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In De Wildeman

Not Rated.
In De WildemanIn De Wildeman
BA SCORE
98
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6%
Taps: 18
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Go here!

(and the 'coffee shop' a few doors down has a good selection as well :)

DaveFL1976, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of cypressbob
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%

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

cypressbob, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of Andreji
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

Andreji, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

GreatPondBrewer, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of silenius
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

silenius, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.14/5  rDev -8%

Visited on the 28th October 2004. This place is a reasonably large (by Amsterdam standards) two room beer café. The room to you right as you enter is a non smoking room. This is regretably, very much a rarity in this city. In de Wildemann has an excellent beer menu as befits a famous beerbar, and lives up to most reviews I have read. Nice solid tables, and well decorated walls with authentic enamelled signs relating to breweriana. A must visit when in Amsterdam, and within staggering distance of Café Belgique.

Beware, this establishment does not open on Sundays!

JohnfromDublin, May 27, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%

I recently made it here for a late night session of tasty biers after a day full of sightseeing in Amsterdam. The Wildeman is on a small pedestrian side street off of the main pedestrian shopping area, not far from either Dam Square or the train station. (Note: exit De Wildeman and go right 100 feet to find a small shop with A-1 Frittes!!). It was a dark, woody place, with big-ass ceiling beams supporting everything. I entered the main bar-room, on the left as you approach. It was a long room from front to back, with a bar on the right, some small tables and chairs on the left upon entry, and a few larger tables in the rear up 4 or 5 stairs. You can also take a sharp right upon entry and drink in a rare nonsmoking room! Out front were some benches for fair-weather quaffing under the stars. This Cafe has a very weathered yet warm and welcoming feeling. The front of the bar room was old glass windows with small wooden frames, which looked great! Old bier posters and paraphernalia decorate throughout. They had 18 biers on tap, mostly Belgian and Dutch stuff, but also some Bamberg bier and UK and Czech offerings. Their bottle menu was astounding! One hell of a lineup, with the noted absence of WestV 12 (though I was told the 'tender DID have some stashed away in the cellar...). They take the time to serve the biers in the proper glassware, and with a correct pour as well. I witnessed for the first time a nearby patron being poured 9/10th's of his bier in the glass and the yeasties decanted into a shot glass for the patrons pleasure. Service is basically self-serve; order at the bar and bring the goods back to your table. Despite that, the 'tender was extremely accomodating to questions and chit-chat. A great place! I had hoped to return on my last night, but time did not allow....alas....
Prosit!!

overall: 4.64
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: n/a | $$

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Bierman9, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of taez555
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%

For some reason I had a really tough time finding the Wildeman. The street name Kollegstraat was blocked by a sign so I kept going up and down the streets in circles. The kicker was, when I found it, it was closed. Good to note that it’s not open Sunday’s. But if you’re heading from the central train station it’s really very close, just go straight down the main road (damrak I believe) a few blocks to where the canal on your left ends and take a right on the small Side street/Alley. You’ll go past café 420, another little street, a Belgian french fry place and then it should be on your left.

The interior was very small. There’s a small bar on the left side as you enter. A few tables with locals smoking cigars on the right. A smaller seating area up a set of stairs towards the back with some old barrels against the wall. The whole place maybe seats 30 or 40. Very rustic Old World feel with a small bit of brewerania. I have to agree the Long Beach bum’s review; it sort of has this old drugstore sort of look to it.

The beer selection was easily one of the best in Amsterdam. In a city where Heineken and Oranjaboom dominate, this place is like walking into Belgium. A small assortment of tap beers was posted on the wall. A nice mix of common local and Euro standards as well as some more obscure Belgians and Dutch beers. The key to the Wildeman though is the bottle list. Had to be between 100-200 beers. A small world mix, a good assortment of quality Dutch beers, but for the most part Belgian beers. They were out of all the Westy’s when I was there, but beyond that a great selection of common and rather obscure beers. All served in the correct glass at the correct temperature.

They have a small list of food. Mostly some different cheeses and meats. We ordered some chips and salsa and an assortment of cheese that came with some really hardy pumpernickel bread. It wasn’t to bad, but let’s just say it’s a good thing the Belgian fry place is right next door.

The woman, who was tending bar/the wait staff, was rather helpful. Not the most friendly, but she knew her beer, even suggesting a few to try telling me “this would probably be better after the trappist”

When we were there it was mainly just locals smoking cigars and chatting. We actually met a very nice couple from the UK while there. We chit chatted about quality beer, he actually mentioned he was a member of CAMRA. Quality beer drinkers of the world unite.

Basically, if you’re going to Amsterdam to drink beer, café in de wildeman is a must visit. Although, to be quite honest, when I was there it sort of felt like an Amsterdam buzz kill. This town is about weird sex, drugs, and Van Gogh. If I wanted Belgium I could just hop on the train for a short ride over the border. But, that being said, an amazing beer bar.

taez555, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%

All I can say is wow. As you enter this older looking place off one of the side streets, you are usually greeted by a group of older gentlemen smoking stogies at the bar. This place looks very rustic with what looked to be old bourbin barrels in the back which are no longer in use. The draft list was plentiful at 25+ beers all of which we mostly european delites. I did notice though that they had Anchor Liberty on draft for a US offering, which was a nice surprise to see. As for their bottle offerings, I was taken aback because this list was bigger than I had ever seen. I could have sat their all week and still not finished the list. The bartenders were all very knowledgeable about their beers and suggested some excellent brews. Their cheese plate and smoked meats were delicious and complemented the beers I had nicely. All I can say is that this is the number one place in the area to go to. A must visit for all enthusiasts.

bigbeerdrinka, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of hobbes2112
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%

I checked this Cafe on a recent trip after reading about it here.

First of all, it is not in the Red Light district as previously mentioned, in fact it was on the opposite side of "Dam Square."

For Future BAers heading to this establishment, head to the right coming out of the train station, not left to the RLD.

Moving on...

We made our trip to In de Wildeman on Queen's Day 2004, which is the biggest celebration in the Netherlands. People dancing in the streets, rides, ganes, food etc. After walking around for a little while finding not much else than the standard Heineken/Amstel/Oranjebloom it became a priority to get to the cafe and drink some real beer.

After we found the place, which would likely be much easier on a less crowded day, we sat inside at the non-smoking room. In a country that seems to have a requirement to smoke it was a very nice getaway for us non-smokers.

The atmosphere was old and broken-in, no real signs of modern anywhere. This, for me anyway, lead to a very casual feel and I enjoyed it. At the bar and on the table were menus that had at least 200 available beers, but I stuck mainly to the Trappist beers. I was most happy about the fact that you could get all of the trappist brews here. It is obviously the most fun if you can get it from the source, but this was the next best thing. Not too pricey (compared to prices in the US after markup) and you can try them all right next to one another. The previous weekend of my trip I traveled to Belgium to the Westvleteren brewery and already had that covered, so I started with a Trappistes Rochefort 10.

While my beer was being poured I talked with the bartender who had almost flawless English. He noticed that I had gone straight for a "rare beer" and recommended two other local beers to try while I was in town. I followed his suggestion and was very happy. The first beer was called Columbus from the local Brouwerij 'tIJ Amsterdam. The other was from a tiny bottle (7-8 ounces) and was even better than the Westy 12, but for the life of me I can't remember its name. Oh well need a return trip I guess.

We ordered a cheese and smoked beef plate to hold us over before dinner and that was interesting. I have had smoked sausage before but never smoked beef, which was basically looked like raw ground beef in a wrapping. The mustard, beef and cheese went really well with the beer though so I can't complain.

If you hit Amsterdam you absolutely must go to the Cafe In de Wildeman.

hobbes2112, May 31, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%

What an excellent bar! Located in the red light district is the "Wild Man" or "Savage" Cafe. The atmosphere is awesome. 17th century wood, old tables, creaky floors, nice bathrooms (watch your head!), and more! The quality of the 2 beers I had was awesome! A draught Andechs Doppel, and a bottle of T'ij Zatte (a local brew from a local Holland brewery!). The service was excellent, as the bartender was quick and spoke great English (as most places in Amsterdam do!). The selection was excellent, with many Belgian classics, and Dutch micros in the bottle. The tap list was almost 20 strong, and was a good mix of German, UK, US, Holland, and Belgian micros...as well as the Holland big three. What a great beer bar, and only a few blocks from "Coffee shop Abraxus" the other can't miss "CAFE" in Amsterdam!

francisweizen, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of Duhey2
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%

My wife and I hit In de Wildeman our second and last night in Amsterdam. Ironically, it was across the street from our hotel and we made it our nightcap stop. The selection of beer was extensive in this Heineken/Amstel/Oranjeboom town (and I'm not slamming any of those either. They also had a no-smoking room which was a welcome sight, which I now understand Amsterdam bars are now all smoke-free (at least that's what I heard).


They had some sort of Belgian "Winter Warmer" that I swear could have come from Harpoon!


www.indewildeman.nl/indexe.html

Duhey2, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%

This should be in the top 3 of your "to do" list in Amsterdam, well after getting stoned and the threesome anyways (don't do it before!!!). I always thought that the Bier Proeflakaal In de Wildeman, to give it its correct name, just meant Wild Man. However, I should have realized from the picture of the barely attired man with the 4 ft Club - that it actually translates as "Savage". Had the best range of beers in Amsterdam at one time, but newer establishments pop up all the time to challenge "The Grandfather", so this may have changed. Yet for me, it somehow still remains the best of the establishments in my humble opinion.
Around 18 Beers on draft, and a Beer List of around 200, of which, around 20% are from the homeland. The Worldly Draft beers vary from the ubiquotous Irish Guinness, domestic Oranjeboom, Teutonic Bitburger, Belgium De Koninck (excellent), French Belzebuth (holy shit! this is 15%), as well as a couple of UK offerings not usually found like Youngs RamRod and the Strongbow Cider. Oh, did I mention the Liberty Ale - how could I forget that?? ;-)
A Dutch Institution, that reminded of an original old Victorian Chemist Shop I once visited in London; dark interior, no music, lots of wood, creaky floors, wobbly tables, candles, wooden barrels a fantastic looking bar, hidden alcoves (find them) and if you listen carefully - just conversation, in at least 5 languages on my last visit. Food is Snacks Only - Who Cares?!. Do not be offended by the staff, they do know their beer - but rarely seem to want to chat or smile for some strange unknown reason. I know if I worked here - I would have a grin as big as the Golden Gate Bridge!!

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 11, 2002
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In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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