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In De Wildeman

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In De WildemanIn De Wildeman
BA SCORE
99
world-class

65 Ratings
Ratings: 65
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.01%
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 DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

What makes Amsterdam so...dam appealing? First day in the city and everybody that I've run into speaks English (even the homeless folks!). It probably helps that the city is such a tourist hotspot. With the museums closing, it's time to go drinking.

Tables on the street outside, though I found my spot just inside the bar. There are two rooms, with a bar splitting the two apart. Lots of beer memorabilia around, especially at the front window, where you will see beer glasses the size of fish bowls!

In de Wildeman has well earned its repuation as a beer destination is Amsterdam. 18 different beers on-tap of different nationalities (Flying Dog, Texels, Mahrs, Ayinger, Del Ducato, De Leckere) and an additional 250 bottles (De Ranke, Schelde, Boon, Vis Beer, Bink, Mardesous, Fullers, Anchors, Budels, Jopen). Not only are the beers kept in good shape, but they're served with appropriate glassware and not too cold. I had two drafts from here, and both put me in a good mood.

It's just not beers that's here, but scotch too. If you're fond of both beverages, In de Wildeman should be near the top of your bar crawl. Heck, just the beer warrants a visit.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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!!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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....
Prosit!!

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

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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 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 shivtim
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited back in June 2012:

Stopped in while on a recent visit to Amsterdam, among other places...and what can I say that hasn't already been said about the place. This place is an absolute must for any beer enthusiast. We walked into the place maybe around 6 or 7pm, don’t recall the day at this point, after stopping at the Burger Bar right down the street (which frankly a must stop as well) and the place was packed, both inside and out, but we were lucky enough to grab a table. The place is kind of small, but has a great atmosphere...a little light music and so many languages being spoken that I lost count. Very causal and relaxing. This is a place that you could easily hang out in all day.

As others have stated, there was a list of maybe 11 beers on tap and I didn't really recognize any of them, which was great, all different breweries and styles. I think that we tried maybe 4 or 5 on that visit. And the list of bottled beer was unbelievable...I think that my wife and I must have read over the thing for at least a half an hour, just in awe of the sheer volume. The service was decent, but the place was crowded, so I can't really fault the guy, but he was friendly and accommodating. Overall, it was a very unique experience.

Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Vibe: The bar is short walk down a alley off the busy pedestrianized Nieuwendijk, but once you step in you feel like you've quickly exited the tourist district. It is very cozy inside with lots of decoration of old beer-related items in a display case and on the walls. It seemed that the place was popular with the locals and several people brought their dog. I visited around 7 pm on a Monday and was surprised to find some empty tables

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperatures in a variety of glassware such as goblets and snifters.

Service: There were only two people manning the bar and also waiting on the tables so service wasn't very prompt, but this seems the norm in Europe. The bartenders did talk with some of the people ordering and paying at the bar.

Selection: The bar had about a dozen beers on tap, some of which seemed to be uncommon beers and limited releases. I was shocked to find a gose and a pumpkin beer on-tap.

They had light appetizers but I didn't try the food.

Photo of AlexM
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jgasparine
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Photo of koopa
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of ggaughan
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Clembo1957
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Photo of millelacsmark
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of Fluffheady
4.13/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Kind of a dive, but I like it. They obviously have a nice relationship with a lot of American brewers. Flying Dog Brewery made a beer for them and it is sold in the States. I had the beer long before knowing this bar existed. The bar doesn’t have stools; rather, it is waist level. There are lots of round tables scattered around. It’s easy to forget what time it is. There is wifi (great for travelers!) Absolutely worth a visit.

Photo of Andreji
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of taez555
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of joedon
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of drseamus
3.89/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Netherlands
99 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.