In De Wildeman
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4.36/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
07-08-2007 19:07:58 | More by TurdFurgison
4.66/5 rDev +3.8%
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!
01-06-2007 22:34:27 | More by cthrockmorton
4.72/5 rDev +5.1%
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!
11-03-2006 22:18:09 | More by Absumaster
4.36/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
10-13-2006 01:13:27 | More by joedon
United Kingdom (England)
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
08-14-2006 15:42:09 | More by BlackHaddock
4.6/5 rDev +2.4%
Another great find via BeerAdvocate.
It's a bit tricky to find, though. I had a map, and sort of stumbled across it twice. The second time I had slightly better bearings. If you take the 5 tram to the Red Light District, that will get you in the general area, and ask around from there if you still have problems.
Anyways, what a great beer bar. The interior is warm, cozy, dark, and shows its age. But it's aging gracefully. As an added bonus, this is one of the few places that you'll find a non-smoking room in Amsterdam.
Service is knowledgable and quick once you have their attention, but the customer to server ratio can get a bit high at times.
Selection is fantastic. We saw beers here that we didn't see anywhere else in Amsterdam or Brussels, and the tap selection seems to continiously rotate, giving you a new selection every time you return. They put a lot of work into being a good beer bar, and it works.
Be sure to try the Trappist cheese platter and salami. Good stuff.
If you get a bit confused by the dutch menu, they do have a single English menu in the establishment. The staff speaks good English, though, so it won't be much of a problem.
(and the 'coffee shop' a few doors down has a good selection as well :)
07-10-2006 15:00:30 | More by DaveFL1976
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.28/5 rDev -4.7%
I'd heard so much about this place from fellow BA's and other beerfly reviews, it seemed like a must when in amsterdam
Fairly easy to find, head off dam square onto the damrak, then a few streets along and down one you will find this wonderful beer bar
I visited it a couple of times, the first during the day. It was quite empty but had a great warm atmosphere. The barman was very friendly and also commented on how much he liked my first beer selection, aecht schlenkerla marzen rauchbier, which was fantastic. While i was there i also had a de ranke xx bitter, also fantastic.
The second visit was later that night around 7, very busy but not over crowded. The same pleasant service, this time i tried bourgogne de flandres and la trappe quad, both a little disappointing but still, great to try new beers
All in all, a fantastic beer bar, amazing selection, lots of good local dutch beers, all the trappists, some german, few english and a ton of other great belgians
07-28-2005 15:14:23 | More by cypressbob
4.28/5 rDev -4.7%
On my rather typical dutch experience (that is going all over the city by bike), it was rather easy to find the cafe In de Wildeman. It is located right off some of amsterdam's most important pedestrian- and commercial- streets, like the Damrak and the Nieuwendijk.
I pause here and note for future visitors, that the cafe appears listed on the unexisting Kollegstraat. In reality, it is in the Kolksteeg, as would appear listed in your eyewitness or lonely planet guides.
Yes, the kolksteeg is actually a street that comes right off from the busy nieuwendijk, and I had to make my way by foot, for the police had already once stopped me aan het fietsen in the area.
as you go further west through the Kolksteeg the area becomes less crowded and somehow you stumble accross the cafe. the atmosphere is good because it is a nice resting place after the "stressful" amsterdam walking or biking, but it sort of undermines its priviledged location and makes very little of it. Some tables outside rather chucked against the wall as so not to obstruct the passing pietons.
The inside was a bit of a downturn to the place. yes, it is beer-decorated but it was notably abandoned. sometimes it is good to have the feeling time stopped before the second world war- which is much of what the place just feels like- but then it's also good to think the cleaning lady came by once in a while. glass displays with greasy, dirty windows. uncomfortable chairs with cushions that need a bit of a fixing....oh well, still at the back there were some wooden barrels just to enhance the feeling and, all-in-all, it's so quiet it's just better to sit outside.
The service is pretty good. it's not crowded so they get right onto what you're looking for. much like any dutch they can handle english as well, but they had a keen interest on my capacity to blabber out some nederlands so I had a brief but pleasant chat with the bartender. He was also kind (to other customers' demand) to give out tastings so that visitors could define their drink of choice.
That is, because it's hard. the menu has a good 200 beers listed according to categories (trappist-belgian abbey- dutch- other places et caetera). It's pleasant to go through so many choices for a connoiseur. they had some 10 taps but i didn't scan through those- i had enough to go through on the menu. My choice at the end was a de Prael Mary- only one because at 3pm before lunch and skipping breakfast, there's only so much high abv brews you can take.
Overall a good place although there is lots of room for improvisation.
06-30-2005 10:13:14 | More by Andreji
4.36/5 rDev -2.9%
First stop in my whirlwind tour of Europe placed me in the Netherlands and I was not disappointed. Wildeman was my first place of interest in re beer (Red Light district had to be gawked at of course). The Wildman is in city centre and pretty well located near the train station without too much of the riff raff.. Several benches greeted us out front as well as the open windows looking into the bar. The bar itself was split into two rooms with one housing the bar and the other for sitting. The bar was pretty traditional wood panaled, creeky floor and all the trappings of a cafe.
the beer was excellent and varied with taps ranging from Germany, Belgium, Holland and England. This was a nice addition to the 200 or so bottles they had, which included most of the trappist beers and some pretty obscure Lambics as well. All beer was tasty and quality poured.
The service was fine and courteous. As for the value, I am not sure how to rate that seeing as it is Europe, but spending 3,20 euro for some Westmalle Dubbel on tap seems like a pretty decent deal in my book. Seek this place out and it won't dissapoint.
06-23-2005 15:02:45 | More by GreatPondBrewer
4.72/5 rDev +5.1%
Now this is the kind of bar I like to go to during the day! Located in a rather busy/touristy area surrounded by smoke shops and near the Sex Museum, it offers a nice break from the seediness of this section of Amsterdam.
The room contains plenty of space around a number of tables with bench and chair seating. The non-smoking room is a plus for those that like smoke only in Rauchbiers. The bartenders were extra-ordinarily friendly and the list of 18 draft beers on the board above the door was extra-ordinary. Sure they had a generic pils for those wanting a simple mid-afternoon drink, but they also had a nice selection of German, Netherlands, Belgian, and French beers on tap. Another chalkboard menu placed out of the way directly across from the bar shows the 5 or so Gueuze beers they have.
We were a little hungry and ordered some cheese and salami. The huge chunk of Stilton that came out was a great value. We got full on cheese and salami and then the wife went shopping and I hung out for a few more beers while chatting it up with another guy there whose wife was shopping as well.
Highly recommended for a visit to Amsterdam.
06-06-2005 12:28:01 | More by silenius
In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Netherlands
98 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.