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In De Wildeman

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In De WildemanIn De Wildeman

69 Ratings
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @indewildeman

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 49
Photo of AdamNowek
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bierme
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of jaapm
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ComicalAli
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of rpacheco666
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of azorie
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

this place has been around for a long time - I probably first went here over 20 years ago and have returned several times since. It can hold a pretty decent crowd. They have 18 taps and over 250 bottled selections with a great assortment of local, euro and imports. The crowd is mixed, tending towards young, with a blend of locals and tourists. Beautiful place to drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is a fantastic beer bar, boasting 18 taps and over 250 bottles of imported and craft beer. Located in an old Amsterdam distillery, the inside is small, wood paneled and has all the charm of an authentic English style pub. Beers ranged from Brewdog, to a plethora of Belgians, to a 17 Euro bottle of Alaskan Smoked Porter! We discovered a cute little back bar hidden around the corner from the main area and settled in. Several beer books and board games looking to be as old as the bar lined the shelves in this room. I ended up trying the wonderfully malty and smoky Schlenkerla Doppelbock on tap, while my wife ordered the Netherlands' own trappist beer La Trappe Quadrupel. It didn't take much before all four of us weary travelers were nodding off with the comfort of clinking glasses, murmur of background chat and tasty brews. This gem of a pub is well worth the visit and I'd love to go back when I have more time and energy!

Photo of winetrdr
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of vermilcj
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of AlexM
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of david18
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of MoFro
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of francisweizen
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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!

Photo of Absumaster
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of silenius
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Duhey2
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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!


Photo of cthrockmorton
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of scoobybrew
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Bierman9
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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....

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


Photo of DaveFL1976
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

Go here!

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

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of hobbes2112
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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.

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