In De Wildeman
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4.4/5 rDev -2%
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.
05-12-2013 16:25:51 | More by DoubleJ
4.36/5 rDev -2.9%
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!!
10-11-2002 17:41:41 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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
4.43/5 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)
4.5/5 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
4.72/5 rDev +5.1%
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!
04-01-2004 01:30:00 | More by francisweizen
4.64/5 rDev +3.3%
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....
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: n/a | $$
09-03-2004 16:45:22 | More by Bierman9
4.36/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
05-19-2008 13:21:43 | More by shivtim
4.36/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
04-17-2013 05:53:53 | More by metter98
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
11-01-2012 17:54:22 | More by PhillyStyle
In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Netherlands
98 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.