed much the last 100 years. Very cool and really adds to the atmosphere.

About 20 beers on draught and they even had Flying dog gonzo imperial porter on draught while we were there. Amazing. Very good bottleselection too.

Very mixed crowd in this place but from what i could reckon there were some tourists and then alot of older gentlemen sipping away on some good beer while chatting about daily life.

We were kind of rushed so we didn't stay here for more than a beer but i'll most likely visit this place again whenever i happen to be in Amsterdam. (670 characters)

Photo of citrusjim
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Dropped in for a quick one while on vacation. It is a nice place all in all. It's loctated in alleyish road off of main shopping area (many bars & coffee shops). What I liked about this place was how old it was and that is seemed to be filled with locals - not drunken tourists. Like many spots in town, it's kind of a hole it the wall and a bit dirty. It had a decent selection including Westveletern cake. We grabbed a couple of beers and sat outside. We could have sat there all night. A real nice vibe. There are not too many good beer spots in Amsterdam. (559 characters)

Photo of shivtim
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by during at 10-hour layover at the Amsterdam airport.
Pretty easy to find, if you get lost just ask someone. It's located on a nice little brick alley with some outdoor seating. Very pleasant to sit outside and people watch. The inside is dark and woody and cool.

The selection is pretty good. 18 on tap, and quite a few bottles. Lots of local-ish stuff. Could use a little more variety on the tap list, but it's still great. Bartender was very friendly and helpful. Beer was served in proper glasswear.

Great stop if you're in A-dam. Very easy walk from Amsterdam Centraal. (585 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was the first real beer bar in Amsterdam that I visisted with my wife on a recent trip. There is a very welcoming quality to this cafe. Although it can be smokey I bet, the windows were open and the air quality was pretty good. Tons of old breweriana around the bar that I spent a good deal of my time looking at. I had 2 beers while visiting (De Drie Ringen Cordeaux from Holland and a Hanssens Mead the Gueuze). Both were very good. There was a nice selection of Dutch beers and Belgian as well. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Amsterdam as it was the best bar we visisted there. (593 characters)

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Recommended to me by the guys here on BA, and what a wonderful place it is. The selection is very good and the prices are also good, you can grab a couple pints of quality stuff and not have to feel like you spent alot.

The staff is very nice, when your in an indecisive mode and can't figure out what you want then just ask the staff and they will surely find you something that you will enjoy. There is also a non-smoking section, which allows you to be able to smell the beer as opposed to a normal bar where the smoke covers all smells.

One last thing...the guest beers changes from time to time so it's nice to know that when you go back there will be something different to try. (687 characters)

Photo of bierme
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One the best beer bars I have ever been to. Went three different nights. Each night I had a wonderful time with three different bartenders. Each bartender was exceptional. They know beer and are excellent at finding a beer to suit your wants. Very friendly and very engaging.

185 beers in bottles and many on tap including some beers from Denver breweries.

Had some really terrific sours.

The atmosphere is very comfortable and attractive. Mostly locals with a few tourists.

Really loved the place wish I could go every night. (530 characters)

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is probably my third favorite bar in Amsterdam. The selection was very good. Atmosphere was reasonable, but seemed like mainly senior citizens when I was in there. Lots of wood all over the place, two levels of sitting, plus an other sitting room that I didn't even go into. The service was hit or miss. The older balder barman wasn't the most helpful, but the younger--yet equally bald--barman was very nice. Go here for one session, and then split the rest of your time between Gollem and t'Arendnest. (508 characters)

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

After spending three months studying abroad in Berlin, and visiting Prague, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Italy, I was glad to finally find what I had been looking for in a bar. In de Wildeman is what I had imagined to be a typical, old world bar with a dark interior, no music, busy and aged. It is incredibly cozy and replete with a sort of timelessness that heretofore I had not found in a bar. I've got to admit that since coming to Europe (and this is the opposite of what I'd imagined), the beer bars of America far outpace their European counterparts--which seem to be fewer and farther between, and less cozy and comfortable. In de Wildeman is the exception. It reminded me of the Publick House in Boston, but without food or music, much smaller, on a narrow alley, and a feeling that it was incredibly old. The beer selection was quite good, and I mostly stuck to the Trappists, which were served nicely at room temperature and in the proper glassware. My friend and I stood at the low, wooden bar near the door in the crowded entrance--all the seating being occupied--and admired the old taps and ancient, dusty bottles above the bar. I can't speak highly enough of this bar, and having moved on now to Basel, which is a beautiful though beer-negligent city, I miss the hominess, intimacy and selection of In de Wildeman, and it makes me even more eager to return to the beer bars back home in Boston, though I think it is romanticism more than nostalgia that makes me so keen on In de Wildeman--a longing for some unattainable old world bar from the past that probably never existed, but this is the closest I've come. (1,628 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I think this has to rank in my Top 5 beer bars of all time, possibly even the best. My wife and I stopped in here while drinking our way across northwestern Europe recently.

They have an incredible selection on tap, including many Dutch beers (consequently, LaTrappe's are the only worth mentioning).

I got my Rauchbier education here as the bar staff took to my recent interest in smoked beers and were giving me stuff that was not on the menu to include Schlenkerla's Helles and also their wiezen! I never a smoked weissbier - very tasty though considering my most recent kick. (of course I had the marzen & urbock afterwards - as well as a bier call Raucherator on tap - hmmm smoked doppelbock....)

My wife was introduced to several wheats, also not on the menu/list, to include LaTrappe's wit.

One of the bar tenders immediately after his shift, changed his shirt and hopped over the bar. You know it's a good place to drink when the staff sticks around when they're off!

You can read some of the other reviews about the atmosphere, etc. I just wanted to comment on how great we found the service. If you are unassuming, polite, beer-loving, "non-ugly" American, you will do just fine here and I'm sure you'll have a great time like we did. We will definately be stopping here again if we are in Amsterdam and quite possibly finding a hotel very close by - good times. (1,388 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This place was recommended by Andy at The Cracked Kettle because they have a pretty good selection of Belgian beers. Unfortunately, I found it to be the same as many other places in Amsterdam; heavily biased against and rude to American tourists. I ordered a La Trappe Quadruple by asking for a “La Trappe Quad” and he scolded me for shortening Quadruple. He was told my friend who wasn’t ordering a beer because he was driving that he couldn’t sit there if he wasn’t drinking. We ended up ignoring him and left after just one beer.

The selection is pretty good for trappist, Belgian, and dutch beers. They have around 200 bottles and 18 taps. Their gueuze and lambic selection was probably the best in the city that I found. All in all, they were good for the bigger beers in the area but didn’t have any of the rarer beers or anything vintage. (854 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here with some associates while in town on business (another good find from beerfly). It was a little hard to find at first, as I can't tell alleys from streets on the maps. But it was worth the search, and actually quite easy to find again I'm sure.

The atmosphere is phenomenal, all wood decor, relatively quiet (maybe 9:00pm on a Thursday), reminded me just a little of Kulminator from Antwerp. Of course the beer selection isn't anything like Kulminator (terrible comparison), but it's really really good nonetheless. There were maybe 20 taps, with about 10 sporting Dutch beers I won't see again too soon. The others held some Belgian and German names. The bottle list is extensive, maybe 100+ to choose from. They're conveniently listed by country, with most from the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, and Germany. All selections were good quality beers, I didn't see anything bad per se. The prices seemed reasonable, I might have expected a little cheaper from some of the local beers such as those from Brouwerij 't IJ, but what the hell it was a nice spot. (1,072 characters)

Photo of cthrockmorton
4.66/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We stopped here for our "pre-lunch" beer after a walk to one of the museums. I actually remembered being in this street on our first trip to Amsterdam 5 years ago, but at the time my attention was drawn by the tiny pub across, which had outdoor chairs and a young man smoking a huge joint. It was a memorable first sight for me, what can I say? Little did I know the best beer was behind me!

Draft beer selections (about a dozen) on chalkboards, plus a bottle menu and full bar. I didn't see the snacks menu until we were ready for our lunch.

We were nearly alone in the place, and found it easy to order -- and the bartender to have a delightful sense of humor. My wife doesn't like beer -- not my fault! -- so I ordered a Floreffe Double and a rum and coke for the lady. I mentioned that I had heard that this place was famous for it's beer. The bartender replied, "And so you order rum and coke?!"

For the next round, I wanted a Dutch beer, so ordered the 't IJ Turbock and another rum and coke. I had to order by the number on the chalkboard, since I had no idea how to pronounce "'t IJ." Since we had already broken the ice, I asked after my order, "Can you tell me how to pronounce that?" He very carefully told me, "Ruuum and Cooooke." I like this guy!

I will return and see this place with a crowd -- but coming alone for the beer was definitely worth it! (1,376 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

When I stepped into in de Wildeman, it felt like I was in a different time zone. The atmosphere was like 50 years ago with friendly people packed together. Nobody complaining and evrybody enjoying their beers.
The selection of beers was excellent, it is impossible to taste their draught beers in one night. The people behind the bar are really into the beers and know what they are talking about. Quality was superb.
What was striking to me was the absence of music, which contributed to the depth of the conversation. We all would like to have a good conversation once in a while, and a beer helps to do so. In de Wildeman, the perfect beerbar! (650 characters)

Photo of joedon
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've made many visits to the Wildeman during work trips to Amsterdam. I first learned about it watching the "Beerhunter" video by Michael Jackson.
Location is a quiet street, more like an alley, about two blocks from the main shopping street in Amsterdam. Look for the sign above the door picturing a cave man with a club.
Wide selection of Dutch and Belgian beers with many of the big names represented but also many I've never heard of. Friendly barman who loves to gab and speaks good English. All the beer is ordered at the bar and paid for on delivery. There is also a non-smoking room behind the bar which is a blessing. The Euros smoke like chimneys and unless you sit outside in the alley, you leave most bars smelling like an ashtray. I've never eaten at the Wildeman but they offer a small selection of snacks and sandwiches. (837 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This has been a favorite of mine for years, it has been at the top of Amsterdams beer tree ever since I first went, when I was a baby.

It is very much a no nonsence beer bar, clean, tidy and busy at all times, with locals as well as us tourists. I even managed to get one of the seats outside once, but it was early! The staff seem pleased to serve you and will help choose a beer if you wish.

The beer selection on tap is ever changing and always in tip top condition. It is a classic beer bar and must be visited if you are in Amsterdam. (545 characters)

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In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Netherlands
98 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.