In De Wildeman
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4.74/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
02-09-2011 19:40:14 | More by david18
4.06/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
11-05-2010 20:05:19 | More by BucBasil
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
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
06-05-2010 07:13:53 | More by dirtylou
United Kingdom (England)
4.44/5 rDev -1.1%
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!
02-17-2010 12:33:52 | More by Clembo1957
United Kingdom (England)
4.75/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
08-02-2009 19:01:55 | More by winetrdr
4.38/5 rDev -2.4%
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!
07-21-2009 00:07:18 | More by jgasparine
5/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
05-31-2009 15:07:23 | More by ComicalAli
4.2/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
05-11-2009 17:26:24 | More by koopa
5/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
02-14-2009 16:40:11 | More by azorie
4.18/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
11-26-2008 18:45:19 | More by crenegar
In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Netherlands
98 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.